August 23, 2013

Roses and thorns

My first week of work is over! It's been an interesting week. Every morning, I'm tired when I wake up, and every night when I go to bed, I'm tired. And I wouldn't trade it for the world. There's something really wonderful about being just a little bit tired after a good day of work.

One of the hardest things about the job is the course schedule - and even that isn't all that hard, so for that, I am grateful. It's more different than difficult - I've never taught on a schedule like this. At my other schools, I'd teach each section four times a week for 50 minutes each. These were for four college credits. The French classes at my current school are three credits - so I have three sections that meet three times a week for 50 minutes and two sections that meet twice a week for 75 minutes. It's interesting, to have to teach the same material at two different paces. A challenge, but a good one.

(I just realized I wrote all that out in my last post. I'm tired, clearly - but since I wrote it, I'm gonna leave it.)

This weekend, Matt is in Chicago - his dad is getting married on Sunday. It didn't make sense for Noah and me to go - financially (since we just moved a thousand miles away and everything) or time-wise (I work Monday through Friday and flights were scarce), so we're hanging out at home. It's nice - I'm really looking forward to sleeping in a little bit tomorrow morning, resting after a very hectic month or so of moving and starting a new job.

I'm also hoping to get down to the fitness center to try and run a little bit. I have no idea what I can do anymore, what speed or how many miles I can go. I'll start slow, and likely run the first day of Couch to 5K - a minute running, a minute walking. From there, I can gauge what I am capable of.

My weight is the same as last week, unfortunately - I did great all week with eating, but we went out to dinner on Monday night and it spiked up. I got it back down to where I was last week, at least. But I'm not thrilled. It's been two steps forward and one step back for too long. I need to buckle down and be diligent. It's not hard, being back to work gives me a great chance for routine. Going out, though, is an issue. When I lost the weight the first time, I never went out to eat. Dining out was reserved for special occasions. And yeah, last Monday was a pretty special occasion (more on that later), but still. We both want to look and feel our best, so we're going to do what we need to in order to reach that goal.

So, goals for this week: start running again, stay on point with eating, and take at least one nap!

What about you? What are your goals for the week?

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.