So the hurricane of THINGS THAT MUST BE DONE RIGHT THIS SECOND has settled down somewhat... at least the hurricane of book-related things. Now, I'm facing end-of-school things like the 100 I-Search papers that came in last week that I need to grade. And child-related things like getting my kids baptised and, like, feeding them.
But last week I had a moment of clarity. This year has been just insane, with launching Slide and revising Impostor and having a baby and creating a new dual credit course for my seniors. And I realized that, with all of that going on, I've really picked up some unhealthy habits. It's so much easier to pick up fast food on the way home rather than cook something. I haven't had the time to work out at all.
Yeah, those are all excuses. I've been stressed, and I haven't been dealing with the stress in the right way. So this last week I bought an elliptical machine. It was my favorite thing to work out on in college, and I figure I don't have an excuse if it's right here in my house.
For the past five mornings, I've awakened at 5 a.m. to get in a half hour of exercise. It's awesome because it's dark and quiet and I can think about the story I'm working on. Then, in the evening, I do another half hour before taking my daughter on a walk to the park.
I'd forgotten how good exercise can make you feel. The endorphin rush, the feeling of being in control. The satisfaction of doing something positive for yourself.
Hey, I know I'm not going to get healthy overnight, but I'm on my way.