The Exercise Lie

Rachel Hollis wrote a book called Girl, Wash Your Face and I have recently read it and am taking much of what she says as my new reality. In short, if you haven’t read it, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Anyway, she talks about the lies we tell yourselves every day and it got me thinking about the lies I tell myself all the time. One of these lies is that people who work out regularly both love every minute of it AND it comes easy to them.

I have lived believing this for so long and it made me feel completely inept in the fitness area of my life. I felt that something was wrong with me and that I must not be made to be someone who is “into” exercise in a hard core way.

Today, as I was going for a 5 mile walk, I began to think of this belief AS a lie and it made me finally feel comfortable in my own skin. Let’s face it, exercise is a mind-f*** every time you do it. You convince yourself to get up off the couch and begin. Then you convince yourself to keep going…even when you have sweat in places it truly shouldn’t be!

Today I had to literally kick my own ass off of the couch and get going. I said, “What if I do the 5 mile hilly loop that I haven’t done in a year?” As I began, I realized it was hotter than hades and I was already pouring sweat from everywhere! Then I realized I was only 1/4 of a mile in! I began to rationalize at that point: “I can just go to the end of the road- 2.2 miles is good for a hot day.” But then I thought, “What if I pushed myself a little more and walked up the hill that comes right after the end of the street?”

After each milestone I kept asking myself “What if” until I got to the point of “What if I didn’t give up and I kept on going?”

You see, in all aspects of our life (exercise, work, relationships, parenting…) we have hills and milestones that we have to climb over and work hard to overcome. It can feel overwhelming and almost impossible at times…but if you ask yourself “What if…”

The Hill, obstacle or milestone will soon be a thing of the past and you will be so much stronger for having experienced it.

I am learning to self talk my way past the lie that other find things easier or that they loved every second of their journey…we all struggle and challenge ourselves every day. If we didn’t challenge ourselves, we wouldn’t grow to the the badass, beautiful, unstoppable souls that we were meant to be!

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J

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Whatโ€™s Your Excuse?

I used to have every excuse in the book to put off getting stuff done…homework, workouts, housework…you name it! My favorite two lines were “It’s too…” or “I’ll just…”

The truth is: you can always have a reason NOT to do something, but the reasons TO do it are far greater! First of all, if you do it, it’s done and over with…seems pretty logical.

Today was SO hot and humid but I made a promise to myself to workout every day this week so I put my big girl pants on and did it. I am currently melting in front of a fan as I type this, but IT’S DONE!!

 

I didn’t want to do laundry because doing laundry means FOLDING AND PUTTING AWAY laundry ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ! BUT I am currently washing the laundry and I WILL fold and put it away.

Don’t let your excuses block you from your goals. Get up, get going, get it done, and give yourself a pat on the back and relax because it’s DONE!

You’re too strong to let your excuses get in the way.

It’s just as easy as taking that first step.

Now, what are you waiting for…get going!!

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J

Keeping motivated while enjoying the down time

Itโ€™s been a long time…too long…since Iโ€™ve posted last. Between wrapping up the end of the school year, getting some upsetting news and realigning my thinking to accept that news, I did not feel like I was in the right frame of mind to post here, but then I realized if I canโ€™t air my feelings here, where can I? So, here I am, back in the swing of things!

 

So far this summer I have gone kayaking several times with my family. This is my new favorite way to decompress. I am gettting a fantastic arm workout while spending time with my family away from electronics and just enjoying nature.

I have also gone to Nantucket with my husband, his parents and some other friends. It was a long, but relaxing, day and although shopping would have been expensive there, it was still nice to walk around and browse the shops.

I have also been taking an online course for PDPs for my license and reading by the pool whenever possible. Lately, though, I have been talking with a group of amazing women who have been helping keep me motivated to get my 10,000 steps per day in! While we all come from different walks of life and we all have different goals, we have all been motivating each other to reach those goals each day.

Right now, well after I post this, I am getting in a sweaty workout before going to dinner with friends and my husband. I hope you are all finding different ways to enjoy your summer while staying focused on your goals…itโ€™s all about balance, people!

