August 25th, 2006 by Anna

Man, I’m glad this week is over. Mostly. It was stressful to say that least. This was the second week of school and I’ve been doing all of the intros in the labs. I like to make sure the kids get a good start learning to log into the computers and some basic terminology. But I’m exhausted now. We have like 45 classroom teachers! And I still have to get all of my other work done and there’s a LOT of other work to get done.

Then there’s home. Which includes a two year old in a cast. Sheah. This should be a Fear Factor challenge – being the parent of a two year old with a leg immobilized from toes to thigh. Not much sleep the first few days and then there’s just no way to explain to him that I can’t take the cast off. And no way to explain to him that it WILL come off some time (September 20th!!!!). He got some bug bites on his good leg and I kind of think he may have gotten some inside his cast because he was downright MISERABLE for quite awhile. And he’s so very two. It would be funny if it were happening to someone ELSE to watch The Boy sit and make his demands on everyone around him. His angry little face. He harsh little tone. He’s so darned cute but man is he being a brat. But then you kinda have to pity him.
But it’s Friday now. And The Boy is actually getting around pretty well now. I’ll have to get video as it’s kinda funny.

I’m happy with the way I’ve eaten for the most part. Well, no, that’s not entirely true. I WAS proud of myself because I was really staying in my points range from the time I posted my last message. Then a friend pointed out that I wasn’t really eating very healthy. I was in my points range, but WHAT I was eating was not so great. “How about an apple?” she suggested. A what? Umm… why? So then I went back to SparkPeople, which I’ve been going to daily and tracking stuff, and actually took a better look at the reports. Dang… my calorie range was fine, but I wasn’t getting much fiber or calcium or any vitamins to speak of. She dissed my Pria bars which I insist are very good – they were really the only thing of value I was eating – but she was sure right about my lack of fruits and veggies!

So now I’m trying to do better on what I eat, not just on my calorie intake or points. I ate YOGURT yesterday. And today I had fresh fruit with my lunch. Strawberries and grapes and canteloupe. And wow… now that’s pretty GOOD.

Of course if you look at today’s food journal you’ll see a bit more pizza than I should have had. And frankly I’m feeling it right now. I am definitely overfull. I feel icky. But honestly I’ll probably still have some ice cream tonight. By the way, that’s Healthy Choice Chocolate Chocolate Chunk. MMmM!

Which brings me to something else… that very ice cream is a red light food for me. Everytime I’ve gotten it, I’ve finished it off in less than four sittings. By myself! But I really like it (duh!) and I don’t want to deprive myself of it. So THIS time I asked JONATHAN to serve it for me. And then he puts it in a grocery bag and then back in the big freezer in the garage. I’m not sure exactly where in there because I’m not going to look. This has worked much better because I don’t generally get second helpings and I can’t eat out of the carton now. Yay me! Yay, Jonathan!

So I’ve rambled on enough. And I’m being summonded by The Boy.

2 Responses  
  • Andrea writes:
    August 26th, 200611:35 pmat

    Sounds like you are a technology teacher of some I right? I teach fifth grade and next week I get back into things. I am happy you are trying to balance your meals more. I have trouble getting my milk and vegetable servings in the most.
    At least this summer it won’t kill me to get back into the swing of school. I hope your son heals fast.

  • Anna writes:
    August 27th, 20061:27 pmat

    I’m a “Campus Instructional Technologist” so I’m there more to teach the teachers than teach the kids. But yeah. Next week I won’t be in the labs teaching like I was for the last two. Just for 1st grade which asked me to be there to help them. But I’ll still be swamped with everything ELSE I have to do.

    I don’t care for milk so I manage to get my calcium with things like Pria bars, cheese, yogurt or… ICE CREAM! :) Oh, and I’ve gone back to drinking my hot chocolate which is two servings of Nestle’s non-fat hot cocoa mix with calcium in a single serving of the hot water so that it tastes more chocolatey. And that’s a single point with 60% of the recommended calcium!

    Veggies I was having problems with until I started getting Green Giants frozen veggies with this low-fat cheese sauce. It’s pretty good! I may go back to baking fresh veggies, or micro-steaming them. But right now this frozen bagged stuff is easy and tastey.

    And yesterday I cored my apple and then used a… slicer thingie and made real thin slices and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar and baked them. YUM!

    Just be creative, Andrea!

    Good luck in YOUR school year!

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