Monday, January 16, 2012

Marvelous Monday Update

So my students and I finally got to play with our dry ice on Thursday! :D I was so so excited I could hardly contain myself! I think I had more fun with the activities than they did. Below are just a few pictures of the experiments we conducted. I am so glad they had fun while learning. That's the best feeling in the world.
We blew soap bubbles with dry ice by taking a string covered in soap and running it along the top of the container after we dropped the dry ice in. It caused a really cool effect.
We then decided it would be cool to see if we could blow up a balloon with the dry ice. It too worked! :D
My kids loved touching the "smoke" because it was super cold. (I had them tell me it was frozen water vapor, just like when it's cold outside and you can see your breath)
This one was really going.
This was taken in my friends classroom. I figured I'd add it because it was the same project.
On Friday we did Diet Coke and Mentos geysers. That was SOOOOOOO much fun too! We discussed how the geyser is created when the mentos drop in and suck out all of the CO2 from the coke. They thought it was pretty neat and so did I! :D
This was one of the many geysers that we created. It was FREEZING cold outside, but the kids LOVED it! :D
My weekend was pretty good too. I spent Friday night with my friend Kelly on a "friend date". She and I haven't been out together in so long. We ended up going to Newks and visiting for almost 4hrs. Her parents came into town and stopped by to eat with us. It was hilarious! Her family are dolls for sure.
On Saturday, we took it kind of easy. Austin had to work and so I hung out around the house and cleaned up a bit. When I went to wash clothes I almost cried because my dryer has given out on me finally. I'm thinking we are going to sell it for scrap and I'm going to work on getting another one. My friend Paige is great and has offered to let me use hers one day a week. I'm just going to wash it all here and take it over there. Hopefully within the next few weeks I'll have a new one.
On Sunday we did some Mardi Gras shopping for our upcoming ball and I worked on getting my ball gown cleaned. The dry cleaners would not clean it (even though it is dry clean only) because it has a broach on it. That kind of perplexed me, but I went out and bought some dryel with the hopes of getting it clean myself. I almost cried when I pulled it out of the bag to see that it had these huge stains on it from the chemicals! It looked like it was super wet! I have never had a dress do that before. Seeing as how this is my favorite ball gown, I knew I had to act fast. I opted to throw it into the washer on the "handwash" cycle and see how it would come out. Much to my amazement, it came out clean and no stains were to be seen. From now on, I'll save my money and just do it at home myself.
Today we are out of school and I have opted to being extremely lazy. It is 3:45pm and I have not left my bed with the exception to go to the restroom and grab some lunch around 2pm. Sometimes it just feels good to lay around.
For those of you wondering, I have lost a grand total of 9lbs! :D I started at 282 and am down to 273. My goal by the ball in two weeks is to be at least down a total of 15lbs. I'm going to keep working out and eating right and we'll see what happens. This is week 3 of my body makeover and I'm already feeling better about myself. I get to measure on Friday and I'm already excited that I'm seeing results from Week 1 to now. Can't wait to update again! Until, this is Jana off to find another adventure...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Terrific Tuesday

This week has gotten off to a great start! No school on Monday and science experiements today! What is NOT to love?
Yesterday was Parent/Teacher Conference Day. (Better known as report card day) We had quite a few parents show up and I got to proudly display my honor roll kids on the Mardi Gras wall I created. We titled it, "Let the Good Grades Roll" and I am super proud of it. It is very simple, but so much fun. I wish I could describe the look on my students faces when they walked in and saw their names posted on the little masks. :) It really made my day!
The Green Masks were our students who made All A's and the Gold Masks were for the students who made A/B Honor Roll
Today was Chemical Reaction Day in my classroom and after introducing them and the kids actually getting through 3 pages of notes, we were able to conduct an experiment using water/vinegar/baking soda/a balloon/and a coke bottle. We caused a chemical reaction by pouring water and vinegar into the bottom of the coke bottle and then putting the baking soda into the balloon (this is a little tricky) and putting the balloon on top of the bottle. Once you do that, you can pour the baking soda into the vinegar and watch the fizzing begin.
The goal of the lesson was to get the kids to tell my what by-product was created as waste from the chemical reaction. They had to tell me what kind of gas filled up the balloon and I was amazed that they all got Carbon Dioxide (aka CO2) as their answers. I figured it would be a little more tricky than that.
Tomorrow we are playing with dry ice and I can't wait to see their faces when I freeze an eraser and then smash it with a hammer and it shatter everywhere. :D Oh the joys of what I do! But Friday is going to be the kicker. We will be playing with Mentos and Diet Coke.
On a different note...I'm down 7lbs total since the 1st of the year! :D I've been eating healthy AND working out twice a day. I'm down to one diet coke a day and I'm managing to drink 8 glasses, if not more, of water a day! I'd love to get back into the clothes I had on in the pic below. I was a size 16...I'd love to be there again! :)
I have downloaded an app called MyFitnessPal onto my Kindle and Phone. It's basically a way to track everything you eat and all of your exercise and shows you how many calories you have eaten and how many you gain back by working out. It also tells you how long it will take you to reach your weight loss goal if you stick to your eating plan :) If you have the app, add me! I'm janak2004 and my friend Paige is paigepiitman86. We will be more than happy to add you. If you want to find it online the web address is
I hope everyone has a GREAT week and I'll keep you updated! :D Until then, this is Jana off to find another adventure...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

