28 February 2009

Teaching

I'm studying to be a teacher, I may have mentioned that. I'm getting my Master's in Secondary Education from a local university. It's a great program and kind of the way I have to go. Since No Child Left Behind was enacted teachers now have to be 'highly qualified' in what they teach. Used to be you could get a bachelor's degree and go off and teach. Not any more. Here in Hawaii there are a lot of teachers who will be retiring because they don't meet that 'highly qualified' description. Many have been teaching for years and don't want to go back to school to continue to work. It's hard the way I'm doing it. But there is another way. You can get MS Instruction online. You can get your masters in Curriculum and Instruction completely online.

St. Xavier's offers an online masters that focuses on theories of curriculum, learning, growth and development. I can tell you from experience, these are incredibly important aspects of teaching. You have to understand the students almost more then the curriculum your teaching. I'm in my 2nd semester and taking my 3rd class dealing with instruction or psychology in some way. I only have to take one course that actually deals with teaching science. I wish I could have taken this online. How convenient would that be. I could do the classes when I want to and not have to be out until 8 pm at class. I wish I had heard of this before I started the program I'm in. Unfortunately I'm almost half way through now. If I was just starting I'd definitely look into switching.

Start slow and taper off

Okay, I'm going to tackle this just like I tackled my stress problem last weekend. A couple of things to note.
  • I am sleeping too much. This happens whenever I stop working out
  • I'm getting headaches. Another thing that happens when I stop working out
  • I feel like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Ditto the above
  • I have zero energy. Ditto the above.
So enough of this. For the first few days, or even weeks, I will have to force myself to do something. So I'm starting today. Here is my list of activities for today:
  • A morning walk (I need to start really slow)
  • Work in the garden later (If it stops raining)
  • Stretching/Yoga before I got to bed
There, not too much, a nice easy start. I want to get back into the habit of stretching/yoga for about 1/2 hour before I go to bed. It really relaxes me and I'm unbelievably inflexible right now. I've also noticed when I do strength training regularly (which I will soon) I get very tight and the yoga helps keep me loose.

I'm debating about setting some goals for March. In one way they can be very motivating, but in other ways they can be pressure. Not sure yet, I'll consider it today.

Also, I noticed something this week. I taught a class on Tuesday that completely and totally flopped. I mean it was a huge bomb. The regular teacher had to step in at the end and save me. It was really bad. After the class left the regular teacher told me it would be very common at this point for a new teacher to throw in the towel and say they are never teaching again. My response actually took me by surprise. I said, "I'm not like that. If I blow something once, I'll try even harder the next time and really try to master it. If, after trying a number of times, I can't seem to master the task at hand, then I will give up." Literally as I was saying this one part of my brain was saying, 'why aren't you like this with weight loss and working out?' And of course I had not answer. In every other aspect of my life failure leads to me redoubling my efforts. But not in weight loss. Failure in weight loss leads to me throwing in the towel and getting something to eat. Why is that? Can I change it? I don't know but I'm sure as hell going to try. BTW, I went on to teach classes on Thursday and Friday that were absolute hits and had the kids actually asking for work :) So it's all possible.

27 February 2009

Move it, move it

So I've been thinking about my morning post all day. I just have to get moving. I don't have to do a kick ass hard workout, I just have to get moving. So that's what I'm doing tomorrow. I'm going to move. I may charge up the iPod and go for a walk. I may do the elliptical. I may go for a hike. I just have to move. I also need to track my food. That's all I'm going to do. Move and write down what I eat. I have my workload under control and now I need to get my fitness back in order. It's funny, I stepped on the scale this morning because I feel like the Goodyear blimp. It wasn't bad. In fact, it was down a pound. Hmmm....Clearly my eating is fine if I could just get the activity in there it would all be good.

