Monday, July 30, 2012
Fitness During the School Year
I shall admit, fitness is a touchy topic. At least it is for me, because I get enthusiastic at the beginning of the school year and then began making excuses for myself! When the papers to grade pile up, exhaustion sets in, and lesson plans must be perfected, well... I stop exercising. Snacks also begin emerging from the depths as well. Chocolate usually appeals to me in these times of... peril? LOL.
How do we remain accountable? And what fitness plans work for our schedules? I look back when I was dedicated to practicing Zumba in the spring of 2011, yet when it ended, I kind of backed away from fitness. Soon after, my family experienced a life-altering trial, and I was away from home quite a bit, eating fast food nearly every day. I still remember heading to the hospital during the start of summer vacation, eating a breakfast of McDonalds and thinking it was justified. I began enjoying mocha frappes quite a bit-- as well as those delectable bacon, cheese, and egg sandwiches on English muffins.
I even noticed where I went to school a few mornings last year and ate the same meal! It jolted me awake. Seeing I am not a morning person (I know, classic, seeing I am a teacher), I amazed myself that I ate breakfast and that I felt better upon eating it.
I think what changed me the most, though, was how dedicated I am to my classroom. As you know, I love creating teaching materials. I also spend a great deal of time focusing on the kinds of questions I ask my students. I dedicate a few hours every day to planning, even when the plans have already been written out in advance. I also love sleep, so therefore, I don't set aside time to be active like I should.
My realization struck recently when I realized I needed to be in better shape and eat food that REALLY makes me feel better. I took out one of my fitness CDs that fueled some exercise in 2009, decided to start walking, and purchased a Wii fit. As of today, I am beginning to eat more well-balanced, natural meals. Right now, it is excellent, as I wish I would have done more earlier in the summer, but I wonder how things will progress once I get back into the routine. We all know how it is, sort of.
How about you? How has fitness worked for you during the school year? (Exercise, eating habits, etc.)