Getting Healthy for Life

03 Jan, 2013

Weekly update - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Posted by: sgregg In: Life ramblings

So far I am failing at keeping my goals.  I have not recorded one thing that I have eaten and I have not been drinking any water.  Mainly soft drinks and coffee…not good, I know.  Anyway, tomorrow is a new day and I plan on doing better.  I have had fruit though.  I had some Cuties yesterday and a couple of strawberries today.  Better than nothing, I suppose.

I went back to work today.  We had staff meetings all day.  Interesting, yes…did I want to be in meetings all day?…no.  Anyway, that’s just part of being a teacher.  Gotta learn the materials and resources out there so we can effectively teach our students.

So, students come back tomorrow.  I don’t know why they decided to start them on a Friday.  It’s a waste of a day…sigh…can’t start anything new.  I’m planning on having them write about their holiday break…and I don’t know what else yet.  I have some Mad Libs for my Language classes.  We will do those, I think…and also talk about holiday break and review pronouns…fun, fun, fun stuff…haha!  I’m expecting a lot of students to be absent.  I don’t know if I would send my child back on a Friday.  My DS doesn’t go back until the 8th.

Ok, plan for tomorrow.  Drink lots of water!  I left my big thermal cup at school today, so I will need to wash it out and put ice and water in it.  It’s a 16oz cup, so I need to fill it 4 times.  I’m going to be peeing all day, but oh well.  As for fruit, I have some cuties and bananas.  I’m planning on bringing a couple of the cuties and one banana with me tomorrow.  Let’s see…what was my other goal?  Shoot, I can’t remember….oh yeah!  I need to record everything I eat.  I was going to buy a separate notebook for that, but I keep forgetting.  I want something purty (ha!).

Well, off to bed I go.  I’m tired and I need my rest to help prepare for those students tomorrow.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a crazy day.  I have lots of girls that like to talk and share all about their experiences…oh boy!  This should be fun!

30 Dec, 2012

Goals for January

Posted by: sgregg In: Monthly Goals

Ok.  It’s time to set some new goals.  I don’t want to go overboard since I’ll be getting back into the swing of things.  I don’t want to start an exercise routine right now since my life is so hectic when school is in session.  I think I want to focus on food and drink.  I could focus on sleep, but I think I’ve been doing much better with that.  I usually make myself go to bed around 9:30 during school days because I’m in such a better mood when I have enough sleep.

Goal #1 - Drink at least 6 cups of water EVERY day.  This is totally do-able.  That’s 3 bottles.  I know I can do that.

Goal #2 - Write down EVERYTHING I eat.  This has always been a struggle for me for some reason.  I guess because around 4-5 I go in this snacking mode and want to eat a bite of everything I have in the house.  Anyway, starting Tuesday I’m going to start writing down everything I put in my mouth.  I might actually go out and buy a special notebook just for this.

Now, should I make a 3rd goal?  Hmm…let’s make it something simple.  Ooh!  I know!!

Goal #3 - Eat at least one kind of fruit daily.  This can be in all shapes or forms.  This will also include dried fruits if I don’t have fresh fruit in the house.  I’m saying this because I usually have raisins because my 1-year-old loves them right now.

Alright, I think this is a good start to a new year.  I think making monthly goals are so much better than making resolutions.  I’m not setting myself up for failure, but for success!

30 Dec, 2012

December Weigh-In

Posted by: sgregg In: Weekly Weigh-Ins

Well, I finally did an official weigh-in.  The last time I weighed and recorded was in June.  I weighed 214.6 then.  I’m at 215.  So, it’s good to know that I’ve been maintaining and not gaining.  I knew that I had to be about the same because my clothes all fit the same.  I can still get in my 16s that I bought last school year.

28 Dec, 2012

Teaching…

Posted by: sgregg In: Life ramblings

I was just looking at my last post (from July!) and realized so much has happened since then.  I didn’t know where I was going to end up or if I was going to keep going to school or what.  Well, I got a job at a special high school in the city teaching 10th and 11th grade English.  It was NOT fun.  The students I taught were 2 or more years behind and they were mostly problem kids.  Some even came from the Juvenile Detention Center.  They had lots of attitude and did not care about school, and did not care that they were getting a second chance to get caught up and graduate with kids their own age.  Now, that’s not all of them, but the majority felt that way.  There were a select few that really wanted to graduate on time and were really trying their best to get through.  Anyway, I worked there for 2 months until the district decided the program was not beneficial and sent my students back to the regular high school.  So, that left me without a job.  My principal made some calls and set up an interview for me at an elementary school that just so happened had a teacher that was resigning.  I ended up getting a job there teaching 5th grade Language Arts and Reading.  The kids are better, but it’s a whole different ball game.  I went from about 10 students per class to an average of 21 or 22 per class.  It is very challenging and stressful.  The school tests the students every 4.5 weeks, so it seems like that is all we are doing…preparing for tests.  I teach the students that usually score Minimal or Basic on the state tests and it’s even more challenging.  I’m trying so very hard to reach these students and to figure out a way to get to them.  I’ve been pulling them in small groups, they’ve been doing extra assignments on the computer, practice worksheets, etc.  I just don’t know what else to do.

Because teaching as pretty much taken over my life for the moment, I have not been focusing on my diet.  This has got to change.  I bought some measured bowls that have little ice packs that go in them to help me take good foods and to make it easier to measure stuff out.  I want to be more aware of what I’m eating.  I think I’ll do a weigh-in tomorrow morning just to see where I’m at right now.

