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Long time no Spark

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Well, it's been a long time since I've done anything on SparkPeople, from blogging to huddling, to nutrition tracking, to reading articles. I'm not sure why exactly, but I have been finding myself in a bit of a rut, finding it difficult to keep on track.

We're now into our 8th week of homeschooling, and, as with anything in life, we've had our ups and downs. My middle child has failed a few tests, my oldest is finding her work sometimes more challenging than she think she can handle, but overall it's been a pretty good experience. My kindergarten-aged son is doing really well with his reading and learning how to properly form the letters of the alphabet, as well as mastering basic addition.

There have been external struggles in regards to homeschooling as well, as we are still "connected" to the school to some extent. The principal has been graciously providing me with the kindergarten manual to save us some very large expenses. For this I am very grateful, but at the same time I do not like having to rely on the dependability of other people--especially a very busy lady--to provide me with materials I need. I find it frustrating to request "the next" set of materials, only to be made to wait, without answer, for a week or more.....however, I am trying to be patient, as, like I said, I am very grateful that she is even willing and trusting enough to allow me to borrow the school's material rather than having to purchase it on my own.

As for my weight loss journey, I seem to have taken a detour over the past month or so. The weekend of October 8 was our (Canada) Thanksgiving, and since then I have not been watching my food intake as carefully as I should be. Now we are entering the Christmas season (yes, I say "Christmas", not "holiday!") and I know that food temptation is only going to increase. So I have a choice to make; do I fight it and try to eat healthy and perhaps not enjoy all the splendors of this time of year, or do I just "own" the five pounds I've already gained back and try to maintain rather than lose, and restart my weight loss in the New Year??

I enjoy watching the numbers fall on my scale, but I have to admit, right now it's little motivation to keep me from sampling all the yummy treats that are available at this time of year. Combined with the added stress of homeschooling, and the dropping temperatures (I just want to bring on the comfort foods!), it's just so difficult. But, notice I say "difficult", not "impossible".
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    At the risk of overstepping my boundaries, I encourage you to start tracking again right away, not waiting until after the first of the year. Yes, allow yourself some "goodies" but don't give up on what you've already learned and accomplished. I don't think the turn of a calendar page is somehow magical and all things will be easier because of making some resolutions. Besides, you'll be a month and a bit more ahead of the game if you start now! ; ) I'd been wondering how your new task of home school mom has been going, we have lots of friends that made that choice and it's worked out well for them and their kids. Are you involved with a home school group? I know they used to share materials, so that might be an option for you. And I too say, Merry Christmas, I'm sure you've heard the old saying "without Christ in Christmas, it's just a mas (mess with a southern drawl). Glad you're back! Blessings!
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    It is hard enough being a parent, but being a parent and a teacher too. I admire you for that it takes a strong person to do this. That is why you can get yourself back on track ,because you are strong . You just need to find your balance on everything, and take a little time for yourself. wishing you and your family Happy healthy Holidays. Be thankful for the opportunity you have and things you are accomplishing.
    2040 days ago
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