Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Safe Harbor

Off day- that is what Wednesdays are in our training routine. We don't have to exercise or run/walk. It works great considering grad class number 2 is on Wednesday night. So we had the afternoon off. I wish my brain had done the same. I can't tell you how much crap is going through my head at any given time. From people wanting me to join a committee to people asking why things aren't happening in certain areas of school. I am a one woman show and it is hard to be everything to everyone. Most disappointing is trying to be everything to myself. That is the hardest task to complete... hell the hardest task to begin. So it causes unrest.
The best analogy I have heard is related to the perfect storm or a ship out to sea in need of a safe harbor. My ship is strong. My ship has withstood many a rough seas.... however as the skipper or captain, I guarantee you that everyone needs a break. We all have this point in our lives where we start to examine the peace and traquility that we either DO possess in our lives, or the peace and traquility that seems to ellude us. I must say that my ship, while strong and able, has yet to reach its safe harbor. I gotta say this is exhausting. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish for the peace that comes from knowing that you have reached your destination. That all roads led to Rome and you MADE IT! You had the wherewithal and courage to make the journey and dock your boat. To end your madness and embrace the peace that is yours...the peace that only you can give to yourself. The peace that comes from knowing you have made the right decisions and now serenity is yours. Peace and serenity that comes from truly loving someone inconditionally.Where is this safe harbor you alluded to ??

Snow Days

Tuesday.... what to say about Tuesday? The second Monday of the week... yea that's a good descriptor for Tuesday. Today was uneventful.... largely because we were awaiting the arrival of snow. Not because we want another snow day...I can speak for quite a few teachers, and a two hour delay would nice. :) That soothes the need to sleep in, and it makes the day shorter which is always great!
So this is my exercise, gonna get in shape for a 5k race kinda blog spot... so how's that going? Well we ran/walked two miles today, and we did quite a bit of on the track in the freezing cold with the snow starting to fall. I gotta say we are certainly dedicated and we are persevering and that feels phenomenal! Eating habits are good.... can't say the scale has claimed to have lost anything, but I have seen that my clothes are fitting better and I have better muscle tone. So overall the exercise is helping.
I am hoping that after such a long day and NOT having grad class, I would like a two hour delay tomorrow. How about it snow gods???

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sweating like an oldie

Soooo.... this weekend was kinda a bust. I didn't work out like I was supposed to, but I did do some productive activities. Harv and I had a very long and extensive heart-2-heart. While just as exhausting as exercise, it did nothing for my weight loss and 5K training. ;) So things are moving in a better direction with us and that IS a positive thing. Despite my lack of exercise, I did maintain the same weight and I am getting closer to the next lowest 'decade' of poundage. I am sitting at 181.4 and that is almost ten pounds lost, so HOORAY for me!
Today was a good day! It was Monday and what started out to be a TERRIBLE morning, ended in a peaceful afternoon. So why a terrible morning you ask? Well despite Matt being almost 9, and the morning routine changing VERY little, he still has trouble in the morning. Trouble waking up, trouble getting dressed, trouble finding his crap and trouble with just the overall routine of the morning. So today I took an outline of a list Kelsey created and added a few things of my own... and well now he has a DAILY ROUTINE LIST. I printed it off and stuck it in a sleeve protector, brought home a Vis-A-Vis marker, and VOILA! We now have a way for someone, something other than Mom to push him and motivate him in the morning. There is a REWARD at the end of the week for a job well done. He was receptive and we got him doing his evening duties and he was off to bed relatively early. I will let you know how it goes in the morning.
Fast forward through my day..... It was productive- my new intern started today, I taught all the items I wanted to cover today in class, and I ate according to plan despite my "aunt" making her visit and causing the chocolate cravings.
Then Dee and I decided to walk...power walk throughout the school building. It was great and we were getting a awesome workout..... ok ok.... great and awesome are relative...but it was going well nonetheless. I was even pushing through the shin splints in my left leg and I could feel the stress of the day exiting via sweat from my brain and body. Yes it was quite a sight...and quite a bit of sweat, but when you are my age sweating to the oldies becomes the theme song of your workout. Then came this awful pain in my leg and I thought I would be unable to continue, but we decided to step outside the building and walk outside. The cool air, the asphalt instead of the hard concrete building floors and I was good as new. I am so proud of what we are accomplishing and pushing through. It makes me feel like there is nothing I can't accomplish. I have faith that by February 27th we will be ready to time our first 5k practice race.