Mental Break

Alright guys.  The last time you have heard from me was during Spring Break.  I know that was almost 6 weeks ago, and I should have been more on top of my game (and writing), but let me tell you, we have reached that ugly point of the school year.  That downhill slide between Spring Break and the altogether blissful summer break.

This is my fifth year teaching, and I knew I should have been more mentally prepared for the dark days following spring break, but it just gets me every year!!  There are no scheduled holiday breaks between spring break and summer break, so there is a solid 8-9 weeks of cray.

The beginning of the year is tiring, but in a completely different way than end-of-the-school-year tired.

The kids know what is expected of them and how they should be acting by now, but they know…they know that freedom is just within arms-length, so they try to test that freedom in the classroom.

While the crazy is on a whole other level, there is also the sweet satisfaction of  seeing growth.  The end of the school year is where teachers start entering in final grades and data, and really get to see on paper how far their kiddos have come!  With this, however, comes being chained to my computer while entering data, meeting with parents for end-of-year conferences, field days, field trips, Teacher Appreciation week, SLT’s, PGP’s, IEP’s, and principal meetings to discuss your effectiveness as a teacher.  Throw in a last minute professional development day, and my son’s soon coming kindergarten graduation, and WHEW!  I’m done.

I have had to kind-of mentally shut down the focus on weight loss just to maintain a sense of sanity.  I haven’t gone crazy by any means, but it definitely hasn’t been my focus.  The last time I wrote to you, I weighed 179-ish.  I weighed in this morning at 180.2.  I can be honest in saying that I thought it would be a lot more than that!

Last week was Teacher Appreciation week, and I allowed myself to eat what I wanted, when I wanted.  I didn’t go nuts like I thought I would.  I honestly just wasn’t that hungry.  I did sample all the treats every day, but I didn’t go overboard.  I did eat some pizza, and today for Mother’s Day, I was really craving some Waffle House, so I ate all of my peanut butter waffle and a little eggs, grits, bacon, and toast.

I’m also still recovering from a very bad case of strep.  It came out of NO WHERE and tore me up big time.  It really just made me mad 1) because I have had about 6 cases of strep in my classroom this year and it waited until the end of the year to come and choke me, and 2) I caught it 3 days before my big 10k run.  Luckily, I had run the full distance in a practice run the Monday before the race, so I know I have the ability to do it, but I really wanted to prove myself on race day.  I wanted all the hard work and training to feel worth it when I crossed the finish line. But no.  Strep had other plans.  Like death.  lol

While that was a major bummer, I have decided that I will not quit running.  I am taking a little break, but will soon begin training for my first 1/2 marathon!!!  That’s 13.1 miles guys!  Twice the longest distance that I have ever run!  While just typing this scares me, I know that it is a good goal, and that with God’s help I will be able to achieve it.  I plan on running the Jazz Half Marathon in October, so I will have plenty of time to train and prepare, and I will be able to run in the fall (my favorite season) in one of my favorite cities (New Orleans)!!

I felt like I needed a break from meticulously babying my weight loss, and now I’m ready to come back and finish this school year strong.  I am trying to savor these last two weeks of school because they will be my last to weeks teaching preschool.  That’s right!  I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach kindergarten next year, and I am super excited.  I am the type of person that likes to change things up from time to time, so next year I will be changing it up to a slightly older group of kids, and I will be just right down the hall from my current pre-k teammates.   Change is good.  🙂

I am starting fresh tomorrow with an Advocare 10-day cleanse, and I’m pumped!  I am ready to get rid of the last 5 weeks of yucky eating and get myself back in a healthy mode and mindset.

I took a break, but I didn’t quit.  That is not failure, friends.  It is adapting to life.

If you are ready to hit the re-set button on your health and wellness goals, let me know!  Shoot me an email at newyear.newamanda@gmail.com  I can help you get started and coach you through your come back!  If you need prayer or encouragement, let me know!  That’s what I’m here for!

To all my teacher friends, keep your head up!  Only two more weeks to make a difference in your kiddos lives!  To all my friends who have taken a mental break, welcome back!  Let’s get into beast mode and slay those goals!

Your Friend in the Fight Against Fat,

Amanda

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