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emoticon Allison! Love the name. My daughter has the same one.


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8/4/11 6:52 P

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Hi! I'm Allison, I'm 25, and I teach 8th Grade English in Austin, Texas. I'm starting my 3rd year this year, and I'm happy to be here :-)

Last year was pretty awful for my weight. I gained about 25 pounds from just letting the stress get to me and become an excuse for "treating myself" to unhealthy foods.

I'm looking to make some new friends on Sparkpeople. Feel free to add me as a friend!

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emoticon Elise!


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Hello all! I'm Elise and I'm an elementary music teacher in Minnesota. Woohoo! I'm going into my third year teaching and I can say that the first two years were completely terrible for my weight. Teaching 640 students = 640 birthdays = 640 birthday treats. Oh man. Cheers to getting myself back to high school skinny! emoticon

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emoticon Nichole!


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8/3/11 10:39 A

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Hi! My name is Nichole and I teach 4th grade in Albuquerque, NM. This is my second year teaching and I am determined to take better care of myself this year. That means more ME time, less comfort food and more exercise. I am also really excited about joining this group, it will be nice to chat with others who know what I am going through!

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emoticon Julie! I teach k-5 special ed. in Iowa!


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8/2/11 11:22 A

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Hi Everyone! I am Julie from Iowa. I have been teaching for a long time!! During that time, I have taught many things self-contained elementary classroom, Departmental elementary, Middle School SS, Middle School computers, MS PE, Elementary PE. So I guess variety keeps me going. This year I am going back to elementary PE, I will also be doing work on the district level with reports, curriculum, web site and other duties as assigned!! Hoping for a good year and hope that Spark will help me keep my goals in place to improve my health!!

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emoticon Sheila!


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Hi, my name is Sheila and I teach GED and College Transition classes to adults. My specialty is Mathematics but I also do college level language and writing as needed. I spent my first 15 years in Special Education and the last 10 in Adult Education. This year I am starting a FAST TRACK class at our local college.

I am married to an amazing man who embodies his name "Prince". We have 2 sons together and and I have 1 son from a previous marriage. We will be married 18 years at the end of this month - our sons are 20, 16, and 12 all about to move up a year. My husband works for the Navy and is in training to deploy to Afghanistan as a Civilian Support person for 6 months during this school year and that has me very concerned. Stress tends to make me stall and gain weight even if I don't eat so I am doing everything in my power to not get stressed.

We have worked this summer to lose weight and get fit and I hope to lose to goal weight by my birthday next April.

My hobby is theater and it almost is a second full time job.

I start back to school a week from Friday but next week I will be in Chicago on a School Conference so technically this is my last free week.

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8/1/11 4:54 P

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Hello... I am Kelly, I live in North County San Diego. I am beginning my student teaching (mod-sev sped) upon completion of all of my coursework yesterday! Last year I was taking masters courses and working two jobs as an Instr. assistant in middle school and at a restaurant. So now I will be doing Student teaching and in home ABA, but no more classes which HOPEFULLY will allow me to channel my energy towards working out instead of reading... though 40 hours a week of teaching and 15 hours of ABA a week scares me just thinking about it!!

I hope to gain support from this group in both by finding ways you make changes that allow you to come closer to your goals, as well as tips on how you can find your energy on those days that occur where it takes ALL of your energy to keep a happy face on for the kids!

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7/31/11 3:03 P

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Hi everybody! My name is Katie and I'm getting ready to start my seventh year teaching next week. My first six years were in Kindergarten and I absolutely loved it, but I am looping with last year's class up to first grade this year. I'm excited to learn many new things with my class this year, but will miss getting a new set of "babies" to train. : )

I have spent my summer working out and trying different ways to get more protein in my diet, but now it's time to go back to school and try to continue my progress. I am also working on finishing up my ed. leadership master's degree in the next few months. Hoping to find some motivation here to keep it all in check!

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7/29/11 9:59 P

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emoticon Teresa and Kim!


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7/29/11 9:43 P

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Hi! I'm Kim. I teach high school English in a small, rural town in WI. I have taught for 11 years. My husband and I have been married for 10. My hobbies include reading, writing, watching movies, exercising (a new hobby for me!), doing things on the computer/online, and spending time with friends & family. I have been using SP since 6/24/11. I just discovered this team today. My goals include staying within my calorie and nutritional ranges every day, exercising at least 120 minutes a week, and eventually, getting to 150 pounds. After that, I may decide to keep going. I'm not sure yet.

