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Monday, May 16, 2016

I feel like the starting gun has popped, and I am on my way!

First, I have spent the last six weeks working uber-hard on a portfolio submission for the National Board Certification for teachers. Yes, it's a great endeavor, but I've let everything else take a back seat, including my health. But IT'S DONE. It's done!! A gigantic weight has been lifted from my back...which means I am now free to get some exercise and actually plan healthy meals and snacks.

So I took stock this morning (and during the reflective writing time from my 8th grade language arts classes).

Weight: 154.4 A bit higher than I had planned, but I can handle this.
Goal by June: 148.0 That's six pounds in 3.5 weeks. I can do this. It's a rate of 2.5 pounds per week, but I am ready and willing to buckle down.

Food: Ummm... Eat what's available, indulge often, guilt-eat, stress-eat, and defeat-eat.
Goal: Plan all meals and snacks and stick to it. When I feel a craving, I will set a 20-minute timer and drink water until it dings. If I'm still hungry, then I can have a small portion.

Exercise: It's been nearly non-existent.
Goal: 15 minutes every day. Read below for my ideas on this (I wrote this during class and it was projected the entire time so my students could read whenever they looked up. Talk about keeping it real!)

Exercise every day -- minimum 15 minutes. Since I can hear the excuses coming, I will now list everything that can be done by time increments:
* Walk the dog. Hello. There's a German Shepherd at home who behaves better when tired. If you want her to stop eating toilet paper, stuffed animals, and books, then perhaps you should leash her up and take her out for a walk (or jog!)
* Too rainy or cold? No worries. There's a treadmill in the basement. That's right. A non-weather-dependent option just waiting for you.
* What's that next to the treadmill? Oh, a complete Universal gym? So you could actually strength-train in the basement as well? You lucky duck. And to think, you were considering an Xperience Fitness membership. Silly girl.
* Looking for more of a challenge? Go to TKD. (Ian, when are you testing next?)
* TKD doesn't fit in your current schedule? Lucky for you, there's a nice big rec room where you can do forms and kicks AND a Wavemaster for punching.
* Holy poo, you forgot about cycling! (probably because it's cold out right now) Remember, Master M has challenged you to 500 miles this year. I'm sure he's probably at 200 already. Start catching up!
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    Best wishes with achieving your goals.

    Walking the dog definitely sounds a good plan!
    901 days ago
  • PISCES24
    What a relief on the portfolio. Great are motivated, you will meet your goal!!
    913 days ago
    emoticon Great plan! Congratulations on your portfolio submission too. I know that was a lot of hard work.
    913 days ago
    You have a plan, now just do it.
    914 days ago
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