Sunday, November 26, 2006

Holidays-0 Me-2 ;-)

We are now smack dab in the middle of the Holiday Trifecta. The most challenging time of the year for anyone trying to lose weight. From the middle of Halloween with all those mini candies hanging around until the last Christmas cookie is gone, you are surrounded by goodies and yummies of all sorts. (For some, this continues until New Year's Eve.) Most of you know that it isn't necessarily easier at work. Most of the office staff has some sort of treat jar on their desk which is one reason why the principal knows me as well as she does (so I guess it works for her). Not only that, but a lot of teachers have drawers full of "emergency" comfort foods everything from Z bars to Almond Joy and are willing to share not to mention any treats that get brought into the staff lounge- cakes, donuts, chips and salsa. And did I mention staff meetings?? There is some more variety, sometimes veggies but a lot of times nuts and we've even had ice cream a few times.

So what I'm getting at is on top of the "normal" temptations Us-who-are-losing-weight are now faced with the challenge of rare treats that only make an appearance this time of year and are deeply rooted in family/holiday tradition. With that in mind I'm proud to announce that I showed a loss at the scale today. :-)

Christmas..Bring it on!!

We spent Thanksgiving week in New Jersey with Tim's family. It was cold and even rained but we kept busy by helping his parents move most of their things into storage and entertaining our niece and nephew. For some reason our niece preferred Tim's company to mine this visit which was a bit too much for Tim. He loves her but can only take so much at a time.

I surprised myself by signing up for a race on the day after T-day. In a sense I was glad I did it because it kept me focus and running. We also got to bring our niece along so she was out of the way for a couple of hours while everyone else packed. On the downside we weren't available to help out and when we got back I wasn't much help for the last of the moving. But, everything got done so I guess it all worked out.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Make It a Great Day or Not...

...the choice is yours.

This is the closing thought of our daily announcements. I decided to make it my personal goal for the week. And since the last few posts have been total downers, I'm choosing to write about some positives!

15 Reasons I love my new body!

1. After jogging 4 miles a little voice inside of me says, "Ya' know, I think we could do another 2 miles."

2. All my clothes fit better, which means...

3. Having to buy new clothes!!

4. I get fuller on less food.

5. My body no longer thinks "lettuce wraps" is a dirty term.

6. I actually feel more relaxed after 30 min of exercise than after 30 min of TV. In fact,

7. I get a real blah feeling after watching too much TV. The same feeling I get if I eat more than 1 or 2 cookies (I used to put cookies away like nobody's bidness).

8. When I place my hands on my hips I can now feel bone.

9. Hiking at a moderate pace (uphill, mind you) for 2 hours makes me huff and puff and feel "out of shape." Ha! I remember when just getting to the trailhead was tough.

10. I no longer recognize the face I see in my old pictures. Who was I back then?

11. Even though my work friends comment on my recent weightloss, my husband thinks I still look the same. Isn't that nice??

12. Losing weight and exercise has made me evaluate other areas of my life. I apply some of what I've learned from WeightWatchers to my work life like assertiveness, rewards, and montras (I am the best teacher in America. I teach in a loving and positive way. in conjunction with Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.)

13. I don't mind jogging with my shirt off when it gets hot.

14. Jogging gets me outdoors which is nice after spending all day long in my classroom.

15. I can fit in between the rows of desks and can even sit in those desk-chair combos!

Monday, November 06, 2006

You think you've had a bad day?

I am sitting on the floor right now with my 3rd period class because we are in a lockdown situation, meaning there is an armed intruder in the area.

So, how was you day?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pity Party for One

Yesterday I had a pity party for myself and it wasn't pretty. I'll spare you the details but it did include imported beer and pork rinds. I was feeling you say....crappy, that I pretty much dumped all my woes of the day on my usual friends as well as some innocent bystanders. bleh. I'm amazed these people don't cringe and try too hide when the see me coming by now.

Then, there's my dear hubby. Of course, I had to tell him some of what I had gone through. Then a miracle happened: I remembered a couple of good things that happened that day and I felt a lot better. Would you believe that DEvil child actually said a couple of nice things to me? I think he likes my class.

I do love my husband and am very blessed to be working with such good people.

It's also nice knowing I've got a couple of beers left over if need be.