About Me

Hi, my name is Angela and welcome to my blog. This is a place where I write about my life in an honest and open way.

I am 36 years old, single, and a Christian. God gave me a heart to work with children and so I spend my day teaching kindergarten. It is my fourth year teaching and although it is hard I love it. I currently go to a college for my BA in Elementary Education which keeps me busy. Between work and school there is not much time left but I enjoy serving and helping others, watching netflix, or reading a good book.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Unexpected Motivation

Today has been good. Well, mostly good. I was running late for work and didn't have time to grab breakfast. I was doing really good and almost made it to lunch when in a moment of weakness I ate ice cream. It was about a quarter cup so the calories compare to the cup of dry multi-grain cheerios I eat most mornings but of course not as healthy. Lunch was good, didn't do any snacking in the lounge today or from the kids snack. Dinner was also good. It was eight and I was still under my calories.

I watched Grey's Anatomy, I love that show. Then during a rerun of The Mentalist I worked on my school schedule. I thought I had already figured out what classes I would take this summer. In fact I had already registered for them. Some things going on at work are leading me to believe I may have the opportunity to take over my bosses position or at least apply for it. I want to be prepared if that happens. There are a couple business management classes that are part of the degree I am going for. I was planning on taking them later but they would directly relate to some of the duties in this new position. So after lots of thought I am actually taking a full 12 credits over the summer. This is a little crazy for me, I only took 9 credits this semester. The school I go to offers classes in 8 week blocks so I planned everything out to give me the best advantage. The thing is, over the summer I work more hours then normal. My hope is that with the break I am taking from my writing group I will have plenty of time to get my assignments done. The classes can still be changed so I am going to keep thinking and praying about it. I will mention it if anything changes.

After I scheduled my classes it was ten. I was feeling a little hungry and had a few more calories left so I was thinking about having a bowl of cereal. I knew the better choice was to exercise but it is so much easier to just choose food. I knew what the right choice was but didn't want to do it. In fact I was wishing I could ask someone else to make the decision for me. Just then I check my phone and I received an e-mail. Whenever someone leaves a comment an e-mail is sent to me. It was a lovely and encouraging comment. I knew after reading the comment that I had to get up and exercise.

I set a timer and did ten minutes on my Gazelle. I took a five minute break then did five minutes on my stair stepper while doing bicep curls with an overhead extension. I wasn't using any weights but I was still feeling it before the five minutes were up. After another five minute break I finished up with ten more minutes on the Gazelle. I really pushed myself trying to keep my abs locked and firm with my arms pumping back and forth as I glided. I had initially hoped to do more, but twenty-five minutes is better then none.

After working out I was starving so I did have some rice chex but still stayed under my calories only eating a few of the calories I had just burned. I am happy about today. I did a good job and said no to unneeded calories throughout the day. I needed some motivation but I finally exercised after three days of not exercising. I can do this!


  1. Hi again :) Glad to see you had a better day. I also love Grey's and the Mentalist, though I've been behind on GA's since last season when Derek and Mer had that spat (it makes me so sad when the writers decide to mess with them and I couldn't watch it).

    I'm seriously amazed by your commitment to your busy schedule. I know you've been having trouble with your exercise and eating, but--wow!--9 credits + a job + volunteering + other hobbies... that's a lot of responsibilities. You seem like someone who is very committed to your responsibilities, especially the ones that involve helping other people.

    Also, don't belittle your achievements! 25 minutes of cardio is nothing to scoff at! A healthy amount of exercise is, I believe, 20-30 minutes 3 times a week or so. I hope you felt great and empowered after your workout, and after 25 minutes, you totally deserve a snack. Actually, after an intense workout (i.e. not just walking to and from the corner store) you really should eat some protein, like a glass of milk or some deli meat. It will help your muscles recover faster (since they need the protein to rebuild).

    Also, keep in mind that you're running a marathon, so don't sprint! By this I mean, don't push yourself to exercise too hard or for too long, or you'll find yourself out of commission. 25-30 minutes sounds pretty good. I'm curious, when you exercise, do you watch a tv show or listen to music?

    Finally, congrats on another willpower win against the tempting snack food at work. :)

    Oh. and P.S. I will be using your workout as motivation to go workout myself today. I hope you can find the time to fit in 10-20 minutes on your gazelle again :)

    1. You are right 25 minutes is great. I just know I have done more in the past and so I try to push myself harder. Unless I am doing an exercise video I watch tv while I exercise.

  2. Hey,Angela,
    I saw your post on grammar earlier, and I have a suggestion for you! In doing some research for homeschooling my kids, I came across a resource called "Nitty Gritty Grammar." Here's a link to it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Nitty-Gritty-Grammar-Not-So-Serious-Guide-Communication/dp/0898159660
    My sister in law has gotten it from her library and said it's good for her older boys as well as herself, to remind her of grammar rules she has forgotten since school. It might be a great resource for you!!

    1. Thank you Sarah. I will definitely check it out. Sorry the post disappeared. I made a change and hit save instead of publish. Whoops.