Posted by: sharonseidel | March 9, 2014

Time To Breathe And Reboot

As I have mentioned in some previous posts, my work situation has been less than ideal since November.  School holidays started in mid-December and, in short, as far as work has gone there has been none. I have only just started getting a few casual teaching days coming through in the last couple of weeks.  What does this have to do with health and fitness you may ask? Hang in there, all will be revealed.

One thing that I have done during this enforced holiday is that I have tried to use the extra time that I have had to get my exercise in and to vary my routine a little.  I have been going to a Zumba class that I can’t usually get to because it is on a Thursday morning and attended a couple of midday yoga classes.  I have been swimming laps during the day which can be difficult after school hours because the pools are full of squad training and kids doing swimming lessons.  I have done a walk in the morning and a walk in the afternoon.  In this way, this break has been good for my fitness and working on my physical fitness has given me a purpose and kept me in a good frame of mind for the most part.  I have also been using the time to look for work.

About two weeks ago, I saw two temporary jobs advertised at a Special School, one part time job (3 days a week) for the rest of the year, and another full time job for a term.  The only catch is that this school is over an hour drive each way from where I live.  Things being what they are, I decided to apply for both jobs anyway.  I was hoping that they would offer me the 3 day a week gig, giving me two days where I could pick up work closer to home.

I went to visit the school last Monday and meet with the principal and the next day, I was offered the full time job that goes for one term.  The principal suggested that as this is a maternity leave position that I may be offered the opportunity to continue part time for the rest of the school year once the other teacher returns.  This is great news as I now have a steady income and paid holidays again but it does change some other aspects of my life significantly.

The fact that I now have such a long drive every day means that my exercise routine will have to change.  I will be getting home much later every day, so my long walk outdoors may very well be out of the question, especially into June and July when it gets dark so much earlier.  I think that I will have to transfer back into gym training out of necessity. And out of necessity, I will have to leave much earlier every day, putting morning exercise out of the question ( not that morning exercise is a regular part of my life)

Training in the gym is not new to me, in years gone by I was a regular gym bunny.  Boxing, pump and circuit classes were my regular fitness regime and I would always warm up with a 30 minute session on the treadmill before I went into class.  Some days I would do back to back classes, circuit followed by pump, step then boxing, pump then yoga.  Then I started my Masters degree and whilst I tried to keep the pace for a while, I got sick at the end of 1st semester and I realised that something had to give, I could not work full time, then do hours in the gym and still do all the reading and other work required to complete my degree.  It was the exercise that tapered off and eventually disappeared, except for my Saturday morning yoga class.  Whilst now I have got my exercise mojo back, it has not been in gym training.

I think a big part of the reason is purely about pride.  When I was doing classes every day, I was one of the fittest in the class.  I was embarrassed that I let that go and put on all the weight that I did and I didn’t want to answer the questions about where I have been. Because I judged myself harshly, I thought that my gym buddies would do the same. Logically, I know that this is not the case, in fact they will welcome me back, but I do not always listen to the logical part of my brain.

I will miss my long walks and my swimming.  I love getting out in nature and seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of the world.  The idea of going back to a treadmill after travelling around Bayview and Narrabeen Lake is really not that appealing, but it is time to adapt and change to my new situation.  And I am choosing to think of this in positive terms – I cannot see a new job as being anything but a good thing and changing up my exercise routine is good for my body, giving it something unexpected to do should kick start it again.  I know that I have been focusing on my cardio, going back to the gym will give me a chance to work with weights again, an area that has been lacking for me.  The lake, Pittwater and the beach will still be there for me on weekends when I have time to enjoy them…

The times they are a’changing……

and this just seemed to fit:


  1. Hi Sharon
    Firstly, I can relate to this. I am a contract worker and my contract is continually up for renewal and I never know what is happening until 1-1.5 weeks before the end date. Luckily it has been renewed for another 8 weeks! I don’t have kids and I still live at home, so my responsibilities are a bit different…but I honestly think all I would have to keep me sane would be my gym?
    Also, I have a gym membership still at my old gym which is a 30 minute drive away. I could still go once a week I guess, but keep thinking how awkward it would be? “Where have you been?”….i mean, I am in fantastic shape now….and what you said about them not caring and to be logical is so true!
    Congrats on the new position – it might not be ideal but it will bring some cash and maybe some future opportunities in the door.

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