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The 'Great' Frozen North

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I've been here in the north for 4 months now. My jogging program ended the day we moved. I had to go straight to work a few days after the kids and I moved and there has been no time to breathe let alone exercise. My day starts at 5:30 am making lunches and getting the kids up etc. We are at my school by 7:30 am and school starts at 8:45. I teach until 3:00 but work until 6 or 7 pm in my classroom. If my kids have dance or other activities after school then we leave 'early'. By the time we get home it's usually 8pm and I make a terrible, instant dinner and we fall into bed by 9pm. Weekends we spend at my school working.

I will personally spit on anyone who says teachers have it easy because they only work 6-hrs a day, and get summers and holidays off. I work 70-80-hrs per week and usually all weekend. During report card week we (my kids and I, can`t afford a babysitter) were at school until 10/11 pm working. I'm feeling stressed and guilty because I've taken a week off during this holiday and done no work. I'm going to school today to get organised for January 3rd. My kids keep asking when we can do something fun together and I've told them maybe this summer =/

I have to find a way to fit exercise into this incredibly stressful life and start tracking what I'm eating. My hip/back is giving me so much pain that it's hard to bend over to put my shoes on and get out of bed. Even walking hurts sometimes. I'm hoping to make time to see a massage therapist in the new year. Yoga will be high on my list of exercise activities. We are not eating enough vegetables/fruit and we are eating too much packaged stuff and pasta (because it's fast). I've tried making freezer meals but they never seem to go over well.

Oh and did I mention the frozen north? Go outside for a walk? Please don't make me. It's been unseasonably warm which means only -5 to -10C, which is not too bad. In November we had a week of -20C and as cold as -33C which made me cry. I'm sure that January - March will get properly cold and snowy. My hands and feet turn white and go numb when I get too cold and reheating them is quite painful. The snow isn't too bad, but because it's been warm there is a thick layer of ice underneath it which is so dangerous. I`m looking for indoor options like my videos, but boredom and lazyiness is going to be a factor. I must get down to a reasonable weight for summer, i can`t take another fat summer hidden in jeans =(
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