The adventures of a newly credentialed teacher!

Good news!!!
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Matt is home! The first thing he wanted was pizza and then to watch Batman...so typical! He must be feeling better! LOL Also, I am down to 175lbs so apparently the stress diet works wonders!!! Tomorrow is the 1st day of SacFit and as long as Matt is feeling okay I will go and do my pace mile or two and see where I am at. Thankfully I am feeling much better as well, no more cough, so I should be able to make it ok. I will log my miles tomorrow and let everyone know how I did. 

Update
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On Friday at 11pm I had to call an ambulance for Matt. He was taken to the ER and diagnosed with severe pnuemonia and sepsis. He was transfered from the ER to ICU at 3am Saturday morning. He had to be resuscitated at 5:15am in the ICU with a defiblirator. Luckily he made it through and the nurses are calling him "miracle boy". He was transfered today around 2pm to a regular room. No more ICU! It would be a severe understatement to say that it has been a rough couple of days. I am back at work tomorrow and leaving him in the hands of his doctors, which is hard to do. Please keep him and I in your thoughts.

A decision has been made...
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I gave myself until today to make a decision as to joining SacFit or not...well, I have made my decision with the help of my wonderful, sick, feverish fiance...I have decided that I am going to do it. I know that it will be beneficial to me to have a group of people doing the same routine (for the most part) that I am. That will keep me motivated for sure! I cannot believe my new goal is not only to lose 18lbs, but to complete a half-marathon in May! Crazy! Me 2 years ago would have laughed at you and said you were crazy if you told me I would be joining a running club! Many thanks to Sabrina for her words of encouragement! Also for showing me some great blogs by some very inspiring people from around the world! TheWWChick has changed my life! After reading her blog and printing her activity and inspiration calendars I am so inspired and I even joined a facebook-like site that tracks running mileage and time! I will certainly be using it a lot soon! Check it out here at www.dailymile.com/people/JessicaH2! As long as Matt is feeling better tomorrow, or after an urgent care visit, I am going to go for a jaunt around the park to add to my site! I didn't do as well as I wanted today starting with my points counting, but I managed to stay within 1 or 2 of my daily allowance, which is pretty good for day 1! Here is to a new me in 2010! Or at least an improved me! :D

New Year's Resolutions
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It's that time again...I cannot believe it is almost 2010! I am getting married really soon! Eek! It is only fitting that I post my New Year's Resolutions, as it is December 31st and soon to be 2010. Most of them are the usual ones that I make every year, but I am still going to post them and try to keep myself accountable in a few ways; 1) weekly blog posts 2) friends and family 3) myself and my goals. 

So without further adieu...

New Year’s Resolutions

Lose 18 lbs by June 19th
Follow WW points!
Make and use meal plans

Exercise at least 3x/week (gym, park)
Clean the house weekly (chore chart)
Do laundry at least every other week
Update Microsoft Money weekly
Go grocery shopping weekly
Keep a grocery budget
Keep an eating-out budget
Don’t procrastinate on lesson planning
Leave school everyday by 5pm
Don’t bring school work home
Girl’s night at least 2x/month
Matt and me time at least 2x/week

Mostly they seem pretty simple I suppose. It is all about making sure I follow a plan. I weighed myself this morning and was depressed by the results, but tomorrow is a New Year so I am not going to dwell on that 1lb for too long. I know I need to start drinking more water if I am going to be exercising more. That is yet another habit to start in 2010. My plan is to do a weekly entry in which I share my weigh-in, exercise, and point tracking for that week. I haven't decided how specific I am going to be about the points (food tracking vs. just stating how many per day) but I will see how it goes once I start. I will most likely do this on Friday's as it is my weigh-in day, so next Friday look for my 1st entry!



Ride and Glide!
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I just got home from an hour-long group session with my favorite trainer! It was me and 2 other girls. The class was called "Ride and Glide" and involved using the stationary bike and then the glider machine thingy that I am sure has a technical name. It was a pretty hard class, but fun! I got my butt kicked, but in a good way. :D It feels so good to finish an hour-long workout, especially knowing that even a year ago I probably would have struggled through and quit halfway. I am not in too much better shape than a year ago, but enough to make a difference I suppose.

