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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Well, today is my last day of summer vacation. Tomorrow I will go back to work with new teachers, and then all teachers report for meetings Tue-Fri of this week. Next Monday, the kids come back.

I am truly grateful for the summer I have had. I graduated in May with my Masters, and I decided to give myself a summer off. No curriculum writing, no babysitting, just enjoying life. At the beginning of July, I went on a cruise to the Bahamas with one of my best friends. It was incredible, and I would gladly go back tomorrow! At the end of July, I went with my boyfriend to Wisconsin for a week to visit friends and family. It was the first time in years that I have gone to WI without agenda during the summer- I was able to do all of the tourist things that I love about WI, and see people that I haven't seen in a couple of years, all with the company of Bruce. Wonderful!

Unfortunately, I have been slacking on exercise because of a lack of schedule/(and a teeny bit) motivation. I have decided not to beat myself up over this. I think that would have been a slippery slope if I would have started being upset every time I didn't exercise, as that probably would have led to more eating.

Fortunately, I start back to school tomorrow. I have added to my list of "Things I Do At School," which is so exciting to me! I am still teaching Spanish, and I am still the PBIS coordinator (planning incentives and proactive approaches for school discipline), but now I am also the New Teacher Mentor, and the Specials Team Leader. The New Teacher Mentor is in charge of mentoring new teachers at the school. We have a record number THIRTEEN new teachers this year, so it's with a little bit of anxiety that I welcome this new challenge as I show all of these new teachers the ropes. The Specials Team Leader position means that I will be leading weekly meetings with the Specials team (art, gym, language, music, tech ed, consumer ed teachers), and basically be the go-between for those teachers and admin. All of these extra new jobs mean that I have been in school and planning since the beginning of August.

Recognizing that I have taken this summer off, I decided to check out what the Y has to offer. I have been taking a Zumba class on Monday nights which I love, and I will continue to do that during the school year. I also just signed up for Aqua Zumba on Wednesday nights, which is a new love of mine. Water and I are best friends, so this is a perfect mesh of 2 of my loves! I am also thinking about doing a class called "Lots of Laps" on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It's a coached swimming time for adults. Awesome. That would mean my after school schedule of exercise would be:

Monday- Zumba
Tuesday- Laps
Wednesday- Aqua Zumba
Thursday- Laps

This would officially be more exercise than I have done in years, but I am really looking forward to it. There is a small possibility that I will have to do a Mentoring class since I am new to the Teacher Mentor program, but I believe that is online and I can make my own hours (I hope!). As long as that doesn't interfere, I should be set!

Here's to getting back into a routine, and getting back into exercising!
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    Sounds like a good plan and I'm glad you had an awesome summer!
    2128 days ago
    Ahhhh the bittersweetness of going back to school! I go back this week too and while I'm not looking forward to the year ahead in some ways (horrible admin), I am looking forward to that routine! Summer certainly can throw you off of your game!!!!

    I like your plan for the weekly workouts too. I too find if I schedule them I am less likely to skip them. I've also started to try and move more at work. I take part of my lunch and go for a walk around the block. I also instituted fidget breaks into my day and I am going back to that this year. I have a little random reminder bell on my phone and every time it rings I get up and stretch and walk around or drink water. It really helped me. Another thing that was awesome was getting my students to do yoga! Just a pose here and there - it was great for them and helped refocus my toughest kiddos (I teach k-12 Sped....).

    Have a great first week!!!!
    2129 days ago
    Kudos on your plans and vacay!

    2129 days ago
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