Long time, no see! Sorry I’ve been quiet here on this blog. Life has a lot of things happening right now. I’m busier than I was during my competition season last summer and fall.
Improvement Season Update
Physically, I’m doing great. I’m back to a healthy body weight. Actually gained more than I intended. The plan was 15 pounds. But I didn’t feel “normal” again until I was up by 25. And then I gained another 5. My scale weight is fluctuating around 155 pounds now. I’m working to maintain it there.
This scale weight, for this improvement season, feels drastically different than it did at this point after my 2015 season.
Upper body lifts in the gym have been productive. Eight weeks ago I tested my bench press. Eight weeks ago I was still recovering from a long contest prep, so I didn’t expect much, but the calculated 1RM was still about what it’s always been – around 125.
By “always” I mean exactly that. I remember a time when it jumped up to 128 and I was impressed by how many YEARS it took to go up 3 lbs.
Tested it this week again. After 8 weeks, my calculated 1RM was 146. Up 20 lbs in 2 months????
Yup. Something is different.
I’m not super thrilled with extra body fat, but that’s how my body works. When I’m anabolic, I grow. I grow everything – not just muscle. All tissues needed to recover. Joints feel good, too.
There is that social pressure though, right? I’m not immune. No matter what anyone thinks, my reality is that I’m a bodybuilder, not a fitness model. And it feels like I’m back under construction in a big way!!! Yay!!
But can we just pause for a second and reflect on that bench. A 20-pound increase in bench press in 2 months?? Who does that? Hahahaha!
The Birthday I’ve Waited For
This Wednesday, February 14th, will be my 56th birthday. This is the weird one. My mother died when she was 56. It’s going to be difficult come November when her death anniversary gets closer. I think I better plan to do something epic for the day after that. When I turned 50, I pulled a truck.
What to do? What’s an appropriate physical challenge for outliving some superstitious date on the calendar?
The main reason I’ve been slacking on my blogging duties is because I’ve been working every spare minute on my new business – private, online teaching/tutoring.
I am retiring early from teaching after this school year. It’s time to go for a lot of reasons – none of which have anything to do with a loss of passion for teaching. It still feels like that’s my calling. I enjoy teaching math to teenagers and not many people do.
However, being a government employee was never my calling. That was what I needed to be if I wanted to be a teacher.
Times have changed. Technology has advanced. I can now go into private practice. The plan is to retire next summer and begin working with students privately online.
I can only work with a few online students now because I’m still working full time and training. Next August, private practice will be my full time passion-project. That’s exciting!
The current task has been to create an online presence that reflects my real life experience. That’s what I’ve been working on these last few months.
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I would appreciate it if you would take a look at what I’ve created and give me any feedback you have…
My new blog is www.onlinegeometrytutor.wordpress.com
Oh my. It seems like a lot when I list it all in one spot.
It’s been a feat to create content that I can use in all these places. That’s why, if you’re following on the LMS page, you’ve seen some of the Online Geometry Tutor inspirational quotes popping up. I’ve got to multi-task!
I do need your help if you’re willing.
If I was your math teacher, or the teacher of your child, I would appreciate it if you would drop by the Facebook page and review with a star rating. If you would be willing to write a review of what it was like to work with me, that would be helpful to parents who visit the page looking to find out more about me as a teacher.
Following and sharing pages and/or posts would also help parents find me.
My latest video…
My business plan is to start with the online teaching first, then launch something with fitness. I’m still not sure what that is going to be, but I want to offer something that supports people with their own health transformation, but isn’t exactly the same as what other online coaches offer. As soon as I know what that’s going to be, you’ll know.
There is also that book I’ve been asked to write…that’s been on the back burner until I “retire”. Ha! Doesn’t sound like retirement, does it?