I am still juggling around the idea of joining SacFit, which is the running/walking club that Sabrina is part of. I know what is holding me back is fear. I hate failing at something and I also hate when other people do something better than me. I am a truly competitive person. Of course, this is all the more reason why I should join because having other people around to push me towards my goals will certainly make them easier to obtain. Also, as I mentioned before, money is holding me back too. I am no longer in the "poor house", but I am still not "rich" and I am trying to save money for a wedding and pay off debt, so any extra money to me needs to go to those things, not joining a running club and buying running related things. I am so thinking way too much about this. I talked to Matt and he says I should do it. I am also afraid (back to the fear factor) that I won't like it and will have paid all that money for nothing. Argh. I just need to make a decision already! I promised myself I would make one by January 1st...so in 2 days I will post my decision.

That's all my ranting and raving for today. I am cooking dinner in the crockpot, and it smells delicious! I hope it tastes as good as it smells! It is actually a Weight Watchers recipe, but I didn't know it until I was at the store buying the ingredients. It is only 5 points per serving, which is awesome! I will post later with a review and possibly a recipe if I deem it worthy to make again!

Workin' Out
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I finally got to play with my new toy today; the Garmin Forerunner 305. Before I went to the park I did 15 minutes on the Wii Fit, then I did a mile and half using intervals and then 1 more lap (about 3/4 mile) just walking to cool down and make a course on my Garmin for just 1 lap. The mile and half took me 20 minutes and the cool down walk took about 14. That means in total I did about 50 minutes of exercise today! Go me! :D I am ready for a nap! LOL What is cool about the Garmin is that when I got home I hooked it up to my computer and it transferred the data from my Garmin onto my computer so that I could see what I had done. It keeps track of pacing, heart rate and time. It can also tell when you do a certain course, so I think next time I will be able to compare my results after I run! Way cool! I am so happy with my new toy, thanks mom!

In other exercising news...I am still contemplating the idea of joining Sac Fit. It is the running/walking club that Sabrina (Matt's mom) is in that has helped her reach her weight loss and fitness goals. I am realizing that I need some accountability, and if I have people who are in the group with me making sure I am present and accounted for at every workout, then I will actually workout for once! I like the idea of being in a group of people and meeting new people who have the same goals as you do, it seems like it would be a positive experience for me. I know it was/is for Sabrina. My only downside to joining is money. It costs about $80 to join, but then I would have to get better shoes and clothes, which when it comes to running are not cheap! I hate to have money stand in the way, especially when I am not hurting for money anymore, but it is something I have to consider. I need to make a decision soon, as their season starts the beginning of January.

I will make a decision by January 1st...it is my resolution!

This is very appropriate...
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Lately I have been struggling with the idea that I need to lose weight and that if I just stick with a plan I can do it. I made some New Year's resolutions yesterday, and on the list was my plan to lose weight by eating right and exercising. Of course it seems like every year I make this resolution and then come February I get lazy and forget about it. Today I was reading my friend list posts on LJ and I saw this entry and it seemed very appropriate for this time of year and the forward thinking I have been trying to do lately. I hope you think about it and enjoy it as much as I did. This is the year I go from "interested" to "committed"!

If you're "interested" in losing weight...

* You stick with it only until something better comes along (such as doughnuts)
* How you feel determines your outcome. If you don't 'feel like it,' you stop your efforts.
* You need to see results. When the scale doesn't move, you lose your motivation.
* You blame everything else (people, travel, circumstances) for your struggles with staying on your diet.
* Whenever you face challenges in life, you give up and plan you'll start your diet again tomorrow.

If you're "committed" to losing weight...

* Nothing stops your efforts. You stick with your diet, "no matter what."
* Emotions don't control your actions. You stay on track even when you don't feel like it.
* Your motivation isn't linked to the scale. You assume that if you stay motivated and work hard, you'll eventually see results.
* You don't depend on other people for your success. You know it's up to you, not them.
* A bad day or a lot of challenges don't affect your efforts. You keep going in spite of it.


