Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day One....Again!

Hey, that’s okay. Any day is a good day for new beginnings.The important thing is to try, right?

I’d been doing pretty well over the last 3 years. I was feeling fit with some muscle definition I could see for myself, and better yet feel. I had plenty of stamina for teaching an active kindergarten. I enjoyed the feeling of discipline in my health habits. And I think I was a fairly good role model for living a healthy life. This was an important and satisfying time for me and I want to feel good again!

I managed to navigate a number of bumps on the road to good health, including surgery but little did I know some bigger bumps were around the bend. I’ll skip the details but believe me, I missed my workouts and thought I’d be able to get back to my healthy routine in time to save the progress I had made. Nope. It’s been about 5 months since I went to the gym and I want to feel good again!

I happen to have type 2 diabetes and although my numbers are doing well, I know that it’s a dangerous game. A careful balance of low carb diet, plenty of exercise, and oral medication works for me and prevents the dreaded complications diabetes is known for. But now, I’m feeling lazy and unfit. I'm ready to get back on track and I want to feel good again!

How about you? Are you ready to begin again? Maybe you’re ready to take it to the next level, more time, more days, more reps, more weight? I always tell my kindergarten kids when they mess up that it’s time for a fresh new start. One thing they don't mess up on is exercise - every single day our class works out together for 10 minutes of strength and cardio.

And so I begin again with a clean slate and the only way is up! Let’s feel good again!

Thanks to our Twitter Exercise Motivation Team!


  1. I guess we share something in common, aside from exercise. I too was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and although was able to get that under control, the immediate weight loss started to return. Luckly the ability to hit the gym at least once a day for 2 hours has help to determine how it comes back.

    My motivation is to not intimidate the little ones I teach. There are not too many 300lb, male elementary teachers out there LOL. Good luck in your quest, I look forward to watching your progress and sharing ideas.

  2. There is a lot of welcome in a big man and knowing you teach SpEd / kindergarten tells a better story of who you are.

  3. Thanks Gail for sharing your story. It's really nice for us to be able to talk about all of the challenges that can keep us from reaching our optimal health goals. It's so hard to keep up stamina teaching kindergarten if you're not at your best! I know :-) I am so glad we are all here to cheer each other on!