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Starbucks...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I really do not like Starbucks at all (too many reasons to mention). I tend to patronize our incredible local coffee houses. As a teacher, I receive a lot of gift cards over the holidays. Many students opt for coffee since they know I enjoy it. How can I refuse such a thoughtful gift?

Yesterday, after running around I decided to stop for a coffee. I had no cash on me to go to my normal place but there is a Starbucks a few blocks from my house and I had one of my gift certificates. I went in and ordered a mocha. I knew that these flavored drinks have a lot of calories but I hadn't eaten too much and decided to consider it a dessert splurge. I came home and was still drinking it when I logged on here to list it. I almost passed out when I saw it was over 500 calories!!! OMG. For some reason, I thought it was in the 300s somewhere. That drink was more calories than my healthy breakfast. smh Luckily I hadn't drunk it all and tossed half of it. I was pretty glad I had bought it with a gift card. Anyway, back to skinny lattes or plain coffee for the rest of the gift cards! It was a good reminder that I should have just done a quick check on my phone before ordering. Being lazy cost me a lot of calories.

  
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TRACYZABELLE 4/19/2014 2:30PM

    I try to get a lite latte.. skim milk and I prefer the blonde roast

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 4/19/2014 1:03PM

    I barely ever have Starbucks anymore, mainly for that reason!

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Easter Baskets

Friday, April 18, 2014

I do not have my own children but I have five godchildren. I love creating Easter baskets for them but then obviously I am confronted by all those temptations.

I went to Target last week and went a little crazy. I came home and realized that I had purchased some of my greatest temptations (yeah for the kids, right?). I thought this is bad! So I didn't open anything and took half of it back. I felt a little weird taking bags of candy back at first. Of course, they didn't bat an eyelash! I got each child a chocolate bunny and then kept all the candy I didn't like! I also bought a bunch of small toys and coloring books.

Just relieved my head took over!

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DIANITAH 4/19/2014 11:21AM

    The baskets still look awesome. Can't wait to go over. I think the kids will enjoy the books and toys more anyway. I think their parents will also be happy for less candy.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2014 11:55PM

    I still make a basket got my now 27 yr old.. come a long way since jellybeans and bunnies!

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ELSCO55 4/18/2014 10:01PM

    good for you

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DEB62BIE62 4/18/2014 3:48PM

    emoticon WalMart had the neatest eggs. They were better than plastic, but you can dye them and decorate them. I bought some for my grandchildren. They were really cool. I always hated to dye real eggs cause I was always afraid to eat them, these were really wonderful, cause you can keep them forever.

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So salty!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Okay so I'm playing on words here.

If you are a bit "older" or less urban, you may not know "salty" has been around for a long time among urban teenagers to mean "you're wrong." I'm sure it has seeped into the suburbs/small towns too.

I was feeling really salty yesterday. Literally and figuratively.

On Tuesday I had eaten processed pre-made meals for two of my meals. One frozen/one boxed. UGH yesterday I felt so off and so thirsty. I woke up feeling salty. I cook most of my own meals and rarely use prepared meals. I was in a pinch because I'm in the middle of packing up my condo for a move. Yeah, I don't care how busy I get, I have to make better choices.

I'm so done being salty.

  
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KAMMYJO3 4/17/2014 10:58PM

    It is surprising once you start to eat healthy how salty some foods really are!! Hope your move goes well. :)

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Next trophy level...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I am just over 500 points away from Level 16. I find it amusing that I find getting points to be fun and motivating. Like many of you, I care about keeping my Spark streaks going. lol

As I close in on a trophy, I'm always much more active on site. As a teacher, it is a good reminder to offer incentives to my students. Getting a good grade is kind of like reaching our weight loss goals. Still, we need a lot of smaller incentives to keep us going along the way. It doesn't matter what your age!

  
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DEBADEAU 4/15/2014 7:37PM

    Spark has always been able to keep me motivated, I think it has a lot to do with accountability! I love getting points and sending my friends goodies!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 4/15/2014 12:06PM

    I LOVE GETTING POINTS TOO!!!!

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DEB62BIE62 4/15/2014 8:56AM

    I am a lot further from level 16 but like you I enjoy getting the points. We're just kids in bigger bodies. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/15/2014 7:45AM

    I too, love the points and trophies....perhaps its the teacher in us... but we all like/need incentives to keep on keeping on...regardless of age or activity!!!

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PATSYB7 4/15/2014 6:11AM

    LOL Incentive is a wonderful thing! Whatever works, right? Keep up the good work!
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WOW! You look great!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yesterday I saw a friend of mine that I don't get to see very often. He is very happily retired and traveling the world. He is a fellow teacher, though, and fills in at my school when one of us in our department needs assistance. A colleague was out yesterday and Jim came in to help.

Jim's been concerned about me because I'm going through a lot of changes and we keep in touch almost daily via social media and e-mail. He's very loyal. He hadn't seen me since before Christmas, due to our clashing schedules. Back in early December, I was not in the best shape. I was beyond stressed out at work, in a job that was killing my spirit. I had been eating out/buying carry-out and not exercising. I was frustrated. Now Jim supported me as I resigned from my job (effective at the end of May) and returned to SP.

He didn't tell me he would be in the building so I was ecstatic when I saw him. Big hug, big smiles. What I didn't expect was him pushing me to arms length and in front of a group of my students, just gushing, "OH WOW!! YOU LOOK GREAT!!" I was still jabbering to say how happy I was to see him and he pushes me away again, "You REALLY look great!" A couple of kids said, "Ummm Ms. H, he just complimented you!" I paused and said thank you. Then he said it again.

"Diane, oh my gosh, you look so happy."

I am happy! I just interviewed for a great new job, may move to a much warmer place, and have sorted out many stresses in my life. Now since Christmas I've "only" lost about 9 pounds. While I'm pleased to be down, I'm sure others have done better. But I have been exercising more, sleeping better, journaling and taking care of myself. I'm cooking my own meals, drinking my water. I realized, I AM doing better!! Then I smiled and thanked my friend again.

I think sometimes we dismiss the progress we have made. Sometimes it takes someone we haven't seen in a while or a stranger to put things back into perspective. Honestly, I'm kind of focused on what I have NOT gotten done, instead of what I have. I am so thankful to my friend Jim for the kind compliment but also the gentle reminder. We need to occasionally look around and realize we have ALREADY made some significant changes.

A picture of me yesterday at a our school's ethnic festival with Jordan, one of my freshman. I was smiling like a goof all day.



By the way, my shirt says "pura vida" which is a Costa Rican term that literally means "pure life." It is used to express when something is truly great or awesome. I need to keep wearing that shirt! PURA VIDA!

  
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ASHERAH38 4/14/2014 10:09AM

    emoticon It makes such a difference just to take care of ourselves and it shows! And non-scale victories matter--in some ways even more? Resulting in an inner happiness that shines through.

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PATSYB7 4/13/2014 7:04AM

    I love how you said, "We need to occasionally look around and realize we have ALREADY made some significant changes."
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Thanks for the reminder and keep up the good work!
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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 4/12/2014 5:55PM

    LOVE IT!

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