06 Jul, 2012

Posted by: sgregg In: Getting healthy

I’ve realized that if I stay busy during the day then I tend to eat less.  I knew this, but I never voiced it out loud.  The last couple of days I’ve tried staying busy and I haven’t wanted to snack very much.  However, I’m still wanting to snack between 3 or 4 if I don’t have a big lunch or breakfast.  Today, I am planning on eating more for lunch just to keep from snacking before dinner.  I know for some people it’s easier for them to plan snacks throughout the day, but snacking before dinner can get bad for me.  I tend to snack on a little bit of everything that I have in the house which will sometimes end up being over 500 calories worth of stuff that is not so good for me.  So, today, I’m going to eat a larger lunch and then see how it makes me feel.  I have done it before and it seemed to work for me.

01 Jul, 2012

New week

Posted by: sgregg In: Life ramblings

Well, today starts a new week.  I have a feeling my weight is going to be up tomorrow.  This past week I did not record anything and I ate like I was going to die tomorrow.  Haha!  I would like to incorporate some exercise in to my day.  It’s so hot outside right now though, it’s hard to do anything outside.  So, I guess I’m going to have to break down and start a dvd…ugh…I hate those things.  It would be a lot more fun if I could take an aerobics class.  I just don’t have the time for that or the place for it, really.

DH is off work a few more days than usual.  They always take Sunday and Monday off, but this week because of the holiday, they will be taking off Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.  It will be good for him to be home with us.  Although, I have a feeling the house will be a mess the whole time…haha!  I have a hard time getting things done with him around.

More trips to schools tomorrow.  A couple of schools in the city are getting new principals and I want to go by and see if I can meet them and hand them my resume.  DH cuts one of the principal’s hair.  I’m really hoping him knowing DH can help me land a job.

Baby Girl is getting around so well these days.  She still is not walking, but she crawls everywhere and is pulling up on everything.  The top of  her feet are raw from all our adventures these last few days.  I’ve been putting Neosporin and socks on them to try to get them to looking better.  They don’t seem to be bothering her though, they just look bad.

My cell phone is having issues.  It doesn’t want to charge some days.

29 Jun, 2012

Oh my goodness, it’s hot!

Posted by: sgregg In: Uncategorized

This is our forecast for the coming week!  The kids and I have been hanging out in the house pretty much all day.  I had to drive to town earlier to run a couple of errands, but whew…it’s almost too hot to breathe out there!

25 Jun, 2012

Weigh-in Today!

Posted by: sgregg In: Weekly Weigh-Ins

My scale was being stubborn this morning and wouldn’t give me the same number every time (I usually step on it a few times in a row to see if I get the same number).  So, I just went with the lowest one.  214.4!  That’s a pound down from last week.  And that’s what I wanted to see.  :)

So, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of different grad schools.  I’ve decided where I want to attend, but now I’m thinking I may need to wait until I get some actual teaching experience under my belt.  I don’t want to get my Masters degree and then not be able to find a job because principals will have to pay me more even though I will less experience than a first or second year teacher.  So, if there are any principals out there, what would you do?  Would you rather hire a teacher with a BA with no teaching experience or a teacher with a MaED with no experience?  I guess I need to know if the education outweighs the experience.  I do plan on subbing while I’m getting my Masters, so I will have that experience.  So, yeah, something else to think about.

21 Jun, 2012

What a long day…

Posted by: sgregg In: Getting healthy| Life ramblings

It seems like so much has happened today…I’m not tired at all and it’s 11:07pm!  Anyway, I guess my energy is contributed to the amount of calories I have eaten today.  I met my mom and sister in the city today and my sister wanted to eat at Olive Garden.  So, I met them there with the intention of not eating anything (since I had just eaten lunch an hour or so before they called), and I ended up getting the soup and salad deal.  So, that means I ate about 3 bread sticks (sinful), a bowl of soup, and a heaping bowl of salad.  Then, we all went to the mall and Mom bought cookies for everyone.  I ate it, of course, because by this time I had decided that today was just going to be my “off” day for the week.  And man, was I off big time.  I went over my calorie goal by 500-something!  Whoa!  Anyway, I’m not upset about it, but wow, it’s crazy how many calories you can eat in one sitting when you aren’t aware of how many calories are in each item.  I’m pretty sure I would have eaten something a lot lighter if I had known ahead of time the calorie count of what I ordered.  You live and you learn.  I had no idea they were going to Olive Garden until I had left the house headed to the city to the meet them.  I thought they were going to the mall and just getting something from the food court.  If that had been the case, I wouldn’t have eaten anything until dinner time.

So, earlier today I called around to the different elementary schools that I applied to online.  Well, everyone I talked to had already filled the open positions!  I got really frustrated about it because I have only had one interview at one school and there are about 8 different elementary schools.  Anyway, I emailed someone in human resources and she told me that they literally have thousands of applicants per year and that I should consider myself lucky that I got a call for that one interview.  She also said if I had went around to the schools (which I did) and applied online, then I pretty much done everything that I could have done.  So, that made me feel so much better to hear her say that because that reassured me that I was on the right track and I didn’t miss anything.  It’s just some people get called and some don’t.  That’s just how it goes sometimes.  So, my back up plan may have to go into affect.  I’m going to get on the sub list and work my foot in the door from there.  If I can sub an extended leave then I may can get an offer from that same school.  I know God will put me where I need to be and I just need to stay patient and trust in Him.  It’s just so hard when all my friends are getting jobs and I am not.  However, I do try to keep thinking about the job offer that I did get.  Yes, I had a job before several of them, but I just had to turn it down.  So, I know I’m not a complete failure…ha!  Also, I’m thinking of going ahead and applying for graduate school to get my  Masters in Education.  So, I could work on that while I’m waiting for work.

Anyway, so, yeah, long day today…tomorrow, I will have a better calorie count and I won’t be stressing about finding a job.  Something WILL come up. :)