Friday, April 11, 2014

Meet a Member: Melissa T., Week 8

Week 8
April 1, 2014

Thoughts for the Week…
·        This week I am 3.2 more pounds down for a grand total of 24.8 pounds so far! Hopefully I’ll make the 25 pounds lost next week!
·        I had 3 stars and 4 star minuses for the past week. Marty wasn’t happy about the star minuses. That means for 4 days out of the week I did not eat the minimum number of calories that I should have. He reiterated that it’s important to eat at least the minimum number of calories that your body needs so you don’t start losing the lean mass (muscle) that you want to keep. The pointer he gave me was to eat a tablespoon of peanut butter at the end of the day if I’m below my calories. That tablespoon of PB has about 100 calories in it and it’s full of protein. So we’ll see how this week goes.

·        In Train your Brain this week we discussed stress and how it is normally caused by unrealistic expectations of ourselves and of others.  During our class I really couldn’t think of situations that cause me to feel stress. Crazy, I know! I get a little frantic in the mornings when I have to tell my children repeated to HURRY UP, but once we are out the door and on our way that frantic feeling has dissipated. I don’t think I would consider that stress. I think I now have concluded that Mondays at school cause me STRESS! They usually a bit hectic with making sure everything is ready to go for the week. That part isn’t the issue. The issue lies within the fact that the students look back at me with blank stares because they’ve all stayed up way too late on the weekend and they are tired! Asking a question that virtually everyone should know the answer to and I see ZERO hands raised and 24 pairs of hollow eyes. Grrrr!! So here’s where I’m going to practice what Marty taught us. I need to remember that I have little to no control over other people (students, parents). I can change my own thinking and behavior, but NOT theirs. So instead of becoming Mrs. Crabapple when I’m asking questions and getting no response, I’m going to change my own behavior to elicit a better response from the students. How will I change my own behavior? I have no idea, but I’ll figure it out!

Wednesday Workout
·        I work out with a group of teachers on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. Below is one of the workouts we did this week…it was tough!

o   3 rounds
§  50 pushups
§  50 sit-ups
§  50 squats

Ponder this…

·        I couldn’t decide on which quote to choose for this week, so I’ve included two. About the first quote…just like Marty said about how we can only change our own thinking and behaviors, if there is something we know we can’t changes we have to change how we react. That much we can do. About the second quote…it’s just a good reminder. Sometimes a great laugh can brighten the mood! Last night I laughed so hard at something that my husband said that I was crying. He didn’t intend for it to be funny, so he gave me bird because I was laughing at him. After he gave me the bird, I laughed some more!! 

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