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I Am Not A Victim, I Am Powerful Beyond Measure!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014



I have been acting like a victim! Yes, I have had a weight issue my entire life. I generally a say, "I've been battling my weight" but that mindset is part of the problem. My weight has been an issue for 47 years and I haven't won "the battle" yet. That mindset makes me feel like a victim. No one has done this to me! I have chosen to use food in an unhealthy manner. YES!!! It has been a choice...MY CHOICE!!! So today I will make better choices.


I choose to be happy & healthy.
I choose eat within my calorie range.
I choose to eat foods that will nourish my body.
I choose to think thoughts that will strengthen my resolve.
I choose to move more.
I choose to get enough sleep.



I am strong, determined, capable, and confident!




  
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WHITEANGEL4 10/21/2014 9:54PM

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MRSRIGS1 8/1/2014 4:25PM

    Excellent blog! This is so true for many of us. Thank you for sharing!

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MAYBER 7/26/2014 9:57PM

   
Thank you for sharing your thoughts
very inspirational and motivating
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266266 7/8/2014 8:53AM

    emoticon Best post ever!!!

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NASFKAB 7/5/2014 7:19AM

  we can do it we have to

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SUSIEMT 7/4/2014 6:01PM

    Yea you!!! Making good healthy choices!

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CFMOSS 7/4/2014 10:08AM

    Way to easy to default to victim role - but....we CAN....we WILL....be responsible and take hold of those things which we CAN take control over. Here's to good journeying today.

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MARYJEANSL 7/4/2014 12:44AM

  For sure, we all have gotten to where we are, be it a good place or a bad place, from the choices we have made. And every day we can start off again with new choices.

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CICELY360 7/3/2014 11:06PM

  good blog

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NONNAOF2 7/3/2014 8:45PM

  All it takes is that first step! You sound ready to me!! :-)

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/3/2014 3:50PM

  Isn't that the truth?

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DIAMOND102 7/3/2014 3:06PM

    emoticon I like how you put/say it, because it is self decision and we can change out thoughts and mind and better our outlook and feelings about ourselves. emoticon emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 7/3/2014 1:24PM

  great blog

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JSEATTLE 7/3/2014 11:56AM

  YES YOU ARE!! YES YOU WILL!! Same for ME!!

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PENOWOK 7/3/2014 11:37AM

    Sure is a mental challenge... we have to break bad habits and work hard on establishing good habits. You CAN do it!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/3/2014 8:34AM

    The last note--weight loss is a mental challenge, not a physical one, is truly right on the mark.

Well said. Best of success to you!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/3/2014 8:02AM

    so true.

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MARYBETH4884 7/3/2014 7:56AM

    emoticon emoticon Our bodies can only do what our mind tells them to do!! This journey is truly a mental adventure as well as a physical one. emoticon emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/3/2014 7:28AM

    Love this and what a great attitude!

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SHARON7464 7/3/2014 6:45AM

    Many of our "challenges" are psychological in nature... Running, weight loss, self esteem ... Thanks for the reminder

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TRYINGHARD54 7/3/2014 6:09AM

    emoticon have a great day

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BESSHAILE 7/3/2014 6:08AM

    You go! We'll cheer you on.

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JIBBIE49 7/3/2014 1:08AM

    Hugs

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JAXMOMMY 7/2/2014 11:01PM

    You WILL do this!! Don't know if you considered it, but I've found that Weight Watchers is working for me (finally). Whatever you do, just do it! Cyndie, Missy and I are making it this year to be our year to finally make those changes! Join us!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/2/2014 9:08PM

    Excellent blog!

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MTNGRL 7/2/2014 6:40PM

    Excellent blog! Great attitude!!

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LILHOBBIT29 7/2/2014 5:47PM

    Great blog!! :-)

With that attitude, the sky is the limit! In no time your gonna be done with your "battle" and your gonna be enjoying the new you! :-)

Keep at it!

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CTUPTON 7/2/2014 5:45PM

    Just what I needed to her! Thanks, chris

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AQUAGIRL08 7/2/2014 4:46PM

    Well said!

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DENRNAJ 7/2/2014 2:13PM

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JDFAN448HS 7/2/2014 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner!!! Love your blog from beginning to end! I and I AM statements are sooooo powerful! Would love to be waving the victory flag along the route and all the way to victory lane. Inspire yourself and all the rest of us too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Cheers, Cheryl

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My Happy Place!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I love summer because I am off from work and I have the luxury and freedom of time! Most of all I love summer because I can spend time at the beach!

  
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chris

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/2/2014 12:09PM

    Sounds good to me!

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GARDENQE2 7/2/2014 10:53AM

    Beautiful!
Enjoy!

