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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'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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LESSOFMOORE 1/1/2014 7:21PM

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FELINEBETTER 1/1/2014 2:07PM

    Excellent! Together we can do this!!!

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  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!!!



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    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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KITT52 1/1/2014 8:09AM

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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


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


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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 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

    Dee, I am so happy that your students realize the value of your calling! emoticon emoticon

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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 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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Teachers Always Plan

Monday, September 02, 2013

Well all good things must come to an end, so it is with summer. I return to work tomorrow. Tuesday & Wednesday are teacher days and the students come in on Thursday. I love my job, but always miss the freedom summer affords me. I get up daily at 4 am and start my commute at 5:40 to arrive at work by 7 am. Fortunately, I am in a carpool. Yes, it's a long commute and no it's too late in my career to work any closer to home. When you change school districts you drop back down on the pay scale. They don't give you credit for all your years of teaching. I usually get in from work around 4:30 pm, but since I am doing physical therapy for my back 3 days a week, I won't get in until around 6 pm. Fortunately, my husband is retired so he will cook dinner. With my schedule, I won't have much time to Spark. I will try and catch up with all my teams on the weekend. I know from experience you are all very understanding and supportive whenever I drop in on team discussions. I am not giving up or giving in. My plan is as follows:

1. Begin & end each day with prayer.
2. Get at least 6 hrs of sleep.
3. Plan & track my meals & snacks
4. Drink 64 oz of water each day
5. Continue to get in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day....hopefully keeping my 69 days and counting streak alive!

I am planning for success!

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JAXMOMMY 9/5/2013 5:05PM

    Eeeek! What a commute and what hours! I know you can continue your steps. Walk more in class, walk around on any breaks, and walk to do what you need to do around the school! Tracking makes a big difference for me. I'll look forward to hearing from you when you can drop in and Spark! Have fun!

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TAMMYAND 9/2/2013 9:05PM

    Sounds like a great plan....but if possible work in more sleep. Weight loss sometimes depends on sleep too. Maybe you could aim for 7 hours of sleep. The benefits might pay off. Just a suggestion.
Best wishes for the new school year.
I don't miss those days.

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LESSOFMOORE 9/2/2013 8:48PM


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MRSMILLER777 9/2/2013 8:02PM

    emoticon You've got a great plan, now put it into action!

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CTUPTON 9/2/2013 6:00PM

    To me that is a very exhaustive plan. I could never drink that much water and be able to be in a classroom. Though I;d get in all the steps just going to the bathroom! That is also a high number of steps.

emoticon to 69 days and counting! Will the winter make the steps harder to get in? How long do you walk each day--or are those steps just part of your day?

My classroom was on the 3rd floor and I have to admit I often use dthe elevator in th elast few years. For one thing it was quieter and a respite.

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    Looks like a grand plan to me. Our kids went back to school on Aug 12th. I know that the teachers here were none to pleased with having to give up so much summer. Have a good year!

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Turning the Impossible into the I M Possible!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Summer is half over and before I know it I'll be back to work and the hectic pace of the school year. I want to go back to work a loser! I am on Day 38 of my 10,000 steps a day streak. Maintaining a streak is a powerful motivational tool for me. I have gotten my steps in despite the physical aches & pains that normally make me give up on exercising. I never thought I could consistently get in 10,000 steps a day but I am. It's shocking to me how little I would normally move in a day. Now I make conscious decisions to get steps in. No more just sitting for hours on the computer or watching TV. I get up every 15-30 minutes and march in place. I park farther away from my destination. I make a few extra trips up & down the aisles of the store. I don't even have to leave the house yet I can get my steps in. I can do it anywhere, anytime, any more excuses not to get up & get moving!

Eating is a bigger challenge for me. I have not been consistent with tracking and because of all my failed attempts, I believe I am not capable of really doing it. Most days I will track my breakfast & lunch but then I eat without restraint through the late afternoon & evening so I don't bother to track it. I can't even call it mindless eating because I am very aware that I am not truly hungry and should not be eating. I know all the tools I should use to avoid this type of eating but I don't bother to use them. I am ashamed to let my family see how much I eat, so I generally hide my "snacks". With each bite I lie to myself that..... "I'll just eat this and then no more!"....... "I'll be better tomorrow!" When the food is in my hand, I am living in the moment! I have lived this way for 45 years and this is why I have not lost the weight. Living in the moment can be a good thing. That is the philosophy of any 12 Step program...."Just for today!" That is how a streak begins, one day at a time. So today is emoticon of my track & stay within my calories streak. This is how I can change my mind set from "I can't" to "I can!" I thought I couldn't possibly get 10,000 steps in EVERYDAY but am doing it. Now I have to show myself can eat within my calorie range. It is possible!

