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Planning Session

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I just wrote a long blog and lost it. But what I have found is that the long blog benefits the writer more than the reader. So . . . now that I have cleansed and gotten my thoughts in order, I'll get back to the planning.
Short synopsis of what came before. . . teaching is demanding. I have been given even more responsibilities for the upcoming year which has shortened my summer vacation. . . 8 pounds found their way back onto my frame . . . I need a plan!

so. . .







IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE: by 9/2014 I will have established a routine of either taking a 30 minute walk, a swim consisting of leg and arm laps, stretching exercises or calisthenic exercises on a daily basis.

SUPPORT: Spark People exercise videos and demos. Children. Husband. Motivation poster/tracker.

MONITORING: enter progress into spark tracker on iPhone daily.


by this afternoon I will have created menus to follow using spark tools.
by July 1, 2014 I will have begun eliminating pounds at a rate of 1.5 pounds/week
by January 1, 2015 I will have eliminated 35 pounds

Spark resources. Family. Fellow Teachers.

Weekly weigh-ins on Sundays. Check daily meal choices with spark menu print outs.


by this afternoon laundry will be completed and clothes put away.

by 6/25/2014 clothes will be sorted and dropped off at GOODWILL

by 8/1/2014 school boxes will be sorted for the new school year ahead

by 9/1/2014 15- 30 minutes of decluttering by timer will be routine.


track progress with checklist of chore elements. Log daily timer usage.

Forgive the formality of this. I just attended professional development and had to submit a Literacy Plan and we used this format. The problem is balancing planning with ACTION. So now is the time for action! Thank you for allowing me this platform to plan and educate myself. I look forward to being able to report my SUCCESS.

Have an awesome day. Sunday is SPARKDAY

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MAURIZIA 6/24/2014 4:02PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan, Nancy.


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EDLEAR 6/24/2014 6:42AM

    Sounds like a great plan, so organized! Good luck -

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The week is over and. . .

Saturday, September 14, 2013

it is now time to recommit myself to my goals.

This week became the week where I relaxed my "rules". I became complacent and watched myself bend the rules. As a result I gained a little under a pound of weight. I went from 221.4 to 222.2. I was well aware that the choices I was making would result in a gain of some sort and I am grateful that the gain wasn't larger.

My trouble time is in the evenings. I have maintained my "no food in the car" practice. I am grateful for that. But once I am home I eat more than my body requires. I would come home and have some fruit for a snack, go right into dinner and eat another snack (or two) after dinner. SO . . .
my strategy for the upcoming week is to cut way back on the fruit and increase the amount of vegetables. I just read a spark article about the sugars in fruit and that mango I like to snack on is one of the highest in natural sugars. No wonder I love it so! But that sugar may be what's triggering the response to overeat. It's worth investigating.

On my long walk yesterday, I pondered the self-sabataging behaviors that I possess. When I get close to a goal, I choke and undermine my success. It's not a fear of failure, it's a fear of success! I believe I avoid the success because I am avoiding responsibility. I do not want to be held accountable to maintain that level of success. I'm not sure what I can do with that realization just yet, but I need to figure out some strategies to overcome that. Maybe some kindly self talk or "psyching" myself out. "Nancy, you can get as fat as you'd like, whenever you'd like, so don't be afraid to lose weight now." Like tricking a small child into behaving. Also I should let "me" know that nobody gives a hoot if you gain or lose. Ultimately, they have their own thing to worry about. It's a very immature notion to think the world revolves around "you".

I had a nice long phone chat with my sister yesterday. We are sharing a waistline diminishing goal. She attended "bootcamp" yesterday and said she had to do some squat thrusts. I told her I would try to fit them into my routine. So my next fitness goal is to be able to do 10 squat thrusts. Yikes! I haven't done them in about 40 years.

We had a long weekend starting by having Friday off. Unfortunately, my long weekend is being cut short by having to work the concession stand at the Texans game tomorrow. Last weekend I had to spend 3 1/2 hours taking an online course to be able to sell and serve beer in Texas and tomorrow I get to practice my new skills. I am doing my best to keep a positive attitude about my shortened weekend.

So now I will allow myself a little sparking around and then it's back to work for me. Lesson planning, quiz creating and all sorts of fun things to accomplish. (not to mention 10 squat thrusts)

Thanks for providing the fine companionship on the journey. Have a safe and refreshing weekend!

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MAURIZIA 9/19/2013 1:02PM

    Nancy, wonderful that you can figure out what adaptations you need to achieve your goal...and that you put them into practice.

I derailed last week with my landlord's sudden death, visitors from Italy & Illinois, and my work schedule doubling...but had a chat with myself yesterday...so the train is on the track today.


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YOYONOMORE1 9/14/2013 5:38PM

    emoticon you are one emoticon lady and emoticon.

