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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

School starts in less than 2 weeks. I've got a lot to get done before then, in terms of class preparation, but mentally? I think I'm close to ready. This is a big deal to me, because usually, any big transition gets me a little (or a lot) stressed about what will happen to my exercise / eating.

I think there are several things that are making this transition a little less daunting:

1. I will have more time this semester because my hubby has agreed to come home early twice a week so that I can stay at work closer to 40 hours a week. The idea that I won't be stuck working at home until the wee hours after a long day of work and then childcare and cooking is exciting.

2. I've got some great food choices that I know are portable. The summer has been a good time for experimentation.

3. I can finally say that I ENJOY my workouts. I don't WANT to miss them, so I think I'll be careful to keep that up, even with the increased workload.

4. I really like how I'm feeling. I am extremely motivated to stay like this!!!

I was doing some work for a publisher of psychology texts tonight, and got to the chapter on Health Psychology. I don't ever test my students on stats that might change from year to year, so I often ignore them in my own teaching. Tonight though, I saw a couple that blew my mind:

*only ONE in five american adults gets the recommended amount of exercise each week.

*the average american adult watches THIRTY hours of television a week.

I'm speechless, and terribly motivated to be the exception, rather than the rule!
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  • STRONGDAWG
    I love it when I have those times when I get an emotional/psychological do-over. The start of the academic year is definitely one of those times. You are so great at keeping me motivated to stick with my work out goals/plans.

    2281 days ago
  • WICKEDIMP
    Glad you're feeling good about the start of the semester - hope it stays that way through December. :-) And I can, unfortunately, believe those stats all too well.

    2281 days ago
  • SHIRE33
    I start Wednesday. My campus has switched now from quarters to semesters, we're totally changing our course materials, and it's been very stressful. I'm looking forward to regular workouts just to relieve stress and forget about everything but sweating for awhile. That's another new reason to love exercise! I also see quite a few colleagues at the gym. I think there are at least 5 of us from the English department! And one sociologist. :D

    Hope you have a great term!
    2282 days ago
  • CINERICIA
    It's a great moment when you realize exercise has gone from "have to" to "want to." It's much easier to find time to indulge in a hobby than to complete a chore. Good for you there.

    As for the television viewing...seriously? Who even has 30 hours to watch TV? I get that many people put the TV on and watch it while doing other things, but I'm struggling to think of where I would even find 30 hours. I'm not going to say we never watch TV. But collectively, my household probably watches about 10 hours a week between 4 people. And the husband makes TV commercials for a living. Huh. Perhaps their finding amazing, entertaining shows of which I am just not aware?
    2282 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    I was puttering around in my classroom yesterday thinking about how lucky I am to love my job, which is a sentiment I know you share. I'm glad you've had a fabulous summer and that you feel like you can go back! The new book will be a lot of work, but hopefully it'll also force you to breathe some new life into your teaching!
    2282 days ago
  • MANDELOVICH
    You are totally ready! You are more than ready! You are a hole new person and all the positive transformations you've made to your body and mind are going to carry through into the school year.

    I too begin after Labor Day and what I just wrote above is a pep talk for both of us :)!

    I'm actually doing some work this week, next week, and the week after, which gives me a small taste of what it will be like...

    But I think the crucial thing is to focus on caring for yourself as well as you have been up until now. That positive health, energy, etc will do wonders!
    2282 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Transitions are hard. When I was teaching, I would respond to "summer off" comments with "yeah, but I work 60 hrs a week during the school year" Sounds like you've got a great plan in place, and support, which is key. Go you!
    2282 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    i'm in a similar situation; while not school start, summer living will end in a few weeks, and i keep thinking about how i will fit in what i need for my health once i get back to the environment where there is less time for exercise and more demands for work.

    can't imagine watching 30 hours of TV - i stopped watching in the 90s, and we discontinued our cable subscription about 4 years ago. of course, i won't mention the number of hours in front of the computer...:-) as for the recommended number of hours or exercise - i guess it's hard for people to fit that in if they are in front of the TV (probably with snacks...)
    2282 days ago
  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    30 hours of tv and how many hours of media (ph, computer, etc) total? It's all too available.

    Sounds like you are on track.

    2282 days ago
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