Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Working out: Day 1

Today was my first day back to the gym, I wish i could add after a 2 week vacation but sadly I can't even remember the last time I went to the gym. But, hey I got there today, although Carmela did have to send me a motivational email and I had to read why people don't go the gym by Jillian Michaels I still went. It was even raining and I was sooooo tired. But, I did it and now I feel really good. I walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes and even though it may not have been the most intense of workouts but again, this is day one. Now if I can just keep this up. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

and I gained .8lbs

Today I had my WW meeting and I'm not gonna lie I went in expecting to see a gain, however, I was hoping that I wouldn't. In an effort to not let this totally derail me I need to figure out what happened, accept it and then move on. So last week i had lost 4.8lbs. in one week. That is super crazy for me I've never in all of my WW efforts had a loss that big in one week. So that may have played a small, miniscule part in my gain. However, lets be honest, that probably is the smallest part of it. So here's some things that may have contributed to this gain. 1. I drank wine this week. 2. I ate chili dogs. 3. I ate chalupas and margaritas. 4. I took Thursday off from WW. Well not completely but enough. 5. I ate lots of salty stuff.
So some things I've learned for this week. 1. I need to work out, any type of activity is better than none. 2. I need to track everyday and make an effort everyday. 3. I need to cut back on the alcohol. 4. I need to move on after mistakes and just keep goin. Here's to a loss next week. :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

I <3 day weekends!

I love three day weeekends. I don't know if there is a better invention in the world. I love them more than I love holiday weekends, I do realize this is a holiday weekend but it's not a holiday that my family celebrates. Don't get me wrong we all think Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man and deserving of his own holiday but we don't celebrate in the sense of getting together and eating. Since we don't do anything for the holiday that means i just get 3 days to do whatever I want, with no expectations or concerns. I get to stay up late and sleep in. I love sleeping in even if for me it just means until 7:30 am. I think the thing I like most about all this is the pure and simple FREEDOM! I dont have to be anywhere or do anything. It is also gives me ample time for mindless activities like watching movies, blogging, facebooking and various other things.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Just blogging because I can

I don't have anything super specific to blog about today. I just felt like doing a lil blogging so alas that's what I'm doing. Here's some things that are going on right now. My students and I are in the midst of the evil Stanford test and unfortunately it's just as evil as all the years before. I think next year I'm really gonna try to teach Pre-k cause all this testing is getting to be too much. I mean the board just passed a measure where if your test scores are low for three years they can fire you. It's very frustrating for me as a teacher because 1. all they're taking into account is how my kids do an a standardized, developmentally inappropriate test that's administered in January. Also the test is supposed to be used to determine which students are gifted and talented, not which kids are on grade level. It also frustrates me because my livelihood is now dependent upon small children whom most of can't even pee in the toilet, seriously our bathroom floor is always covered in pee. Common sense tells me that it's super ridiculous. I sometimes wonder what the people who make all these decisions are thinking, I mean all I can picture is some type of wildlife sitting around in a meeting picking ticks off of each other.
Now don't get me wrong I know there are teachers out there who do not do their jobs. I'm not saying those teachers should be allowed to keep teaching and I'm not saying that I shouldnt be evaluated every year. I am however, saying that maybe instead of using one single test we could look at overall growth over the whole year. Maybe a developmentally appropriate test should be given at the beginning of the year and then at the end of the year. Then you can tell me if I'm a bad teacher or not.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

and so begins another year

We have been in the year 2010 for 10 days and I have yet to actually record my resolutions for the year. The past couple of years I have been anti-resolution making simply because I just end up breaking them. However, this year I've jumped back on the bandwagon and am making some and I'm putting them on here so the entire online community can hold me accountable. Okay, that prob won't happen but at least a year from now I can go back and read them, which I did from last years. Reading last year's beginning posts I realize I'm pretty much in the same place I was last year it's just been a year. That is unacceptable I mean everyday I read some type of life altering, reinventing self inspiring quote about living ur life maybe this year Ill actually pay attention. So here are my resolutions for 2010:

1. Take care of myself. My whole self, emotional, and physical. I'm supposed to be in the prime of my life, so maybe it's time I started taking care of myself. I mean physically I'm pretty sure that my 76 year old Grama is in better shape. If I took care of myself physically then emotionally would follow close behind, its funny how those 2 things are related. This means going to my WW meetings, eating right, and working out, continously for the rest of my life. You can't just be healthy for a year and then expect it to stick without any effort on your part.

2. Get out of debt. Okay, this will take me much more than a year but seriously I have entirely too much credit card debt, I mean it's probably worth a small island. J/K I hope it's not that bad but I do have to stop overspending and stick to my budget. I need to stop accruing debt, so good bye credit cards.

3. Appreciate things more. That means everything, the things I do have, my family, friends, opportutnities etc. I need to stop taking things for granted and be more appreciative of the things i do have and think less about the things I dont.

I think this is probably a good start to the year. I mean I have to keep these things up for 12 months, I don't want to overload myself. So here's to a new year and may I read this next year and have accomplished these things. :)