Sunday, October 14, 2012
I've been trying to get myself back into the healthy-eating and exercising groove lately. The beginning of the school year really threw me for a loop. Since I joined SP last March, this is the first beginning-of-the-school time that I have experienced, and I was unprepared for how off-track I would get. I was just SO TIRED and stressed and running in every direction. Along with teaching full-time, I work part-time at the library 2 nights a week and I have class one night a week (I'm in grad school). Thank goodness I don't have any children--the poor things would be eating cold soup out of the can and wearing dirty clothes.
I am starting to get into a routine, though, and I am also getting creative about being more active all through the day. When my students have their gross motor time, I throw and kick balls with them and just try to stay moving. When I take bathroom breaks (always a relief, for any teacher on the planet!), I walk to the bathroom that is farthest from my classroom. Not only do I get more steps, but I get a few more seconds of blessed QUIET.
Now that cooler weather has arrived, I want to do my walking outdoors, rather than indoors. My dog seems enthusiastic about it too. Yesterday, I took a walk with the dog in the morning, a walk with my husband a little later, and a short walk by myself later in the day. I had over 10,600 steps by bedtime last night.
I just joined the healthy cooking challenge, to help myself focus more on meal planning and increasing vegetables and grains in our meals. My husband is a big meat-eater, and, when he cooks, our meals generally feature a big piece of some kind of meat with a starch and a veggie. I'm trying to balance that out with soups, stews, and casseroles full of vegetables, with a little meat thrown in. I also have some smaller plates stashed away that I am going to start using for my meals. We have these ginormous dinner plates that encourage mega-portions, and that is just a bad idea for me. I know that when I come home from work or class and I am tired or stressed, I want to EAT. I don't need the temptation of a plate the size of a hub-cap.