Tuesday, February 27, 2007


I am beat. I was supposed to go back to work yesterday, but we had a snow day (yeehaw!). I slept in, yet again, which made it almost impossible to get out of bed this morning. I could barely roll myself out of bed. I got to work, did a ton of stuff for the upcoming annual reviews...writing IEPs, testing, contacting a testing publisher to see what modifications I could make to their exams for my dyslexic boys. (Don't even think about messing with my boys...I'll get you!)

And then, after work, it happened: I went to the gym and did some cardio. And then I lifted weights. And now it's about 8pm and I am exhausted! I'm proud to say that I also ate well today. Lots of fruits and veggies. Whole grains galore. I'm a winner today!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hey, look ma, I'm procrastinating....

Yeah, I'm procrastinating. Wanna make something of it? I need a couple of minutes away from my national boards stuff. I spent the morning at my friend Cathy's new (and beautiful) house where we read some of each other's work and made comments and corrections. So, here is my update...I'm on:

  • draft 5 of the first entry
  • draft 4 of the fourth entry
  • draft 2 of the third entry
  • draft 1 of the second entry

I'm fried.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

You went where?

I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in about forever. I didn't do anything major; just 2 miles on the elliptical and then straight back home. I'm just happy that I got my ass there...especially considering my bad eating habits last week...

I'm still pluggin' away at my national board stuff. I have to have it in the feds' hand by March 31st and there is still a ton of work to be done it. Every time I read goosestepped things I find something I want to change. It's gotten to the point where my brain just wants to burst...but that's why I'm doing this right now instead of that. I worked on them for quite some time this morning, and I won't let myself spend all day on them or else I'll kill someone when I get back to work on Monday.

Monday, February 19, 2007


God bless those dead presidents! I love having this week off from work. Although, I've got a ton of National Board work to do, but if I keep to about an hour or so a day, and not even necessarily in a row, I might not drive myself completely insane...right?

I brave weigh in yesterday and I'm at 178.6 (I think...could be .4, but I'm unsure) so it's back to the core drawing board for me, but I'm okay with that. For example, went to SOBs for lunch today...I made polenta chips to eat with the salsa, ate black bean soup for lunch (yummy) and I was happy and completely on core. I didn't even have a crack-a-rita. I'm gonna save those for special occasions...don't want them to lose their "umph!" as it were.

I've been watching tons of movies (especially horror) recently even since I got my Blockbuster card re-entered. In the last week I've seen: An American Haunting, Silent Hill, Grudge 2, Running with Scissors, and Lady in the Water. I don't usually watch movies, but something has got me hooked lately. If I can just keep my hands off of gummy bears and malt balls, I'll be okay. (I'm kidding, I don't have any candy in the house!)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snow Day!

It's official! I got the automated phone call this morning at 5:33...I made Chris listen to it, too, just to be sure (and to rub it in a little bit). I am still in my pajamas as I write this. There is no chance I'm going anywhere today because I don't have to! Ha!

It's really more of an ice storm at this point. All that white you see isn't snow, it's slushy hail stuff that has been beaning me in the head when I
walk Reuben. He wants no part of this storm. He's all about snow, but freezing rain? Forget it.
FYI: I took these pics from my porch...I live on the second floor of a two family home and I have my own porch...pretty cool!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

High Fiiiiiive-uh!

175.4...beautiful numbers compared to yesterday. I'm heading in the right direction and I'm thankful for that. I brought lunch again, I still have emergency oatmeal in my drawer, and everyone on my campus has their fingers and toes crossed for a snow day tomorrow. There has been conflicting forcasts, but they all agree on 1 thing: at least 3-5 inches of snow. We could use a snow day around here. The kids could use a day off, we could use day off, the school buildings could use a day off, the parking lot could use a day off...we're all hurting. It doesn't matter that we have all of next week off....we're snow day greedy.

There is just something nice about having a surprise holiday. It soothes the mind.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Oh, the horror...the horror

The scale read 177.4 this morning. A tribute to my self pity ( I typed "spitty" twice before getting it right). I am on the right track today. I ate breakfast at home, I have emergency oatmeal in my desk, packed a nice salad for lunch. I'm rocking the core at the moment, however brief that moment has been.

The scale this morning was a total slap in the face. My body has been crying out for help and I've been completely ignoring wallowing in my over scheduled stress. I think I've got a handle on this for the moment. I have a nice apple in front of me and I plan on eating it as soon as I'm done visiting with you all here.

