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Brandy's Blog – February 2009 Archive (24)

Gluten Free Trial

Starting Monday I will officially be on a gluten-free diet for a week. I am trying it to see if I have a gluten or wheat intolerance. I have been diagnosed with IBS. I recently found out my niece, who had terrible stomach pains the past two days, was also diagnosed with IBS. My mom wants to see if the gluten free diet helps me in hopes that my niece may also benefit.

It's not too hard to find gluten free products, and while I read that I needed to be careful since so many gluten-free… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 28, 2009 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Bad Mood

Okay, so I'm in a bad mood. Why does it make me feel like I can be a brat to my husband and get him in a bad mood too? Why do I think it gives me the right to finish off those Doritos? Why don't I get up and get moving and do something that makes me feel better about myself?

TO SELF: Go call your grandma, take a bath, paint your toenails, go to bed early, snuggle with the husband and apologize!!!!

PS: I'll tell you guys if this pep talk worked and if I kept away from the… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 27, 2009 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment


I have a lot to think about this week. First off, I got a phone call from my biological father Monday night. Then I couldn't sleep (obviously). My IBS symptoms have come back full force (stress induced or not really IBS?). I am really wondering if it's IBS or if it's something else, like celiac disease. I have never been able to go gluten-free to see if it helps because, to be honest, I like my bread and pasta and cookies. I think this weekend I will go to the store and buy gluten-free. I'll… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 25, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

Cadbury Mini Chocolate Eggs Are Evil

...but oh so delicious! That is why I can't buy another bag for a while. I bought a bag Saturday and tonight it is almost gone. These are definitely like a drug for me. It doesn't help that I've been stressed lately, what with the message I got this weekend, plus work and school! I spent all yesterday (eight hours in fact) working on a Unit Plan that I didn't finish and a 5 page literature review for my Big Thesis Paper. I get to work on my unit plan some more tonight and grade papers. I am the… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 23, 2009 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Overwhelming News

The world of technology is amazing. It allows people to find each other who otherwise would never have done so. For example, I got up this morning and checked my Facebook account, as I do at least once a day (would you call that an addiction?), I found a friend request and an email from someone with a familiar last name but someone I didn't know. I also had a message from the same person. As I glanced at the message, it only took a second to realize who this was. It was my biological father's… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 21, 2009 at 1:23pm — 4 Comments

Friday Celebration

I am so glad for the weekend. While it will be chock full of plans from the to-do list, I also like to take some time to relax. So....I am going to take a nap, eat dinner with DH, then go back to school for the last half of the all school party. I am chaperoning (even though I technically don't have to) and then the teachers are having an after-party at the Macaroni Grill. Mmmm.....It will be hard to pass up the tiramisu (it is my absolute all time favorite dessert).

I'm kinda… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 20, 2009 at 5:47pm — No Comments

A Day Off--Sorta

Today I was in class all day and I had a sub and it was great all around! Great day in class, and the kids were good with the sub--I couldn't ask for more! I'm gonna try to get some candy for the kids as a thank you. They deserve it!!

Also, I had an interesting conversation with my husband last weekend that I keep thinking about. We were talking and out of the blue he said, "If you got pregnant, the baby would be due in December. That wouldn't be too bad." You guys have no idea what… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 19, 2009 at 7:15pm — 2 Comments

I'm Done with Today

I am calling it quits on today. One of my classes was not very good. Even though all the other classes went extremely well, my mentor only came to the one that sucked. Then, she spent nearly two hours talking to me about it and over-analyzing it. By the end, I felt a little defeated and demoralized. I know what I'm doing as a teacher. I know that I know what I'm doing as a teacher. I feel as if she's not allowing me to make some mistakes along the way. It's a very frustrating… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 17, 2009 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Ugli Fruit

Ugli Fruits are...well...ugly. They look like an old, wrinkled, unripe grapefruit. They are sweet in flavor, with the mixture of tangerine and grapefruit (they are actually a cross between the two). They are really juicy when in ripe and in season. They are the size of large grapefruit. You just peel and eat like an orange. I really like them. The peel is pretty thick, so be ready to use a spoon or knife to initially get through the peel. Thought… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 16, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


This weekend was fun, but now it's time to drink lots of water, stick to healthy foods, and clear out my system of all that sugar, salt and fattiness. I'm sluggish today and it's probably because of my diet.

