Day 349 – First Day of School


      We’re back to school!   I love the first day with my students.  They’re so excited as 7th graders to finally be in the Middle School.  My 8th graders are walking around with a little swagger that I have to laugh at.  Everyone was in such a great mood.

      In the past the first day of school  had  been very difficult because I had to get my teaching legs back.   Well today I’m tired but not hurting.  My legs feel great!  Gee I wonder why? 🙂  I had one of my 7th graders from last year say that I looked trim.  Wow to still be obese and called trim its kinda cool.  He looked great as well.  He grew 1/2 a foot, got contacts and lost weight as well.  The changes that happen over a summer are amazing.  It’s going to be a fun year. I have high hopes.

      I will have to prep for my schedule though.  I have classes from 7:45-11:15 and then a break from 11:15-12:30.  It is really difficult to snack between classes and potty breaks are for emergencies only.  Well that mind-set will have to be changed if I want to eat healthy and drink my 64 oz. of water a day.  I’ll have to pack string cheese and fruit and lock the door during passing periods.  In the past I’d white knuckle it until lunch and until after school and then binge in the evening.  Those patterns do not define me any more.  I need to take care of myself and as my ladies from Hawaii would say “8 oz of food 6 times a day and green tea” and “Don’t quit! Its to important. I’ll take care of me so I can take care of my students.

      On Thursdays and Mondays I will have my trainer sessions. I’m really looking forward to this time of focussed intensity.  I’ve been walking and playing tennis but I really need a trainer for that extra support.  I will also start swimming on MWF.

So I have a plan for this school year.

New routines and new permissions for myself.


  1. Wahoo! It sounds like you’ve brought a little bit of paradise with back home! 😀

    Here’s to a great year!


  2. Sounds like a great plan Shelli! And such a sweet start to your school year! 🙂 Praying for you! Judi b

  3. This sounds like a great plan, Shelli! PLUS, you’re already getting compliments. I think that will help propel you through this journey for sure!

    Can you believe tha you’re almost to a full year of this?! Amazing!

  4. “New routines and new permissions for myself.”

    New permissions… I like that!


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