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Friday, May 17, 2013

Yeah, I fell off the fitness wagon...big time. The Dude's stepdad was rushed to the hospital last week and underwent emergency surgery for what they thought was going to be a bowel obstruction. Well, when they opened him up, they discovered that he was riddled with cancer from top to bottom. He didn't make it through the night. Things have been rough around here.

So, due to the nature of serious family things, my schedule has been off, eating has been off, sleeping has been off. Everything's off. I haven't really exercised or even tracked food in more than a week. On top of all the family stuff, the end of the school year is approaching and things have been just beyond stressful. Staff and students alike are going bonkers. The "fun" end-of-year activities are wearing me out as well. Just got back from Field Trip #3 of this month (one more to go)...

I made up for my lack of exercise today. All of the transition students had to be at the main campus for adapted prom that occurs during the school day for the more severely physically disabled students. So my kids had to be there too, except that my kids are behaviorally disordered, and thus could not attend the prom. We were just...there. So I took them out. We went on a nature walk at a forest preserve near the school. The anticipated half-mile walk turned into a five mile serious trek through the woods. Seriously, by the end of it, my kids were calm for the first time in forever. I think I actually managed to wear them out.

Then I took them to Pepe's for the lunch buffet. I didn't exactly behave (fried taquitos), but I didn't go overboard, either. The kids actually sat and ate and conversed without throwing things and cursing. It was really, really nice. And really tiring and really expensive. I'm worn out.

Next week will be the true test of endurance. In addition to assessment, report cards, IEP paperwork, there's also the trip to Six Flags (that will be about a 13-14 hour day), followed by Prom (for my kids, this time...another 13-14 hour day). By the time these little buggers graduate, I'm going to be a quivering mass of jelly, seriously.

So yeah...I'm kind of not planning to be back on a good regimen of diet and exercise until this whole thing is over. But on May 31, when I get out of bed and realize that I really am on summer break, I will be hitting the hiking trails in the morning and doing some sort of strength training in the afternoons. I'm going to try to get the Dude to do some of it, too.
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    So sorry Your Family is suffering such a loss, my deepest sympathies. Sometimes we just have to take a break, especially during a time a grief.
    What an awesome teacher You are. Sounds like your students are very lucky to have a teacher who thinks of a way to celebrate even if it's in a different way then everyone else. I bet your students really appreciate You.
    You can get back your focus back in a couple of weeks
    1858 days ago
    Goodness gracious, you have a lot to deal with right now. It sounds like you have a plan to get back on track once the dust settles. Be good to yourself, rest and believe you will come out of this stronger.
    1859 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find peace. I don't know if I could handle all of that stress. Do you have someone to talk to? It sounds like you are the anchor for the family, you need some time to decompress and think about your own health. Take 10 minutes and find a quiet place and relax. I pray that all goes well for you soon.

    1859 days ago
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