I’m a Hornet? I’m a Hornet!

I’ve been a Dolphin, a Reddie, a Red Wolf, a Dolphin again, an Eagle, and now I’m a Hornet.  I’m not sure if I mentioned this on Facebook or in a previous post, but I was offered a position at a new school district teaching a course that I helped them develop.  How could I turn that down!?  Right?  So, I’m now a new teacher at a new school about to start a new year.  Life.  Is.  Hectic.



In addition to teaching students in grades 9-12 how to create mobile apps, I’ll also be teaching business management and accounting.  Although the students don’t return until August 19, I’ve already been busy (as a hornet?) readying my new classroom and developing lesson plans.  Tomorrow will be my official orientation to the district.  I’m so fortunate to have a swarm of very helpful colleagues who have already made life wonderful.  

Getting back into a routine is a very welcome thing.  Although I’ve had success maintaining my weight this summer, I haven’t really gotten back into the swing of things at the gym like I should have since my doctor pronounced me ready several weeks ago.  “I’ll start back on Monday.”  “I’ll start back when it’s cooler.”  “I’ll start back after weigh-in.”  I turned into one of “those” people.

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Fear not!  I’m back in a “good rut,” as you can see my gym activity.  July wasn’t a smashing success, but I’ve gotten things together in August.  In addition to gym exercises, I’ve also recommitted to working on those push-ups I wrote about a few months ago.

Too weak to do more than two or three “big boy” push-ups, I decided that I wanted to eventually be able to do 100 of them.  I downloaded a mobile app, set up an area just for push-ups, and then promptly avoided that app and that area… for months.

The approach that I’m using now, which I saw somewhere on YouTube (but I’m unable to find again), works with a series of levels.  You start out by doing 3 sets of 15 wall push-ups.  Once you can do all of those, you do as many knee push-ups as you can, filling out the rest of the set with wall push-ups.  Once you can do 3 sets of 15 knee push-ups, you start doing full push-ups.  Any push-ups that you can’t complete fully you supplement with knee push-ups, always doing 45 of “something.”  Between sets, I found myself getting bored, so I added 30 second wall sits.

To summarize this rambling mess, I’m teaching at a new school which presents a number of great opportunities and challenges.  I’ll figure them all out.  I already know I’m going to love it.  Being back on a regular schedule has also bolstered my dedication to physical fitness in terms of regular gym attendance and exercise at home.

Gotta go do some push-ups!


3 thoughts on “I’m a Hornet? I’m a Hornet!

  1. Jay-Jay says:

    I had the same problems with push ups until about May. During spring break I started spending 2+ hours a day in the gym (do everything, every day (not a good idea)). I mostly focused on upper body with some leg presses here and leg curls there. But between bench press (on a machine, had no spot available for free weight), chest flys, and a plethora of tricep lifts I went from 2-4 push ups in a row to 20+ in a month, and never got on the floor. After that, though, I got an app (on android, sorry Moix), called push ups, where you tell it how many you can do in a row, and it makes you a schedule. Everyday when you do however many it says, it asks how you did (too easy, just right, or too hard) and adjusts accordingly. Another month of that off and on and I was doing 100+ push ups per session, at which point I promptly quit caring and stopped doing them, but I can still hammer out between 30 and 40 without crashing to the floor.

  2. Y_ask_y says:

    Congrats on being a Bryant Hornet!!! Much success to you in your new endeavours.

    Can we get a post-surgery pic?

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