Okay, sorry but I love this :)


Early morning stream of thought

I have not gotten up to workout all this week, but I have been noting my routines. I have an amazingly hard time getting up at 4:30 but it's fairly easy to get up at 5. Hmmmm..... My main chore in the morning is feeding the birds, that alone takes almost 1/2 hour. Fixing the food takes about 15 minutes and then the actual feeding takes about 15 minutes. Hmmm..... I also have the habit of fixing my lunch and ironing my clothes (if needed) in the morning. That all takes about 20-30 minutes. Hmmmm..... If I get up at 5 there isn't really time to workout. So here's my idea. What if I got the bird's food ready the night before? There's 15 minutes. What if I also packed my lunch and ironed my clothes? There I have at least another 20 minutes. That gives me at least 1/2 hour in the morning with nothing to do. Hmmmm.....Oh yeah, I could use that time to work out!!! There is at least an hour every night that I sit around doing nothing but watching TV. While relaxation is important that's crazy. I can fix lunch or iron during that time. I can make sure I have everything ready for morning so I don't have to worry about it in the morning. Starting tomorrow I'm back to working out, I just need a plan for during the week because it's so hard for me.

26 February 2009

Fit & Fresh Product Review

Please note that is is not a paid post. I purchased these items and am so pleased with them overall that I had to write a post about them.


These are Fit & Fresh food containers. They are specifically designed for different foods and/or meals and they have ice packs that fit right into the containers. They keep your food nice and cold for you. I have a few different ones and I absolutely love them. The salad one has a built in dressing holder/dispenser and a space for a knife and fork. I also got a bunch of 1 cup containers that have tiny ice packs that fit in the lid, very cool. I also got the drink shaker for my protein shakes in the morning. I got the breakfast one that's supposed to hold cereal in the bottom, an ice ring that the milk container sits in, and then an upper bowl for fruit or whatever. I love the thought of this one unfortunately I can't get it to work right. The container that holds the milk has to sit inside the ice ring and when I freeze the ice ring the milk container doesn't sit low enough to allow the lid on. I'm bummed about this because I really like this idea. But that's my only complaint. Otherwise I love these things. Just thought I'd share.

It's getting better all the time.....

It really is. So my little to-do list in my planner is probably the one single, greatest idea I've had in a while. On Tuesday the list had 13 items on it for 3 different areas. Tomorrow's list is 7 items. I've completed 6 things and they were the harder things. The 7 things I have left will be done by Sunday, probably sooner. Of course on Monday a whole new list starts for a whole new week, but that's okay, I've got a plan to handle :)

I did not get up and workout this morning. It was freezing cold at 4:30 and I just could not drag myself out of bed. I didn't workout when I got home at 10:30 either because I was tired and decided I needed a nap more then a workout. That may not have been the best choice but it's mine. The way my schedule is; early some mornings, late some nights; I'm trying to figure out a workout schedule that won't kill me. I need to do something every day but it doesn't have to be killer every day. Ah, I don't know, I'm working on it.

Okay, I have to go. I've only allowed myself a certain amount of time for blogging and I'm almost at my limit.

25 February 2009

I think I was stressed

At least I think that's what happened at the beginning of this week. I was totally stressed out, things didn't look good, I didn't know what I was going to do and it all reached a boiling point on Monday. It actually started building on Sunday and peaked on Monday. But things are better now.

One of the first things I did was make a detailed to do list so I had a handle on what the heck was going on. I found myself running in a number of different directions with grad school work (holy crap is there a lot of work in grad school), work, high school, worrying about the dogs, etc. I now have a detailed list in my planner that lays out all the things I need to do. I don't feel the need to do them all at once as I know I have a week to do them, but I also feel like I'm making good progress when I check off something no matter how small. So now that I have those things that I can control under control I'm feeling much better.

When the stress started to build the first thing that went was the working out. Isn't that funny that the thing that can help me most deal with stress is the first thing to go when it gets stressful... Hmmm..... Anyway, I now haven't worked out in 6 days and I feel like crap. So regardless of weight loss or fat loss or whatever I have to workout. So tomorrow morning it's up well before the sun and back at it. Tomorrow I actually am done by 9:30 so I probably will come home and do a strength session too. I have to get back into the groove.

24 February 2009

Laptops

I got my laptop about 5 months ago. I got it when I started school because with Sam, the bird, I can't always sit in here and use the desktop. Also, I discovered that having 2 computers is very helpful, especially for school. I can have info on the laptop and be working on the desktop, very, very handy. I purchased the laptop on sale for a good price and I'm overall very, very happy with it. However, there is one thing that drives me nuts. That little area at the bottom that is supposed to be the mouse. Ugh!! It's right in the middle and I keep tapping it with my wrists when I'm typing and it causes my cursor to jump all over the place. Or I'll be using it and hit the little scroll thing on the right when I don't mean to and the page will scroll. It can be very annoying. So I've decided I need one of these:



I've been looking around and debating getting one, but I think it's becoming critical. I don't mind the keyboard on the laptop, in fact I like the keyboard. It's the mouse stuff that makes me crazy. So I'm seriously considering getting one of these.