Catch ya later!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Can I get a "whut whut"

Well, things at work have finally come to a head, and I did not come out smelling like a rose. Those of you whom I actually email with who want details, just email me and I will tell you a basic story that ends in an ugly but beneficial way. I'm actually feeling serene, despite the fact that my ass was almost handed to me. As a result, I'm going to totally focus my efforts toward weight loss, video games, teaching reading (to HS students and grad students) and quite possible tri training, which would make the title of my blog accurate once again.

I am sleeping in tomorrow, going to buy fresh fruit, and a little grocery shopping, and I will begin Core full force on Monday, along with a half-assed tri program, dependant on how peeved I am with myself once I'm totally sober. (I went for drinks with 2 guys from work who are totally awesome...we are like the only 3 people who work down county, so we have "down county happy hour" complete with crack-a-ritas...everyone else goes to a townie bar in the next county up. I like to think we have more fun!)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Dial 4 for Cranky

I wish I could have called into work "cranky" because that's how I was certainly feeling this morning. I couldn't help it. My head was throbbing and dizzy when I went to bed, I slept like a log, but it wasn't enough. I'm still tired, although certainly less grumpy. Poor Chris woke me up last night when he was getting into bed and I snarked at him with such a fierceness. Let me be very clear about his waking me up...it was on purpose. First he was harassing poor Reuben, making him whine, and then he was poking and pinching me for kicks and woke me up more. I wigged out a tad. If you wake me up early in the morning, I'm fine. If you wake me up in the middle of the night for nonsense, I'm a bitch. I can't help it. My dad is the same way. So I guess Chris brought it on himself.

On a happier note, I remembered breakfast this morning. I didn't eat it at home, but brought it with me to work: fat free Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries. Yum! My mojo is working it's way back to me. I might even try to get to the gym this afternoon...key word is might. The heart is willing, but the body is still groggy and I've been up for about 4 hours..... I'm just glad to be back on the Next 10 Challenge with Marta on our quest to make our pudge budge!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Mini mojo

Hey all! I'm feelin' pretty good about my Weight Watchers mojo. I think what really did it for me was how I weighed in at 173.6 (again) at WI yesterday, and how this morning my scale read 178. Yeah, the Superbowl did me in. Chris and I went to a party where the hostess made the best pork ribs I've ever had. Let me repeat. Best. Ribs. Evah! I'm going to assume that most of that is in the digestion process, so I'm not going to cry too much. What I am going to do is be very careful this week so that those ribs don't take their toll.

Despite this amazing scale-related discovery this morning, I forgot to eat breakfast and bought a multi-grain bagel from Starbucks. Not as good as eating my high fiber cereal, but certainly better than a muffin or cinnamon bun....right?

Friday, February 02, 2007

The need to find center

I am all over the place. I've got a list of things I need to do a mile long. There was no snow day today, so I'm writing this during my lunch period. I am a ball of self loathing when it comes to eating. I've been eating core food half the time, and processed food the other half. I need to get myself recentered so that I can focus on what needs to get done, and get back into a routine.

I truly believe that the change in my routine is what is throwing me completely off. The library has been closed, so I haven't been doing that. My last bunch of Saturdays have been taken up with national board support meetings or other workshops. I'm teaching a grad class instead of doign Homework Help on Mondays. I'm just all over the place. I've got to figure out a way to make myself feel more settled about the new schedule. I've got things I've got to get done, it's true, but I don't need to eat pudding while I'm doing it...I think that might be half of the point.

I am going to take advantage of the fact that my students that I have for the last 2 periods of the day happen to be absent to get some extra national board writing done....that'' make me feel somewhat better...at least for a minute or two.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Where did the time go?

I have no idea how it got to be Thursday already and I haven't posted. Unbelievable. I guess I"ve got to catch all of you up on my goings-ons. This calls for bullets...again.

  • Some of my co-workers are making me crazy. Especially the extra crazy one. The other co-workers probably wouldn't be so irritating if Looney Tunes was not so annoying...but oh well.
  • I'm eating better than I did last week, but I'm still not completely on program. I just can't find my mojo. I have no motivation. I can't find an ounce of motivation in me, to be honest. I think I have to do some meditation this weekend to try and find it.
  • The snow that everyone was talking about has been demoted from "storm" to "wet weather". I don't think we'll ever, ever have a snow day this school year. I've still got my fingers crossed for a 2 hour delay. I could use the sleep.

I think I'll be back later....only time will tell.