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Back-to-School Blues

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I will tell you that it's really easy to make all these plans when I'm sitting on my rear during school breaks. But my back-to-school schedule is kicking that rear. I had one little falter this week on Tuesday when I was so hungry after school that I ordered takeout for dinner. Not good takeout either.

But I had a moment listening to an interview on the Today show. One of the "Half Their Size" guests said that he had to make it through the first couple of weeks until his stomach adjusted to eating fewer calories and then it got easier. So every time I felt like I NEEDED to binge, I told myself not to give up.

Since I only really watched my eating habits for part of the last week, I lost 0.4 pounds. Nothing to really brag about, but at least the scale moved in the right direction. I also made it to the gym two times this week after school. I needed some convincing the first time... I was so tired. My 6th grade students convinced me that I should at least go for 30 minutes and then if I felt like leaving, I could. I didn't want to let them down, so I went. And the next day, that was the first thing they asked me.

Other than Tuesday, I have cooked every dinner at home. Tonight I even made something I never have before. I tried a new recipe called "Penne with Shrimp and Mushrooms" from the Weight Watchers cookbook Simply the Best. I have never cooked raw shrimp before and it was easier than I thought. Of course... not many foods tell you when they are done. haha. Even a novice like me was able to tell that the grey shrimp was done when it turned pink. I think more foods need a "tell" like that.

Anyway, the meal was good, but a little bland. And I have such an inexperienced pallate that I have no idea what to do to make it better. I'm hoping, with time, I will be able to tell those things.

Much snow here... I'm hoping for a snow day even though our superintendent is reluctant to call us off school. We even get 5 "free" snow days a year. We had about 2 inches already. We're supposed to get 2-4 overnight and another 2-4 tomorrow. If there were any day for a snow day, I think that would be it. But we'll see.

* Health: 0.4 pounds down; 109.6 to go

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  • LICIA4608
    It's amazing how our plans seem so unrealistic when we are faced with our everyday lives and schedules, but like you are doing, we have to stick with it, doing what we can until it becomes routine and then doing more. You are doing a great job!! Celebrate the positives :)

    As far a bland food, add some spices, find a few you really like and add them as you taste stuff you think needs something else, just do it a little bit at a time. I like creole seasonings and cumin, they're my favorite, but there's a whole host of them. Experimenting is half the fun.

    You can do this!!
    4110 days ago
    Melissa Hi

    Support - Out of the mouths of Babes - what encouragement and the mindset to follow up with you - I love it - How sweet - I agree with Alpine - they must really care for you - c
    "Cherish "that it will take you along way - I am so proud to see you blogging about your journey this year - I think you will find more support than you ever relized through your blogging - I know it is not always easy to do especially when things aren't going the way we would like however- it is through your blogs I keep thinking she is determined now - so lets GO Girl as a matter of fact you have encouraged me to start blogging more - HUGS my Dear!
    Give them babies a hug from me emoticon tell them I said "Job Well Done"
    4110 days ago
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    I saw so many positives in this blog, Melissa. I think you're doing better than you feel like you're doing. Your 6th graders must love you, and look at the support they gave you! The experimenting with cooking sounds like fun. I find that most of the joy of cooking is trying this and trying that until you come up with something totally great.

    You're doing fine. Better than fine. Keep up the good work!


    4110 days ago
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    You're doing awesome, Melissa! It is easy to do when we're on vacation. But doing something is better than doing nothing when we're not on vacation...and you ARE doing something! Keep it up!

    We've had "snow" on 3 occasions this year, or so I've been told. It all fell after dark and evaporated before it hit the ground. That's why we only get 2 snow days, I guess.
    4110 days ago
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    We have used our snow days up. We get two and had a second today. We have another tomorrow. WE had about 5 inches of snow and for us that is a lot. Plus we have more snow on the ground. I love to find the challenge of eating at home and make it taste great. I am to the point that I think I do better than take out.
    4110 days ago
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