When I started my teaching degree I had to fill in a form at the GP and be cleared medically before I began. I am still not sure what exactly they were looking for or hoping not to see but I remember I filled it in somewhat optimistically. Everyone lies on those forms right? Everyone takes a few units off the weekly alcohol estimation and adds a few more minutes onto the weekly exercise box. I should have taken a few more wine units off the form it turns out because a fortnight later I got a letter asking me to book an appointment to discuss what could be a potential problem with alcohol.
Imagine if I’d filled in the form correctly! I was a student – I probably did drink too much but never on a school night and when you’re training to be a teacher there are suddenly 30 very good reasons not to drink and all of them ask far too many questions for a hangover. So I didn’t book a GP appointment; I just claimed I’d misunderstood the form.
Right now I would love to fill in a form asking me about my weekly exercise statistics. Sometimes I just loiter around the sporting goods area in department stores hoping someone might ask me, “Do you exercise?” Well funny you should bring that up…
Due to a lack of forms to show off on, I have been filling in a BMI calculator online. And guess what – I have moved from inactive to active on the BMI calculator tick boxes. Inactive is categorised as less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. Active is categorised as between 60-150 minutes of exercise a week. As I am currently clocking up 210 minutes a week, the BMI calculator will have to make a whole other box for me. A box called “Bossing Exercise”. Tick.
Lists, tick boxes, post-it notes and plans all come as built-in in extras in the mind of a former teacher. Tonight I sat down to make our weekly shopping list which is cross referenced with a meal plan and then coordinated with our budget sheet for the month. We. Are. Cool. Not cool in the traditional sense, sure, but cool in the world of list makers.
I know I need an exercise plan too. Now I’m nearing the end of the challenge to exercise for 100 continuous days, fitting exercise in daily will stop being such a focus and I know myself – if I don’t plan it in then it won’t happen. I’d like to have a weekly commitment to a group (still tbc which group) and I need to plan in run times. I don’t want to slip back into bad habits and a plan always helps keep things on track and make me accountable.
So there we are. I’ve made a plan to make a plan to write a list and organise times to exercise and I’ll probably put it all on a spreadsheet. Well, once a teacher…