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One Man's Legacy: Always Do Your Best!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

On the morning of Tuesday March 25, my dad who lived with us, called me on the house phone intercom to tell me good morning and that he loved me. He use to come upstairs to say that each morning, but in the since his knee replacement in January, he would just call up. I told him I loved him and to have a good day. He had told me the previous evening that the physical therapist was ready to release him form PT. At the age of 91, he had full range of motion in his new knee. He had chosen to have the surgery because he was in constant pain whether sitting or standing. He was 91 and a veteran of World War II yet he didn't seem "old". He had a love and joy for living. He was on Facebook and would Skype with his grandchildren. He was looking forward to the summer when I would be home, and he could get out and walk. He wanted to travel more. That Tuesday he was planning to go to the Senior Citizens'Center for his weekly poker game. I left for work that morning as usual, but by 9:15 my husband called telling me I needed to come home. I knew at that moment that my father was gone. While getting ready for poker, the Lord called him home. He was just one month shy of his 92nd birthday, which was last week. The day after mine.
Seven years ago when my mother was dying, he had promised her that he would be ok. He kept that promise for almost seven years! My mom died here at home on hospice. It was my daily prayer that my dad would live a long, healthy life and when his time came it would be quick and without any suffering. God answered my prayer.

People I don't know come up to me to tell me what a remarkable man my dad was. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone who crossed his path. There were times when we were out together and he would wave at someone and say hello. I'd ask him, "Who is that?' He'd say, "My friend!" I'd ask, "What's his name?" He'd respond, "I don't know."

Everyone he ever met, he counted as a friend!



For the last 22 years my parents, lived in our home. The lower level of our bi-level was their place. When my mom passed 7 years ago, we changed very little out of respect for my dad. My husband and I are now in the midst of trying to reconfigure and re-purpose our living space with both of them gone. No matter how we change the space, it is filled with a lifetime of memories. They helped us raise our daughter & son and did so much more. They were a constant source of emotional, spiritual, & physical support. Our son, who is still at home and has never known a day without his grandfather is grieving deeply this loss
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The sadness comes over me like a wave at times. I am trying to stay in a place of gratitude and not in the sadness. My father told us everyday....."Just do your best! That's all anyone can ask of you!" I am my father's daughter! I am his living legacy....I will do my best.....my very best!





  
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TRACYZABELLE 4/29/2014 3:02AM

    SO very sorry for your loss! What a spunky sweet man! I love my dad with all my heart and I don't know how I will handle it when I lose him!

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ELIZACG9 4/28/2014 3:10PM

    Oh so beautiful your blog is...he looks like a nice Dad.
He is resting now and just smile and think of happy memories...I know it is hard. emoticon

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BEEJAY49 4/28/2014 5:15AM

    Beautiful! I know it's hard but those memories will always be with you and you will love that. It sounds like your dad and mine would be great friends! My dad doesn't let a person go by that he doesn't wave to even if he doesn't know them and even though he can be cantankerous at times he never fails to make me smile.

God Bless! You had wonderful parents! HUGS!

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SOFEDUPP 4/27/2014 10:28PM

    It sounds like he was a wonderful person.

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LESSOFMOORE 4/27/2014 8:49PM

    Dee, it is clear that your father was a wonderful man, and he leaves a legacy of a loving family! emoticon emoticon

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MINDYJ1 4/27/2014 8:28PM

    What a loving tribute to your dad. I am so sorry for your loss but you will see him and your mom again one day. I am glad that you have such good memories of him to help you. emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 4/27/2014 6:21PM

    I am so, so, sorry for your loss! But, what a wonderful man who touched so many lives! He sounds a lot like my Grandpap who died right after he turned 90. You are indeed his living legacy! A woman who shines and appreciates and looks for the good! You have my deepest sympathies! Help your son grieve. And, yes, do your best! Love, Melissa

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/27/2014 6:10PM

    A beautiful tribute to an obviously awesome man. I'm sorry for your loss but heaven just got another angel & I am sure that your mom is glad to have him home. Bright blessings to you my friend.

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GARDENQE2 4/27/2014 3:05PM

    What wonderful memories!
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2014...I Have to Tell You...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hello 2014!
I am actually happy to greet you! I have welcomed years before you...NO you are not my first! Yet I know, you will be one I remember! I am ready for you like I have never been before. Yeah, so I am at my highest weight ...again...292...well 291.8 but I'm not going to quibble over 0.2 pounds! You know the saying...it's not you, it's me! Well that is the truth! It's not you New Year, sorry to tell you, but nothing really changes when you arrive accept the calendar! Sure you have many people fooled into believing hat something magical will happen when you arrive but I have learned, as most people will in a few days, weeks maybe a month, that you are just like the ones that have gone before you. Change come from with in! So I am happy to greet you because I am ready to change...NO MAGIC....just me! I will welcome you again each and everyday for the next 365 days just as I did tonight because each day will be another chance for me to do better, be better, live better! Hello 2014! I know we will do well together!

  
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TEDDYBEAR662 1/2/2014 9:41AM

    Hello Dee! Great Blog! Loved it and love the "Can Do" attitude! I'm jumping on your band wagon, if you don't mind... hee hee. He's to a great start from us all! HUGS!

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FELINEBETTER 1/1/2014 2:07PM

    Excellent! Together we can do this!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/1/2014 1:36PM

    Great blog! Happy New Year!