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7/29/11 8:05 P

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Hey everyone, I'm Teresa. I'm about to begin my 4th year of teaching 3rd grade, and I'm also beginning a masters program for Reading Specialization this fall. It'll be interesting trying to get in a workout on class nights - but maybe that'll just have to be my rest day. I've been on Spark for a while now, but I'm just beginning to join teams as a way to keep myself motivated! Enjoy the end of summer, everyone :)

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7/29/11 2:34 P

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emoticon new members!
Congrats on what you've lost so far Bianca!



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Hi! My name is Sarah and I am from Central Louisiana. I teach 10th and 11th grade English at an agriculturally science based school. I look forward to all the great ideas for school and weight loss here.

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7/29/11 8:45 A

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Hi everyone! I am a Library Media Specialist at an elementary school, and I have gained about 60 pounds since I got my job 6 years ago! So, I am done eating cafeteria food and every cupcake that walks in the library door.

I want my old body back! So, I am working to find it. emoticon

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7/28/11 10:25 A

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Hello everyone, I teach 4th grade and love it. I have lost and gained the same 15 lbs. a bazillion times. I hope that I will find the tools and support that I need to finally loose it for good.

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Hi everyone! My name is Bianca and I am a 5th grade Science teacher in Fort Worth, TX. I began my weight loss journey about a year ago and have lost 85 pounds. I am new to Spark and am hoping that I can find the tools and support I need to lose the last 35-40 pounds that don't seem to want to come off. :)

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7/25/11 5:53 P

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Hello Everyone! I'm writing from Vancouver Island BC and I teach Fine Art at one of our local Secondary Schools (Grades 10-12)...~next year it will be Grades 9-12!! All of our elective classes are mixed grades as we are a small Secondary School (about 720 students).
I LOVE TEACHING ART! emoticon
I also "practice what I preach" and am an artist as well when I take my teaching hat off!


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emoticon JoAnn!


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My name is JoAnn. I'm new to the team. Still learning my way around the site.

I am a special ed teacher in a small Catholic School in Nebraska. My school is unique--we work only with special education students. There are only 6 classrooms and 75 students in my school. In August I start my 18th year of teaching. I have one of the middle school classrooms. I love my job!

I have been married for 14 years and have two wonderful children. I love reading, hikikng, and swimming.

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emoticon Nikki!


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7/23/11 4:35 P

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Hi! My name is Nikki and I currently teach 4th grade in North Carolina. I look forward to being involved in this group and getting to know you all! emoticon

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emoticon Shanique!


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7/22/11 2:10 A

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Hi, my name is Shanique, I am the Dean of students at a middle school in Troy, NY. I have taught grades 2-7. I used to work in the city (the Bronx), I made the switch because I live upstate. I am really looking forward to learning from all of you how to lose weight and live healthy.

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7/17/11 10:01 P

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emoticon You're having quite an adventure!


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7/17/11 9:29 P

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Hi, all!

I'm an English teacher at a bilingual school in Shanghai, China. I'm originally from the U.S. and have been living over here for two years.

You'd think with all the skinny people here, I'd have learned a thing or two, but not really... I'm blessed to be an avid fruit and vegetable lover, so I'm sort of in heaven with the extremely wide variety and availability of both (there's a truck bed full of small watermelons parked outside my apartment all day every day of the summer, for example). My problem is that when it comes to all things salty, starchy, crunchy, cheesy, or creamy... my "off" switch becomes extremely hard to locate.

Nice to meet you all, looking forward to supporting one another! Feel free to add me as a Sparkfriend!



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7/17/11 9:13 P

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emoticon Jennifer! My son is home visiting from Phoenix. He goes back this week. He just graduated from MMI and is now looking for a job. I still haven't been out to visit and I really want to see AZ.


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7/17/11 7:40 P

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Hi
My name is Jennifer
I teach 7th grade Social Studies in Arizona
I have 3 boys in High School this year and have been married for 20 years!
I was at my goal weight in the beginning of 2009 then after my dad passed and changes at school I've seemed to gain MOST (not all) of it back!

I'm starting over and have realized I can not do it on my own!!

In reading others post I see similarities with many of you!

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7/17/11 1:37 P

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Hi everyone! I'm Cheryl and I teach 11th grade language arts near Tampa, Florida. I've been with Sparkpeople for about a month as well as going through a health program through my employer. I'm excited to say that so far things are going well as I go into my 6th week of the program as I retrain myself and my eating habits. I also picked up a SparkBuddy here as well; we just started working out/walking together this last week. It's nice to have someone to buddy up with on the exercise! Looking forward to getting to know people!

