Monday, March 31, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

Hello all,
Life if quite busy in my neck of the woods! I had my best friend visiting this weekend and needless to say my routine was a little thrown off. I didn't miss a workout, nor did I eat anything out of the ordinary; I'm happy for that. I just feel a little off since my alone time is pretty non-existent until he heads out tomorrow. I realize that peaceful time is very special and helps me to stay balanced and focused: do you any of you feel the same? I think it's during this time alone I feel recharged and my most comfortable.

Thankfully, I am off this week because it's Spring Break for my students. I look forward to catching up on my reading, sleeping, DVR'd tv shows and time with friends. This weekend a group of us (about 29) got together and had a very fun game night. I had no idea how many people in this city were just like me: single and fabulous! I look forward to more fun nights!
Oh yea, 6 more lbs down!

I hope you are all having a GREAT week! Keep up the good work!!!


Phat Teacher

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Oh my!

So much to say, so little motivation to write it at this time (3:00 am). I just found this survey on Chubby Chicks page and stole it! I figure I can play a one-word game before bed :-)

1. Cellphone: red

2. Relationship: WHAT?

3. My hair: ever-changing

4. Work: teacher

5. My sibling/siblings: jock

6. My favorite thing: laughing

7. My dream last night: odd

8. Favorite drink: tea

9. Dream car: free

10. The room I’m in : bed

11. My shoes: blah

12. My fears: mistakes

13. What do I want to be in 10 years: happy

14. Who did I hang out with this weekend: friends

15. What I am not good at: joking

16. Muffin: apple

17. One of my wish list items: Masters

18. Where I grew up: Ohio

19. Last thing I did: prayed

20. Wearing:pj's

21. Not wearing: bra- me neither Chubby Chick!

22. My pets: Beta

23. My computer: work

24. My life: developing

25. My mood: sleepy

26. Missing: family

27. What I am thinking about right now: Michael

28. My car: Saturn

29. My kitchen: tiny

30. My weather: breezy

31. Favorite color: blue

32. Last time I laughed: tonight

33. Last time I cried: pending

34. School: learning

35. Love: JESUS!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's just 9 lbs...

As I was leaving the gym today the manager stopped me. I was nervous; is she going to reprimand me for not wiping off all the machines I use?
Low and behold, she asks me if I would be this month's success story in the news letter. I was so excited but I blurted out "it's just 9 lbs." She reassured me that that was a success and you know, the more I thought about it, the more I agree. Today, I am going to be happy about my weightloss and not get overwhelmed with the fact that I still have a long way to go. I am going to smile and be honored to write a paragraph for others to read about my mini- success. Mostly, I am going to let it sink in that I have truly changed some deviant habits and in just a month I feel like a new woman. Do I think it's over? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Do I think it's going to be easy? NO WAY! I know I have a mountain to climb to reach the goals I have set. But for today, I am going to bask in the glory of someone thinking my little 9 lb weight loss is a "success" in it's own right. Tomorrow, I will start climbing the mountain again!

Hope you are all having a rocking week!!!!

Phat Teacher

Monday, March 17, 2008

Flavor of Life

Hello all,
I am sitting here watching the latest episode of Flavor of Love ( my trashy t.v. weakness) and I just wanted to shoot out a quick blog to update my progress. My trainer did my measurements today (it's been a month- already?) and I lost inches everywhere and 9 lbs this month. The other 6 were done on my own before I started working with her. I lost inches in my neck and calves, which is apparently not common, per my trainer. I am totally excited and I can't wait to see more results as the months tick on.

As a side note, I am considering a career change down the road. I work with teenagers (teach high school) and I see on a daily basis that there is so much more I can do with them than I am. I want to minister to these children and work with teen to prevent them from ending up in jail. This is not stuff I can do as their teacher in a public school. So anyway, I have been planning and taking a class to get my masters in English but I think that is going to change soon. Keep me in your prayers that God will reveal his plan to me soon so that I can make the right moves and decisions.

Keep up the great work everyone!!!
Phat Teacher

Friday, March 14, 2008

Oh My GOD!

My student ordered 11 delicious pizzas today topped with pepperoni and sausage and oozing cheese. I bought them cookies and chips and high in sugar pop. One of them made thick chocolate brownies.

I DIDN'T EAT ANY OF IT! I am so happy!!!!! To be honest, it was driving me crazy all week because I couldn't decide if I wanted to eat a piece of pizza or not. I decided today when it was right in fron of me that I would feel so much better if I bypassed it all and ate my cottage cheease and salad. And you know what, it DOES feel better!

How do you all get through these tough situations?

Phat teacher

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Loosing that one hour today didn't really have an effect on my fabulous weekend. Check back with me tomorrow though (when I have to wake up at 5:30 a.m.) I might be singing a new tune :-)

So, this weekend was great! I worked out 45 minutes each day, went to church, and met up with people from my small group and had a blast at a bonfire. I also confirmed that my 4 lb weight loss was VALIDATED! Oh, and I got an email and 2 phone calls from my best friend( he is going great- working hard- but great!). I feel blessed!

I would like to hear if your weekend was good as well. What happened? Either way, let's stay focused on our goal and if we fell of track, there are easy steps to get back on!

Best wishes for a GREAT WEEK,

Phat Teacher

"If you have a hill to climb do you think it will get smaller if you wait?"

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I think I lost 4 more lbs....

