Checking In: 2017 Goals & Word of the Year

Here we are! A full two months into the new year. Both January and February have now come and gone. I have just eight days until my spring break begins! Before we know it, summer will be here showing its pretty face. 🙂 Late, late last year and then early this year I talked about my word of the year as well as my goals. I’m so good at making goals and then never thinking about them again, so I want to take the time to reflect on the last nine weeks and see where I’m going from here!

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First up, my word of the year: B A L A N C E.

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Instagram Lately

When it comes to blogging, sometimes I’ve totally got my game together. I’ve got posts scheduled, or at least planned, for weeks out with fun, quality content. Other times, I stare at my computer on Sundays and think, “What the heck am I going to write about?” This was one of those weeks. 🙂 In those cases, I feel life updates make for interesting topics, so how about one via Instagram? You can always follow in real-time on Instagram, username @teacherfit.jess!

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This past weekend was a great one. I didn’t want it to end! My husband has been traveling a lot for work, so it was great to finally have him home. We took his Corvette out Saturday afternoon, which turned into an impromptu date night at one of our favorite restaurants! We enjoyed the quality time together. 🙂 Even with all the traveling he’s done lately, he didn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without a sweet surprise.

Since we are taking a Disney trip in November, we decided to cut back on gift giving this year. But he just couldn’t resist spoiling me a little bit! “Now you have a shirt to wear when we’re in Disney,” he said. He doesn’t have to twist my arm! 🙂

That week was particularly stressful because one of my teammates was out sick for two days. She was unable to find a sub, so for those two days I had extra students and longer classes. I did my best to roll with the punches, but the stress got the best of me!

I rounded out the week with one of the best runs I’ve had since I picked it up again and then hit the road for an amazing, whirlwind trip to see my family. Since we moved in July, our quality family time has been cut drastically. My heart needed some time with my mama!

I had last Monday off for President’s Day (and all the teachers said, “Amen!”), so I spent it catching up on a million and one things. I still made time for rest and activity though! My activity just happened to involve cleaning my house top to bottom in addition to my planned three miles.

I usually do my meal prep on Sundays, but since I was out of town and off on Monday, I used the extra time on Monday to prepare for the week.

I made my favorite Overnight French Toast Casserole for breakfast and it made the rest of the week run so much smoother! If you want to try it out, find the recipe here!

On Wednesday, I got in another treadmill 5K and was reminded that not all runs are great. I’ve been having SO many good runs lately, I had forgotten how hard it can really be.

I was miserable the entire time and throughout the no-crunch ab workout I did afterward. Luckily, my Saturday run went MUCH better! 🙂

On Friday, I did a total body workout in the new Jillian Michaels app. I’ve been using it since about the beginning of the year and I really like it. I think I’m going to switch things up this week though.

The programs she offers are fantastic, but they don’t exactly fit with my goals right now. On the other hand, the workout generator seems somewhat haphazard and I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyone else tried Jillian’s app? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Saturday I made a bomb smoothie after my run! I don’t even talk like that, but it was just that good.

It was nothing more than protein powder, almond milk, dark cherries, and strawberries. It was amazing. Or maybe I was just that starving after those four miles. 🙂

Yesterday, I did one of my favorite Tone It Up workouts — kettletoning. Find it on YouTube here! It’s a fantastic mix of yoga and kettlebells and really got me sweating! Love, love, love it!

What’s been going on in your life lately — Instagram or otherwise? Tell me! I’d love to hear about it!

Best Running Gear & Gadgets

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I love talking about and reading about running, working out, and nutrition. I could do it all day (sometimes I do). From running tips to new workouts, and people’s favorite gear — I can’t get enough of it! So today, I thought I’d share some of the best running gear and gadgets I’ve found. None of these things are groundbreaking, or even new, but I love them all and use them regularly!

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Best Running Gear & Gadgets

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Fitness Tips for Teachers

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Teaching is easily the most stressful, yet most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I hear it’s second only to parenting… But since I’m not a parent yet, I can neither confirm nor deny. 😉 With so many responsibilities, extracurricular activities, and directives being pushed down on teachers, it can be difficult to make health and fitness a priority.  However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. My fitness tips for teachers can help make the fight a little easier!

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Fitness Tips for Teachers

I changed my lifestyle about two years before I started teaching, so it was an extreme adjustment with lots of trial and error once I no longer had a traditional 8-5 schedule. I was used to leaving for work at 7:45 to make it there by 8:00 (but really, not starting work until 8:15 or 8:30), getting a one-hour lunch break each day, and leaving work and all its baggage at the door at 5:00. Very quickly, I realized that teaching wasn’t going to give me those same luxuries — which I didn’t even consider to be luxuries at all when I was working an office job! I’m in my third year of teaching, so at this point I’ve come up with a routine that is working very well, at least for now.

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How to Meal Prep Effectively

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Hi, y’all! Welcome back. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love! And chocolate.♥ Now chocolate is true love, right?! Last week, we talked about how to meal plan effectively and today, we’re taking the next step! What do you do once you have all of that food?? Well, you meal prep, of course! Preparing your food a few days in advance may seem like a huge chore, but once you get the hang of how to meal prep, it will become second nature.

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How to Meal Prep Effectively

If you are new to meal planning and prepping, or have not read last week’s post on How to Meal Plan Effectively, click here to get caught up!

1 // Develop a Plan

Just like your first step of meal planning is to make sure you’re organized, meal prep is much the same. You cannot walk into the kitchen without a plan and expect things to go efficiently and effectively! I used to spend probably four hours every Sunday making one meal at a time. At a certain point, that didn’t work for me anymore. I have less time and more responsibility than I used to, so I had to come up with a different method. Now I can be in and out in 90 minutes and wrap up with breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the week, plus dinner for that night!

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