August 20, 2013

Back in the game

Classes started yesterday, and so far, things are going well here. It's a different schedule than I've ever taught - in Chicago and California, I had 50 minute classes 4 times a week. Here, some of my classes are 50 minutes 3 times a week, and others are 75 minutes twice a week. It's a unique challenge, to have to teach the same material at two different speeds. But so far, I think I am doing fine.

There is an incredible amount of school spirit here - for example, on Tuesdays, everyone wears the school colors (black and teal). I have one dress that's teal-ish blue, so I'll need to supplement my collection or else my Tuesday/Thursday kids will only ever see me in the one outfit!

There are lots of on-campus events, too - football games, dances, parties with free food (always a win with college kids). One thing I discovered the other day was that in mid/late October, they will be having a 5K on campus - a glow run, even!

It's 9 weeks away.

Couch to 5K is 9 weeks long.

Lovely coincidence, no?

So, of course, I signed up.

I'm excited to have a race scheduled, but also, to have a goal to work toward. As much as mini goals of "losing X pounds" or "getting to Y weight" are motivators, I know from experience that nothing moves me like having a race I need to be ready for. Right now, my weight is stagnant. I gain and lose the same few pounds, mostly because I am still getting settled here and have had so much other work to do that I haven't been able to start working out yet. Once I can do that, I know the numbers will not only start to move in the right direction, but continue downward.

We also know that we need to go out to eat less. Even if you order something you've made yourself and calculated all the calories for, it's always more in a restaurant - plus all the sodium! We were doing well once we unpacked the kitchen - we went grocery shopping and I got right back into cooking. Last night, though, we went out to what we've both read and heard by word-of-mouth is the nicest restaurant in the whole city. We were celebrating, though - my first day of teaching, as well as a few other things I'll be writing about later. This morning, it's back to my routine - so I'm sure I'll be able to get it back down by Friday's official weigh in.

That's the other nice thing about teaching - I have a routine again. A set schedule every day. It's much easier to stay within my calorie limit when I'm not sitting home stress eating over finding a job or where next month's rent money will come from.


Wyndi said...

I'm so happy for you! It's awesome to see you getting back into the groove of things and with a new outlook! Your journey has definitely given me a fresh outlook as well. Cheers to a new beginnings! :)

Amy said...

I've been doing my own sort of 5k training the past few weeks, I'm up to 3:1 running ratio which is pretty awesome. There is a zombie run here in October and I'd really like to be able to run the 5K... I just need to get my butt in gear to push myself to keep increasing my running time!

I'm glad things are transitioning into a good routine for you!

Jessica said...

Sounds like things are going great. I am so happy for you and your family :)

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Yay! A race on the horizon is the BEST motivation to train and stick the good habits!

Liz @ The Shrinking Owl said...

I've been doing a Zombie C25K training program, and it's really made a difference on the scale. Good luck!