Friday, March 28, 2014

"Slow and Steady Wins the Race"

Being a teacher and being on a journey to change my lifestyle has been quite the bumpy ride. At some moments, I think that I am quite the lucky gal to be able to eat a healthy snack, as the students understand, but sometimes I feel bad. I think to myself, "those kids could probably down some of these rice cakes right about now!" Sometimes they ask for some, and of course, due to limiting portion sizes, I don't have enough to share. So, I have to down the almonds or watermelon during the four minute switch of classes. But, hey! Whatever works!
My students have been SO supportive, and for that, I am so lucky! When I lost the first fifteen pounds, they started to noticed and said, "Ms. Kane, you're looking skinny!" It was weird at first, but some of my colleagues would mention uplifting messages of the same.

Two weeks ago it all started slowing down. I was still eating similar things that helped me lose fifteen pounds, but I wasn't noticing anything different about the way my clothes fit or the scale number moving. This is when I stared researching some solutions. Let's just say that patience is not one of my virtues. My family can tell you this.

There are so many shortcuts. Shortcuts in teaching, shortcuts in weight loss, short cuts in sports, and in life.

There is NO way I can give up now.
Throughout this healthy journey I hope I can inspire someone, whether it be one of my students, colleagues, family, friends, or a stranger.

I have always been a problem solver. And if there is a will, I will find a way. As impatient as I am, I need to realize that the only way that I can truly be my whole self is to keep telling myself, "Slow and Steady, wins the race."

P.S. There is many facets in my life that rings true to the title of this blog post, not just the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

What are some words of inspiration that you live by?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hibernation is Over! Spring Break is Near!

Well, Hello Friends!
I have been off of the map for a while, and I feel like I have a good reason. I decided to take a little hiatus from the blogging world for a while to concentrate a little more on myself and truly trying to find the balance of everything in my life. When I changed the name of my blog, I did not want to stray too far from documenting my experiences in the Education world, but I also wanted to include my personal experiences.

Since you have last heard from me, I have embarked on a road trying to reach my goal of becoming a healthier person. I started putting 100% in the beginning of February. Since then, I have lost 15 pounds and have become a fitness geek. Going to the gym and being outside has now become my hobby, and I cannot eat near as much junk food as I used to. I am nowhere near my goal weight, but I am getting there at a steady pace, and for THAT,  I am proud of myself.

In the classroom, I have grown so much over the past few months. I have found a mentor that I can relate to on many levels that has helped me through a crisis or two [I am sure to most experienced teachers, it wouldn't be considered a crisis]. I am the only subject in the seventh grade whose students have to take an End Of Course exam for Civics. It is a bit stressful, as I am giving my students so many resources and teaching my heart out while ensuring they can answer multi level questions throughout the lesson, but when I review the next day they look at me like I just taught them calculus. I keep telling myself that I can lead all the horses to water, but cannot make them drink it. So frustrating.

I could not return from my hiatus without joining in on Farley's Currently:

Listening: I am taking a break from grading the quizzes that my students are taking today. It is the last thing that I need to catch up on before Spring Break. They got to use their notes today, lucky ducks.

Loving: I am so glad that I have finally found the balance between my career and my personal life. Blogging was such a huge part of my life, and I am so glad I am back into it.

Thinking: My students are taking the EOC. I am trying to use ALL the resources I can possibly find to help them prepare. 

Wanting: Spring Break is here next week! Apparently we are supposed to have another cold snap here in Florida. I hope it doesn't last too long, I would like to get some pool time!

Needing: Grading these quizzes is the last thing I have to do before going on spring break. Gotta get it done!

?????: An Angel Coin that my Grandfather gave me. Do you know what my question is?
Take a wild guess?

It feels so good to be back!

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