How embarrassing...
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Today was my first day back at the gym after a week long or so hiatus due to being sick. I was glad to be back, but I ended up embarrassing myself...

It was a one hour group session with my favorite trainer, Art. 2 other girls were in the class. I am feeling a lot better than I was last week as far as wheezing and coughing and I was doing really great all throughout the class. So we get to the last 15 minutes or so and he has us on the TRX's doing some pretty hard-core stuff and I am getting dizzy and feeling it a lot. I was okay with the dizzy...so we get off the TRX's and go to grab our kettle bells and all of a sudden I feel like I can't breathe or swallow. My throat was totally closing up. Great. So of course I am freaking out and trying to breathe, but I can't. Art is asking if I am okay, I say i can't breathe, he tells me to breathe in my nose out my mouth, which really did help, all the while I have started crying out of sheer panic. Oh my gosh, I was so embarrassed. Once I was composed I got back out there and finished the class, which I am sure got me back some points, but oh man was it a little scary. I guess my lungs aren't back to where they need to be to get my butt kicked in a group class just yet!

I definitely gained some activity points today!!!

Exercise!
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I just got home from a mile and a half walk around McKinley Park. It is cold outside!!!! It only took me 30 minutes, but it is better than nothing!

Update of sorts...
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So my LJ front page says I last updated 5 weeks ago...LAME! Not too much has been going on in my life, but a few noteworthy things have happened I suppose. I came to the realization after Sabrina (Matt's mom) met goal in WW that I am an extreme lame-o and that if she can lose 98 pounds, then by God I can lose 17! I decided to get back into watching what I eat and counting my daily intake. So far it has been going OK, but not great. This time of year sucks for weight loss, lemme tell ya! I have also had a horrible cold for the past week, which meant no gym time at all because I was coughing like a crazy person and didn't want to infect anyone else. I will admit, however, that even before the cold I had not been very good about getting to the gym. Now that Matt and I have moved to midtown/east sac, the gym is farther away and way less convenient to get to. I need to have a gym bag packed and a plan to go on certain days of the week, but I have not brought myself to do that just yet. It is in the plans, just hasn't quite happened yet. I do have a group session scheduled for 3pm Monday, which is probably the next time I will be there. This weekend has been hectic! Sadly, I am running out of group session credits, and unless they have a good deal like they did when I bough the other ones, I more than likely can't afford more. :C 

In other news..Matt graduated from Sac State yesterday! I am so proud of him! He is officially done with his undergrad! He will start the credentials next Fall due to Sac State being stupid as usual. They made the deadline for the credential application way early because of budget cuts and it was all bad. But luckily he has a job and can work full time and concentrate on paying off his credit cards and getting ready for our wedding of course ;D We went to BJ's for dinner afterwards and it was delicious! That's part of the reason this week is killer for weight loss. BJ's last night, Crush 21 for JJ's graduation tonight and then Cheesecake Factory on Sunday night for Matt's family's birthday dinner for him, his mom and grandfather. I try to make good choices, but it can be tough.

When I weighed in yesterday I had stayed the same as I was the week before, which is a miracle between all of the cookies, treats and the Christmas banquet potluck at my work. I know what I NEED to do, but what I WANT to eat sometimes outweighs that. If I can just control my wants then I know I can lose the weight. Unfortunately I am a very food-centric person, so I usually let the wants take over. Like Matt keeps telling me, I lost weight before when I followed the points system to a "T". All I have to do is do what I did before and I will be successful. I looked back at my old WW excel and my start weight was 182lbs. So sad that I am almost back there...but then I remembered that I was 188lbs before I started the gym, so I have really lost around 10lbs and managed to keep it off, which is impressive considering my lack of self-control.

Enough diet talk...I will keep my LJ updated better these next few months and hopefully be able to write about some actual progress versus just my thinking about progress. I will also try to update with gym visits to keep myself honest. That is all for now I suppose. I think I am going to get bundled up and go for a walk in the park. I need some exercise before all of the food I am going to consume this weekend!

Oh yea...one more thing...6 months until my wedding!!!!!!!!! :D

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