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9/3/09 9:02 P

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I may not be a "hard ass" but I am willing to work and talk through this. Please feel free to email me if you'd like to buddy up :)
Keep up the good work!

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9/3/09 8:56 P

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You've gotten some great advice here. If you have the heart to work with runaway kids, you have the heart to take care of yourself too! Take this time to focus on you and the "why" behind the weight issues. I'm trying to do that also. I was only a few pounds from goal and I've gained back 15 lbs. The one thing I didn't do was quit spark. I owned up to the gain (very hard to actually tell people) and am working to take it off again. Start with only 10 min. of exercise and work up from there. You can do it!


Kim

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9/2/09 12:29 P

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Thank you all for your responses...it means a lot that there really are people out there in the void. :)

I had such high hopes for this year, I thought that student teaching for a full year and earning my master's would land me a job...it was heartbreaking to find out that that wasn't good enough. I will be substituting and working for a half-way house for runaways...hopefully that will be enough to meet the bills. Being overweight, (and so much so) is just an added downer. I cannot do the things I want to do. :(

Thank you for the encouragement, and YES I would LOVE a buddy. Someone who will be a hardass and get me the heck out of this god-forsaken one room apartment!!!!

Good luck out there!

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9/2/09 9:36 A

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You have already proven that you have the determination and motivation necessary to achieve your goals, otherwise you would not have been able to get your masters degree! It seems like there are so many of us that can accomplish so much in every area except our health/weight, and yet that is the area we tend to judge our selfworth by.

I have taken a year off from teaching because my family is making a move to another state. It is hard because I am used to having a schedule and have always put so much effort into teaching. Unfortunately I have not taken time for myself and my physical health has taken a backseat to my teaching. I finally have the time to address my own health and having SparkPeople is a great advantage! These are the "self talk" lessons I am giving myself during this time I have away from teaching in a classroom.

What we learn from our own personal experiences can help us be better teachers. When I have a student that struggles in class and lacks motiviation, I think about what is holding them back and try to find ways to motiviate them to want to set goals that challenge them to become a better student (so that they will have a better future).

Students face many obstacles, which for them are just as difficult to overcome as our weight/health problems are for us. We are trained to not give up on students because what we do directly affects the quality of their lives and futures. I believe we need to think of ourselves in the same way! We know that just helping students learn how to set small goals and successfully acomplish them creates a learning environment that paves the way to achieving even greater things. We know that there are tools and skills that help them along the way (having the right materials/supplies, reading for understanding, asking questions, taking notes, etc...Teachers constantly remind students of what they need to do to help themselves be successful - and wonder why sometimes "they just don't get it". We can learn the same lesson and use the same strategies for our own success. Use your Spark People tools - they are GREAT!

You have time to start the healthy habits that will keep you on the right track when you start teaching (and spend so much time and effort on the demanding job of being a good teacher). Being in good health will give you the energy, and stamina you need for what is one of the most physically and mentally challenging jobs anyone can do. Overcoming your own challenging obstacles will also give you the confidence to help inspire students to achieve goals despite the hardships they face! You will work hard to help your students understand that they themselves and what they are working for is worth the effort. YOU ARE TOO, so don't give up on yourself just as you would never give up on a student!

(Subbing is a great way to get into schools and get some experience. I came back to teaching after taking time off for my children and subbing was a real eye opener! SUBBING IS HARD, so understand that when you have your own classroom you will set the tone and get to develop the student teacher relationships which make teaching a satisfying career not just a JOB. It will give you experience and the opportunity to meet the adminstrators that fill those job openings, especially if you take on a long term job such as a maternity leave.)

Sorry for the "long-winded" lecture - I think I did it as much for my own benefit as to encourage you! Have faith in yourself and USE THOSE TEACHING STRATEGIES for your own benefit (and your future students).





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9/2/09 8:52 A

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Welcome to the first step...asking for help and support.

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9/2/09 8:24 A

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Welcome to the team!

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9/2/09 7:46 A

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Life - I joined at the end of July and am slowly losing some weight...I don't like to exercise, so for me it's all about calories and portions :) I've decided this time it is about a life changes, so I'm going to congratulate myself for the small changes I've made. I'm eating vegetables and fruit daily!! I stay in my calorie range!! But yes I do eat my chocolate or even a handful or Doritos...if we neglect our loves that takes away who we are, so I plan accordingly. I love my hersey miniatures because I can have 5 for about 100 calories..I treasure them and make them last!
Don't beat yourself up...I've been frustrated these last few weeks because it's not going as fast as I want (it's soooo much easier and faster to gain the darn weight) but I have lost and I am making changes!! This time my changes aren't a fad diet either, their life long...so it will take a while, life is a journey.
In the meantime, fill out your applications to sub!! Contact schools to see if the have a volunteer program. With kindergarten staring, our schools uses volunteers for 2 weeks and that's a great way to show teachers how great you are and they'll use you to sub. Our school also has a volunteer coordinator, so you can come in and volunteer to cut, copy or work in rooms...another way for teachers to notice how great you are.
If you want a buddy let me know :) I'd love to buddy up!

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9/2/09 6:33 A

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Hang in there!! Looks to me like you've already lost 5 lbs. We often want it to go faster, but it just doesn't! Some weeks you may find that it does, but others it is slower. I totally understand how it is tough to get out of bed right now, but maybe that is precisely what can help motivate you to do it. Maybe the idea that you want to actively beat this time you are going through can help. I have found that checking out other peoples' sparkpages is extremely motivating, and that might be something to put your time into now. Also, maybe some volunteering to get some experience that will help get you ready for a job.... I hope you find sparkpeople to be as supportive as I and many others have. We are all here, struggling just as you are. You've taken such a brave step by posting about this - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!

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9/2/09 1:56 A

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A few weeks ago I was dedicated to starting a new life and was working hard to eradicate the bad influences that haunted me (damn you chocolate! :) )..now...I have not exercised at all yet, find myself making love to my cravings (not really, but work with me here ;) ) and find myself comatose in front of the TV...wishing I had the energy to get up.

SIGH!!!!!!!!!

I haven't even gotten started yet and I feel like I have lost the battle. I know I can be heatlhy...at least to some extent...but it's like waiting for the Second Coming...I feel like it is all faith with no proof...

I know it is silly and I know that you actually have to DO something to get results...but how does one peel themselves off the couch? Especially when there isn't even a reason to get out of bed...(unemployed at the moment, just finished my Master's and no one wants an inexperienced teacher.....)

From a distance I hear the referee...6, 7, 8...

Fade to black.

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