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Aug 1, 2014

Jenny Craig: Changes All Around!

When we left our heroine (ok, that's me!), she was lost in a puddle of lament over a one pound gain after a week of celebrating her birthday...not with vast amounts of champagne, but rather with vast amounts of Cake Batter ice cream..that evil villain!

But, the sun has risen again...and alas this week's weigh in resulted in a 2.2 pound loss!   That would now be a total of 11 pounds...woo hoo...JENNY CRAIG rode in on a white horse and saved our heroine, yet again!

Seriously, I am excited and I feel so much better when I eat off the JENNY CRAIG FOOD PLAN, and don't stray into dangerous territory.  My grocery store life has completely changed...that's good.  The less I am there, the less likely I am to get into trouble.  I bring home my weekly Jenny Craig meals and supplement them with fruits and veggies.
My plan for this up coming week is to do the same as I did last week and we will see if I can keep this going well.  I really like the JENNY CRAIG TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE more than the evil ice cream right now...it doesn't hurt my stomach or add on a pound!

Happy Friday, everyone!

*I was provided a free trial program, and free Jenny’s Cuisine® items. Currently, I purchase their food at a special rate.   However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. 
Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

Jul 30, 2014

Low Self Esteem: A Problem or Not? Plus Thursday's Blog Hop!!

Vacation time is often a time of reflection and inspiration for me.  I am not moving quite as fast to fulfill all of my responsibilities… so, when questions are posed online, I have time to ponder.   This week in one thread (CAROL CASSARA), the question was discussed as to why women still struggle with low self-esteem; especially, in an age where more opportunities are available to women than ever before.
As a high school teacher, I still watch young girls struggle with it…they continue to look for validation from boys…many continue to refuse to look forward toward a career…and more than ever before, they struggle with comparisons especially watching other girls on social media who often, they believe, have better lives.  Though I believe there is improvement, the problems still exist.   So I am more passionate than ever to be a spokesperson for I MATTER.  While I am glad I finally got my act together, I also do not want others to wait as long as I did to wake up!  Life is short…don’t waste a minute of it.
It takes strength and courage to get out of a funk and go forward.  But, we all have that strength inside…though some of us may have to dig deeper.   I see many women who remind me of myself in my 40s.   I stopped caring.  Voices around me (mostly family) were not encouraging and caused me to shut down.   Stresses of life at that time seemed overwhelming.  Let’s face it…when you have to live with both your own mother and mother-in-law for a time, it’s grueling.   I worked hard to care for everyone else, but me.

The little I MATTER sign is sitting in a box today on the way to a resale shop!  Every day, it seems, I am clearing out the junk of the past…refining and designing who I am today…a strong, confident, joyful woman.  I am not defined by other’s opinions or comparisons to other lives (yes, adults do that too)…or media messages… or what I see in the mirror.  More than ever before, I am confident of my abilities and the value I bring to the marketplace and my community.  Yes, it takes work to feel good inside and outside.  It also takes quite meditation and prayer.  But, it is still important to help other women from high school upwards to see that they have value, worth…and that THEY MATTER.

What do you think…do women struggle just as much with low self-esteem as in the past…or do you believe low self-esteem is no longer an issue?
Please let us know what you think…then make sure you are registered to win the J Jill Scarf at the top of the sidebar…then visit the other talented bloggers of Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop!  And if you want to read other I MATTER posts, there is a link in the sidebar for that as well.

Have a Joyful Thursday ALL!


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Just Ten More Days....

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
-John Lubbock

The month of July has been my time off from teaching.  But in just ten short days, I return to the school campus!  It always goes too fast.  So, I want to use my last ten days wisely....here is my plan!

Even if I have to go alone, I want to see The Hundred-Foot Journey"
with Helen Mirren.

It will be released just as I return.


Time is running out!

Have the remaining mornings with coffee on my patio and my flowers.

I am beginning my fifteenth year of teaching in a room with no windows to the outside...so sad!  Some days I do not know if it is sunny or not!

Maybe...hit one more sale or thrift shop before returning.

There are just a few items I still have my 
eye on...some really great prices continue!

I have met so many friends for lunch this month...I know that can be a "diet" challenge...but there is one left I really need to get with before lunches are once again difficult!

Finally, I have appointments remaining for nails, toes, and hair! So I will return polished and confident.  Any other teachers out there? 

 What are you planning for the remaining days of summer vacation?

Have a happy Wednesday!