Friday, May 21, 2010
In preparation for the Polk Co. Team Spa Day at our house tomorrow, I spent the day cleaning. I didn't just run the vacuum a little bit and dust a few tables, I used the team event as an exercise opportunity. I vacuumed, shampooed the carpets, mopped the floors, scrubbed down the kitchen, cleaned both bathrooms, cleaned the air purifiers, wiped down the ceiling fans and washed all the throw rugs. The house smells and looks clean and boy, did I ever get a workout. (I won't even say how many hours it took me!) When I was finished I had to peel my close off my body because they were so wet from sweat. The only thing I still have to do is some light strength training. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in what I was able to get done today. Now if only I'm not too stiff tomorrow to have a good time!! lol
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This Saturday, May 22, at 12:30p.m., our Polk County Team will be having Spa Day at my home. I can't wait!!! The last time we did this, we all mellowed out and really relaxed. This time we're having healthy snacks, healthy drinks, skin care products, foot massage products, nail polish, a massage therapist and hot packs (to relax our muscles). Several husbands have asked if they can join us and we've said YES! Of course they can come and join in the fun. I'm going to try to make some healthy muffins that I got recipes for on Spark People, someone is bringing fruit, someone is bringing deviled eggs, I will probably make a veggie platter and serve water, juice or diet coke. And... it's all free!
Spa Day is a time of sharing, laughter, learning, relaxing and pampering. It brings our group closer and forges bonds of support. It's no wonder that the guys would like to join in!!! This is such a great group of people. I cherish the friendships I have made and the support we give one another. So, those team mates who are reading this blog, please come. All you need is yourself, a pair of clean socks (foot massage lotion may make feet slippery), a big smile and a willingness to be pampered. See all of you on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30p.m.!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ever have those weeks when it seems like all of your time is spoken for? When I was teaching, I can remember many days when I would work through lunch, attend an after school meeting, rush home, take my child to some activity, fix dinner and then rush off to something else (like grad school or exercise class) followed by hours of grading papers. I used to count the hours until the weekend (unless I was taking one of those weekend grad courses) so I could have some time to breathe. I was on the fast track to burn out!
Now that I'm older and hopefully a little wiser, I look back and say to myself, "What were you thinking?" The problem was, I wasn't thinking about anything but cramming as many things as I could into a set time frame. The busier I got the worse I felt. I stopped exercising because I injured myself. I filled that time with other things and then I no longer had the time to exercise. I gained weight as a result. I had been a normal weight all my life until I started putting myself at the bottom of the list. Then I became over weight, out of shape and burned out. For what? Did working like a slave make me a better teacher? Maybe, but I became an unhappy one within five years of stopping my exercise program. My problem was that I was no longer taking time for myself. I needed to have surgery but kept putting it off until I had trouble walking. Then, when I could no longer function, I took care of it. By that time some of the damage to my knees couldn't be repaired by anything other than knee replacements. It just wasn't worth the price I paid!
Now that I've retired on a disability from teaching, I can see what I couldn't see before. Taking time for yourself daily is important. Building exercise into your daily schedule is important. Paying attention to your body's needs is important. You can't give to others without first making sure that your body is in top working condition. Build some breathing room and exercise into your schedule. Last of all, strive be happy. Take some time to dream, relax and love. You'll be a happier, more productive person if you do.
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