Friday, January 25, 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful.....

I haven't had much time this week to work on the blog. This half of the school year is slammed with IEP meetings, paperwork, and staff meetings. The cold weather hasn't helped the situation (canceling and rescheduling meetings are the stuff of nightmares). So tonight's post is more of a journal entry....

I've started using MyFitnessPal to help with my diet. It's a really nice and FREE calorie tracker. You can enter everything that you eat for the day and how much exercise you did. In the past, I've never really paid all that much attention to counting calories. I just stopped eating potatoes and walked. It took about a year and I lost 40 pounds. However, I was in college where I had to walk around campus quite a bit. I don't have the benefit of going up and down three flights of stairs multiple times a day anymore. The calorie tracker forces me to think harder about what I'm eating. I've restricted myself to half a can of soda a day (when I drink it) and am cutting back on potatoes again.

We finally finished our 9th grade hearing screenings this week so I missed a day of therapy. I'm very happy that hearing screenings are finally over. Plus, I got to see the other SLPs again. We typically see each other once a month unless we are trading assessment materials. I think the loneliness sometimes gets to me as much as I do enjoy the staff at my school. There's just no one else who really understands what I do even though the EC staff has gotten to see me in action this year.

Anyways, I hope all of you have a great weekend. I plan on trying to get a little Medicaid billing done so I can focus on evaluations and IEPs next week.


  1. I can certainly relate - sometimes I feel like an island too. There are only 4 SLPs in my district and we are stretched pretty thin. We only get together every other month during our SLP/Psychologist meetings. Hey - hang in there!

    1. Thank you! I know this is the reality of many school-based SLPs and at least we do get those monthly meetings. Blogging really helps me a lot :)

  2. I'm one of two SLPs in my district. But fortunately, we make time every month or two to touch base. (I never thought I'd miss the monthly 3-hour slp meetings in my old district.) This part of the year has been hectic with a bunch of evals from birth-3 and preschool evals coming in after the screenings a couple of months back. On a separate note, I used to use a website/app called SparkPeople to track my calories eaten and exercise. They have some great graphs and you can input your goals and all. After I have this baby, I'm going to have to get back to using it...but I've heard really good things about MyFitnessPal as well.

    Talking With Rebecca

    1. Thank you for sharing. I don't have an I-pad or I-phone so I haven't seen all the apps that are available. I'm really bad about stress-eating so I'm really trying to watch it this semester.

      P.S. I can't imagine being one of 2 SLPs.