May 27, 2015

Giveaway: 5 Second Rule, The Classroom Edition

I'm a big fan of Ellen Degeneres and love following her on various social media platforms. I love that I still get to catch the highlights of her show even though we no longer have cable!

Last week, she posted this hilarious clip of a game called 5 Second Rule with Pamela Anderson. If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest taking a three minutes out of your day to watch video!

I immediately checked the app store to see if this was something Ellen created like her Heads Up game, which I ADORE! Sadly, this is not her game, and I sure didn't want to shell out $15-$35 for the real version.

After my search for a digital version came up empty, I decided to make my own version of the game, suitable for classroom use. And after about 5 hours staring at PowerPoint, I have a version to share!

I plan to play this with my students tomorrow on our last day of school. Since grades were due Tuesday, this has been a week of movie watching, and while that's convenient and easy for our teachers, it makes for a long, boring day for our students. 

Tomorrow, we have each of our classes for about 30 minutes before lunch and our big Tiger Bash (basically a field day with a bouncy house). Instead of filling the morning with yet another movie, I decided to host a game day with my kids. After all, this is probably the last opportunity many of them will have for any organized activity for weeks to come!

The game includes 64 questions and is set to a timer, so you can pretty much hit play and let the game run itself (except that you do need a scorekeeper because I haven't quite figured out how to make that work in the template I created. It's pretty fast-paced game, which is sure to help hold your students' attention in these last hours before freedom!

In honor of the end of the year, I would like to give away 2 copies of this game (one here and one on Facebook) to my readers! (Hint: get additional entries on my FACEBOOK page)

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May 18, 2015

IMWAYR: Fat Girl Walking

I was called out yesterday on Facebook by a sweet reader (hey there, Jill!) regarding my lack of recent posts. I have to admit, it's nice to know I was missed, and it was definitely the swift kick in the rear I needed to jump back into writing... and reading because I've been terrible about that too.

Since it's Monday (and the last one of this school year, I might add), I want to talk about a book. It's not one I've read yet, though I have been doing quite a bit of reading recently, but one that I KNOW will be on my favorites list when it's released TOMORROW.

Brittany Gibbons first popped up on my radar several years ago when I was introduced to her hilarious blog, Brittany, Herself (though back then she was known as the Barefoot Foodie). I found her honesty refreshing and her sense of humor spot-on!

I remember watching, my heart racing, as she stripped down to a bikini on stage during her TedX talk, and I knew in that moment that she was my hero. What I love most about Brittany is that she whole-heartedly believes that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and love their bodies exactly as they are. Today. Not after they lose the weight, but right now!

To that end, she has created a Curvy Girl army where 400+ women from every walk of life have come together to support each other. We talk about body image, careers, children, relationships, and even share funny memes (which you know I hoard for my monthly meme calendars). These women have become a sisterhood. They are a 24/7 support line (bonus points for reaching women all over the world so someone is always available to talk). Brittany is not just our mentor; she has become a friend.

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Be sure to grab a copy for yourself and maybe one for a friend, especially if that friend could use a reminder that she is worthy. ;)

April 22, 2015

New Plan

This week, I started something new. Well... sorta.

My lifelong friends and family can attest to the fact that I have always been a curvy girl. I honestly can't even picture myself in any other body.

But at one point, a few years back, I was borderline obsessed with Zumba. I got to take classes from fabulous instructors and made lots of friends, and it became my thing. I took as many classes as possible, up to 14 in one week over the summer. I could literally run circles around many of my thinner friends, even though my body didn't show it.

And then I got really frustrated that my body was not responding appropriately. I was watching my Zumba peers drop sizes left and right, and it was really distressing that the same thing wasn't happening for me. 

Around this same time, life sorta happened, and I kept being faced with all sorts of excuses not to go back to Zumba. And if I know anything in life, it's that once a good habit is paused, it's WAY too easy for me to stop it. 

Sadly, that's what happened. 

I got to a point where I hadn't been to class in so long that I just could't bring myself to go back without an elaborate excuse. Also... some of my friendships in that group had fizzled out, which made it even more awkward to return.

Flash forward about 9 months (now living in Louisiana) when I learned that I had PCOS. My doctor basically laughed when I told him how hard I had been working out for the past couple years with little results, and he told me that no amount of exercise was going to help me until my condition was controlled. 

Since then, I've been good about taking my medication but not so good about staying on a healthy eating plan or getting back into exercising. If I'm REALLY honest, it's because I've been scared. The fear of failure is real, especially for someone like me who has always been an over-achiever. 

But after much procrastination, I've decided that I owe it to myself to try. Joel and I bought a new grill over the weekend and a Veggetti Pro (spiralizer to make "noodles" out of vegetables) yesterday to help me stay on a low, low-low carb, no-sugar diet. We're also committing to continue our daily walks at the park after dinner so I can slowly get back into exercising. 

I'm feeling more motivated to do this than ever before, and I know that a HUGE part of it is knowing that Joel is supporting me. In the past, he's kinda always told me that he'd support me by helping me do whatever I needed to do but that he wasn't going to change his diet since he didn't need it. Of course, it's really hard to stay on a healthy eating plan when your partner bring junk food into the house all the time. That stuff is DONE for now, until I get strong enough to say no on my own.

I've offered to find ways to compromise, making zoodles for myself and regular noodles for him, but so far, he's refused to eat anything different. I saw a recipe last night for a cauliflower crusted pizza and showed it to him, saying that I would make it for myself while he could eat real pizza. 

"I'll try it your way with you!" he told me instead.

Music to my ears!

I should also add that yesterday, over breakfast, we had a really sweet conversation. He told me he loves me exactly as I am and thinks I'm beautiful now, but that if this is something I want to do for myself, he will support me in every way possible. 

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