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7 days into Christmas

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So this week's challenge for A& I is to talk about how Christmas went and how did the goals I set go....

Well, Christmas was alright- I visited with some family I haven't seen in a long while. I didn't get to enjoy any holiday meal in the traditional sense- I ate alone for lunch and dinner- since the hubby worked and then he wasn't hungry because they catered in a great Christmas lunch for them.

I spent a few days at my in-laws... which was nice, but I spent most of the time sitting around and nibbling on unhealthy foods... (not much else to do, and anything I wanted to go out and do- wasn't what was going to happen emoticon )

I feel that it has not been a successful Christmas so far- just not making the things that I plan to do! But fortunately there are still 5 days to go this Christmas- anything can happen!!!

**** additional note: I did enjoy myself with family, but that side believes in sitting around, maybe doing some socializing but really everyone does there on thing on a computer screen and getting out and being active isn't really a planned thing or anyone wants to join. I think all the craziness I just wanted to celebrate and play games together or go out and be active.

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SHARON10002 1/4/2014 12:55AM

    My expectation are the same as yours. I think what happens during family board games does serve to bring us back together. I think you should bring up a suggestion for an electronic night out for everyone, and bring out some board games, or go bowling together, or ice skating . . . Hopefully you'll have more "takers" than you've had so far. Good luck!

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NELLJONES 1/2/2014 7:52AM

    I'm sorry it didn't work out the way you wanted, but this is a new day, a New Year. I'm with Jakenell. I wish I could have all those holidays back that I complained there wasn't enough to do, just to have those people with me again.

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KRAZY4KATZ 1/1/2014 11:52AM

    I'm glad you were able to visit family members for Christmas. I remember the times we would play games but, I guess in the computer age, things just aren't the same.
All the best to you for 2014!

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    You're right: 5 days is a good opportunity to accomplish lots of things. And then, like Ebeneezer Scrooge, you can keep Christmas in your heart all year long. Happy New Year! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/31/2013 11:00PM

    At least you got to visit with some family members that you haven't seen in a long time and spend time with your in-laws. I'm sorry your Christmas wasn't better or what you wanted it to be. Enjoy the rest of your time off and make the most of the next few days before you go back to school! emoticon emoticon

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BARBIEE52 12/31/2013 8:18PM

Sorry you didn't have the Christmas you would have wanted but you did some very positive things, like spending time with family you haven't seen for awhile and seeing in-laws. So enjoy the rest of your time off by doing something very special for yourself, because you deserve it!!
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JAKENELL 12/31/2013 7:32PM

    The good part of the holidays was spending the time with loved ones - just being with them. I used to complain about doing things I didn't want to over the holidays because others wanted to. How I wish I could take back those complaints and my whining - I'd love to be able to spend time with them again.
Look at the bright side - you weren't at school, you weren't grading papers (alas, you probably were!) - Gee, now that I think about it - you were free for a few days!
Enjoy the rest of your break.

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A year in review

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ah, I made it a full year without giving up! This is spectacular! In years' past I have gone a couple months and dropped off or tried a month here or there throughout the year. Oh but not this year! I have been faithful to myself in making changes. It has not always been easy and sometimes I see myself wanting to go back to old ways- but I keep plugging along!

Since I am a teacher (and we always begin with positives) I want to review my successes of 2013: emoticon

I have stayed pretty faithful to logging on, chatting, and maintaining a portion of my day to sparkpeople to help me with my goals.

I I have lost and kept off 23 pounds! (Sometimes this fluxes by 2 lbs, but I can live!)

I have made time to go to the gym or exercise multiple times a week.

I spent money on myself to take care of what I need!

I even now am starting to enjoy comparing my pictures too!

These are the front shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013

These are the side shots from Jan 12, 2013 and Dec 5, 2013

Now to the obstacles that I have let get into my way: emoticon

I have struggled staying consistent with tracking. As I let myself get back into some bad habits with work and all- tracking went downhill. (The fitbit has helped with fitness tracking)

I have dropped off going to the gym as often as I would like/ should.

