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It's Official: I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt
Monday, June 26, 2017      5 comments

Holy cow. My belt now has two embroidered stripes, one for each degree. Wow. Getting a black belt is like graduating from high school: you're now ready for advanced college-like training. Getting a second degree? That's like the college gra... Read more
Planning Out Tonight
Wednesday, May 24, 2017      1 comments

Much better day today. I woke up super-hungry so I ate cereal with milk and also had a Fiber One bar on the way to work. Then my coffee. Mediocre on the healthy side, but not bad. Lunch is Greek yogurt with banana and strawberries. Super fi... Read more
Curse of the Free Bagels
Monday, May 22, 2017      9 comments

It's 2:00 in the afternoon, and I've nearly met my daily calorie limit already. What the heck is wrong with me? Good decision: cereal, milk, apple for breakfast Good decision: coffee with one creamer as a treat when I got to work Bad... Read more
Training for the Next Challenge
Tuesday, May 16, 2017      4 comments

I'm addicted to challenge. Now that my National Board submission is turned in, I'm ready to focus on my next challenge: Testing for my 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo on June 23-24. The test may or may not include the following: Perfor... Read more
Breathing Again
Monday, May 08, 2017      5 comments

For the past couple of months, I've been investing hours of time into completing my final portfolio submissions for the National Board Certification for Teachers. Everything has gone by the wayside: the house is filthy, dinners have been scaveng... Read more
One Day at a Time
Wednesday, March 29, 2017      3 comments

It's Wednesday, the third day of a new binge-free streak, and I'm feeling pretty good. I had a good weigh-in today: 151.2 pounds. I celebrated that I am down five pounds since January -- five solid pounds, too, not water weight or "I starved mys... Read more
Getting Armed for After-Work...
Monday, March 27, 2017      5 comments

I've tracked well today, yet I can foresee an ugly ending to my Monday: stress, hunger, reaching for anything, figuring "What the heck?" and indulging in any and every food in the kitchen. I will not let this happen. The Plan: 4:0... Read more
Temper Tantrum
Monday, March 06, 2017      8 comments

I've got the mindset of a petulant toddler today: I don't wanna fill my water bottle -- I don't wanna go to taekwondo tonight -- I don't wanna eat healthy and track everything -- I DON'T WANNA!! Keep in mind, I'm coming off a bit of a binge... Read more
I Lost 3.2 Pounds This Week!
Friday, February 24, 2017      11 comments

How did I do it? 1. Ignoring a lot of "naughty" foods: cookies, chips, extra pasta servings, dinners out... 2. Eating foods that are REALLY good for me: smoothies, Greek yogurt with fruit, turkey sandwiches loaded with veggies, lean prote... Read more
LBF Day 2
Monday, February 20, 2017      4 comments

Since writing my last blog, I took a step in the right direction and joined a Spark Team called Living Binge Free. It's a great resource and I look forward to my first 4-day challenge. I've chosen to use tracking as my first goal. Here are the s... Read more
Sunday, February 19, 2017      5 comments

I was covering the last 20 minutes of a health class for my colleague, and the students were working on presentations for their upcoming nutrition fair. For fun, I walked around and asked general questions to prepare them for future visitors. ... Read more
Evaluate: What Needs to Change?
Friday, February 10, 2017      5 comments

The scale should never be the only measurement used to track progress...but it is an indicator. At my job, we talk about triangulating data -- using at least three sources. Source 1: The scale I am back up to 155.4. This makes me f... Read more
5% Challenge: Revelations from Two Weeks of Work
Monday, January 30, 2017      11 comments

Thanks to the 5% Challenge, I am posting my weight to a thread each Saturday. This can be intimidating at first...until you realize that we are truly all in this together. Once over the intimidation factor, I discovered that tracking weigh-ins c... Read more
Recognize. Recover.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017      9 comments

Teachers around America are getting new students around this time of year. When semesters end and new classes start, our class lists become a mishmash of former faces and transferred ones. It's a bit stressful -- kind of like Day 1 all over -- a... Read more
A Wednesday Carol
Wednesday, January 04, 2017      8 comments

This is one of those moments where I can easily predict the future. The Ghost of Wednesday-Evening-Yet-to-Come has shown me what will occur later today: I work until 4:00 and get home at 4:30. I have no idea what to make for dinner so I thr... Read more

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