Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

Have you found yourself wondering what a teacher off duty even DOES all summer?! Especially a teacher who doesn’t have kids of her own? That’s ok. Before becoming a teacher myself, I often wondered the same thing. Read on to discover a day in the life of a teacher off duty.

Teacher Off Duty: A Day in the Life

I just completed my third year of teaching, thus I’m in my third summer of not having to get up and go to work every Monday through Friday. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t one of the aspects I looked forward to when I decided to become a teacher. I thought, “Pshh… Summers off?! I can do that easy!” But now that I have three years under my belt, I absolutely think teachers earn those months off and deserve every blessed minute! This past school year was very hard on me, so I’m trying to be all about balance this June and July. That is my 2017 word of the year, after all. This is the current day in the life for this teacher off duty. Each day is a little bit different, but I also love routine, so I keep things mostly the same.

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Last Week’s Workouts + Life Lately

Catch up with my “life lately” and see how I’ve been active in the last week!

Last Week's Workouts

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My motivation to do anything outside of what I absolutely had to this week was pretty low. I’ve finally fallen into that terrible teacher-on-break-habit of not knowing what day it is and feeling like I’ve forgotten something important. It’s kind of annoying, yet kind of fantastic at the same time.

Sunday, 6/18/17:

I had planned for some PiYo Buns on Sunday, but I was so sore and tight from my first week on the Lauren Gleisberg plan that I just settled for yoga. I did Yoga Fix from 21 Day Fix using Beachbody On Demand (I didn’t even do the Extreme version!) and that was enough for me.

Monday, 6/19/17:

Today began my second week on the Lauren Gleisberg Weight Training Plan. I was back to the 5 a.m. Club with a “pull” workout (triceps and chest) and then ran 4.85 miles after my husband left for work. I followed the run/walk/run pattern I plan to keep during half marathon training and it was exponentially more difficult than I expected it to be.


Tuesday, 6/20/17:

Leg day with Lauren Gleisberg! She kicked my butt and I was sore for days. I felt like I did about a million sumo squats and my inner thighs screamed at me every time I took a step.

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Wednesday, 6/21/17:

Wednesday morning I utilized the treadmill for a run/walk/run of 30 minutes. It was a lot easier than Monday’s run, despite my sore legs from the previous day. I’m not sure if that was due to it being on the treadmill, but I felt great afterward! However… Shortly after, I lost all motivation to do my ab workout, so I found an old rerun of Charmed on tv to distract myself while I got it over with.

Related: 5 Minute Abs

Thursday, 6/22/17:

Rest day. The most activity I got was taking the pup for a walk. Like this. You’re welcome.

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately
Friday, 6/23/17:

I had a run scheduled, but it was already 85 degrees at 7:30 in the morning, so after my “pull” workout, I opted for a HIIT. Thrusters, jump lunges, walking lunges, deadlifts, and plyo squat touchdowns had me smoked in under 30 minutes.

Friday night was interesting. We were slated to get a cold front, but a lot more came with it. We had 50mph winds, pea sized hail, and a power outage. It was our first time losing power since being in our new house and we had no idea how long it would last. The power went out around 6:30, so we lit some candles and munched on whatever we could find without opening the refrigerator too often. We finally got power back around 10:30 and thankfully our house cooled off quickly. Despite the crazy weather, I welcome the cooler temps, because I’m tired of those 100+ days! However, we’re now fighting mosquitoes inside the house from having the doors open for four hours. Yay!

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately

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Saturday, 6/24/17:

Because I wimped out on my run Friday, that meant I had to do it on Saturday. I had about 5 miles to cover and I initially thought it would be easy. The first three miles went by easily and in a pinch, then I hit a wall. I struggled and thought about quitting and then my “power song” came on. You know, that song that always reminds you, “You’ve got this!” Mine is Boom by P.O.D. and it gave me the push I needed. I even have a little dance that goes with it. If you ever see me repeatedly throwing my fists in the air during a race, don’t worry, I’m just trying to bust through the wall and finish my run strong. 🙂


Coming up on the blog this week is a patriotic themed healthy snack, my training plan for the first five weeks of race training, and a day in the life post. I hope you stick around! If you need to get caught up, last week I told you about my Summer Reading List, the Best Gear for Running in the Heat, as well as my Best Tips for Running in the Heat!

Question: What is the power song that reminds YOU that you’re capable of anything?

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Teacher Off Duty: Summer Reading List

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Check out this perfect summer reading list full of drama, mystery, and romance for the teacher off duty!

Summer Reading List

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know that as part of my 7 Goals for 2017, I want to read 12 books. Well, that has turned out to be a much more lofty goal than I anticipated. In fact, when I did my quarterly goal check-in, I hadn’t read a single book yet. As a teacher (specifically a reading teacher) this made me cringe. Now that school is out, I’ve been carving out a lot more time to read and have been adding books to my reading list.

1 // Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The first book on my list I’ve already finished. I started it the last week of school. Is it cheating if you start your summer reading list before it’s actually summer?! Anyway… I had previously read both Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, so I knew I would love Dark Places by Gillian Flynn as well. True to form, it did not disappoint. I found myself sucked into the story and not wanting to put it down!