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~J

Where Are My Fellow Educators?? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

We are SO close to the end of the year! Woohoo!!

How many are feeling the school year burn-out? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Yea, me too! I am exhausted at the end of the day, I feel my fuse is a bit shorter (even if I don’t show it) and I am mentally in summer mode!

I found something to help me through the last 3 weeks that does not include mid-week drinking! ๐Ÿคฃ

First, whenever I have a free moment during the day (before school, during my prep, after I eat lunch, after school) I do some laps around my classroom to get my blood pumping…it also encourages me to straighten up things here and there each time I pass by.

Then, when I get home, I found this gem on Pinterest :

It took me 15-20 minutes with no rests, and I could modify it to make it easier or harder as needed….and what’s better….I need ZERO equipment!

Finally, I took a mind-clearing walk while my daughter was at soccer practice. It ended up being good for my physical health (I reached my 10,000 step goal!) and good for my mental health (I was able to decompress and clear my head) too!

Find ways to take care of YOU during these last few weeks (or borrow my ideas)…and you’ll be lounging around in no time!

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J

Count Your Blessings

Today, when I got home from work, I decided to walk the track while my daughter was at soccer practice. I needed to clear my head and gain some perspective after an emotionally trying day.

While people complain about their kids playing too many video games (guilty ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ), not cleaning up after themselves (๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ), not giving the “perfect” Mother’s Day gift, or any other number of things we, as parents, whine about…there are children…CHILDREN…who are on hospice, homeless, in residential programs, in foster care, or struggling with the weight of the world that has become so hard to bare that they crumble.

As a mother, teacher, and all around advocate for children of all types…please, PLEASE count your blessings each day and be kind to everyone…you don’t know what cross they may bare.

And if you ARE one of these people or know of these people, please know that you are stronger than you think and so many of us are here for you.

You don’t have to navigate this world alone.

To those of you still reading, I challenge you to spread kindness everywhere you go. Do 3 random acts of kindness and simply ask that they pass it on to 3 more people. Hopefully you will touch a person who needs it the most at just the right time.

Thank you for reading one of my more serious, but incredibly needed, posts.

Have a wonderful night and God bless!

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J

Spread the love

Today I had a student come up to me and say she loved my smile. She said that my smile brightens up a room and when I smile, she smiles. Then later on in the day I had someone tell me that someone very important to me told them they think I do a good job at work.

I am not telling you these things because I want to brag. I just want to put it out there that these 2 encounters made a good day GREAT! You never know what people are going through so always be kind, say kind things to them and to others ABOUT them…that way, when it gets back to them, it means just a little bit more.

There’s plenty of negativity in the world…spread the love!

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J

Staying above the Quicksand

My face when I think about all of the stuff I have on my plate:

Soccer practices, laundry, vacuuming, lawn care, writing IEPs, doing lesson plans- WITH common core state standards listed on them in the classroom, dishes, teaching, cooking suppers, going to meetings, spending time with my husband and kids, exercising, spending time with friends, parties/ celebrations/ family obligations…the list could go on and on and ON!

So, how are we supposed to keep a leg up, stay above the quicksand, keep our sanity??

 

Take one thing at a time. Sounds simple, but it’s the God’s honest truth. You are 1 person and can only do 1-2 things at a time well. So, start by making a list of everything that needs to get done. Then, prioritize it! Look at that list and see if anyone else can help you out (send your son/daughter to soccer with a teammate, have a kid do housework, have family come over to help with the yard work…). Contact those people to set them up and then CROSS THOSE ITEMS OFF!

After that, make a list of things that you like to do. It is important to make sure you schedule in time for what makes you happy…otherwise, what are we working so hard for?

Finally, start at the top of your priority list and do 1 thing at a time (ok, you can probably vacuum WHILE you run a load of laundry). When you are done with each item, cross it off…it feels REALLY good, trust me!

When your priority list is done do at least 1 thing from your list of what you like to do…you’ve earned it!

And, above all else…BREATHE! You’ve got this!!

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J