But first things first - Roller coaster #1:
Weight loss Wednesday: I officially reached my goal of losing 10 pounds before Memorial Weekend! WOO HOO. I am down 30 pounds total! I got a little over zealous thinking I could get another 5lbs off this week...not happening people. I'm already working out 5-6 days a week, staying well within my 1300 daily calorie intake, staying active, drinking water like crazy...I feel good about where I'm at health wise. I don't want to hurt myself.
The thing I've learned this week is that there is room to enjoy yummy food in my diet! It's all about moderation. I enjoy a piece of chocolate with some yogurt to curb my sugar cravings...and I've found so many great recipes that I never imagined liking, and so healthy! After the shock of realizing how many calories I was actually consuming on a daily basis, I thought cutting back would be a shock to my system - but honestly it hasn't been. Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments where Slurpees call me in my sleep and I want to swim in a pool of potato chips, but I'm not starving myself. I don't feel bad about saying no, I'm enjoying life because I know I'm taking care of myself. Glad this Roller Coaster is on course and steady! =]
Roller Coaster #2: End of Preschool
I haven't written much about my first year of teaching preschool much...frankly, because I don't know what I can and cannot disclose online, so better safe than sorry! But today was my last day of school with my Mon/Wed class, and it took everything out of me not to break down today! Words cannot express how much those kids mean to me, and how much they've changed me this year. They've made me a more patient person, a better mom, and left countless impressions on my heart.
All my Preschool (and the Pre-K class) at our Spring Music Concert a few weeks ago
This morning was stressful. I was running on 3 hours of sleep, and being the last day of school (we had it at the park), I wanted to make sure everything was perfect and prepared...but of course, I was running late, everything took longer than I expected, and I got so anxious. But as soon as the kids started showing up, the anxiety melted away. The sweet cards, giant hugs, and pictures just made my day. As much as I am looking forward to a summer break to get some stuff done at home, it was hard to say good bye. Now, I have to do it all again tomorrow with my Tues/Thurs class. OY!
Roller Coaster # 3: Job Hunting
So since Preschool is ending for the next three months, I had been looking for a summer job. I've really had my heart set on working at my gym, since I already know SO many parents, employees, and members there - it would be a perfect fit. I can take my kids to work with me (which would save me HUNDREDS of dollars!), I wouldn't have to work too late at night so I can put my kids to bed every night (one thing I missed out on bartending at night), AND I would get a free membership - yahoo! I managed to get an interview...and then nothing. They said they'd let me know, but never called. I was just about to give up hope and try somewhere else - and they called me TODAY!!!! I GOT THE JOB!!! I have an interview with the general manager tomorrow, then just have to wait on background checks, etc to go through, then I start training. The timing could not be more perfect. It will take a few weeks to get everything back, so I'll have a little bit to catch my breath and get some work done at home before I start up again! I am so thankful and blessed! =]
Roller Coaster # 4: King's Island
Speaking of Roller Coasters, I am SOOO looking forward to my mini vacation this weekend with the kids and my family (parents, brothers, and nephew) to Kentucky for a family reunion! Then, on our way back, we're spending the day at King's Island! This will be the first time EVER that I am going to an amusement park without being concerned about the roller coasters. I am a roller coaster fanatic. I will ride anything, anywhere. LOVE EM. But, this weekend, I'm much more excited about spending time with my babies, watching them enjoy the great kids park there, and the water park! I know they're going to have so much fun, and it makes me more excited to see that than to ride rides myself! There is just something about watching your children enjoy life that is so captivating and so fulfilling...can't wait.
PHEW! I'm trying to get through this week one day at a time. Today: laundry, laundry, laundry! Gotta get packed for Kentucky, and make sure my poor hubby can sustain himself alone in the house for the weekend.