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DANLIN60 1/1/2014 12:59PM

    Dee, I am there with you, I have to turn my can't into cans also for health reasons so lets do this together. We can do this, I know we can.

here's to positive thinking!!!

Hugs

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/1/2014 11:13AM

    Awesome blog. I wish you the best of blessings for 2014. I'm cheering for you.

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JAXMOMMY 1/1/2014 10:46AM

    Well put! Awesome blog. Let's do this! I am ready, more than ready, to make those changes with hard work too! Happy New Year my friend!

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together we can reach our goals...

have a healthy New Year

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HARPLUTE 1/1/2014 8:02AM

  Dee:

I wish you the very best. Be well, be safe, and know love and happiness.

Gail

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Catching My Breath!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Finally, it's Columbus Day weekend and I am able to take a breath from the pressures of a new school, stop the stress eating, catch up on my sleep and visit with my Spark friends! After 32 years of teaching! I know September is always a hectic month as I get back into the swing of things, but I was not prepared for just how stressful and chaotic it would be! I love my time with the students. My three 90 minute teaching periods are not the problem. It is all the "other stuff" that is going on as we embark upon the new frontier of "teacher accountability" as legislated by Governor Christie.....new evaluation model (Danielson's Framework for Teaching), SGO's (student growth objective), SGP's (student growth percentiles) new lesson plan format (3-part objectives)...all the paper work that has nothing to do with teaching my students but takes hours to maintain. All this is in the name of ACCOUNTABILITY! I'm all for being accountable, but you can't simply measure a teacher's effectiveness by test scores. Fortunately for me, two of my former students reminded me of why I love teaching and true accountability. One student who graduated 8th grade last year went to a Board of Education meeting and during the public comments portion got up and spoke about how I had changed his life by pushing him to work hard and believing he could do it. The next day he delivered flowers to school for me. Another former student, a senior in college, studying in Brazil, posted this poem she found on Facebook for me:

If I Could Teach You, Teacher

If I could teach you, teacher,
I'd teach you how much more
you have accomplished
than you think you have.
I'd show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I'd reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I'd show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.
By Joanna Fuchs

The she sent me a dozen long-stemmed roses, with a lovely note saying how she wouldn't be where she is today if I hadn't believed in her and shown her that value of leadership.



So to all the bureaucrats who want to "evaluate" me and are stealing the joy out of teaching...go ahead!!! I've got my score! I only hope that my younger colleagues get to be evaluated by the ones that truly matter to us.....OUR STUDENTS!!


  
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BUFFYSMOM2 11/16/2013 9:29AM

    Outstanding, Dee! Hang in there. It is soooo worth it! You are so worth it! 32 years....WOO HOO!!!!!!
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CTUPTON 10/28/2013 11:49AM

    Oh, Dee! Those statement s and gifts from your students are what count! You are engaging the students and touching their hearts! I am so happy for you.

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JUSTYNA7 10/27/2013 10:49PM

    THANK YOU for being a great teacher. I know the accountabilitiy headaches. I wish we only had to do it for "audits" rather than all the time. In my old line of work we had to say what we were doing every 5 minutes of the day... which was ridiculous. As professionals I think that time is so much better spent actually being with clients....or in your case doing your job as a teacher. Just because we can.. doesn't mean we should.

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KRYS210 10/16/2013 5:17PM

    How sweet! You are a lucky person to have them come back and say something nice. I have a very transient population so seldom see kids from year to year let alone much later!

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IMREITE 10/14/2013 10:11PM

    So many parents and politicians do not understand that teaching is a real calling for some people, not just people that want to be babysitters. i was thinking over the weekend about some of my teachers who really pushed and encouraged me. Sometimes the weasls and well meaning schmucks just need to leave us alone and let us do our jobs.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/13/2013 8:36PM

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JAXMOMMY 10/13/2013 7:30PM

    Here Here!! Wonderful! Well said! Lovely gifts from your students! All that BS about accountability and so forth is much like what is goiing on in healthcare where we don't have time to actually care! We have to do paperwork and more paperwork and it takes a huge chunk of time and look how healthcare is! Yes, your students proove your worth! I'm happy you had students to tell you!

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FELINEBETTER 10/13/2013 7:00PM

    What a fantastic reward! This is truly beautiful!!!! God Bless those students for coming forward, and more importantly, letting you know that you've made a difference!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/13/2013 3:07PM

    wow, I have so many friends who would love to see this poem & read your blog. I am grateful that you shared all this hear. Be blessed my friend. emoticon

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ANDYINBC 10/13/2013 2:43PM

    I am thrilled to read about the blessings you received from two of your former students. To me, those moments when I have a student or parent come up to tell me I was a favorite teacher makes it all so worthwhile.

I am so sorry about the paperwork and all the accountability measures you are dealing with. Honestly, I think so many improvements could be made if they paid teachers what they are worth...it would help retain teachers and attract many more qualified candidates...and maybe throw some money towards resources and professional development. But what do I know, I have only been an educator for 25 years.

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GOOSIEMOON 10/13/2013 10:58AM

    I tip my hat to teachers, including you!
Thanks for caring about our future to do what you do!

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