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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This morning I had a little bit of an epiphany. I was standing around waiting for my hair oil to soak in at the same time I was waiting for a sub phone call, and it hit me. I dislike subbing because of its unplanned nature. I'm not really a spontaneous person (especially when it comes to work) and it annoys me that I often don't know when I'm going to be working. Yesterday I didn't take the phone call because I went to bed really late on Sunday night and just wanted to sleep. But today, I was up early because I kind of *wanted* to go in, and no phone call. Which was annoying, because I could have gone to the gym early. But I was all showered and ready to teach. Ugh.

Anyway, I got over it and came downstairs for breakfast. And I had *another* epiphany! (I have no idea what's going on today.) I was racking my brain for hubby's Christmas gifts - I already got him a new computer chair and some fun little map mugs, but I wanted to do something else for him. He has a ton of old college shirts and I can not STAND to see him wear them. They are HUGE on him (he lost about 50 pounds since then) and they are getting very holey. He doesn't want to get rid of them, so I decided I'm going to make pillows out of them. I'll get some new t-shirts to replace the old ones - I can live with his college t-shirts on the couch (I think it sounds kind of fun, anyway) and he can wear some stuff that fits.

- drink all my water
- stick to a reasonable number of coconut macaroons (I made a bath yesterday and they are AMAZING. I never made them before. I wanted to make something different for a Christmas cookie, and I think I found it!)
- order some Christmas presents
- set up a light in the house
- work on my resume

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FLYSHOPGIRL 12/19/2012 9:08PM

    I try to stay well enough and have few reasons to call in a guest teacher for that reason--I feel guilty for interrupting their lives! I'm like you, not spontaneous--I need to know what the heck I am doing every day in advance of actually doing it!

I like the pillow idea--I have a friend who makes quilts out of her race shirts :P

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CRAFTINWIFE 12/18/2012 10:41PM

Nice idea, I may steal it for all DH's gamer shirts in the near future :)

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MCJULIEO 12/18/2012 8:20PM

    I've seen old t-shirts turned into a charming memory quilt!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/18/2012 11:29AM

    It's true--hard to plan ahead when you don't know when/if you'll be working. I did subbing for a while but didn't like it for the same reason. But it is nice that you didn't have to work Monday if you didn't want to. Love your ideas for your hubby's shirts and presents for him. Sounds like a nice tribute to something he loves and a good way to get him to stop wearing old, big shirts! My husband has had some clothes for a while (including things he fit 50 pounds ago, too!) and I noticed little holes on his t-shirt yesterday! He's not sentimental so I won't make pillows (not that I know how) but I should get him some new ones. Let us know how they turn out.

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BILLALEX70 12/18/2012 9:23AM

    Get crafty!

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MUFFIY831 12/18/2012 8:56AM

    That's a great idea for old t-shirts!

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EMMELINEE3 12/18/2012 8:19AM

    I have to say I started reading your blog when you mentioned hair oil I have discovered through my three children and my teen daughter who has the frizziest hair that one teaspoon of downy softener to a bottle of water takes out the frizz edge and detangles the mess. This only took me several hundreds of dollars of trying and dabbling with everything when I gave up and resorted to trying this because truly she has the frizziest and curliest hair I have ever seen on anyone.

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DMEYER4 12/18/2012 8:14AM

  good luck with your pillow making sounds fun. Have a great day

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Another week...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last night I "accidentally" turned the volume off my phone so I wouldn't hear a sub call come in this morning. I got to bed late, and the thought of waking up early to have to sub was not doing anything for me. When I got up this morning, I kind of wish I had taken the call, but instead of being mopey about it I went to the gym and did an hour of cardio.

For all the weight training I've been doing, I really feel like it's time for me to get my cardio to match. I don't know what my aversion to the elliptical was for so long, but today I got in a great 30 minutes on it. Went right to the treadmill and did 30 minutes of running. It felt good. I am really good at maintaining my current weight, but that's not the goal. So more cardio it is.

- drink all my water (I'm on my way!)
- figure out the rest of my Christmas list to-dos
- work on some bibs
- write down some ideas for starting my training business (!!!)

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MCJULIEO 12/18/2012 10:54PM

    Saluting you!

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CRAFTINWIFE 12/17/2012 1:49PM

    emoticon Great goals!!

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GOLFINSUNSHINE 12/17/2012 1:36PM

    sounds like you got a great start to your week - congrats!!!!

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Today is a new day.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

So where do I even start with yesterday's "nutrition"? Ugh. I guess it all started when I forgot my lunch at home. For whatever reason, I used that as a convenient excuse to eat like crap yesterday. Two donuts and four cookies for lunch, and a chocolate bar for dinner. Ugh. My stomach is so upset this morning.