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DEBSZOO74 8/27/2013 12:46AM

    Congratulations on day 38 of walking 10,000 steps a day! Are you still streaking? What day are you on? emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 8/6/2013 3:23PM

    Oh Dee! This blog really speaks to me! I have no problem with exercising, but when it comes to eating I go crazy! I also do the very same thing you do! I have to inhale what JUSTYNA7 said to you and make it my own too! We can do this! Now, let's streak across the tracker!!

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ROCKMAN6797 8/4/2013 9:33PM


Great job on the 10K/day streak, keep it going!

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JUSTYNA7 8/4/2013 12:48PM

    First, your walking streak is FANTASTIC!

Second, change in eating, for me, has to be very very slow. I am the queen of sabatoge. I am also, as you know, very gullible. So as I'm reading this I am going to pretend that my advise is for YOU when it is really self talk... shhhhhh

Tell yourself these things:

1. Your body is not a garbage can.
2. Read the label. If it has no fiber or protein... is it worth it? Better yet, eat a food that has no label.
3. Did you read Deb's CRAP blog? Mmm hmmm.
4. Would you feed someone you love and care about this way? Just for the sake of trying... pretend you ARE someone else you are preparing this food for. Who are you? Little voice says "I'm an athlete...a model.... I have alergies to... ah.... all processed foods.... "
5. Are you a child????? Don't answer that. OK, treat yourself as a child. You can't have the bad stuff until you have had the good stuff.

It's not that I'm not capable... I just get into a rut and honestly, whatever it takes to get back on track is OK. Smack! I should have had a V8. Whatever! And not "I can never have this...." just "I can have it tomorrow" (we all know that tomorrow never comes but don't let yourself know that). Justyna, are you listening to this? It is not denying yourself... it is caring about yourself. Feed your body, not your disease.

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TEDDYBEAR662 8/3/2013 10:19AM

    Great blog Dee. Congrats on your steps! That's awesome!! And like you said, you didn't think you could do that, and you are... so YOU CAN DO THIS with the tracking!!! Good luck! I do the same as you, so I'm buckling down and doing better too! Best of luck!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/2/2013 11:53PM

    Dee, what a wonderfully insightful and inspiring blog! You are really doing a FANTABULOUS job doing all those steps - a 38 day long streak is awesome!

The "knowing" what to do is the easy part - it's the actual "doing" that gives me so much grief. Using your "just for today" mantra is a much more attainable way of looking at the problem, I think.

You CAN do this - look at how un- attainable you thought doing 10,000 steps were for you at one time, and now it's become a part of your daily routine.


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LESSOFMOORE 8/2/2013 10:03PM

    You are literally stepping in the right direction. emoticon emoticon

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SUE2525 8/2/2013 8:32PM

    Loved your blog...10000 steps for 38 days is great! Your attitude is very inspiring emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 8/2/2013 5:45PM

    You Go Girl! This blog is VERY inspiring! The exercise part is usually the hardest part for many people, but just look at you GO! I have no doubt you're going to get there. And I just love the I'M possible idea. You're proving that bigtime just with all your steps! emoticon emoticon

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    Great blog. Love the idea of I'm Possible. Good luck to you my friend. You can do this. Great job on the streak of walking. emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/2/2013 1:13PM

    You are doing AWESOME at getting in 10,000 many steps each day! 38 days is a SPECTACULAR ACCOMPLISHMENT! emoticon I can relate to overeating myself. Planning meals/snacks and journaling really does help. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LETHA_ 8/2/2013 1:07PM

    38 days of 10,000 steps is just fabulous. You are my inspiration today!

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ANDYINBC 8/2/2013 1:00PM

    Way to go! 10000 steps a day is a great accomplishment. During the school year I always got in my steps by making sure I was out of my desk circulating with students rather than having them come to my desk. At recess and lunch I would make sure I walked when I was on supervision or walking just to get the fresh air outside. You can keep up the steps and you will.

