The Beautiful Side of Life

...in the midst of quarantine ... Part VI

You are not Forgotten

In every area you feel forgotten, I want to tell you ... you are missed. You are loved. You are important. You are seen and known. You can read those words and think "oh, she's writing that for someone else." Nope... they are for you too. As much as you are missing the normal day-to-day that you are used to ... we are missing you.

Have you ever spent a lot of time working on a jigsaw puzzle, get to the end, and realize you're missing one piece? It just doesn't feel complete, even though you're just missing one little piece.

Without every single one of you, it's just not complete.

We are thinking about you and missing you. I know distance learning is not how we envisioned finishing out this year. But even with a distance between us, you have to know you are certainly not forgotten. Your achievements are not forgotten. Your hard work is not forgotten. Your smiles, energy, and constant keeping-us-on-our toes is not forgotten. Your lives are more important to us than you will ever realize!

Keep going guys ... we've got this.

Keep Going!

The Fitness Challenge is FINISHED! (...ok, technically tomorrow...)

Give yourself a round of applause!

Did you do it? Did you rock out 30 days in a row? I can officially say I can plank for 80 seconds and do 20 push-ups without dying. Hallelujah! Am I the strongest person I know? Nope. Can I do way more than I could 30 days ago? Absolutely. It's a day by day, one-step-at-a-time process. Whether you can plank for 10 seconds, 80 seconds, or 240+ seconds (Mrs. Roisum is rockin' the 4+ minute plank ... no joke!) ... each day you do a little more is a step towards a healthier you.
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Ready for a new challenge?

Operation: HYDRATE!

Water is the lesser talked about areas of our fitness. Often when students are in my office I find myself asking some really basic questions: "Did you eat today? Have you been sleeping? Did you drink any water today?" I get that these aren't the answers to all of life's problems. However ... how can we expect to face the challenges that life throws our way if our bodies don't feel very good? And how can our bodies feel good unless we are treating them right?
I can't tell you how often I hear things like "I don't like water," or "I can't remember the last time I drank water." Google "the benefits of drinking water" and you'll find a seemingly endless list of the benefits of drinking water ... joints, muscles, brain function, skin, mood booster, fatigue zapper ...

So, no planks and push-ups this time (...unless you want to!) ... just grab your water bottles and get hydrated!

A general rule of thumb: 5-8 year old: 5 glasses (8 oz.)/day; 9-12 year old: 7 glasses/day;

13+: 8-10 glasses/day.

(PS: For all of you loophole finders ... "if my energy drink/coffee/soda/tea contains water, does that count as drinking water?" No.)

Try "Operation: Hydrate" through May:

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Still wanting a little more fitness? Try some of these sites:

Couch to 5K Running Program for beginners: http://www.c25k.com/

10K Running Programs (all levels): https://www.halhigdon.com/training/10k-training/

Customize your workouts online for free: https://www.freetrainers.com/

Your Daily Dose of Good News is Here!

You are more beautiful than you think

Why is it that we are so hard on ourselves? We tend to see ourselves through this lens of "I wish I could do better, I wish I could know more, I wish I looked like so-and-so...," rather than seeing the true beauty and strength that lies inside of us:
Dove Real Beauty Sketches | You’re more beautiful than you think (6mins)
"Say five nice things!" is one of my half-joking-but-also-serious phrases. A good friend of mine said when she was fighting with her siblings when they were growing up, her mom would make them stand there and say five nice things about the other person. The longer you waited, the more nice things you had to say.

It's easy to find five things we like about someone else, but how often do we find five things we like about ourselves? Being able to find the positive things in ourselves is far more important than we think. So, five nice things about yourself... go!

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Need some human contact? Discussions on different topics? Realizing you're not alone?

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Struggling? Need a listening ear? Want to connect with a familiar face? I'm here! I'm available by phone, email, and Google Meet so please reach out to me if you need an extra hand. Email me at cbuchite@isd542.org to get something scheduled!

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