There are 2 problems with my buying this. First, I know these come in pink I've seen them. Second, where exactly would I use a mouse when I'm sitting on the couch :)

I had a bit of a meltdown earlier

After my last post I headed off to school and really had a meltdown. I had to make a presentation to class of a chapter in our book. I had gotten my presentation together and it totally sucked. I really could not get my head around it and could not come up with anything creative at all. So it was this boring, dry, power point presentation. Blah!!

But before class I was sitting in the room alone and thinking that I feel like an impostor in my own life. I was getting ready to make a presentation that I know sucked. Tomorrow night I have my adolescent psychology class. You can not imagine how I am struggling with that class. I am not into psychology at all. I don't understand it and I have trouble wrapping my head around it. So I was thinking about that class and how I'm pretty much faking it. Then I started thinking about my new job and how I don't know what I'm doing and feel like a big fake. So I really started feeling like a complete impostor. I got pretty down and hard on myself.

But, as often happens, I got over it. I get down and low but it never lasts long. I got home from school and sat down and made a list of things to do for my classes for the next week. I've got all of tomorrows work done. Next week I have a presentation in both classes and a ton of reading to do. So I have a plan and I always work better with a plan. So I think my little meltdown is done and I can now move on with my life.

23 February 2009

So here's the thing

I feel like I'm in a holding pattern and I don't like it. It was 8 months ago we decided to move to Colorado. We knew we wouldn't be able to move right away because of the dogs. They are just too old and sick to move, the move itself would probably kill them. Okay, we agreed to wait till they passed away. In the mean time I decided to go back to school to be a high school teacher. I was told that would take 12 months to certification and 18 months to a masters. Cool, I could do that. Now here we are 8 months later and I feel like we are no closer to moving then we were 8 months ago. Plus, on top of that, I feel horrible because we can't move till the dogs pass away so by being anxious to move I almost feel like I'm wishing them to die, and I'm not. But, oh, aaaarrrrggggg!!!
Meanwhile 12 months to certification is really 16 months and 18 months to a masters is really closer to 24 months. I'm ticked but I'm into it already so what do I do??? Quit and start over somewhere else?? No!! Grit my teeth and finish it out?? Yes!!! aaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!
And, when I lost my job in December I thought actually it was a good thing because now I could look for a job in teaching. But that is turning out to be maybe not so good. I'm going for my certification in science, I have an opportunity to teach math. If I'm teaching math next year that means I won't have time to teach science and get certified. I could switch to math but that's going to involve lots more tests, more classes and probably another semester or two. aaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!! So what do I do??? Hold out for a science job??? What if I don't get one?? We can't go much longer without me working. I could get a job somewhere, retail or something, but that is going to be so stressful on me. High school, working at high school, my school, all the bloody work with my school, working a real job. See my dilemma?? aaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

I'm starting to stress out. Really stress out. It's possible it's due to some of the immediate assignments I have coming up like teaching a lesson tonight and it sucks. Tomorrow I start teaching my unit and I'm getting nervous.... aaaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!

I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and have a couple of options to engage them but I'm afraid to choose the wrong one and I don't know what to do and I'm freaking out and and and........... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?!!!!!

22 February 2009

Not sure what's going on with me.....

I really don't. I've decided to take a short hiatus from working out. I have such trouble getting up in the mornings and I'm trying to work out a better plan. I don't know what's going on I really don't but I've decided to step back and get some distance. This usually helps me figure out what's up and gives me a chance to catch my breath. I've been going, or should I say trying to keep things going, for a while now. It's time to catch my breath. I need to figure out exactly what I want to do and how to go about doing it. So that's it. For now I'm on a small hiatus. I'll still be blogging though, I always have stuff to blather about :)

Ramblings

Don't really have a whole lot to write about today, so it will probably be a bunch of unconnected ramblings. Tomorrow is my birthday. ...