Friday’s Favorites Letters

Dear Slov, I’m so fortunate to work with you again! Okay, so I didn’t get most of my kids and the classes I’m in are small, but I get you! Though I will miss A Hecks so much, I still see him around.

Dear Moose, I can’t believe I won’t see you everyday and that you have other aides! I’m coming to visit you and the rest of my former Earth Science kids. I could see all of you but then I’d have to give up my favorite teacher…

Dear Mr. L, I couldn’t imagine not working with you this year. I saw you everyday last year – we work so well together and your enthusiasm makes the class fun. I don’t recall one boring day in your class.

Dear Muscles, I love you. I want to be the good kind of sore all the time because I know I’m getting muscles. Another week of 2 days of cardio, 2 days of hard yoga, 1 day of BodyPump, and a quick weight lifting session is perfect.

Dear Fridays, I’ve never been a fan. I know that’s crazy, but take today, I have to go to work and then go to my second job. Somehow I’m going to make it okay. At least we have Monday off (kind of) and will be back to our normal schedule next week (I’ve worked more than my share this week!). Maybe some coffee will help.

Started off the day with a breakfast cookie.

Green tea was a great idea. This bottle was the only flavored green tea left. It held me over the entire day and gave me tons of energy. Definitely need a stash for days like today!

I also picked up licorice. I’ve eyed these for awhile and finally got it. I had 2 and intend to share the rest with my kids. They’re good but not the best thing ever and less sweet than I thought they’d be.

I ate string cheese and 1/2 of this Vega bar (on sale of course!) for snack.

After work, I treated myself to CDM Yogurt.

Only 8 thin mint cookie and pistachio were so good. I work retail again tomorrow and will have to get it!

My nighttime snack once I realized I ate so little today: Trader Joe’s honey Greek yogurt… and pumpkin cheesecake mousse.

Challenge: Don’t nap. Study.

I made myself a challenge today, a couple of challenges. Don’t take a nap. Study. And both happened. The midday nap was calling my name and it almost won, but I’ve been slacking on studying. If I can make time for working out, I can surely make time for studying…

I promised to study review 3 chapters before dinner. After awhile, the note cards start to look ugly.

Studying after a couple years out of college is so hard.

Yesterday’s pumpkin “cheesecake” mousse was so fantastic that I made it again for dessert. It’s amazing with less than 100 calories and 15 grams of protein.

Afterwards, I packed all my meals for tomorrow.

I work tomorrow night so I made a nori power roll for dinner. With canned tuna no less.

I also made a different breakfast as this pumpkin protein pancakes (below) from today were sub par. I went with a breakfast cookie.

I even had time for 30 minutes of Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown video. I did level 1 and thanks to the heat, I was uncomfortably hot.

I enjoy the rolling side planks the most. Challenging but doable.


This was a perfect add-on to my morning BodyPump class. I woke up early to go and was glad I did. I can’t wait to feel the soreness tomorrow. I felt particularly good about the squat and tricep track.


I jumped in the shower to rinse off and have a good 2 hours to watch random shows (“The Mindy Project”) and read.

Success in my day. I got so much done!

What’s the best way for you to study?
How do you study after you haven’t studied for awhile?

Back to school 2012

Back to school today! I was super excited and even slept right on time to wake up perfectly – 11 P.M. to 7 A.M. – despite a little nap yesterday.

I ate Fitnessista’s breakfast cookie. Today’s had a little too much almond milk and was a bit soggy.

I made lunch and caught up on all the morning internet happenings before heading out to yoga.

My right hip was a little bothersome so I’ll stretch it more tonight.

This whole week is on a traditional schedule so school actually started at 10 instead of 10:30 for me, and I was in a rush after yoga.

I wiped myself down with an athletic body wipe from my bulu box

Then headed to work. My schedule wasn’t all that I hoped for, but I rolled with it.

Because the schedule is unusual for us, I was in the wrong class for a whole period and thought my one-on-one just skipped out. Plus, I saw a few of my darling students and wanted to stay.

My new schedule is as follows:

  • 3rd period – Sophomore English with my favorite teacher who starts his second year & kids I don’t know. The teacher is so much fun though.
  • 4th period – Blended English class with a new-to-me teacher and 6 of 7 familiar faces, including my favorite student. He came and gave me a hug after class and told me I was his favorite. 🙂
  • 5th period – A couple of kids in our mild/moderate program are beyond mild/moderate and we’re waiting for their parents to realize it… in about 2 months. I sat with a girl in an easy peasy computer class.
  • 6th period – Both of the kids mentioned above are in this Earth Science class. I was in this class last year with the same teacher. I wanted Life Science 5th period with all my former Earth Science students but since I have to be somewhere 5th, I couldn’t pick. :/

One of the best pieces of advice about studying that I got came today: Don’t study at home. I won’t study at home so it’s best to stay at school or elsewhere to study, especially on days when I don’t work both jobs.

Of course, I haven’t started studying today because I came home. Can we start fresh tomorrow and relax tonight? Okay. 🙂

I didn’t need a nap after work. Instead, I did some necessary shopping and made dinner: boiled shrimp with roasted seaweed snack and lettuce. I used the seaweed snack to wrap the lettuce and shrimp.

Of course, I was still hungry after so I shared a Bartlett pear and made a pumpkin “cheesecake” mousse.

The mousse was absolutely delicious!

I have to prep my meals, watch some shows, and read before bed.

When do you prep your meals? I can’t do a whole week. I do it maybe two days before but usually the night before.
If you’ve ever worked out right before work or at lunch, how do you clean up? Do you shower at the gym?