I had a derailment today, but it's only one day and tomorrow will be back on and moving on down that track, woo woo!

The concession stand will keep you occupied and too busy for snacking. I eat more fruit than veggies also, hmmm, that's something to take a closer look at, thanks for pointing that out.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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VTORIA3 9/14/2013 5:15PM

    You are taking stock and re-grouping, making necessary changes. You are appreciating what is working well, and focusing in on some areas that are challenging. You mean business, girlfriend. Kudos! to you! The concession stand is keeping you busy today, and out of the kitchen cupboards hunting down snacks. emoticon on your many positives! Have a terrific Saturday: Go TEXAS!

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JOHNTJ1 9/14/2013 12:43PM

    I am right there with you Nancy

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BUSYBRE 9/14/2013 10:38AM

    OK - I just checked out the squat thrust - not sure I could do one let alone ten BUT at least it's not what I thought it was - now THAT would have required hiring a special effects team and a stunt double. Have a great week.

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BUSYBRE 9/14/2013 10:34AM

    I feel I keep heading back to a comfort zone when things get difficult. There's at least the stability of being able to override all the rules and 'nothing's happened yet' ... then there's the fear of 'what if something happens' and that paralyzing place where there's no movement happening. Nancy it sounds like you are dislodging from all of the excuses and being really brave and moving forward. I love that you and your sister are working as a team through this too. You made me laugh - good luck with those squat thrusts - I'm off to google them before I split a gut laughing at what I think they might be - what I am thinking of surely isn't even possible. Have a great week! emoticon

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NEMETZC 9/14/2013 9:29AM

    "I pondered the self-sabataging behaviors that I possess. When I get close to a goal, I choke and undermine my success. It's not a fear of failure, it's a fear of success!"

I think you just spoke to me... You are definitely my motivator of the week. We are both worth success, even if it means eating a bit of "low-calorie" humble pie. Nothing good comes without effort!


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The September Journey so far. . .

Saturday, September 07, 2013

All I have to do is remember my goals and I'm sure I can accomplish them.

I haven't sewn for 60 minutes this past week, but there's still today.

I weighed myself and I can see the next "decade" of weight that I am anxious to live in. I am almost out of the 220's and into the 210's. That is motivating. My official weigh in day is Wednesday so if I can manage to eliminate another pound or two that will put me where I'm wanting to be next week.

My lesson plans are going okay. I view them as a work in progress. My fellow teacher who is in the same "boat" with two grades of lesson plans, and I, are working together to get a good handle on what we need to accomplish for the two grades. I turned mine in on Friday and I'm hoping to get to the place where I have my plans in order a week a head of schedule. I can do this.

I got up this morning and took my 3 mile walk. Hooray. Love that endorphin rush!

I read for an hour this morning. 20 minutes a day has not been easy, but I am still working toward that goal. I think it's a good habit to have.

My water goal has not been going as well. Back to school has made my intake suffer, but I continue to work on that. This week I will drink 2 glasses on the way to work. 2 glasses throughout the day. 2 glasses at lunch and 2 glasses on the way home. That approach should insure that I meet my goal.

Coffee drinking is in check.

One evening this week I went in and laid down on my bed at 7:30 and slept until 4 a.m. I felt so refreshed. I have been falling asleep in my chair before 9:00, but that is not the same as the 9:00 bedtime I am shooting for. I will continue to work on that one.

School is challenging, but rewarding. I have spent a lot of time helping the new faculty, sometimes at the expense of my own needs. I need to get a handle on that and be able to take care of myself. Learning to say "I have to take care of this right now, but as soon as I am finished I will come to see if I can help you out." I know they will understand, because we are all so busy and have deadlines and expectations to meet.

I am in a very good place as far as positive attitude is concerned.

I am grateful for my life and the ability to make choices to improve the quality of that life.

I love my job, as difficult as it is, it gives purpose to my life and a nice paycheck too!

I gained inspiration on my walk today as to how I am going to structure my PE class. Physical Education is all about knowing how to nourish and care for your wonderful body. I got this! The inspiration is to have project based learning. (new wave of education) And their first project is to create an exercise routine to a popular dance song. I will spend next week using sparkpeople exercise videos to give them ideas. Thank you sparkpeople!

I am grateful for the companionship of my fellow travelers on the road to our healthy best. And I am particularly grateful for the visitors who cheer me on and wish me the best.

Life is Good. Simple as that.

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BUSYBRE 9/9/2013 7:55PM

    I just spent all day today creating my Day Plan for the Week - they are a perpetual challenge aren't they! It looks like you are doing really well meeting your goals. Just having them is a big deal. I love that you take a 3 mile walk in the morning - no wonder you are falling asleep in the chair before 9pm. That's a good tired though. Have a great week.

