Thursday, August 25, 2011
This year is going to be the best year of my life.
I have been an elementary librarian for 19 years, 1st grade teacher for 7.
This was the first year I started school with no crying babies. WooHoo.
2 years ago I started my weight loss journey again for the hundredth time. But this time it was different I was older, my knees hurt and for the 1st time I was at a middle school. I had been moved to a Middle School and I did not have the energy to learn how to deal with middle school kids. I needed a change. I joined Sparkpeople and I got serious. I lost 40 pounds by the end of the year. I was playing vollyball and basketball with 6th graders and I had energy. Wow.
This year I have been moved to a 5th and 6th grade campus. I find myself having to help out the P.E teacher outside with the students. The 6th graders come to the library for 1/2 hour and outside for 1/2 hour. In 100 degree heat it is perfect.
But my most fun is with the class I have to take outside while the coach eats. We play basketball. The kids say "Are we going to play today it is so much fun." The girls play because I am playing. The boys want me to play. The boys are still shorter than me so I can sometimes get the ball. I can catch the ball and pass it. I can run and steal the ball. OK so I can not shoot but that is OK. The best part is I am getting in my exercise in the middle of the day. After 1/2 hours outside they are happy to come to the library and " cool off with a good book."
Many Nay Sayers may say how can an old librarian keep up with young kids.
Well I can. I have lost 63lbs since that day 2 years ago.
I still have some to lose but I know I can do it.
In the summer I walked daily, swam and I kept losing. I challenged myself to be out in the heat of Texas. I got my body used to exercising in the warm days. Now I can go out and not die of heat stroke. I am not a librarian who is just about books. I can have fun tooo.
I hope this year I will be an inspiration to my students to show them that anyone can do anything. P.E coach/librarian extraordinaire it is just another day for me.