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HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/12/13 10:12 A

Wow! Tons of great advice! Thanks so much. My two oldest, 10 and 12, have really been wanting to help with the cooking lately so that will work out well.

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7/12/13 12:56 A

With children at age 12...time to get them involved in some healthy cooking, eating and possibly even your exercise!!

The batch cooking on the weekend is a great activity....delegate and have fun together!! Ditto for lunches, and even shopping...encourage them to help make the healthy decisions, choose and prepare the menu for several nights (perhaps one night a week/child??) A lot of items can be prepared in just a short time the evening before...then cooked when everyone arrives home....

I know the last thing you probably want to do is "teach" again during family time, but its worth it! ENJOY!!

ZABOKA Posts: 35
7/12/13 12:40 A

I'm in a somewhat similar situation - in that my work schedule will change with the start of the school year. For the past month, I've been able to work from home, and have been somewhat consistent with preparing healthy meals, and exercising more often. I too, have been concerned about how things will go when I have to work more regular hours.

Also, I should note, I'm pretty sure it can be done -- a few years ago I lost quite a bit of weight, much of it during the school term. Over past few years, I have almost regained all of it - the difference, I think is planning, and tracking.

On the planning front: I'm not so great about having an actual "meal" while at work - as I recall, I would have a healthy breakfast, 2-3 smaller "snacks" while at work, and plan for a healthy dinner (typically something semi-convenient or easy); to facilitate dinner, I would usually make some batch recipes during the weekend - very convenient to have healthy, home-made meals or portions in the freezer). Occassionally, the slow cooker might also make an appearance. At work, I might have things like greek yogurt, fruit, almonds, cheese, maybe veg and dip; sometimes i might bring a wrap type sandwich or "pre-planned" leftovers, like a quinoa or pasta salad.

With my current schedule, I typically exercise in the evening - I am thinking that I would like to move this to before work - not sure if it will "take" as I am so not a morning person (heck, i'm not too much of an exercise person, either!). I decided today, that rather than wait for my fall schedule, I would just try to incorporate the habit now. (haven't started that yet, but I think i will within the next week or so). I am also planning to have some "back up" exercise plans that I can do easily at home, in case the day does not go as planned.

Along those lines, I think for the next month or so, I will begin to "adjust" my stay at home schedule to something closer to the one I will have in the fall.

About a week or two before the start of classes, I will be sure to make a few extra freezer meals, and stock up on healthy back up options for the busier time of year.

I hope that was helpful. I already feel like the summer is going by tooo quickly, but it is a good time to assess, adjust and plan for the upcoming months.

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
7/11/13 10:15 P

Are you teaching the same thing next year? If so, that will help too. You'll know more about what your doing & it'll be a little easier to balance things.

Remember being a teacher is a lot like being a Mom: Your job is never done!

KPA1B2 Posts: 785
7/11/13 10:14 P

I'm also a teacher, but my kids are older, my youngest is 17 yrs. I would walk while my son was at a sports practice. I remember walking my daughter to dance while my son was practicing baseball.

I plan our evening meals. It helps to answer the question "What's for dinner?" It's on the fridge. As long as I remember to take the meat out of the freezer this works. I usually use the crockpot once a week, Most days I have leftovers for lunch. Knowing that I have left overs for lunch makes my morning that much easier, I know exactly what I'm going to put in my lunch box.

For a while I did really well with doing 30 min. of yoga when I first got home, or if I couldn't do that then 30 min. on the treadmill immediately after the dishes were done. No sitting down first!

Can your husband do homework/bath 2 or 3 nights a week & you can work out at that time? What about getting up 30 min. earlier then usual to work out?

My problem is keeping up with the motivation to work out.

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7/11/13 9:49 P

I am not in a situation like yours. I do not have children and I work from home.
I do know that being my healthiest gives me more energy for getting more done with ease and appreciation. With children you have the incentive to be a great role model for them.
Some ways I make it easier to eat healthy is cooking in big batches and dividing it into portions for 'fast' meal options when I am too busy or just not in the mood to cook.
You have to eat anyway why not eat healthy things?

HFITZ1 Posts: 68
7/11/13 1:12 P

I am a teacher, last year was my first year. Before that I was a stay at home mom while going to school online. Just working last year I lost about 10 pounds. I very recently decided to start eating well and working out every day. I am worried that once I'm back to work I will not have time to eat right and work out anymore. Last year was pretty stressful and time consuming.

How can I stay motivated while working? I also have four kids, ages 6 to 12, and by the time I get home, make dinner, check homework, etc. I am exhausted. Any other teachers or working parents that can give me advice on staying motivated, when to workout, what to eat for lunch, anything?

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