Monday, January 30, 2012

$$$$ Surviving the 100th day/ Zija/Moringa/Zumba!!!

Notice the $$$ in the title.  $$$$ is always a popular subject in my blog. :) I get lots of hits on those posts.

This was around 6:45 when I leave for work.

I’ve been busy with the usual school stuff and working out.  I have really upped my workout schedule and the ounces (It’s slow) coming off.  I have been averaging about 5+hours a week of Zumba and/or Body Pump!  I love it!!!!  Not only have I bought me some Zumba pants, I participated in a Flash mob and an hour and a half Zumba Master class. The trick to working out is finding something you love it do!!!  Update: I lost .8 as of my Saturday weigh-in.  Can you say, "Yahoo!"?

We celebrated our 100th Day of school with lots of special activities.

Teachers now have to be up on the latest technology.  Here is one of my students using the interactive smartboard.

Writing "I would like a 100 ____________."

These hats had 10 strip that the students drew 10 things on.

They loved this challenge: standing 100 dominoes up in a row. At least one group did it!!

We made 100 day trail mix.  They chose 10 of 10 things and loved it!!

Friday was the 100th day of school and I planned special “100” activities for the day.  It was fun for the kids, but it meant that I didn’t get all of my usual housekeeping, paper work kind of stuff done.  So, I brought it home and I guess I’ll need to get that done tomorrow!!

You may remember that I mentioned a miracle plant that I learned about in Honduras.  We helped a couple of the missionaries down there plant it while we were there.  This plant comes from India and it is considered a miracle plant because of all of the nutrients.  It was an interesting coincidence that right after I came back from Honduras, I started hearing about a product made from the moringa plant called Zija. Slowly, but surely, I heard of Facebook and church friends who were selling it. 

To make a long story short, I have  started using it and selling Zija. It really came in handy when my older son got really sick last weekend.  He spent last Sunday in the ER and couldn't keep any anything down. It settled his stomach and he finally started getting better.  I will keep you informed and here is a link to more information:

Flash Mob:
I went from one weekend in the ER with my son to the next weekend in a flash mob.  It was fun and great and I'm sharing the video that Nick took of our Zumba flash mob.  Enjoy!

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  Click on the embed link.  I'm on the far left with a yellowish top. This isn't my video, so I'm not in it much.  If you look closely, you can see me mess up!

I also had fun at another Zumba event. Some of the local instructors brought a master teacher from Memphis.  About 200 Zutmba enthusiasts danced and had a great time for about an hour and a half.  We had so much fun that the time was up before we knew it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Snow Day & M.L.K's Birthday

This is a silly picture of me getting ready to go and workout.  I love this jacket! It's my favorite!
Snow Day

My class has been very busy since we went back to school on January 4th.  It always takes a few days for some of the children (and the teacher) to get back into the swing of things.  I had to plan new work station (center) activities and the logical choice was winter (snow) activities.  Even though our days have averaged in the high 50s, it was still winter.  I think we jinxed it though because we had snow last night.  Fort Campbell had so much (I guess) that they called off school last night.  Oh, and  Monday is already a holiday. (Martin L. King's b day.) You have to realize that this is a rare occurrence for us. I think they got a lot more over across the state line!  So……………………HAPPY SNOW DAY!!

Plans for the day:

1. Sleep a little later

2. Laundry

3. Chill (take it easy)

4. Take an extra Zumba class

5. And whatever else I want to do!!!

 For my teacher friends:

I found lots of great Valentine's stuff in the dollar aisle at Target!

Not $1, but maybe $5!

Weight Watchers Update:

I have been faithfully tracking my meals, following my healthy meal plan, and last week I took 6 exercise classes!!!!  I had thought I would do better with my weight loss once I was back in school.  (I had been very good over the holidays, but the weight wasn’t coming off.)  Last Saturday, I was very glad to say that I had lost a POUND!  I really needed that to keep me encouraged.  Weigh-in is tomorrow morning and I am actually considering taking two Zumba classes and a Zumba toning class today!!!  We’ll see how it goes!

School challenge:

On a similar note, our faculty has begun a weight loss challenge.  We are actually competing with a couple of other schools to be the “Biggest Loser” and loose the highest percentage of weight.  We all weighed in Wednesday morning.  Since it was the first time, I ate breakfast.  There was a 4 pound difference from WW’s scale ( L ) and not in a good way!!  I wasn’t surprised because WW’s scale is always lighter than the doctor’s office or anywhere else. I’ll try to keep you updated on the challenge.Pi

 Pictures from my Twin Aunt & Uncle's 85th birthday:

 My uncle had twins too!
I'm in this picture stuffing my face.  Most of these people are second and third cousins.  That translates to my cousins' grandchildren. Unfortunately, we haven't been together as a group in several years!

This is my silly husband with my 85 year old aunt.  She is a widower and she has no children of her own, but has spent her whole life helping and doing for others.  When I was in high school, she had the idea of helping me go to Europe for Spring Break.  If I hadn't done that, I probably wouldn't have ever had the nerve to go to Honduras!!!

 Happy Snow Day!!!!!