EDITOR’S NOTE: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.
I’m feeling pretty good about myself today as I worked out twice today. First off at work I covered some PE classes for two different grade levels and each grade level was doing Wii Just Dance. I was actually starting to work up a sweat as I tried to keep up with the dance moves. Then I went to the bootcamp class where I also tried to keep up with the different moves as well. Tonight, Robert had a deck of cards and we took turns picking card to determine how many reps we would do of a particular exercise. Whenever he would call out burpees everyone was hoping for a low number … and since when does an ace count as 14?
I had so much fun doing the Wii yesterday that I covered another class today and danced alongside the students to get my workout going. It really does help to get out of the office and get some exercise in during the day. It also reminds me of how important it is for our students to get outside and play and exercise throughout the day.
I was a crappy boss this morning. I wanted to provide breakfast for my staff, but did not preplan accordingly. So in my morning rush I picked up every bad thing you could think of at the store that was packaged fresh from the grocery store bakery: scones, muffins, biscotti, doughnuts, coffee cake.....you name it I bought it! A few teachers commented that they were surprised that I brought this food for them, but that did not stop anyone from eating the goodies. It’s a stressful time of year and, well, most of us turn to food.
The Great Storm of 2014. It wasn’t so great, but I probably walked more today at work than I usually do. I made several laps around the school throughout the day checking to make sure that all was well on campus. It was one of the hectic, fast-paced days where you just come home mentally and physically exhausted and are in bed by 8. I think the majority of teachers, administrators, and school staff can relate to that feeling today.
I decided to start my morning off right and go to the Kindergarten playground before school started and do some exercises/calisthenics with them. I keep telling myself that if I can find moments during the day to take advantage of exercising than I need to find them. Plus, exercising with Kindergartners is just plain fun. They love it and hopefully it starts their morning off on the right foot as well.
Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you have gone to the grocery store a million times and then one of your children say that they have to have something for the next day? So, I looked at my husband and said, “Let’s walk to the store.” It was about 8 p.m. so it was dark and definitely cold, but we bundled up and walked there. It’s probably only about a mile there and a mile back, but it felt good to not only save gas money but to burn some calories in the process as well.
Sitting here on Sunday night wondering how all of these weeks are just flying by so quickly. I am looking at my calendar and it is starting to jam up with meetings and holiday commitments. I’m realizing that the next few weeks are going to be gone in a flash. It is more important than ever during these times of stress and craziness that I remember why I started this journey and remind myself of that every time somebody brings the holiday food to work or home.
Connect with Susan McCreath and CORE Athletic Performance trainer Robert Iniguez on the Year of You Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theyearofyouchallenge.