Late Nights…

As many people, I have a lot on my plate. I work an hour away from home. I teach 5th grade, I’m taking graduate classes, and I have a 7-year-old daughter, and a new puppy… and now I’m going to the gym 4 days a week.

I’m lucky to have a very understanding family. Unlike my husband’s job, when I leave work, I can’t leave it behind. I have papers to grade, lessons to write, and parents to email. There is a lot of work to be done. But I also have a family. When I get home, I cook supper and spend time with my family. After they go to bed, there is always something to clean or wash. Then I start my work.

Now we try to eat no later than 6:30, but when I have to work late into the night, I find myself getting hungry. I am having trouble finding healthy snacks in my house. I have bought some carrots to crunch on. Can anyone tell me what id there on-the-go healthy snack?


Have you ever had a dream where everyone is staring at you because you are doing something incredibly stupid? Well, that is the way I thought things were going to be like when I started working out at the gym. I have been to a gym before, one of those $10 a month kind. I would walk in there, and sort of move my arms and legs up and down and said to myself, “Good for you!” I had no idea how to work the machines, so I was pretty much wasting my time.

At the $10 a month gym, no one ever took the time for show me how to use them, unless I paid for their time. I was sure things would end up being the same, I would try to figure it out and get crazy looks from the “pros” knowing they must think I’ve just landed on Earth from Mars. I’m so glad to say, I was totally wrong.

From the moment I entered the GHS Y, I was asked if I needed help. There were even times when I didn’t realize I needed the help, but someone (Billy) was already beside me asking if they could help.

On my first day I worked out for about 1 hour and 45 min and it was amazing. I was sore before I left, but I felt good for the work that I had put into my workout. Even though I had to go pee 7 times while I was there, thanks to drinking nothing must water the entire day. I was proud myself. After I picked up my daughter, she kept asking my about all the machines I was used while I work out, and she asked to touch my muscles. Even though there aren’t any, she was sweet enough to tell me how strong I was. I know my life is changing one workout at a time. I am so grateful for this opportunity.