Stress and tranquility

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The past two weeks have been a complete whirlwind. Between school, an ENDLESS amount of grading (because, I am a genius teacher who assigned three writing assignments all around the same time), parent/teacher conferences, homecoming, Jazzercise, various meetings, shopping for bridesmaids dresses, and spending time with loved ones, I don't even know which end is up anymore. But, it's Sunday evening, I'm COMPLETELY caught up on grading, and I have the house to myself while Dan is in Tennessee (bring on the chick shows (and, consequently, crappy snacking since no one is here to watch me)). So, there's that. 

The past weeks have been so tough. Our loss at school is still devastating, but our kids are determined to honor Jake's memory and continue supporting one another. Additionally, I was pushing myself way too hard with way too many Jazzercise classes, and I feel like I'm just now starting to regain some energy (not to mention, my poor voice, which seems to leave me every other week or so lately). I haven't been sleeping as well as I normally do, and that has certainly taken its toll. I am hoping very much that we are on the upswing, as I could use a little break! 

My stress the past few weeks has translated into an unhealthy amount of stress eating. It starts innocently enough... I just want something sweet in the evenings. But, then one thing turns into twelve things, and I go to bed feeling bloated and sweeted-out. I'm working on it... but, those candy corn M&M's and other seasonal treats just keep talking to me!

At school, my students are working on their Benjamin Franklin Planner projects. They had to pick one of Franklin's twelve virtues (well, he had thirteen, but one is chastity, so that one's not an option for their school project), and I decided to do it with them. I'm on the quest to tranquility... balancing life, relaxation, and stress. It's working-ish. I do find myself feeling less stressed and making more time to relax, but I'm still having trouble with sleep and snacks. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. 

So, this week, I'm making a really solid attempt to eat clean. I have a wedding dress to wear in seven months (SEVEN MONTHS!!!), and want to feel my best in the mean time. Hoping the tranquility will be something that starts coming easier to me. I envy those who can feel calm and at peace most of the time!  


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