Weebles Wobble and they do Fall Down

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Yesterday was an interesting day, we were finishing up 2 days of Parent-Teacher conferences. As I walked around the building and talked with other teachers, I noticed something, almost all of the male teachers were what could be called at least “stout”. I didn’t think too much of it, because I have a certain mental image of myself, AND I didn’t put myself in the “stout” class.
When I got to the gym, it was such a nice day, I decided to go outside and run an easy 3.0 miler. I had a long sleeved running shirt in my locker for just such an occasion and when I put it on I thought it felt a bit snug, but no big deal. I finished my run-walk, I couldn’t make it all the way and put it off to the difference between running on the treadmill and outside.
Then I went in the sauna for a little while…when I came out my running shirt was wet and sticking to me. Unfortunately, there is a mirror that you have to walk towards to get out of the locker room from the sauna.
THAT IS WHERE I DISCOVERED HOW FAT I HAVE BECOME!!!!
I haven’t stepped on a scale for a while purposely because I knew I was a little heavier than I wanted to be.  I really wasn’t too worried, I knew I was around 20 pounds over my ideal weight.  What I didn’t realize was that I was carrying 10 pounds on top of that.  I am not just simply stout, at 5’7″ and 190, but have pushed myself into the portly category.
I have for the second time in my life become a “weeble”, there is no other way to describe it.

How did it happen?

I have lots of ideas and excuses for myself and I am sure other teachers do as well, but the main cause is too much “good” food (i.e. junk food) and not enough activity.  There always seems to be a training that we want to go to, meetings that we have to attend, total mental exhaustion at the end of far too many days, papers to correct, paperwork to get done, etc., etc., etc. These are all excuses and do not change the fact that I am now a “weeble” or more bluntly “I am too fat.”

Okay now to get off my butt and do something about it.  I know what I have to do and will do it.
How about you dear reader…what do the male teachers in your school look like? Are many of them also at least “stout”? How does being stout affect how we teach or being a role model to our students?
Finally, what does your mental image of yourself match the reality of how you really are?
I challenge us to take appropriate pictures of ourselves, so we can see how we actually look versus just having that mental image. I have a feeling that I will not be the only teacher gearing up to change my appearance and improve my health.
Weeble image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebles

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LOOKING BACK AT MY BLOG POSTS-NOT HAPPY

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I had a chance to look at a lot of my blog posts over the past couple of weeks and have come back rather embarrassed! In looking back I find that while I may have had some great pretty good ideas or observations, that my ability to communicate them in written form often leaves something to be desired.
From what I read all too often:
  • I am missing words that would really help the reader understand what I am trying to say.
  • My posts need to be more organized, sometimes I write just like I think – jumping from subject to subject and then back to the first subject without warning the reader.
  • Many (most) of my post are too long and rambling – I need to write more concisely.
  • My proofreading sucks.
  • I rush too much to get something done and published and don’t take enough pride in my work to do it correctly.
I apologize to all of you who have put up with the poor quality writing by me in this blog. I appreciate that you still took the time to struggle through my posts in order to get to the “gist” of my thoughts.
By writing poorly on my blog I am being a poor role model for my students and it also reflects poorly on teachers, by not doing the same things that I attempt to teach in the classroom. As a teacher, I need to practice what I preach.
Therefore, I plan to work on these things that I have identified and improve the quality of my postings, in the future going from 1st or 2nd draft quality to publishable quality. I will take the advice I give my students “Slow down and do it right, your writing is a reflection of the person you are to the person who is reading your work.”
So here is the start of my hopefully improved posts.
and as always
Have you made a difference today? How?

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BLOGGER’S NEW TEMPLATE DESIGNER – REVIEW

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I finally got around to playing around with Blogger’s new Template Designer. What you mean that I waited a day or two before I changed my blog theme? In all honesty I just didn’t have time to try it out.
Actually I was quite happy with the appearance of my previous blog theme, but it did have a couple of hiccups which I didn’t like (it didn’t like Feedjit widgets and some other backend stuff), so I was planning to just live with them. But with the new Template Designer, I couldn’t resist the temptation to get in there and try it out.

It is very easy to get to on your Blogger Dashboard – it is simply the newest tab in Layout. When you click on it, it give you the below screen:

Which gives you several choices to make about how you want your blog to look. I really like the different page styles and all the different options.

This is like a candy land for many of us that have never had any real training in HTML or CSS, but still want to customize/individualize our blog to reflect our wants and needs, not someone else’s design.
A couple of things I would like to see, is for the background, the ability to import and use my own photos (it is probably coming, but just not ready yet), having the Advanced section have the Post Broken down a little more (I found it confusing) i.e. Post (title, links, date, body, etc.) it would give us more control of how our posts look.
I have to say Bravo Zulu Google for this change. This has always been a sore point in my opinion of Blogger, the lack of Themes/Templates that are available from their stock selection. I have found that many of the themes that others produce (for free) work about half the time and not always the way you want them too, which is frustrating. I think that this new ability make changes quickly and easily to our blogs, is a game changer for Blogger users. We no longer have to go out and take a chance on someone else’s code on your computer besides Google (which some consider a problem anyway – I don’t, but that’s a different post).
Now I can change my blog to meet my needs, when I want to (which for me can be a dangerous thing), but at least I can do it easily and without going and playing around with code, which I really don’t like to do. Now I can personalize to my heart’s content and make this blog look the way I want. The other thing, all the widgets work without any problem!!!!
Disclaimer – No one paid or reimbursed me in any way to write this entry, it is simply a reflection of my thoughts on a change that Google has made to Blogger and that I like.

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