Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So I learned about SparkPeople and signed up last summer. Then I really didn't do much with it. Seemed too complicated at the time.
And so I did go through the fall with no exercise and less attention to my health.
I don't begin teaching again until January 18. A week ago I started exercising daily and eating right again. I'm using SparkPeople to keep myself motivated and just joined the 28-day exercise challenge. The real test for me will come when I have a pile of grading to get through. I truthfully don't like grading because I teach good students who treat "Bs" like failures. I like everything else about teaching.
I remember using a small bag of M & Ms to occasionally motivate myself in college to get through a big night of studying. Back then, I had a faster metabolism and more active lifestyle--so those evenings when I used candy for motivation didn't really hurt me.
In recent years, I've found myself turning to a snack to get through an evening of grading. I obviously need to find a better strategy. However, I suppose a 100-calorie popcorn could do the trick in a pinch.
The other problem for me is that time becomes an issue--when I need to get a pile of papers back to the students and have limited time, I sacrifice exercising. I'm going to try to hold myself accountable for getting at least 10 or 15 minutes of exercise in during those crunch times.
Like others, stress and time crunches become my barriers. I keep reminding myself that I'll handle stress better if I keep my own health in check.