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Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Mary. I am a Lead Teacher in a Pre-School room. I eventually want to get into the public setting, but the only jobs that seem to be available are over 2 hours away. So until something comes up closer, I am happy where I am. My 19 month old son is in the pre-toddler room at the same school, so I can't really complain. :-)

I hope to make some new friends on this weight loss journey of mine...it's always better with support, right?

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7/16/11 9:48 P

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emoticon I'm not ready for summer to end either! It always goes too fast!


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Hello everyone! My name is Sonya and I currently live in the Dallas area and will be moving to Lewisville, TX over the next few weeks. I am a high school science teacher (biology and chemistry) and I am also finishing my MS in biology. I am NOT looking forward to summer coming to an end! :)

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emoticon to all of you!


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7/15/11 7:17 P

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Hi! I'm Debbie from Lewisville,TX. I just joined Spark People. I joined a new school last year and gained 18 lbs! I'm currently on the Spring Boot Camp challenge. Day 2, check! Are there other Special Ed. Middle School Teachers out there?

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7/15/11 7:15 P

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I am new to the team. My name is Sue. I teach fourth grade in Ohio-all subjects except specials. Both of my children attend OSU. My son should graduate at the end of this year (woo hoo!), but my daughter has three more years.

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I am new to the team. I teach 7th grade math at a magnet middle school in Louisville, KY. The upcoming school year marks my 8th year teaching. I am also going to school to become a school counselor.

I am single without children. I love reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and spoiling my little baby dog Tobey the Shih Tzu rotten! This is my second time around with SP. I hope this time joining some of the SparkTeams will help me stick with it.

Bren

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emoticon everyone!


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Hello, all. My name is Kim. I teach Language Arts to 6th and 7th graders in Florida.

A few years back a brush with skin cancer (yes, I was an avid sun-bather) caused me to reevaluate my priorities and make some life changes. The best change/choice I made was to pursue my dream of teaching. The worst change/choice I made was to pursue a somewhat more hedonistic lifestyle... in as far as I started eating anything and everything I wanted and thumbing my nose at the gym. That, along with middle age, has caught up with me...to the tune of about 50 extra pounds. I'm not sure how to reconcile my new career with a return to healthier living - especially when I can't drink water 'cause then I'd have to "go", and who has that kind of time during the school day? I look forward to learning from the best!

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I'm TaMara, I teach Geometry. I'm on a mission to lose weight, but struggle as a teacher because of not eating right. I didn't realize my poor eating habits because my classroom was on the 3rd floor, so I'd constantly take the steps all day long. Then I changed schools, didn't have to climb steps everyday, and wha la, weight gain. So, now I'm on a mission to eat better, and get more active.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca. I'm a 2nd grade teacher in Florida, and I am ready to lose some weight. Every summer, I start working out, watching what I eat, and I lose weight. But then the school year starts, I get stressed, I'm tired, and all my healthy habits just slip away. I'm lucky that I don't gain even more than my starting weight, but I'm right back to where I started. I'm ready to kiss the extra poundage goodbye, and I would love the support of people like me, who know all about the stress of the school year.

It's nice to be here! I'm excited about this new experience!

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Hi, Like you - MomHurley2 - I'm new to SP and love the summer for the down time and the time "off the bell". Once school starts (Aug.15th!) all my summer habits and calm disappear. I'm hoping that the support of SP will counteract that negativity and hold me accountable.

I teach high school math in central IL and absolutely love it!

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Hello! I'm a 25 year old teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). I taught first grade the past two years, and in the fall I will begin teaching third grade. This summer I'm keeping busy teaching math to first-fifth graders!

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7/6/11 12:35 P

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Hey everyone,

I am a 28 year old teacher from BC, Canada. I teach Grade One, and am boosting my body back to good health so that I can be faster than the little ones and more youthful :)

I'm ready to reclaim my life, and make time for me FIRST in my day because if I don't care of myself, how can I possibly care for all the people I love, and my kidlets!

I'm not married but not single :) I don't have kids of my own, and don't want any for quite some time and possibly never.

I am an animal lover. I am spiritual but not religious. I believe in the spiritual teachings of many spiritual leaders, and believe in cosmic energies and positive thinking/doing.

Like all teachers, I am passionate about my beliefs, and hold them very close to my heart, and in my daily practice.

I am so happy to have found this incredible resource to help me log my food journal and fitness.

Here's to a successful and FAB new school year, and a new US.

xo

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emoticon You sound like a busy lady. We're glad to have you!


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