Haha, I say "I think" because I performed a mission-impossible style personal weigh-in today at the gym minutes before my trainer walked in the door. I was so nervous she would catch me "illegally" weighing in; I felt like a guilty kid again who was hiding five cookies from her parents. It was a rush! Anyway, my time on the scale was limited and I was in such a hurry I slid the numbers over with quickness and as soon as I heard the door "ching" alerting me that someone was coming in or going out I jumped off. At any rate- the scale read 277 which is 4 lbs lighter than the last time I weighed myself, so I think I am down four more. I wish I could be excited about this, but the guilt of going against my trainers instructions is baring down on me....HAHAH....who am I kidding! If I weighed myself right- I AM DOWN 4 lbs! Who cares if my trainer didn't want me on the scale- a loss is a loss!!!!!!!!!

I decided to jump on the scale today after talking to my aunt. She is a personal trainer in California who has always been a huge supporter of me slimming down. She has given me programs to follow and nutritional advice- but my lazy ass never caught on (which is why I have a trainer now). Anyway, she encouraged me with words of weight loss wisdom. She said everyone is different, and if I need to see my weight, "get on a freaking scale!" In so many words, I think she was telling me that if I need to see that my work is in some way paying off- I should get on the scale if that's what it takes. She also advised me that I might not like what I see every time I get on....that's a risk I must take. Truth be told though, I am really going to try to wait until my trainer weighs me the next time I get on the scale. Isn't personal restraint a stepping stone to maturity? :-)

Today was a good day, overall. I just cried in my car on the way home from church though. Long story short- as I mentioned in the previous post, I uplifted my life to move to Florida 1 year and 8 months ago. Since I have lived here, I have yet to form a close and meaningful friendship with anyone. My best friend lives in Ohio, and we met in college. He is gay, and my fav person in the whole world. We talk on the phone everyday (usually more than once) and I have never felt more close to anyone on this Earth. He is my best friend! Well anyway, though I haven't grown close to anyone here in FLA, I still was satisfied to have him (and trust me, I am working on getting friends here- through church). He is now working in California for the month training for a new job as a tour guide, and his phone is shut off ($600 bill-probably because of our endless phone conversations). So, we have no contact- for who knows HOW LONG. I am happy for him because he is living his dream; but sad for myself (selfish- i know) because I feel like I have lost my friend (at least for a time being). So, I sort of broke down tonight on my way home from church service. I am just ready to have best friend in my close proximity again. I am used to having a lot of friends and since I have moved to FLA it seems like I have a sign on my head rejecting people from forming close bonds with me. In due time....

Anyway, I hope you all are having a great week. 2 more work days :-)

Hang in there,

Phat Teacher

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Happy Tuesday

Hello all!
I am going to make this brief as it's been a long day and I need to catch up on reading for my graduate class (honestly, who goes BACK to college after they get a degree?). :-) Anyway, I want to thank everyone who has stopped by my page and showed love. I greatly appreciate your kind words and can't wait to check out your pages and continue this awesome communication! Hold tight- I will catch up on blogging closer to if not during the weekend!

Yesterday, my trainer kicked my A.S.S. I was dizzy and had to rest before moving onto her next tourture excersise. I know I signed up for this, and trust I am grateful; but damn, she's vicious! I am happy though, since she'll really get me the body I have wanted for years. My arms don't like her too well tonight though ( washing my hair was an arduous task). Tomorrow I am at 44 minutes of cardio alone (YAY!!!!) and 30 minutes with her. Friday I will finally be at 45 minutes of cardio and I am excited! I have come a long way from my 20 minute walks on the beach (out of breath, mind you).

Well, I wish you all a great rest of the week. Let's get through the middle and then the weekend is just around the corner. EAT SMART- get your butt to the GYM and stay positive! Oh yea, and as my trainer always tells me- Don't forget to breath!


Phat Teacher <3

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Special Anniversary

Well, I have made it through another week and I feel great this evening as I prepare to begin another successful weight loss week. The message at church really spoke to me today and I think I found more motivation in the Word.

I called this posting "A Special Anniversary" because as of today, I have been single for 1 year. Most people celebrate the time they spend with another individual, but I choose to honor my close personal union with myself on this special day. Ending my relationship was the best action I ever took to date(no pun intended) in my short 24 years. Over this past year I have grown closer to myself and learned more than some people will ever learn in a lifetime. I am happy being alone right now; I know there is MUCH I need to physically accomplish before I can allow someone else to take up space in my comfortable world. So I celebrate today, a very special anniversary, and I have hope that in a year from now, I will be celebrating for another reason (perhaps, a skinnier body!)

So, tomorrow I work with my trainer again. Mondays and Wednesdays each week. I did 42 minutes of cardio today and tomorrow will be 43. My trainer will not let me weight myself, so I could perhaps be lighter than my page lets on. She says the first month of working out and weight loss is tricky, and most people give up in the first month because they don't see results. If you are in your first month- HOLD ON! I trust my trainer- she's been doing this for 17 years and seen tremendous results in all her clients. Though I would love to wake up tomorrow wearing a size 14, I realistically remind myself that results don't come that quickly. I didn't gain it all in one month- I wont lose it that quickly either. I can't wait to get on a scale though- let's get serious! (I can't remember the last time I WANTEd to get on a scale!)

Well, that's it for now. I want to give a special thanks to CHUBBY CHICK for commenting on my last post and giving me some advice on how to get my name out there. I joined the Healthy You challenge...can't wait to exchange encouraging words with all of you out there trying to better your lives like me!

Until then,

<3 Phat Teacher <3