THIS IS REPOSTED FROM (haroldshawjr.com)
Yesterday was an interesting day, we were finishing up 2 days of Parent-Teacher conferences. As I walked around the building and talked with other teachers, I noticed something, almost all of the male teachers were what could be called at least “stout”. I didn’t think too much of it, because I have a certain mental image of myself, AND I didn’t put myself in the “stout” class.
When I got to the gym, it was such a nice day, I decided to go outside and run an easy 3.0 miler. I had a long sleeved running shirt in my locker for just such an occasion and when I put it on I thought it felt a bit snug, but no big deal. I finished my run-walk, I couldn’t make it all the way and put it off to the difference between running on the treadmill and outside.
Then I went in the sauna for a little while…when I came out my running shirt was wet and sticking to me. Unfortunately, there is a mirror that you have to walk towards to get out of the locker room from the sauna.
THAT IS WHERE I DISCOVERED HOW FAT I HAVE BECOME!!!!
I haven’t stepped on a scale for a while purposely because I knew I was a little heavier than I wanted to be. I really wasn’t too worried, I knew I was around 20 pounds over my ideal weight. What I didn’t realize was that I was carrying 10 pounds on top of that. I am not just simply stout, at 5’7″ and 190, but have pushed myself into the portly category.
I have for the second time in my life become a “weeble”, there is no other way to describe it.
How did it happen?
I have lots of ideas and excuses for myself and I am sure other teachers do as well, but the main cause is too much “good” food (i.e. junk food) and not enough activity. There always seems to be a training that we want to go to, meetings that we have to attend, total mental exhaustion at the end of far too many days, papers to correct, paperwork to get done, etc., etc., etc. These are all excuses and do not change the fact that I am now a “weeble” or more bluntly “I am too fat.”
Okay now to get off my butt and do something about it. I know what I have to do and will do it.
How about you dear reader…what do the male teachers in your school look like? Are many of them also at least “stout”? How does being stout affect how we teach or being a role model to our students?
Finally, what does your mental image of yourself match the reality of how you really are?
I challenge us to take appropriate pictures of ourselves, so we can see how we actually look versus just having that mental image. I have a feeling that I will not be the only teacher gearing up to change my appearance and improve my health.
Weeble image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weebles
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