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Happens Every Time!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

I started teaching summer school a week and a half ago. I have these 9 kids only 3 hours a day 4 days a week for 4 weeks. I love to teach, but these nine kids mostly spend the time looking blankly at something. I depend a lot on building relationships, but there isn't enough time in this situation. While I have not regretted agreeing to do this, I was basically thinking just get this over and I can get on to the "main event" - fall. Yesterday only 4 of them showed up. I was upset at first, but it was such a luxury getting to know those 4 a little bit better. After summer school, I went to the office and my class list for the fall was in my mailbox. I didn't get any of these kids I was teaching this summer. I am extremely disappointed. I guess my message is that you are may not always be enthusiastic at first about something, but give it time, and enthusiasm might happen or return. The kids yesterday seemed happy for the first time and I was happy.



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Can't wait to start today to see enthusiasm! Now I have to remember to withhold judgement and not worry about what other people say about my fall class, like I have the 5 worst behavior problems from K! Build relationships and enthusiasm (although that may take some time, since at least one of them lays on the floor and screams and another throws chairs). Seriously!

Pushing through the tough times in life requires hard work and enthusiasm, which in turn leads to success!

  
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HEALTHFORFUTURE 9/14/2013 11:43PM

  Thank you for commenting on my blog - not only because I needed the encouragement and acknowledgement to help me recommit to getting healthy - but because it lead me to your blog!

Part of me wonders if the chair throwing and shenanigans aren't preferable to the blank stares. How do you engage someone who is so shut off that they can hardly even acknowledge you?

I hope that the first weeks of school have been an exciting time. I love the emphasis you place on enthusiasm. So perfect for a elementary school teacher! The most important lesson for the earliest grades is to be enthusiastic about learning and new experiences.

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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:21PM

    Teaching - the greatest profession in the world!

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MAGGIEVAN 8/8/2013 3:44PM

    I admire any person willing to work with children.

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JACKIE542 8/8/2013 1:32PM

    I have helped in classrooms many times and have witness kids doing just what you said (throwing chairs and such) I am so happy they have such a dedicated and caring teacher, they will remember your enthusiasm!! emoticon emoticon

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KAB7801 8/8/2013 10:28AM

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KIMPY225 8/8/2013 9:22AM

    Keep doing what you are doing! Stay strong - some of the kids WILL remember your positivity!

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BLUENOSE63 8/8/2013 9:06AM

  Even if you end up with just one child going through the process; you have made a difference in that child's life.

I think you are great at what you do and kids are richer for your wonderful teaching techniques.



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MOTHEPRO 8/8/2013 7:11AM

    Good luck!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 8/8/2013 7:07AM

    If even one child catches your enthusiasm and it makes a difference in their lives it is worth it. I think these children were lucky to have you a part of their summer experience.

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DMEYER4 8/8/2013 6:47AM

  you are such a great teacher and the nine kids are lucky to have you. its great you can look on the inside and find something to work with. keep up the great work. you are much appreciated.

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111BUTTERFLY111 8/8/2013 6:40AM

    Just wondering how much improvement you're going to see this year ... I bet it is going to be lots! They are going to feed off of your energy. It's going to be a GREAT year!

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PATSYB7 8/8/2013 6:39AM

    I agree with Glenn and you may never know what kind of impact you're having on your kids. They know when you're just going through the motions, too. I keep reminding myself that I am making a difference in their lives. That helps. Hang in there--these kids are lucky to have such a caring teacher in their lives!


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WEARINGTHIN 8/8/2013 6:33AM

    Sometimes it's just those one or two kids you get through to who really make the difference. Good luck, Glenn

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Life and Baseball

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

There is a city less than 10 miles from us that has a minor league team and it is as minor as you can get and still be part of the majors! We went to a game last night and I have always loved the atmosphere there. Tickets less than $8, relatively cheap food, parents with young kids all over the place. These players get paid very little. They hope to be successful and break into the big leagues, but sometimes that doesn't ever happen. There was one player that I noticed had been on the team since 2008. Now I don't know what his motivation is for staying with the team for 5 years, I would guess he has probably come to grips with the fact that it is highly unlikely that he will ever go up in the ranks. So why do it? I began thinking about how he must motivate himself, his love for the game, never giving up, etc. I admire that with a lot of these guys. Lessons for me come unexpectedly from the strangest places. Be open to new ideas and support for your goals from unlikely sources!


You are a winner when you have the courage and decide to begin a journey, not when you are what you consider a success.
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:27PM

    Great inspiration!

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JACKIE542 8/7/2013 8:42PM

    emoticon I love what you are saying. The courage to begin and continue on!!!

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BLUENOSE63 8/7/2013 5:51PM

  Nothing like "grass roots" baseball at its finest. I think that player plays for the absolute love of the game as he will probably stay in the Minor Leagues after all this time!

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MOTHEPRO 8/7/2013 2:02PM

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KAB7801 8/7/2013 7:36AM

    Fear is the biggest problem I think we all have! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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JERZRN 8/7/2013 7:14AM

    I love going to the minor leagues games! We just went last week!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/7/2013 7:08AM

    He does because he loves the sport and probably earns a small salary.

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111BUTTERFLY111 8/7/2013 7:07AM

    emoticon analogy!!

