Thursday, July 22, 2010

Just Right

I don't like the word fat. It's a little negative. I prefer to think of myself as a pudgy princess. However, two things have precipitated my getting serious about getting healthy. First…my daughter is pregnant. And while I am not yet happy with the term grand….grandm….I can't say it, let's just call it the "g" word, I do want to be around for a long time to love on this new life and any who may follow him. Secondly...this year's class picture...I was a little shocked by my photographic representation. In my mind's eye, I am both younger and thinner, not to mention better looking. While I am a tiny bit suspicious that there has been foul photoshop play, I doubt the company has the time or motivation to misrepresent me.

So, for a little over two weeks now I have been eating smart and exercising every day, reacquainting myself with our long neglected treadmill. I have set the speed at 3.0 mph and walked up and down virtual hills faithfully for 30-40 minutes a day. Yesterday, I realized 3.0 was no longer a satisfying pace, so bumped it up to 3.2 mph. This minor adjustment now felt just right.

As I continued to walk, it occurred to me that I'd stumbled upon a beautifully clear analogy for the parents who insist that I challenge their child with difficult books. Had I begun my new walking regime at a 4.0 or higher, I would not have had the strength or stamina to stay with it for very long. I would certainly not have enjoyed it and may have even injured myself. Parents who insist their child spend time in difficult books are risking the same results. Instead of being afraid that their son or daughter will apathetically linger in easy books for the rest of their lives, they can rest assured that their young reader will be highly engaged, successful, and will continue to grow in appropriately challenging increments. We can encourage them to embrace the concept of 'good fit' books since research proves, and our experience confirms, that it's the best way to maintain the growth and momentum already established, as well as create lifelong lovers of literature.

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  1. First, off, I am stealing "pudgy princess" and using it! I love how you connect your life experiences with your thoughts about teaching reading. Your blog is a powerful example of what lifelong learning and reflection can be.

  2. Loved the post Lori. Good on you for eating and exercise. I bet you are feeling much better. I agree on starting slowly. I'm doing the same thing. In the past, I've jumped right into exercise and not taken the time to build my stamina. I working at this just like you.

    Love "pudgy princess." Keep up the good work.

  3. Donalyn and April...thanks for taking time to read my reflections...and for taking the time to comment. Feel free to steal "pudgy princess" Attitude is everything...and that sounds so much better.

    I actually got a blister on my heel from so much walking these last three weeks. No pain, no gain.

  4. And now look at you! Brian and I walked our walk the other day and he thinks the route is more like four miles! We're cruizing. I hope I won't have to steal pudgy princess, but I am stealing the analogy fo' sure!

  5. I know I'm supposed to add to the conversation, but I simply feel like telling you, "That was a fabulous post!" I love your sense of humor and ability to bring it right back to a great reading analogy. I am clicking the "Like" button in my head repeatedly. (Actually for both posts I just read.)

    I subscribed to you in Google Reader and look forward to reading your older posts, as well as your new ones. These two have been such a joy to read!

  6. What a great analogy - perfect one to use with some parents who just don't get it.
    I can so relate to your comments about wanting to be there for grandkids - my dau. is already getting on my case and she's not even thinking of kids for a few years. I have started a healthier regime and hopefully will continue through the school year.