I decided over the weekend that I needed to set nonnegotiables for myself. These include:
1. Bed between 10:30 and 11:00 on school nights
2. Walk the dog for every day (hopefully for a mile or more)
3. Limit of 1 caffeinated beverage a day
Sunday and Monday, I did it! I went to bed early, I wore out my dog on some pretty extensive walks, and I managed to only drink water. I felt incredible. Tuesday, meant ICEG, which meant that it was going to be pretty hard for me to get in a good meal and a walk, so I decided to make myself a good dinner and a promise to take the pooch out for several hours on Wednesday (today). After I got home from ICEG, I had a million distractions (laundry everywhere, unexpected phone calls) and too much to do. I went to bed epically late, forgot to take allergy medications, had stiff legs, and a poor mentality going into the next day.
Today I woke up feeling terrible. It was probably my least healthy day thus far. I was exhausted all day, my legs were sore from not walking, all I could focus on was taking a nap after school… and I ate Cheetos. CHEETOS! Of all of the foods I could have chosen as a pick me up, I went to the vending machine and chose the one thing with absolutely no nutritional value. I feel like Cheetos are like a metaphor for my day, a day of no-substance in my classroom. Ughhhh!
So, yea… nonngeotiables. It’s on. They need to happen. I’ve realized, if I don’t put myself first, then I’m putting my students last.