Here's the plan today: I need to read (homework), write a paper, plan a new unit for one section and figure out my lessons for the week for the other section I teach, clean the apartment, and then grade papers. If I have time, I need to mail off my niece's birthday gift.… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 16, 2009 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Top Ten Reasons I Love My Body

This Valentine's Day, I want to remind myself of why I love my body, why I eat healthy, why I am on this journey. So here goes:

10. I've lost thirty pounds.

9. Even though I've lost thirty pounds, I still have a chest!

8. I can stand on my feet for 10+ hours a day.

7. I could run if I wanted to...

6. I look pretty darn good in a nice pair of jeans.

5. I can see my collarbone and I think that can be sexy.

4. Each scar has a story behind it.

3. Boy… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 14, 2009 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Some Goals Come Spring

I have a goal to be at 175 by graduation in May, but the fact that the number hasn't moved since December is frustrating. If I get there, great. If not, I'll keep trying.

My goal once school slows down in May is to pick up running. I've never been a runner. Ever. In high school, the PE teacher made all the girls run a mile (he told the guys they didn't have to) and I remember being one of the few who actually could run the whole mile. One of the girls even said I should be on track.… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 14, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

The Evil Four

I called today the evil four: It's a full moon (or close to one), it's Friday the 13th, it's the day before Valentine's Day, and it's the Friday before a long weekend. My students were not focused. It wasn't too bad; I only had to send two students out. Both were in the same class period though.

I also had a student get me a V-day gift. I received a card and a notebook full of the students' own poetry. It was so thoughtful. And don't worry, it wasn't some boy giving me the… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 13, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

A Few Minutes

I have a few minutes to post and it made me so sad that I couldn't post this morning that I just had to do it now!

I had a pretty good day, even though it was hectic (and its not over yet!). I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of this whole teaching thing, but I may change my mind tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the Big 3 from H**L. First off, it's Friday the 13th. Notoriously bad day for teachers. Second, it's the day before Valentine's Day. Think lots of candy and lots of… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 12, 2009 at 4:58pm — 1 Comment

Survival Mode

I'm in survival mode until the middle of March. One month. That's not too bad. Just a warning that my posts will be short and I may not comment as much as I used to, but I'm not disappearing. If I'm gone for a while, I'll be back after that month. It's just that my thesis paper is going to be written during this month as well as trying to do other school projects, plus teaching. I'm so exhausted right now that I know something has to give. And work and school can't go… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 11, 2009 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

I'm Not Good With Numbers

That really sums me up. I'm bad at math AND my weight has not changed for such a long time. Ugh. Someday....

I'm in a hurry, so here's my plan:

Breakfast: Carnation and metamucil

Snack: Activia Light

Lunch: turkey smoked sausage and cabbage, pineapple sauce

Snack: ?? I know I'll have something, but it will either be applesauce or whatever is at the meeting after school

Dinner: onion loaf and a mashed potato (we ended up having to eat out last night… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 10, 2009 at 7:48am — No Comments

Be There

I'm still thinking about Mindfulness and how important it is to be in the moment. Today, I want to "be there" when I'm eating. I want to be present in the moment, actually taste my food and be aware of what I'm eating. I think this would help squash a lot of my cravings. I would be full if I actually realized what I was eating during meals.

Here's my plan today:

Breakfast: Carnation and Metamucil

Snack: Activia Light

Lunch: Bean Burrito, pineapple… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 9, 2009 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Live in the Moment

Roni's quote has made me really think. I complain about not having lost weight for almost three months, but I need to remember not to look back and say I should have done more but to look forward and say I'm going to take this one day, one choice at a time. I need to live in the moment. Over the summer I took a Mindfulness Relaxation class as part of my Master's Degree. I know, how cool is that, right? Well, I think it applies really well to all parts of my life, including this new being… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 8, 2009 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Cleaning Up

I need to clean up around here (both literally and figuratively). My apartment is now a mess since the husband does not clean and I've been super busy and stressed the past 2-3 weeks. Ugh. Why am I the one who cleans up? Why can't he do it???? UGH! I also need to clean up figuratively. I need to get a grip on my eating habits. I need to move more. I can't wait until March when I finish up my classes and have the majority of my thesis paper done and I can start doing normal, regular life things.… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 6, 2009 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Half Day!

Today I teach all my classes before noon. We have a half day today and it will be crazy! I have to leave in five minutes, so I won't be able to write much here today. I don't get much of a lunch (about 10 minutes at one point and 15 minutes about 1/2 hour later). The teachers in my district need to bargain for a set lunch time. I would LOVE 1/2 hour to eat my lunch and know that no one can take that away from me. It just isn't right that I have to work all day (11-12 hour days) and yet I don't… Continue

Added by Brandy on February 5, 2009 at 8:13am — 3 Comments




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