I have allowed myself to get back into some bad routines with late nights at school and eating out too often.

Some things that I am working on now to help myself as I enter a new year of this lifestyle change: emoticon

Getting more sleep (at least 7 hours if not more every night!)

Getting back on track with tracking daily

Make a fitness plan and stick with it- it does make me feel better afterwards so not letting myself talk my way out of it!

Allowing myself more me time and not just giving it all to work.

Cooking or preparing a ton more meals at home!

Well, so many things can happen for 2014. I look forward to revising my SMART goals, resolutions, and plans for a new year! I am going to enjoy the last 6 days of 2013 by spending it with family and relaxing- but still keeping up on my current goals!

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BARBIEE52 12/28/2013 11:18PM

    emoticon Rachel,
You have done so well and I am so proud of you. I hope you are so very PROUD of yourself. So glad you are giving yourself more ME time. You have succeeded in so many things. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Barb emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/26/2013 2:30PM

    emoticon emoticon on your successes this year and losing 23 lbs!!! I think you have set some great attainable goals for this coming year! We all need to make time for ourselves. Keep up the great work and I'm sure this next year will be even more successful than this past year. emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 12/25/2013 1:00PM

    emoticon on your successes in 2013. emoticon for 2014. emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 12/25/2013 10:46AM

    emoticon 23 pounds is three gallon milk jugs--GONE! Excellent job! keep up the good work. And remind me that I'm stealing your resolution to get to the gym more often.

Happy New Year!

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JAKENELL 12/25/2013 9:15AM

    The goals you have put together for 2014 are great. You have proven you can do it by maintaining your positivity and pushing through 2013. Teaching is a tiring, time-consuming job - you NEED to find time for you! (I speak from experience.)

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JACKIE542 12/25/2013 12:22AM

    You are doing a good job. Keep going emoticon

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GURLNEXDOOR 12/24/2013 11:18PM

    Wow you look Wonderful!! Excellent Job! Keep on Keeping on!!
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RACEWELLWON 12/24/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon you doing great - Everyone slips on a Banana Peel as long as we recognize those slips we can easily pick ourselves up ! Your doing Great ! Happy Holidays !

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A&I ultimate present

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The question was posed about what would be the ultimate present- if money was no object what would I get for the most important person in my life....

This is a tough one- I think I would get them time together with me- just doing all the fun things we love together without the stress of work, cleaning, or other expectations. I don't see myself giving or needing to give materials- as much as that important time together!

That would be what I would ask for as well! Just time with that important person.

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SHARON10002 1/4/2014 12:57AM

    emoticon no worries and no hurries!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/27/2013 2:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Who couldn't use more time with people you love. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 12/25/2013 10:50AM

    Well said! I would do the same, and maybe spend time with or without that most important person - with people I don't know well (yet), that is, volunteering for good causes.

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JAKENELL 12/25/2013 9:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Time together with loved ones is one of the greatest gifts to give or receive.

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PATSYB7 12/25/2013 7:37AM

    Time is the best present of all. Great reflection--thanks for sharing!

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December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

I realized that life has just gotten too much- or more so I am letting things overtake life.

I am getting back into bad habits of staying late, letting people and things control my life with adding more stress! School has gotten crazy with multiple professional developments being assigned, some crazy behaviors, a ton of meetings, and trying to make it all work within all the expectations they have. My parents are almost moved completely out west. I have spent many weekends trying to help them with the packing, loading, and moving! I even drove my brother's car out there over my break alone. I really feel that it is so important for me to help my family- but it has been a lot with the travel, school, and trying to not leave my hubby alone. It is also getting stressful, because in just a few short days I turn 30. So many life goals I had, have not been met... but hopefully things will turn around for that!

I am trying to get back to taking one goal at a time to find myself and start moving out of this plateau.

My first goal for this month is to start getting more sleep- 7 hours or more almost every night. emoticon

2nd goal- get back to tracking and drinking more water! emoticon

3rd goal- getting to the gym more frequently than just my trainer sessions. emoticon

Here is to December!

