Happy Sunday, Land of the Blogs! This week was the first week of school, and it was the longest short week of my life. In a good way, though! It’s great to be back with my darling students, old and new. I missed my little monsters!
As any teacher knows, teaching is a profession that can easily suck every ounce of life out of you. It can consume you, like a black hole filled with cute Pinterest ideas, chocolate stashes, and Papermate Flair pens. And homework. So much homework.
During my first few weeks of teaching, I would return home and continue working: prepping, correcting, editing… the work is truly incessant. You need to set boundaries, and coming into year three I’m getting much better at that. They say three’s the magic number, when you really start to get the hang of the whole teaching gig, and I’m feeling it. I’m now finding the balance between work and home, and with it is coming a more stable workout routine during the school year, which, thank f***, because teaching can turn you into a blob of goo right quick.
In one of my first posts, I admit that I’m no go-getter when it comes to exercise. I enjoy it, but getting me to begin is like pulling fingernails. However, over the last year, I’ve lost 25 pounds and am making a point to eat well and exercise six days a week.
Is it hard? Abso-f***ing-lutely. I dream about cheeseburgers, pizza, and milkshakes every single day. I’m that gal at the gym with the shirt, “Exercise? I Thought You Said Extra Fries” written on it; the one you’ll catch in the teacher’s lounge crying softly into her broccoli.
But feeling healthy and strong outweighs (no pun intended) the satisfaction of these cravings… most of the time. It’s all about balance, and today, I want to share with you the ball-busting workout I’ve been doing that’s been giving me some great results.
I bought this app called “Seconds,” which is a great app to create timers for interval and circuit workouts. I’ve created one called “Bag Barbell Workout,” which was inspired by a mix of things I used to do in a group workout at the Y, Joanna Soh’s cardio kickbox video I love, and weightlifting. I do each exercise for 45 seconds, followed by a 15 second break. I love interval training because it takes a workout and puts it into doable, bite-sized chunks, followed by a quick rest to prepare for the next workout. It’s also great for someone like me who gets bored easily if I do one thing for too long. It’s only ~40 minutes, so the duration is also doable. I like working out more often for less time than doing a big long workout 2-3 times a week. I don’t have time for that shit, anyways. So! Here’s the breakdown of what I do:
I do this circuit twice, then stretch afterward. I mix up the Sit-Up sessions with things like plank, Supermans, and bicycle kicks to keep it interesting. Whatever I feel like doing. Some rests are also longer than others, as I have to get my boxing gloves back on for the next exercise. In total, the workout and stretching takes me about 50 minutes. Not too bad! On days when I have less time, I just hit up my girl Joanna and do the video with her. Also great, but I’ve since graduated a bit from that level. Still an awesome workout! Check her out. All her videos are amazing.
I’m now going to incorporate more weighlifting-specific days into my routine, since that dense muscle burns more calories even when your body’s at rest and also helps build strong bones. There’s a fitness center at my apartment complex that Hubs and I are gonna hit up today. I’ll let you know how it is!
How about you? Do you work out? Do you hate working out? What do you enjoy doing to get your body moving? Leave a Reply and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
I’ll strive to write again on Tuesday, but you can count on hearing from me every Sunday! My Tuesday post might switch to Thursdays given my teaching/extracurricular schedule (Pokémon Club, Tutoring Hour, Staff Meeting, Parent Hour… teachers be busy, yo), but I’ll keep you posted! Stay hydrated, my baller blogvilians. ‘Till next time!