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Staying focused


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Staying focused is NOT easy when life gets very busy! I just experienced it! I subbed for a teacher friend of mine who teaches in an area that I have always felt a bit intimidated...music. He ends up teaching every student in the building in a two day period, and also teams up once a week with ANOTHER teacher who teaches in another area that I feel a bit intimidated...PE! I am retired after teaching 32 years in a 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom...or a combination of 4/5 or 5/6...but never all day in Music or PE! I was always thankful for the fact that our school district had two excellent specialists to teach full time in our building.
So to say I was out of my comfort zone when I subbed in my friend's Music class for 3 weeks...I guess you could say...MOST DEFINITELY! Though I totally enjoyed it, I also had to spend extra time preparing so I felt confident in front of students.
Busy was hardly the word, and exhausted at the end of the day was a given, ESPECIALLY on the Friday when we taught the entire school Physical Harmony...with the PE teacher. EVERY class period was full of physical activity, that we modeled. The bouncing and hopping was the hardest for me, and at the end of that day I felt crippled!
You would think that if I stayed THAT busy, I should lose weight, yes? NO. I actually gained 2 pounds! The only thing I could think of was that I was not focused. I was not focused daily on making sure I got in all of my water. I was not focused at the end of the day to make sure I tracked all my food...especially the stuff I ate at the end of the day! I think being dehydrated and tired caused me to eat more....because I did not stay focused on the fact that I was probably tired and dehydrated!
I know I did not drink enough water because as the music teacher, I started getting classes every 45 minutes from the beginning of the morning until noon. Then a half hour later, I was getting students again until close to the end of the day, when I finally got a preparation period to get ready for the next day. There was really NO time to go to the bathroom until noon! And drinking water while teaching might have been a great idea....but holding it when you had to go didn't seem so enticing. As a regular teacher before I retired, I could slip out and ask another teacher to watch my class if I really had to go, but as a Music Teacher, you only have 45 minutes to work with each class...all eyes are on YOU during that time...no slipping out. Come to think of it...as a regular teacher before I retired....I didn't drink enough water either! My poor kidneys!
Now that my short term sub job is over, I need to get my focus back where it was the beginning of February. I was on a roll then....losing weight every week! I want that again...So STAYING FOCUSED is my mantra this next week.
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SMILES_CAN_DO 3/2/2013 7:12PM

  First of all, you do not look old enough to be retired after teaching 32 years! And your blog makes me realize how talented you are! You are awesome! Congratulations for tackling music and phy ed with the gusto you did! I can relate to so much of what you went through. I work in an office with just two people. Our office is located in a building where the restroom is down the hall and I need to lock the door when I step out. There are times when it's very hard to leave. I've also come to realize that being tired is my number one reason for not being able to stay on track. My second is I immediately want to turn to food the minute I get upset. The "I don't care" voice speaks very loud. I've learned to recognize what's happening, now the hard part is to learn how to deal with it, which I'm sure is what you're going to do too. You have a good handle on what's going on! You're doing well!

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ALICIA214 3/2/2013 11:16AM

 

They say that muscle weighs more than fat with all that PE you have probably toned up yours ... emoticon

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WISHFULDREAMING 3/2/2013 11:05AM

    Staying focused is a challenge for me also. Especially when life gets busy. That's good that you identified where the issue was and it will help in trying to find a solution if you are in that situation again.

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