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BARBIEE52 12/7/2013 1:27PM

    I really like your goals. They remind me of ones I need to do for myself. But it seems like life can take over these goals and the goals we set for ourselves play 2nd or 3 place in our lives when they should be first. Because if we don't do well in these goals, we can't really do well in all other things in our lives.
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JAKENELL 12/7/2013 10:41AM

    emoticon How well I remember the feelings of being overwhelmed when I was teaching. Family obligations and responsibilities, school/work obligations and responsibilites - it seems like time and care for yourself does not exist! The only advice I can give you consists of two things: TAKE at least 5 minutes for yourself a couple of times throughout the day and just sit - don't think, don't read, focus on the sky or a white wall. Sounds stupid, but it did help me recharge for the next few hours. The second is to realize that you can do this "just for today" and that this life cycle will change as life moves on. I found my late twenties and early thirties to be my more difficult and exhausting years of teaching because I hadn't found a balance between what I wanted my life to be and what it actually was. Just hang in there - you will make it.
emoticon I like the goals you've set for yourself for this month. They are realistic, will fit in your busy schedule AND are necessary for your health.
Stay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/6/2013 10:14PM

    I like the goals you have set for yourself for this month. It's good that you realize that you are letting too many things interfere with what you want. Good for you for taking control of your life again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Your blog is reminding me to make up my new year's resolutions. I'll steal your resolution to get to the gym more.

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PATSYB7 12/6/2013 6:26AM

    Happy December! You have some great goals. Do you have an action plan? That is key to achieving them.
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Aug 31- Reflection and Sharing

Saturday, August 31, 2013

So as many have known from my blogs or chats on groups- this summer really has not been a summer- I have taken professional development courses, taught summer school, took more courses, did planning time with my team, went to school and worked for hours on things, and spent lots of money on the classroom. I have also spent money on starting to take even better care of myself- via joining a gym, preparing to sell things (and subsequently doing so), getting a trainer twice a week, and trying to eat healthier. Some of these things worked well, some not so great- they fluctuated a lot! But I am seeing results albeit small they are there!

This weekend is the final "summer" break I get before kids start on Tuesday. I went to the gym this morning followed by spending another 7+ hours in my classroom (I hope it is ready for the kids!). I then spent some time with the hubby- I feel like I have neglected him most of the summer. Tomorrow is double date day- I made sure that I scheduled it during the time I could've gone back to school, but I have to say no! We are going shopping with friends for a couple items and then it is time for a nice lunch and possibly a walk, depending on the weather. Monday may be a day I finish my projects and say- it is finished and pray that I can fall asleep before midnight (first days always kill my sleep habits!)

Now, for sharing before I make new goals. I had lots of friends hearing all about my classroom and things I bought for it. So here is the big reveal! I will show great before and after pics so you can see what I did :)

Now for my reveal!!! After hours of moving, hanging, burning myself on glue guns, spending lots of money, and more: (And yes I know they are upside down :( I am working on fixing them!)

I hope you enjoy! The kids on Friday's open house that came were ooohing and aaaahhhing :)

Now goals for September:
Cut back to 5 sodas a week!!!
Workout at the gym at least 5 days a week!
Track my food daily!
Check in with my teams daily!
Write a weekly blog entry!
Take time for me everyday!
Lost between 5 - 8 lbs this month!

Have a great weekend all!!!

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BEFIT014 9/6/2013 8:56AM

    I LOVE the new classroom. So much more colorful and 'homey' looking. I'm sure the kids love it, too.

Good luck on your goals for this month!

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DANCIN2ANEWME 9/6/2013 12:33AM

    Your classroom looks great! A lot of hard work! Great goals as well!! Looking forward to a great month! :D

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BARBIE176 9/5/2013 11:35PM

    Nice job on your classroom. You have obviously put a lot of time and probably money as well into it and it shows. I am glad you are seeing progress. emoticon emoticon on having a date with your hubby before the craziness begins. I love all of your goals and I wish you the best of success in achieving them with the busyness of the month for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATSYB7 9/1/2013 5:55AM

    Nice job! Enjoy your weekend!

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