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.
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.