As I write this post, I wonder where summer 2012 has gone. My windows have not been cleaned, my cabinets are still unorganized, I haven’t made that trip to Indy to visit Bethany and Erin, and yet there are only three short weeks left of break. I spent all day Tuesday at school getting my classroom ready, and have been reading some books at home to prepare for the new batch of inquiring minds that will be walking through my door soon. I had a total of three weeks that I didn’t go into school this summer. Addison feels the same as she had six weeks of being at the high school at 7:30 am four days a week for endurance training. That ended yesterday, and band camps begin Monday. And what have I done?
I have worked out. A lot. Gary is participating in the Biggest Loser competition at Everbody’s, our local gym, so he has a membership for three months while the competition takes place. Since Addison has been lifting weights and working out, she also wanted a membership so that she doesn’t lose everything she has gained. So now, we all have memberships. Since I am supposed to begin teaching Zumba classes there at some point, it makes sense to belong and get to know the members.
Gary has been running, doing the weight machines, riding bikes and walking with me, and even going to a spinning class. He has lost almost 30 pounds since he started changing his habits in the spring. His dedication and Addison’s newfound knowledge of working out has rubbed off on me – or just made me feel guilty and lazy! I have long envied Michelle Obama’s arms, but was never willing to work to get my own set of well-toned biceps. I am finally taking steps to beef-up my wimpy arms (maybe my next challenge will be bodybuilding!). I found that I like the machines at the gym. I am also working on putting together my Zumba class, and have included a great deal of arm work in my choreography.
Because we have all of this going on, I have been working out two or three times a day. I need to keep up on my running, so I am running in the mornings when I drop Addison off in town. With this nasty heat we have had, I am running slowly, and taking many walk breaks. After my run, I sometimes head to the gym to do weights. In the afternoon, I have to work on my Zumba choreography. I have to have 11 or 12 songs choreographed and ready to go in order to teach a class, and am realizing that memorizing the moves is the toughest part! I have everything choreographed (at least what I haven’t ‘borrowed’ from my friend and instructor Laura); now I just have to make sure I know each song well enough to teach. The problem is, working on my class means working out, and Zumba is very high energy. But it is fun! I really do love it, and I can’t wait to begin teaching. I am working to get a class started for the community through the Perry County Wellness program. I am still attending Zumba class in Hawesville a couple evenings a week, and they have been kind enough to begin letting me lead a song or two so that I can get comfortable before teaching on my own.
Gary and I have also decided to make Friday nights our bike-ride night. While good exercise, bike-riding is something we enjoy doing together. It really has been fun working as a family to get fit. We are trying to eat healthier; Gary has amazing willpower – I do not. I am doing much better, but good nutrition has always been hard for me. I cannot say I am not worried about how we will work everything in once I go back to work and we are heavy into band season. I wish I was dedicated enough to workout at 5 am. I used to run a couple days a week at that time, but just couldn’t stick with it. I love to sleep.
As summer winds down – and hopefully takes the temperature with it – I appreciate the time I have had. My house might not be spotless, and there is always, always sweaty, smelly laundry to do, I am stronger and healthier, and oh, so much happier. What about you? What do you do to feel strong? What small change can you make in your life to live healthier? Give yourself the gift of 20 minutes a day to become a better you! You are so worth it!