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2 // The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

My Kindle current is this book by Liane Moriarty. My husband and I loved Big Little Lies on HBO and I thought about reading that next, but I feel like I’ve already spoiled it for myself. This book is good. It doesn’t have all the twists and turns that a Gillian Flynn novel does, but I definitely find myself wondering how the story will turn out.

3 // The Exception by Brittany Wynne

There is a funny story behind this book. Earlier this week, I was at the optometrist (June Goals win!) and my doctor had a total and complete proud dad moment. When he saw on my chart that I was a teacher, he launched into a rabbit hole type of story to let me know his daughter, a former teacher, is now a published author. He turned around, pulled this paperback out of his cabinet, and told me to take it home and read it. It has 4.6 stars on Amazon and seems to be geared toward the YA audience. I’m a sucker for YA romances, so it’ll probably be right up my alley. Related — how old do you have to be before you’re no longer considered YA? Is 28 too old?! Asking for a friend. 😉

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4 // The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This one is another bestselling suspense novel. It’s described as reminiscent of Agatha Christie and I’m excited to dive in!

5 // Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I’m fairly certain I will LOVE the final book on my list, as I loved The Girl on the Train. I made my husband watch the movie with me and he was bored, but I wanted to know what else this author had written and when I could get my hands on it.

Question: What books are on your summer reading list? Are you a paperback reader, or a Kindle connoisseur?

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Teacher Off Duty: Casual Summer Fashion

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Casual Summer Fashion

Dressing “like a teacher” has pretty much abolished any trendy style sense I might’ve had in another life. I rely almost solely on Stitch Fix to dress me August through May. You’d think this would make me more fashionable and adventurous, but… No. When school is not in session, I’m all about casual summer fashion! I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so my summer uniform fits that bill (when it’s not athleisure, of course!).

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It is gosh darned HOT in Texas, so many days, my jeans and a t-shirt becomes shorts and a t-shirt, or even jeans and a tank top. I’m usually ready to “dress up” again by the time mid August rolls around, but I love the months of June and July for allowing me to make comfort king!

Casual Summer Fashion

Necklace (similar) // Tee // Shorts // Crossbody // Sandals

I usually throw on a pair of strappy sandals or classic sneakers and then finish the look with a small cross body bag, especially if I’m traveling. There’s nothing more annoying than lugging around a giant purse all summer! My philosophy is the lighter the better when the high is slated at 100 for the day. In fact, that’s exactly what the high is today, so you can bet this is exactly what I’m wearing with a messy bun piled high on the top of my head. 😉

Question: What does your summer fashion look like?

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June Goals & May Recap

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June! I can’t believe it’s June! I’m still clearing out shows on my DVR from late April, so the fact that it really is June just blows my mind. With a new month comes new goals and a reflection of the goals set for the previous month. Let’s get to it!

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May Goals

ONE // Run 2x/week and begin to increase my mileage again

Grade: B+

The only week of the month I didn’t run twice was last week. I’m not really sure how I managed that, but I’m darn proud!

I’m up to 59 miles for my #100bySummer goal! Will I make 100 by June 20?! #100bySummer tracker by @amylynnntiu on Instagram

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TWO // Leave work most days by 4:15

Grade: A

This was possibly the easiest goal to achieve. In fact, most days I was out the door by 3:45.

THREE // Eat clean 90% of the time

Grade: B+

Last week was rough, but I managed and this week is already off to a better start.

FOUR // Lose 3 pounds

Grade: F

Well… I didn’t gain any weight so that has to count for something, right?

FIVE // Catch up on house cleaning 

Grade: F

Fail, fail, fail. FAIL.

June Goals

ONE // Catch up on housecleaning

Because I’m out of school for the summer, my to-do list has suddenly become a mile long. As you can tell from my April goals, I completely neglected my housekeeping. I’m spending this week doing the “big uns” and hope I can just maintain in the weeks to come.

TWO // Read two more books

Remember how in January, I set a goal to read 12 books this year?! Well, I’m failing miserably at that. BUT! I finally made time to read and finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (I’m a sucker for suspense thrillers). I immediately downloaded The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Have you read that? I’m hoping it’s good!

THREE // Plan the first month of training for the Run Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

I already have a pretty good idea of how I expect to plan this, but I want to sit down and put pen to paper and knock it out. The last time I trained I used a Hal Higdon program, but this time I’m thinking of doing a Jeff Galloway plan.

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FOUR // Find an eye doctor and schedule an appointment

Like I said, my to-do list has suddenly become a mile long. I also need to get a haircut, organize our closets, declutter (a lot), etc., etc… But I think making sure my eyeballs are in working order is at the top of the list. 🙂

I’ve been wearing my glasses more and more because I feel my contacts becoming less effective.

FIVE // Eat clean 90% of the time

I have a terrible tendency to get chubby during the summer. I let my meal planning/prepping routines fall by the wayside and snack willy nilly on whatever I can get my hands on. This summer, I want to fight that head on!

Question: What goals have YOU set for the month of June?

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