Summer Break, Day 1

Regardless of what you think teachers’ summer breaks are like, there are actually very few days that we have “off”. Most of my summer is spent teaching summer school, and attending professional development to make myself a better teacher. But in this week and a half between the end of school and the beginning of summer school, I relish the thought of the more relaxed days I get to have maintaining the balance.

But I still wake up at the same time. Not really because of a crying baby (he’s currently sleeping through the night), but because that’s what I’m used to. Also, I’ve become a light sleeper and woke up every time my baby stirred last night. I’m not the type to lay there once my mind is awake for the day, so here was the day’s workout:

  • Back squats, 3 sets of 10 reps, repeated 3 times, increasing weight by 5lbs per side each set
  • Single-leg glute bridges, 3 sets of 12
  • Cable kick-backs, 3 sets of 12 per leg
  • Landmine squats, 3 sets of 12
  • Dumbell chest press, incline press, and weighted pullover, 3 sets of 12
  • Lateral raises and fly variations
  • Landmine press

School’s Out, So First Post?

I’m new to the blogging world. Not necessarily new to writing, as I fashion myself a pretty good writer since I picked up a pencil in the early 90s, but the first time I’ve had the sense to write it all down to share with the world.

Why Teacher Mom Balance? I think the title is more than a bit obvious, but let me explain: I graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in teaching from the University of Missouri in 2009 and 2010, respectively. I just finished up my EIGHTH year teaching…..writing that makes me feel and seem old, but just having celebrated my 30th birthday less than a month ago, I’ve had a lot of those “old” moments lately. (Like why isn’t rap from the 2010s cool any more???) Anyway, my 8th year of teaching, and my 4th of teaching 6th grade math. Before you wrinkle your nose at whatever stereotype is coming to your mind right now (I can probably verify all of them for you, from bad attitudes to bad body odor), there’s no other job I’ve loved more than the one I do now. It’s hard, and there’s days where you question if it’s worth it; in the end, it always is. Up until this year, I’d been living the married dream with my husband (teacher and coach) of 4 1/2 years.

Enter: February 25, 2017 at 2:38 a.m. Our first baby, Maclin, was born. We went from begin concerned with ourselves and our boring day-to-day schedules, to suddenly being concerned with a human life. We wouldn’t change any of it….and he’s seriously the cutest baby.IMG_2701

Prove me wrong. Since that day, my life has become 100x more interesting.

But why the blog? Millions, even billions, of women have kids and hold a full-time (sometimes multiple) jobs. I’m out to prove that I can be that supermom I want to be, and that it’s also possible to look the way you want to through fitness.

Pre-baby exercise regimen: Run 4-6 miles, weight training 50 minutes (give or take) almost every day.

Pregnancy exercise regimen: See above

Post-baby exercise regimen: See above

Yes, you read that correctly. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life, and I wasn’t about to change what helps to make me who I am. Do I have to get up earlier than I did pre-baby? Yes. But it’s all about why I started this in the first place, the BALANCE of working, being a mom, and still staying fit. I could have easily stopped exercise during my pregnancy, and made excuses postpartum for why I couldn’t; but instead, I chose to find that balance in my life.