Back To School

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If it is one thing I have learned this summer is… always have a good book to dive into and live in it awhile. Especially during the school year because now that I have gone back to class…this is my reading!  Again, I love my job but summer break is still ringing in my ears!  It has taken me this long to get back into my blog and update as I promised.  I’m still in the transition process of trying to “fit it all in” during the course of my day.  I think I have squished my visits to the gym in there, and am thinking I can add my “leisure reading” at the pool after working out.

While I still have to do my “required reading” (above), for those little kiddos who are counting on me for the 3 R’s, my personal sanity is requiring escape reading with books about pirates and rock-n roll!   😉

Have a great week!

Sports Mom

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Day 25

Today I wore the basketball mom shirt.  My kids participate in all the sports but this summer it has been basketball.  At school time, it will be flag football and volleyball…with an ounce of dance mom.  But that’s a different story, without all the dance mom drama that we speculate goes on from T.V.   The team was in a tournament today.  We didn’t come out on top like we are USED to like in regular basketball season, but lots of lessons were learned.  Lessons on determination, positive attitude, working as a team, helping other teammates, winning is not all, and skills.  Some if not all of these lessons can be applied to us adults too.

In this sports filled summer, we have put more attention on our own health and habits as parents.   We are committing to a healthier lifestyle by “squeezing” exercise into our already very busy lives.  We already have a plan of how we are going to do this.  We also realized that too much of our time is wasted anyways, so why not use it constructively and in a very positive way for our health.  A friend clarified today that it is so much more rewarding and satisfying to go to the gym after a day at work, to sit by the poolside and listen to the sweet music of Bob McFerrin’s, “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.  As I reflected on that statement, I thought, absolutely–yes!  Our plan is on!

So how can I be a Sports Mom, and not be sporty?  Well, I am definitely going to try and apply some of those lessons that we as coaches and parents drill and teach our kids during sports.  We too need to…Just Do It!

SUMMER FITNESS

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Day 21

Now that I’ve overcome the initial embarrassment of it all…the gym (previous post), I’m well on my way to better health!  I hope!  My hubby and I have embarked on a new outlook on food, exercise and family.  Hopefully it will stick.  Summer time is always a beginning and refreshment of life and family for me.  Health and fitness is one of those things.  In summer break, I begin a healthier routine for myself and my family, then it dwindles once school starts.  I am an elementary school teacher so work and time commitments consumes me during the school year.  Literally, consumes me!  My free time is limited and very precious.  This year I will be more prepared and hopefully it will stick around longer.  I understand the connections between exercise, stress, energy level are very important.

My hubby and I will be working out together the rest of the summer.  One of our goals will be to begin playing racquetball, and maybe golf.  A sport and hobby we can do together once we become  empty nesters or take into retirement.  It will be awhile yet until those things but why wait!  Racquetball has always been a sport I have wanted to play as a girl.  I took tennis lessons as a teenager but only for a short while.  Once school begins, we may have to get our workout done separately, and come together once or twice a week.  A new challenge is before us so let’s see how it goes.  Pray for us!

Our ultimate goal is to feel better for our family and ourselves despite what some trainers may say or expect.  I was shocked to hear a trainer at another gym say, “Some people have been coming here for awhile, but they LOOK the same.”  My impression of that remark was, “What an idiot!”  He obviously sees things differently, and doesn’t have a very global point of view.  Which is a shame for gym-goers like myself.  At any rate, looking better is not the ultimate goal, but it wouldn’t hurt to fit in shirts and shorts not so snug around the waist.

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While I will never look like this, Mr. Trainer-guy.  A little too skinny for my body type. <—–

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My goal may be something like this, a little more curvy!  😉  I can dream, and it’ll be awhile yet!  —–>