But today is a new day. I have on my gym gear and I'm going to try out a new lower body circuit. It seems that December is the time for me to try out new fitness stuff... this happened last year too. I love it!

I've been itching for some new workout gear. I recently bought some little shorties to wear to the gym - I am SO excited that I can finally wear those little shorties. One of my initial goals (four years ago) was to be able to wear the tight little workout shorties (not the boy shorts - not yet!) to the gym. And now I can! And I'll tell you, they are SO comfortable.

- drink tons and tons of water - gotta get the nasty out of my system
- eat clean. I have been really good about putting bad days behind me, and this time will be no different
- work my arse off (literally)! This lower body circuit for today looks hard, and I can't wait!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/16/2012 7:56AM

    Hope you had a great day!

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CRAFTINWIFE 12/15/2012 3:18PM

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MPETERSON2311 12/15/2012 9:37AM

    good for you!

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SONYALATRECE 12/15/2012 9:11AM

    Love the comeback!


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DARJR50 12/15/2012 8:21AM

  Great attitude!!!! One slip doesn't have to ruin the day. You are back on track and doing fine. Have fun with the workout.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Today was another one of those days. I was called to sub for music, and it was especially hard for me to say yes because it was for the position that should have been mine. But I went because the music teacher had to get kiddos ready for their holiday concert, and I was feeling nice. I got a little emotional during the assembly; the Junior High Show Choir performed, and it was hard having someone else being introduced as the music teacher. But anyway...

I checked the mail and there was a big envelope from AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and it's official! I am am certified personal trainer! Yahoooooo! So that made me kind of forget about my bummer sub day. And THEN I went to the gym for a Sports Conditioning class. I actually wasn't that excited about it, I kind of just wanted to stay home, but I went anyway. It was either that or sit on the couch and do nothing, and this was on my schedule. I'm SO glad I went. The class was AMAZING. It was seriously one of the most awesome classes I ever took. TONS of stuff on the core board, lots of medicine ball work alone and with a partner (think LOTS and LOTS of throws and sit-ups), and about a gazillion different squats. And amazingly enough, I did really really well. I was feeling it at the end when we had to do pushups on the ball, but I am excited about progressing my core strength.

I drank all my water today, and I even managed a cup of tea. Tomorrow's lunch is in the oven (I'm doing a baked potato - easy to re-heat) and I am looking forward to a Starbucks meet-up tomorrow morning with a colleague. The day got better as it went on. I rocked some compression shorts for class tonight, and not once did I look at myself in the giant mirror and think "I look fat." "Wow, I'm really pale" went through my mind a few times, but that's not so bad.

Tomorrow is a much-needed rest day. My legs are going to thank me.

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MCJULIEO 12/13/2012 11:49PM

    Yahoooo for you!

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RUNNINGWILD 12/13/2012 9:06PM

    Way to go! I knew you would do it!

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MYBELLA50 12/13/2012 7:51PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats on your personal trainer certification!!!!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I had really low expectations of how today was going to go. It was just one of those days... on my way in to school, I started thinking about how sad I was that I don't have a school family anymore. For as much as people said they were going to stay in touch, life happened and everyone just got too busy. I thought about how sad I was that Christmas parties are happening, Secret Santas and cookie exchanges in the schools and that I'm not going to be a part of it this year. Being unemployed isn't all about the money, it's the sense of community that goes along with having a steady job.

So anyway, I was expecting a really crappy day. But leave it to fourth graders - I had a great day with the kids, I got some nice compliments from colleagues, and I got in a great workout after school. I felt much better after I went to the gym. I usually have a hard time going after school, but today I just got in the car and drove to the gym without really thinking about it. If I think about it too much, I make excuses.

Good things for today:
- I drank all my water!
- I did a great great great workout; I went to a Pilates class for the first time in ages and I have really gotten stronger. I was able to do moves on the ball that I wouldn't have been able to do just a few months ago!
- The kids were really nice today.

Tomorrow is a sports conditioning class after school. It's new at my gym and I'm looking forward to it. I am scheduled to do a circuit tomorrow, so I figured the class would be a fun way to get in some circuit training.

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MCJULIEO 12/13/2012 11:48PM

    What a nice surprise!

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CFMOSS 12/13/2012 7:16AM

    Glad you had a good day. It's hard at this time of year when it seems that everyone is doing the stuff they used to and you don't - it was so encouraging to me yesterday when my husband said: do you know what's different about this year? I'm listening to Christmas music. (The last three years have varied in levels of depression - worse, worser and worstest - i know not real words) So here's to listening to Christmas music, to 4th graders who bring joy into your life, to colleagues who compliment and a good hard workout.

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PATSYB7 12/13/2012 5:59AM

    I'm glad you had a great day! Keep up the good work! Enjoy that circuit. emoticon

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