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I completed my first full week of the new school year and with it came a couple of surprises. The first surprise was the speed at which the work day passes in my new position. I am busy from the moment I set down my purse in the morning until I pick it back up again in the afternoon. Except for Thursday, I even worked while eating lunch. I attended meetings, reviewed lesson plans, visited classrooms to check environment, instructed teachers on programs new to them, answered loads of questions, and dealt with NJHS business. Several people have asked if I like my new position, and the answer is “yes, so far.” It is considerably different from teaching in the classroom.

The second surprise was on Thursday. I had an upper GI endoscopy procedure done. It had been almost six years since my last one. The main reason for repeating the scope was a result of certain foods appearing to feel stuck (roast, salad, bread) in my esophagus. Unfortunately, some scar tissue had developed in my esophagus due to reflux symptoms. To remedy this, my gastroenterologist dilated and stretched my esophagus. The surprise was being informed by my doctor that my stomach contained multiple gastric polyps. YIKES! I had no idea that polyps could form in your stomach. Biopsies of the three largest ones were taken and in two weeks, I should have results. What can cause these polyps? One cause is using proton-pump inhibitor medicines which I use to control my acid reflux. YIKES! And, my doctor just upped my meds from 20mg to 40mg. While this news is depressing, it is also a wake-up call. No more playing for me. I MUST take my health and wellness more seriously because I am currently overweight. Being overweight and eating poorly are risk factors for acid reflux.

RosesThe third surprise was on Friday after school. My hubby bought me beautiful roses to celebrate my first full week in my new position. They were waiting for me when I arrived home from work. It definitely made me happy.  What a thoughtful and loving gesture!

Finally, my last surprise was at weigh-in this morning. I lost two pounds! It was probably a result of my doctor removing the three polyps. HA! All kidding aside, I am trying to make a more conscious effort of not mindlessly snacking, especially when feeling overwhelmed. I am lessening my sugar intake, but it is imperative that I make more healthy changes in my diet. I need to return to clean eating and drink lots of water. I continue to walk almost daily. However, I need to also include some strength training and cross training as part of my fitness plan. I will be thrilled when I can say I have a walk/run streak. Clearly, I am not there, yet. It is essential for me to take action right now.

I remain hopeful, dear reader. Prioritizing my time is going to be the key to getting me back on track. I did it once before and lost 26 pounds which allowed me to cut back on my acid reflux meds. I failed at taking care of myself, and this is the consequences. There is a silver lining. I can start over again and strive to be better. Happiness!

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”            ~ Henry Ford

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What a week! A brand new job, evening meetings, Halloween, Wine Auction, and a garage sale set the stage for a busy, but exciting week. Before I even get started, I must express how grateful I am for the gift of my new job as secretary at St. Margaret Church. I officially started on Tuesday, and trained with my friend for the remainder of the week. She starts her new job Monday, so I’m on my own tomorrow, and the next day, and forever; however, I’m ready to tackle my new responsibilities. Happiness!

Today was the day I planned to go shopping for new clothes for work. Simple! Not so simple for me…person who hates to shop. I had my plan for the day all mapped out. Get up early and go run/walk, shower, eat breakfast, grocery shop at Wal-Mart, unload groceries, and then go shopping for clothes. Halt! My plan did NOT factor in rain. I despise grocery shopping, and I despise it even more in the rain. Thus, I didn’t get to Wal-Mart until much later. By the time I returned home to unload the groceries, my hubby and Andrew were back from their Boy Scout adventure in Pensacola. They spent the weekend at the Air Show. No problem. Since it was getting late, Andrew and I decided to go to J.C. Penney so I could buy at least one pair of pants, and maybe a shirt. Afterwards, we planned to go to BAM where I could blog and Andrew could read. Armed with my ten-dollar coupon and high expectations, we went our merry way.

Needless to say, I failed on my first shopping trip since losing weight. I got so overwhelmed that I ended up handing my coupon to an old lady who was shopping in the old lady section, and Andrew and I walked out at power walking speed. I thought it would be so easy. Nope! First of all, I really do not know what size I should be wearing. When I started my weight loss journey, I was wearing a size 10. I’m still wearing a size 10. Thank goodness for belts. Today, I selected size 6 pants. Too big! I selected a medium shirt. Too big! I tried coordinating tops and bottoms, and felt like I had lost all sense of color coordination. I started feeling immense pressure to find something…anything, but ended up with nothing. I’ve never been a fashionista; however, at one time I did dress for success. Unfortunately, the last few years I really didn’t have to spend the time thinking about what to wear. At HGS, I was allowed to wear scrubs. At home, I basically live in jeans and a t-shirt. I never really had to think about clothes. Now, I have to buy a whole new wardrobe for two reasons: weight loss and new job. My friends say this is a good reason to go shopping, but I disagree. So, I have decided to continue wearing my baggy clothes until my BFF from 3rd grade can go shopping with me. I did try to call her earlier today to see if she would go with me; however, she was not home. So, I sit at BAM wallowing in despair at how inexperienced I am at clothes shopping. Enough of that!

Mission Weight Loss Update

Despite the busy week, I did manage to keep up with my cardio workouts. I did NO strength training all week. This is okay for one week. Remember Hurricane Isaac? This week I will be back on track since I will be back to a routine. Amen! My shinsplints are gone. I did run one day with the compression socks; however, I did not like them. They didn’t seem to make any difference. I added a text box to my sidebar that will contain my run/walk schedule for the week. Today, I weighed in at 129 pounds. I am down two pounds from last week. I have four more pounds to go until I reach my goal. I am hoping I’ll hit 125 pounds in the next four weeks.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As we go into a new week, continue to be grateful for the many blessings we receive daily.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” 
~ G. K. Chesterton

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