31 July 2009

Let's recap.....

So my first week of teaching is under my belt. Lots was learned and lots was figured out in a week. I'm sure there will be a very steep learning curve but I'm ready for it.

You might be asking how my plan went. I had a plan for working out, eating, and sleeping. I would say I had about a 75% success rate, which I think is pretty darn good. The eating was fine, I find I don't have a lot of time to eat many days so it's something quick on the run and it's much easier to have something from home so I can eat on right then.

Sleeping has been just fine because I'm exhausted at the end of the day :) By the time I get home, eat and relax, I fall into bed at 9 and sleep like a log. So two items done well.

The workouts have not been so great. I did workout Monday and Tuesday but missed the rest of the week. But I have good reasons. A) I'm exhausted, see the previous paragraph. B) My feet hurt. By the end of the day my feet are aching. C) Did I mention how tired I am???

So I'm claiming a 75% success rate and going to aim for 80-90% next week. Overall I think it's been pretty good. Now it's almost 9 and time to fall into bed in a coma for 8 hours.

AFLAC Iron Girl

So I got an email from an intern at AFLAC Iron Girl asking me to post about it on my blog. I said why not. It's going to be broadcast on NBC Sports on Sunday, Aug 2nd. Here's a teaser:

I really love all female events. It may be sexist, I know, but I like not having the testosterone fueled males all over the place. I also think it gives women a safe venue to try something new. Something that in the past hasn't been a traditional female pursuit. Look at some of the women in that video, they are not your typical athletes. Anyway, check it out, it might be fun to watch. Sunday, August 2nd, NBC!!!

28 July 2009


after days of stressing, worrying, planning, and generally freaking out, I made it through the first day of school. I had 5 classes, 3 chemistry and 2 pre-algebra, and they all went pretty well. I spent the day going over the rules and procedures for the class, so we really didn't do any "work" just groundwork that will make class better down the road. Tomorrow I'm going to finish up the rules and procedures and start in on the basics. Luckily I followed the rule of having much more then I could possibly cover in on period. I'm ready for the rest of the week.

It was a long, tiring day. I am exhausted. Teaching is tough work. After school I had to go to a field trip for my master's class and wouldn't you know it was a walking tour. Yikes!! All I wanted to do was sit down and rest my feet. It was brutal. But now I'm home and resting. Tomorrow is another day, and I have to be ready for it.

In other news, I haven't ridden my bike all summer because the new dogs ate my shoes. I've been meaning to get some new ones but it's been a busy summer. Anyway, last night I sat down and ordered a pair from Bike Nashbar. They have some great prices on bike shoes. I got a pair of Pearl Izumi Vagabond Road Shoe for $34.99, which it seems they are out of stock of now. I also went online and found a coupon code that got me an additional $6 off. Oh yeah, I had to buy new cleats too, the dogs chewed them up also. I paid almost as much for the cleats as I did for the shoes. I'm very excited. I view shopping on line as the ultimate in Green shopping. Ha!! Any excuse to go shopping :)

Okay, enough. I have to rustle up some dinner and get my butt to bed.....

26 July 2009

I need a plan

So here's the deal. I was cruising along very nicely getting my workouts in, starting to focus on my eating when WHAM!! I was smacked in the face with all kinds of stuff. I had to substitute for a day, the rescue thing happened, I started at my new job, and I got a head cold on top of all that. So my workouts fell by the wayside (though I was doing heavy physical labor for a couple of days) and the eating went all to hell. Now, I'm facing starting school on Monday and I need a plan. I'm starting as a new teacher and I know that the first year is going to be rough. Because of that I absolutely, positively have to get my workouts in. My best stress handler is working out so that becomes a huge priority. Then there's the eating. In order to keep my energy up and be able to handle the stress and 100+ teenagers, I need to eat right. I haven't been doing that lately for a large number of reasons that are nothing but excuses. It's not even that I've been eating much junk food, though there has been some, it's more that I eat so sporadically. Yesterday I had coffee and toast at 7 am. Then at 11:30 I had 1/2 a burrito. At 1:30 I had a handful of pretzels. Then I ate dinner at 7:30 last night. See, that's just wrong. So I need to have a plan.

The first thing I'm going to do is go shopping today for good food. I will plan my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks all week and shop to fill that order. I'm stocking up on fruits and veggies. Then I need to plan my workouts. Since I have classes most nights after school that only leaves mornings, but I have to be to school by 7:30. That means leaving here no later then 6:45. Which means I have to be done working out by 6:00 to have time to get ready (that includes the animals and me). And that means starting my workout no later then 5:15, and that means I have to be up by 4:45 (I need 1/2 an hour to get human). So if I go to bed by 9pm I will get 7 1/2 hours sleep (more then enough) and be up by 4:30. I can totally do this it's just a matter of doing it.

So here's the schedule:
9:00 pm -- Bed
4:30 am -- Get up
5:15 am -- Workout
6:00 am -- Shower/Dress/Get everyone ready
6:45 am -- Out the door

That seems not only reasonable but totally doable. During the day I have breaks so I need to schedule and plan my eating. Unfortunately everyday is different but with a little planning I'm sure I can conquer it.

Day 1: I go from 7:55 until 11:40 with no breaks. I'll need to plan something quick to eat so I can grab a snack around 9:30-10:00 then I can have lunch at around noon.

Day 2: I have my first break at 10 and a second break at 12:30 so that works out just fine for a snack and lunch.

Day 3: My first break is at 9:10, my second break is at 11:40, and my third break is at 2:10. So that day will be fine for a snack, lunch and even a second snack. Cool.

Day 4: I don't start the day until 8:40, then have a break at 9:10 and another at 12:30. This day should be easy too.

Day 5: Again I don't start until 8:40 however, my only break is from 10:00 until 11:40, then I'm busy the rest of the day. Looks like I'll need an early lunch and an afternoon snack.

Day 6: Break at 9:10, 11:40, and at 1:20 I'm done for the day. So this day is not a problem either.

No, we do not have school on Saturdays, the school does run on a 6 day cycle that is different everyday but every 6 days starts over again. It's very strange but I'm already starting to get used to it.

Okay, I feel better already. I just needed to sit down and work it all out, something I hadn't done. I will go grocery shopping and pick up lots of fruit and non-perishable snacks that I can grab quickly between classes. What is that saying, a failure to plan is a plan to fail?? I'm ready!!!!

On a slightly different note, I have not worked a full 8 hour day since December 30, 2008. It's going to be weird after almost 7 months off to go back to full time day. Plus I'm going to school at night so that makes the day even longer....... Oh well, I'll adjust.

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