Sunday, June 02, 2013
Talk about non-scale victories and not even realizing it! Since April, when i really started this journey, i decided that i had to balance my life better. As a teacher, as many of you know, your work is never done. my room needs to be organized before tomorrow morning, I just thought of a new way to reinforce this concept, so I have to stay and get the materials ready, etc, etc, etc. I absolutely hate to work out in the mornings, so I already knew that was not going to happen. That leaves after work. Oh, my, as someone who would stay until 6 or 7 at night sometimes, this was certainly a dilemma. To make matters worse, 3 weeks until school is out is an especially busy time. I realized that since April, with very few exceptions, I met my goal of leaving before 4 and coming home to work out Prior to this year, I looked forward to "after school was out, I could work out" mentality. I am happy to say, that this never crossed my mind for June. I am going to continue that goal and figure it out some other way. This whole mindset has left me less concerned because the summer promises less time for me anyways. The day after school lets out we leave for a vacation to both Florida and then to Colorado to visit my son, then 4th of July, then hosting a shower for my niece, then curriculum work, then teaching summer school, then a few days in DC for my niece's wedding Labor Day weekend, then back to school. My dream of all the time in the world has disappeared. I will figure this out, one step at a time, but for now, I have my plan for my first challenge in place!
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Today's blog is devoted to teaching. Many of you know that I teach first grade in a relatively small rural community, the same one that I live in. In the past five years, the population of our town has drastically changed. To make a long story fairly short, while my class was across the street at the local museum, our school went into a shelter in place. Am employee who was outside at the time walked over to tell me to keep the kids there. About 15 minutes later the school resource officer came and told me that he was going to escort our class back to the school immediately. Right next door to our museum is an awful apartment building and when we came out, I noticed my friend, who is a detective, on the porch of this building with a couple of other officers. Come to find out, they had just gotten a search warrant and were making a pot bust. I got thinking later that, first of all, many teachers deal with worse things on a daily basis, but it has never hit me in the face like that. Teaching is so much more than teaching!
I only had to deal with this for one day. Several of our kids live in that building, just as one of our first graders lived in a meth lab. It is now the weekend!
Friday, May 31, 2013
The last few days I have been wondering is exercise is becoming a habit for me. Not that I am doing anything too strenuous, but since I got my Fitbit, I am compelled to try to get my 10,000 steps in. I am so glad I am a teacher because I go home with 4500-5000 steps under my belt on an average day. I actually looked forward to beginning to walk home yesterday when my husband was late picking me up. The downside was that I had to drive back to school to get my bag! I started exercising last night and wasn't done when I got interrupted. I went back and finished up at 9 p.m. This was previously unheard of, so I am hoping... No where near being at a wonderful place, as far as food goes, but I will take this. I'm crossing my fingers!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Some of my hydrangeas have buds! There are even some on the back of my house that I have had there for years, but have never bloomed. I love hydrangeas. If I had more space (and my husband would let me) I would have them everywhere. Where I live they are very slow-growing, but now I reap the rewards. Be patient, I keep telling myself. Hydrangeas are a good lesson for me. What I am doing today may not result in immediate success, but in tomorrow's!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Ate well all day! Didn't want to exercise, but talked myself into it. Patting myself on the back, but then the chocolate mini bars in the cupboard started calling me. Just one...should have known better, that has never happened! Strength will return today!
I'm not really rejoicing, but I am accepting and will keep trying not to be mindless about my health.
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