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JOHNTJ1 9/8/2013 11:27AM

    "By an inch its a cinch by a mile it's a trial."

you have goals and I was suprised to read the other day that 80% of the world doesn't. Scary, aint it.

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MAURIZIA 9/8/2013 7:48AM

    You go, girl!! Nancy, you are doing such an inspiring job at achieving your goals! Woohoo!! Thank you for sharing your methods with us.

I need to up the exercise so think I will do some project based planning for myself! :)


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VTORIA3 9/7/2013 11:16PM

    You have set some great goals for September! Already, you have made excellent progress. Congrats on your weight loss. Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 9/7/2013 5:58PM

    I love your blog post today. It reminds me that I need to take my own personal inventory. Overall, it sounds as though you have a good handle on where you are and where you want to be.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and offering your kind words of support. I really appreciate it.


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FOSKED 9/7/2013 3:01PM

    So good the hear you are doing well, despite the challenges of such busy work. I always look forward to your blogs and take inspiration from them.

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WANDAH3 9/7/2013 10:47AM

    Nancy...you are an amazing inspiration. Thank you. I love how you are evaluating your goals and continuing to move ahead to what you want. Congratulations.
I'm taking some inspiration and enthusiasm away from reading your blog today. Thank you,

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September Goals

Monday, September 02, 2013

You can't reach something if you don't know what you're reaching for, SO . . .

weight goal: eliminate 8 pounds
September starting weight: 224 September end goal weight: 216

exercise goal: track 180 minutes per week

drink 8 glasses of water a day

limit coffee to one cup per day

spend 60 minutes/wk on sewing projects

get to bed by 9:00 every night

20 minutes reading every day.

Zellies dental routine daily

continue no food in car!

school goal: stay on top (ahead) of lesson plans and papers.

I'm afraid of that bed time, but I need to make sure that I get my proper rest. I'll try my best!

Okay, now I'm ready to aim for a successful September.

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ELLY2017 9/6/2013 10:34PM

  How are your goals going? Don't be hard on yourself if you don't keep up with all of them. Maybe focus on one or two if you start feeling frayed. They are all great goals and I am wishing you well! emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/5/2013 5:19PM

    Love your goals and your determination. I'm right there with you.

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FOSKED 9/4/2013 12:19PM

    What a good idea to make such concrete measurable goals. I can imagine that the early bed time is difficult. But teaching, and your schedule especially, requires so much energy, I can totally understand that you need to make that a priority.

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MAURIZIA 9/3/2013 6:38AM

    My problem would be the emoticon . Nice measurable goals...and I know you will reach them.

Happy September! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 9/2/2013 8:34PM

    Very good plan for Sept. and very doable. Have a fantastic week.


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Those are some serious goals. I agree that sleep is more important than we know. I turn to coffee at school to keep me going! You are off to a balanced school year with work, fun, and rest!

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Time to catch my breath!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A three day weekend! I am so grateful to have a little extra breathing room! I have work that I have to do for school, but that extra day to accomplish it is sweet relief. The pace of the beginning of the school year is dizzying!

My latest food plan is working well. I am satisfied and happy and still seeing the scale go in the proper direction. Wonderful. I don't seem to be prone to as much stress eating on this plan. I'm assuming that it is the cutting back of carbohydrates that does the trick.

The element that is missing from my plan is the healthy exercise. The only exercise that I do get is running around the school halways and standing on my feet all day. I believe that a daily exercise routine will provide discipline and order that will ultimately provide the success in achieving my healthy weight.
SO. . .
While I have some breathing space, I will work to create a routine that I can do for 10 to 15 minutes each morning. I used to lead the Phys. Ed. warmups in high school, I know the routine is in there somewhere.

Time to finish up my sewing project, clean up my school workspace and get my head cleared and focussed.

I hope that the journey to your Healthy Lifestyle is going well and I thank you for checking in on me. It means a lot!

Have a great weekend!

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    Make time for your sewing because it is something you enjoy and clears your mind!

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MAURIZIA 9/1/2013 10:01AM

    Nancy, you are doing so well and your commitment is such an inspiration. Thank you for not only teaching students...but for teaching those of us who read your blog.

Enjoy your extra day off! I did work on Saturday but have today and tomorrow...so grateful for a 2 day weekend, since it's the last until November! Tomorrow is PJs Day in my house!


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VTORIA3 8/31/2013 7:36PM

    Glad your food plan is going well. And you are serious about working in 10-15 minutes of exercise daily. You are focused and committed. Keep up the nice work!

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FOSKED 8/31/2013 1:43PM

    I can imagine how precious a holiday is for you. Enjoy!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/31/2013 8:52AM

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STEVEN_D 8/31/2013 8:19AM

    Busy, busy, busy. Thank you, teacher.

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