Is it September 1 already?! No way! I’m always amazed by how quickly time passes during the school year. (Well, and during the summer.) Three weeks ago I had 15 new faces walk into my classroom–now, we know each other well and are well into our first units of the curriculum. And I, their teacher, finally have the chance to slow down and catch my breath.
This school year is drastically different for me on many levels…
I’m teaching 4th grade now. I love the curriculum, then conversation, and getting to dig a little deeper into issues and concepts. However… bigger kids come with bigger problems. I’m learning that some of the issues fourth-graders face are pretty HUGE life issues. And I’m also learning that they’re going to hand me some problems the first-graders didn’t. For example, last night my phone went off with a Facebook message… from a student. Gosh dang it. So, I spent this morning beefing up my Facebook privacy settings.
The other noticeable difference between this year and last is that I’m a lot less sleep-deprived. No longer do I set my alarm for 4:10am to teach at Kosama. If I decide I really want to exercise before work, I choose a much more reasonable 5:00 or 5:30 wake-up time. I also get to enjoy my evenings more than I did last year. Happy hours with my mom, dinners with friends, Yoga classes, date nights with the hubs, and hours curled up with a good book have replaced the piano lessons and gym classes that used to fill my hours.
Which brings me to… exercise. What have I been up to recently? Well, I can tell you what I haven’t been doing: running, circuit workouts, strength training, or anything high-intensity. Instead, I’ve been following a pretty simple guideline: 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week. Other than that, I’ve not been worrying about exercise. I do what I feel like, when I feel like it. (Well, not whatever I feel like, because I’ll admit that I often still crave a good run.) A typical week usually looks like:
- one 30-minute elliptical session
- one 30-minute treadmill incline walking session
- one 60-minute walk over the weekend
- one 60-minute Yoga class
I try not to do cardio two days in a row. Sometimes that 60 minutes of Yoga is broken up into two days of at-home Yoga. Last week I added some Pilates to the mix. And this weekend I decided that painting the house counted as a workout.
Although I’m still not counting calories, I would estimate that most days I’m eating about 1,800-2,000 calories. If I work out, I tack on about 300 more.
My old pants are all boxed up in the basement, and I’m slowly acquiring the next size (or two!) up. I have no idea of my actual body weight right now. At this point it doesn’t matter–my focus is on letting my body recover from the abuse of too many years of too much exercise and not enough calories. I know I’ve gained weight, but my body is loving it! I no longer feel hungry all the time (go figure!), I’m happier, more relaxed, and able to focus better. I have more energy to do things around the house (like paint!), and to be a great 4th grade teacher. Basically, life is AWESOME right now, and it has nothing to do with what size my pants are.
Some days, I do wonder if all of this is for nothing. What if my body doesn’t recover, and I have to start seeing all these expensive doctors that my insurance doesn’t cover, and we have to go through treatment after treatment after treatment? What if… and then I stop myself. Because we are so not there yet. And I’m getting ahead of myself. Stress–physical and emotional–is what got me into this situation. So the opposite of that is what is going to get me out.
I would greatly appreciate prayers/happy thoughts that what I’m doing works! And a big THANK YOU to all the women who have stumbled across my blog and reached out to share their own story about HA. It helps so much. Like, really, truly, so, so much.
How was your August?