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ELRIDDICK 8/7/2013 6:58AM

  Thanks for sharing

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WEARINGTHIN 8/7/2013 6:51AM

    I've heard those minor league games can be fun to attend. Also, I believe they are professionals, and thus get paid for still playing. That might help explain the player since 2008. Best wishes, Glenn

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Mindfulness and Paying Attention

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Today my adult son from Texas comes home for a week. All right, it really isn't HIS home any longer, but... I am beyond excited to see him since it has been since Christmas. Since he has sort of a routine to visit all his favorite food places to visit while he is here, it sort of presents a problem. He is not expecting me to spend time making elaborate meals, that's good. He is expecting us to join him at his favorite places, that's bad. I have a plan, which 6 months ago I would not have even bothered thinking up one! I have asked him to give me warning the night before where we are going the next night. I will decide ahead of time what I will order, I will eat lighter the rest of the day, and I will NOT miss one day of exercise! I will pay attention to myself, in addition to someone else!


I will be mindful of all aspects of my life.

I will be paying attention every day. I've got this! emoticon

  
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STARSHINE671 8/20/2013 1:03AM

    Sounds like a plan to me.

Love the quotes and the mind full-mindful, picture. Like they say "a picture speaks a thousand words."
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:29PM

    You've got a plan - that's the first step! Good luck!

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SWEETNEEY 8/7/2013 6:43AM

    You have sunshine and rain but you got a plan... Go forth and conquer.

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KAB7801 8/6/2013 1:19PM

    You got it! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 8/6/2013 12:41PM

    Sounds like a great plan!
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JACKIE542 8/6/2013 10:20AM

    Great for planning ahead, you are making good habits, really great!!
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GRANDMASHUNGRY 8/6/2013 10:19AM

    Enjoy your visit!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 8/6/2013 8:03AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. Enjoy the visit with your son.
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BLUENOSE63 8/6/2013 7:08AM

  Yes it is his home as you are there and as my son tells me "Home is where you are Mom". Hope you have a great time with you DS!

Good plan having him let you know the day before you are going to to one of his favourite restaurants.....drink 32 ounces of water before you go and eat some protein. You will find that you really aren't that hungry when you get to the restaurant.

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111BUTTERFLY111 8/6/2013 6:58AM

    You're doing a great job! This will be a wonderful experiment for you!

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LOPEYP 8/6/2013 6:54AM

    Great plan! Enjoy your visit! emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 8/6/2013 6:42AM

    Good on you. I am looking forward to a great victory post from you.

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PATSYB7 8/6/2013 6:38AM

    What a great plan!
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Enjoying My Journey

Monday, August 05, 2013

While my head knows that this is MY journey and no one else's, it can be hard not to compare with other people. Questions go through my head. Why am I not losing weight? Why is my weight going down when others are losing more? How do some find so much time to exercise? This is my journey and I can only worry about things I can control. I can control what I eat, whether I work out that day, whether I use a combination of cardio and strength training, and whether I drink the recommended amount of water. I can also search for as much information as possible to help my journey. MY journey and story!

Enjoying the journey is something I am working on. It's easy to enjoy when you see the fruits of your labors, not so easy when the changes are not so obvious!

  
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:30PM

    I feel the same way often - just keep at it! Good luck!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 8/5/2013 3:19PM

    You sound like me. It seems every one losses weight faster than I do.
It is our own journey though and every one is different.
I've been losing inches but not pounds this past month so I must be doing something right.
Stick with it, you are on the right path.
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MARYJOANNA 8/5/2013 2:18PM

  Many times you will lose fat and not weight. But the good side to that is your clothes will feel looser!

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LOPEYP 8/5/2013 12:07PM

    How true! You have the right attitude. Full steam ahead!! emoticon

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JACKIE542 8/5/2013 11:01AM

    Keep moving forward, you are doing what you need to do. It is your own journey, you are right and it will happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 8/5/2013 10:30AM

    Very true! Each one of use has to keep trying to find what works for us.
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KAB7801 8/5/2013 9:43AM

    You're seeing it now! Woohoo!
Just like any adventure you will have ups and downs, but you will reach your goal!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 8/5/2013 7:28AM

    My scale is moving very slowly also, but I notice that I have more stamina and my clothes are fitting better. In fact, a few of what were favorite larger sizes are on their way to resale shop.
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PATSYB7 8/5/2013 6:28AM

    Measurements help and also tuning in to what you can do now that you couldn't do before. Every morning I have to climb a pretty steep hill first thing on my walk around the neighborhood. I noticed that other day that I can now jog partway up! Woo hoo! Celebrate those NSV! Congratulations on being more mindful--that is key as well! Keep Sparking!
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BLUENOSE63 8/5/2013 6:20AM

  Have you been taking measurements? That is how I know I am on the right track!

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Rest, Relaxation, Working Out, and Eating Healthy

Sunday, August 04, 2013

On the spur of the moment, my husband suggested that we take the day and drive to the Finger Lakes. Now one of my great pleasures is visiting wineries once or twice a year (not so much my husband's, since he hates wine!). It was a gorgeous day and I began to think about how taking the time to relax is also so important. I know I went on a vacation early on in the summer, but it wasn't restful. Absolutely fantastic, yes, but not relaxing!

It was a perfect day! Just what both of us needed!


I am done "recharging" for now and ready to start the new week!

Recharging my batteries should be one of my goals too. Otherwise, working out, eating healthy, and tracking everything can become stressful. What do you do to relax and "destress" yourself?

  
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LOPEYP 8/5/2013 12:06PM

    Reading and catching up with my sparkbuddies! emoticon

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JACKIE542 8/4/2013 9:57AM

    Very important to recharge our batteries. I love the swing on my porch.. I swing and read, other times I pick a spot in my gardens and just sit and watch nature.
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APPLEPIEAPPLE 8/4/2013 9:06AM

    Yes! Just taking time to smell the roses is so refreshing!

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111BUTTERFLY111 8/4/2013 8:13AM

    Great reminder!! Sometimes I forget.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/4/2013 7:55AM

  I read...it's always been my go-to escape! emoticon

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