I started teaching a new class on Mondays- Bodypump at 6:00 am. This now means that I have three days in a row of morning classes (Sundays at 8, Mondays at 6 and Tuesdays at 5:30). I also recently started teaching a “Core Strength” class on Tuesday morning that directly follows Spin class. I’m not complaining- I am totally a morning person and definitely prefer that over teaching afternoon classes like I do the other days of the week. It will just take a little getting used to- and I’m going to have to make myself start going to bed earlier (which will be easier when the Olympics are done! Gah!). When I’m not teaching classes, I will always choose to do my workout first thing in the morning- so this way I’m just getting paid for it! I’m hoping that eventually some new morning classes will be added the days that I teach in the afternoon, so that I can change my schedule. But for now, it’s just kind of all over the place.
Speaking of schedule- that’s part of the topic for today’s post! I always love reading Cassie’s “Confessions” posts, where she makes a short list of different truths in her life. I’m stealing that idea for today, so her goes.
1. When given too much freedom, I am NOT productive at all. Though I am loving my summer off, like I have for the last 7 years when I was teaching high school- I’m just much better when I’m on some kind of schedule. The difference now is that my schedule can vary from day to day. When I was teaching, it was exactly the same, day in and day out. It made me NUTS. I like having the flexibility now to start or finish things an hour earlier or later. In order to be productive and pay attention to priority no. 1 in my life currently (studying for my PFT exam), I need to actually block time out each day to devote to it. I also need to schedule other things for the rest of the day, and not just keep winging it. I used my handy iCal program on my Mac to do this- which also syncs with my iPhone and iPad.
Yes, even snacks make their way onto my schedule. Priorities, people!
I plan to schedule myself no more than a week ahead of time, but always make sure that I go to bed knowing exactly what’s on my plate for the next day. Day 1 of my new “schedule” is down, and I’m feeling productive! I read one chapter in my PFT Handbook, watched a video and took a review quiz.
If all of the quizzes are that easy, this manual with be a piece of cake! I have a feeling that’s not the case. I start tackling Exercise Physiology today, and have a feeling that chapter (and the lessons) will definitely take more than a day to complete!
2. I color my own hair. I also do my own highlights (which I think usually turn out looking pretty darn good- it just takes a pull-through cap!) and wax my own eyebrows. I would love to pay someone to do it, but it grows so fast- I’d have to be at the salon every month! I used a root-touch up kit lately the last two times, but every now and then, I need to apply it to my entire head of hair. Check out these roots!
And for those of you that don’t believe I have gray hair, um… yeah.
One day I’m just going to let it go- but not in my thirties. The thing that made me bring this up is that I have been planning on coloring my hair for two weeks now. I’ve had the box sitting under my bathroom sink, just waiting to be used. But I just don’t feel like it.
3. I’m very proud of knocking this item off of my Summer Bucket list- I cleaned and organized my office! I still have some work to do on making everything perfectly organized and finding a place for everything- but it has come a long way. It’s actually a functional office and I use it as such every single day. What I don’t know what to do with are the contents of those two large Rubbermaid containers.
In each of those is a few hundred CDs. I used to buy CDs every single week when I was in high school in college. I would love to burn all of them to an external hard drive, but I’ll be realistic – that’s not going to happen any time soon. I don’t really have a good place to put them, but would probably actually listen to some of them if they were actually accessible. Any thoughts or suggestions? I’d buy some kind of storage rack, but they usually only hold a much smaller number of CDs.
4. I love using the BUMP app on my iPhone- but have a whole new level of use for it, thanks to Lindsay! She posted something on Facebook a while back about how you can use it to transfer files from your phone to your computer (like bluetooth).
Just go here to set it up! I use it on a daily basis- and it’s SO fast and simple. I love it!
5. I love planks. Yes, you hear me right. I LOVE ‘EM. Just look at what they do for your body!
(I found this image on LC’s blog yesterday)
I mentioned last week that I have improved my plank-holding time a bunch from just practicing once a day. While I still typically do my “plank a day” every day, I also appreciate a bunch of different modifications and other types of planks. I do several varieties with I teach my new Core Strength class, and we also do them in Bodypump. I wanted to bring back this video of my friend Ken, which I shared last fall. It’s a great challenge, and I recommend trying it out!
6. I laughed so much that I actually shed a tear when reading through this list of “50 People You Wish You Knew In Real Life.” Here’s a photo of one of them:
Have a great Tuesday- and get to planking!
What are some of your truths for today? Planks- love ‘em or hate ‘em?