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GARDENQE2 8/2/2013 12:36PM

    Wow! That 38 day streak is impressive!

As you say...Just for today...I will...

Best wishes on your journey!

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MTAL203 8/2/2013 11:30AM

  You are absolutely right - You CAN do this and you will. Keep trying - one day at a time, one small step toward a healthier happier you!

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A Reason to Celebrate?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013 was my 5th year anniversary here on SparkPeople or as we say here on Spark, my Sparkaversary. I did not post the date on any of my teams celebration lists because I did not feel like I had anything to celebrate. In fact, I was feeling frustrated and embarrassed that in five years all I had done was lose & regain the same 20 lbs. I look around and see so many people having success and think, "What's wrong with me, why can't I do it?" One of the lovely friends I have made here on Spark, TEDDYBEAR662, who I know as Missy remembered my Sparkaversary without any reminder from me. She posted it on our team and friends wished me well. Then I read a blog by JUSTYNA7 who joined Spark the same week as I did. There are just a few Spark Class of July 6-12 team/classmates left that are still active on Spark. I thought a lot about it and I realized I have something to celebrate! Life is more than just how much I weigh and that is certainly true about my life here on Spark People!

First and foremost, I have made SO many wonderful, inspiring, supportive, funny, helpful, caring Spark friends. They are always here waiting and willing to share all the things that happen in my life, not just my weight loss journey. These friends have supported me through so much more. They were here for me three years ago when my husband faced a life threatening heart problem and he had to have an ICD (internal cardiac defibrillator) placed in his chest to insure his heart wouldn't just stop and continue to beat regularly. I worried not only about losing him but how we would survive financially since he could no longer work. They prayed with me and comforted me when I was at my lowest and felt like I had no where to turn. When I had to be strong for everyone else in my life, here I could let it all out and just be me. This month they were here for me again as my husband went in for a total knee replacement with words of advice, support & encouragement. They have been here to celebrate my birthdays,wedding anniversaries, daily joys and problems, and small victories along the way. Day & night I always know I can come here and share.

Then I thought am still here five years later doing the same thing! Wait, I AM STILL HERE! I haven't given up on myself. I am currently working a a 10,000 steps a day streak and it's been 18 days so far. I have consistently logged on to Spark for 560 days. I lost 5 lbs in the last two weeks.

It seems I've gained more than I lost, but just look at what I've gained....amazing friendships, knowledge, and the ability to persevere. So I realize I do have something to celebrate. emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 7/24/2013 5:27PM

    Congrats on your victories and the fact that you can embrace other changes than weight loss, I know that it will eventually happen for you. All the best on your journey. emoticon

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GRAMPAM 7/20/2013 9:32PM

    I am very proud of you, DEEDAYE! The stress and the joys that you have had has made you such an inspiring teammate. I know the struggles and I know you will never give up! emoticon
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TRACYZABELLE 7/15/2013 5:53AM

    I was in the same position and then I had my surgery-- having hundreds to lose and going nowhere was frustrating- I feel better now!


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ANDYINBC 7/15/2013 1:28AM

    Happy Sparkversary to one of my longest lasting Sparkfriends!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/13/2013 11:46PM

    Happy SparkAnniversary my friend. Glad that you are still hanging in. Don't give up & don't give in. emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 7/13/2013 7:57PM

    emoticon on your step streak and your weight loss! emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/13/2013 5:58PM

    That is a very interesting and TIMELY blog. I recently celebrated my 5 year Sparkiversary - week of June 29 - July 5 - I did okay during my first 6 months or year and then drifted, and came back and drifted again - came back in April of 2012 and have been kickin' butt since then. The time may not have been right for you YET but you are still around and you are still here and you are not giving up. You ROCK. You are the HERO in your own story and in YOUR time the changes will turn into the weight losses you are seeking. Celebrate you consistency and determination. (HUGS) and congratulations.

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FITBIZZZ 7/13/2013 10:03AM

    I feel ya and for ya! Keep your spark going, there's more to well being other than the scale (I'm having to remind myself of that a lot lately). HEheh. I love your candidness. emoticon

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