End of Week 1

So my friend Paige and I got to talking and we were discussing our health. Both of us are considerably bigger than we should be and made an agreement to get into better shape in the new year. This week we started our butt kicking workout and I can tell you, it is already working :)

Monday (Jan 2, 2012)

Breakfast: Nothing
Lunch: 2 piece pork loin/1 cup blackeyed peas/1 cup english peas/half cup grapes
Snack: 2 cups sweet tea
Dinner: Banquet Sweet and Sour Chicken Dinner/1 small banana
Workout: 21 minutes Just Dance 3/15 mins treadmill/10 mins bicycle/10 mins eliptical/30 mins outdoor walk

Tuesday (Jan 3, 2012)

Breakfast: 1 banana/coffee with vanilla creamer/strawberries and cream oatmeal w/ 2% milk
Lunch: 1 bag apple slices/bagel thin with tuna fish/handful of pita chips
Snack: 1 cup grapes
Dinner: Club Pita from Kristo's (ham, bacon, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato)
Snack: 2 egg omelet with hotsauce and cheese
Workout: 30 day Shred/14 mins on Just Dance 3/15 mins eliptical/15 mins weights/45 mins outdoor walk

Wednesday (Jan 4, 2012)

Breakfast: 2 scrambled egges with hotsauce and cheese/1 cinnamon and raisin bagel thin/coffee with vanilla creamer/1 medium banana
Lunch: Bagel thin with tuna fish/1 cup grapes/12 olives/100 calorie pack of cheezits
Snack: Honey granola bar
Dinner: Chicken fried steak w/potatoes and corn (Banquet Meal)
Snack: Vienna Sausage
Workout: 30 day Shred/45 min walk/15 mins eliptical/20 mins bicycle

Thursday (Jan 5, 2012)

Breakfast: 1 banana/coffee with vanilla creamer/strawberry and cream oatmeal w/ 2% milk
Lunch: PB&J on bagel thin/1 cup grapes/12 olives/100 calorie pack of cookies
Snack: Chocolate chip granola bar/ half pack of 100 calorie cookies
Dinner: Cheesy broccoli rice (1 cup)/ 3 slices pork loin
Workout: 30 Day Shred/30 mins treadmill/5 mins bicycle/20 mins eliptical/45 min walk

Friday (Jan 6, 2012)

Breakfast: Apple cinnamon muffin/boiled egg with hotsauce/coffee with vanilla creamer
Lunch: Cheesey broccoli rice/3 slices porkloin/1 bag apple slices/100 calorie pack of cookies
Snack: Honey granola bar
Dinner: BLT on Hawaiian bread/grilled chicken breast with mushrooms and broccoli
Snack: Bud Light Draft
Workout: 20 mins on Just Dance 3

Saturday (Jan 7, 2012)

Breakfast: 1 apple cinnamon muffin/2 cups coffee with vanilla creamer
Lunch: half order of Mexican nachos with lettuce/tomato/beef/cheese/jalapanoes/sour cream/guacamole
Snack: Apple slices with caramel/half chicken quesadilla
Dinner: BLT on Hawaiian bread/half order of Mexican nachos
Snack: 100 calorie pack of rice crisps (caramel drizzle)
Workout: 30 mins treadmill/20 mins eliptical/20 mins bicycle/20 mins weight training

As of this morning (Sunday) I have currently lost 6lbs. My goal for the month is 15. Let's hope I can do it :) I forgot to measure earlier this week, so I'm going to measure today and keep track of how many inches I am losing. I'm curious to see how much I can lose by December. Until later, this is Jana off to find another adventure...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions!
1. Workout 5-6 days a week.
2. Drink more water.
3. Keep house picked up daily.
4. Keep car cleaned out.
5. Eat breakfast daily.
6. Meet my weight loss goals I have set for myself.


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