Saturday, July 7, 2018

80 Day Obsession Food Prep and Tips 

Hello lovely friends! Who had a great 4th of July? πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️ I spent my day with some close friends and had a great ending by watching some fireworks in my community. The only photo I have is this lovely one isn’t my husband lovely? You try and get a good photo and he does stuff like this πŸ™„πŸ™„. They say a picture is with a thousand words. This one definitely is πŸ˜‚πŸ€£.  

Timed Nutrition 

So I am starting my second round of 80 Day Obsession on Monday! But I started doing timed nutrition (again) a couple of weeks ago. It has really been the only meal plan that keeps me completely on track and on target with my fitness and health goals. Timed nutrition is a meal plan designed by super trainer Autumn Calabrese. It goes right along with her 80 Day Obsession program. Basically, she uses the fixate containers (same ones from 21 Day Fix) and times them out perfectly to give your body a perfect balance of macronutrients throughout your day. You time out your meals perfectly around your workouts each day to get the most out of them. This system takes a lot of planning and prep, but it works! I feel great when I eat this way and I’m hardly ever hungry! I eat 6 meals a day timed out every 2.5 - 3 hours. There is a formula to figure out which meal plan bracket you belong in. You can decide to eat in “weight loss” mode (if your goal is weight loss) or “maintenance”( if your goal is to keep the same weight). Then it tells you how many servings of each food group to have each day and when to eat them! Here’s a typical day for me on this plan. I am on plan A.  During the school year, I obviously wake up much earlier so my meals are a little more spaced out and start earlier, but you get the picture 😊. 

Meal prep

I am by no means an expert, but I have been meal prepping much longer than I’ve been doing timed nutrition. Being prepared for your week with healthy food and options on hand and ready to go is so important! I love these containers that segment everything. This is an example of my preworkout meal. I buy sprouted grain bread. 

I get mine at Aldi. It is recommended on this program. I also buy lunch meat that has no preservatives or added sugars. I like this one I also get this at Aldi (I’m pretty much an Aldi lover people!) I put a little mayo on my sandwich (I use as my tsp. of healthy fat). I do make my own mayo. I learned how to make my own mayo a few years ago when I completed the Whole 30 Challenge. It’s a cleaner version and tastes so good! I got this version from a blog found through Pinterest (Click here)Tastes so good! The last little trick on my preworkout meal is my ranch next to my veggies. I use Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is an approved protein on 80DO. I just use a little less meat and add a little Greek yogurt with some ranch spices so I can enjoy my veggies πŸ˜‹. 

I start the program on Monday! I will continue to update you on my progress and meals! 

Thanks for reading 



Friday, June 29, 2018

For the Love of SECOND GRADE, Food, and Fitness!

It's Summer!  Yay!

Hello!  First of all, as many of you already know.  I will be switching grades for next school year!  I am beyond excited! This was us on the day I told my class!

I was excited to tell them that I would be going with them upstairs to 2nd grade next year! How cool is that? I will probably never get that opportunity again! They were so thrilled!! I cannot wait to get into my new second grade classroom and get it organized, and going!  So, naturally, I went on my blog (which I’ve been slacking on BIG TIME), and decided I needed to change the name & theme.  It can no longer be about “First Grade” since I am switching to “Second Grade”.  Then, I thought about it more and more.... I thought about combining two things together that I am really passionate about: teaching and fitness!  I thought and thought and thought about new names for this so called “Teaching & Fitness Blog” I was so bummed that I couldn’t use “first grade” to go with “food” and “fitness”.  PERFECT ALLITERATION PEOPLE!  So I settled for “Second grade, food, and fitness” - which is mediocre, but I am done thinking of ideas!  If you have a better one, shoot one in the comments! :)  Thanks!

So, welcome to my new blog!  Stay tuned for new updates this summer as I head into my classroom next week and start getting it all put together!

Summer reading program at the Library!
As of right now, I have been working on getting books that I know I will need to be familiar with as I teach reading to my second graders this year.  It works out perfectly because I have an almost second grader at home.  So we do this job together! πŸ‘πŸΌ
Lots of 2nd grade Titles!!!
Reading books at the library!
Also, I decided a change in scenery was necessary as I jump into a new grade. It’s not a secret that I love a nicely decorated room that matches and coordinates and all that jazz πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ.  Also this coming school year, I will have some of the same kiddos as last year. They will want something new to separate their “first grade experience” from their "second grade" one. I want them to know that it’s definitely different, and they should expect it to be a little more firm with higher expectations as they are now a little older πŸ˜‰. So, I am keeping some of the same colors and things, but instead of doing “sunshine” as my theme, I’m doing some little bugs and adding in some greens and pinks with my teal and yellow. 


Aren’t they cute? You will have a better look when it’s all up and runningπŸ€—.

Isn't my school so cute?  We've gotten together twice with kids over the summer and brought them FREE books and chatted with them about life!  We miss our kids so much!  This is a great way to show families that we care, while making sure our kids are getting books into their hands over the summer!  I love these people!  They are my tribe! ❤️❤️❤️  Not every school has teachers show up over the summer.  Lincoln is a special place.

Fitness World:

In fitness world, I have started timed nutrition again! 

 I will talk more about this in future posts, but if you want to learn more about timed nutrition or 80 day obsession, follow this link to watch the video about what it is and how it's being featured on the Today Show this summer!  Can't wait to show you more posts about my meal plans, workouts and tips!  I start my 80 day obsession on July 9th (for the second time)!!  You should start too! 

Thanks for reading!  See you soon!

~ Shelly

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Let it all begin! - Classroom reveal, beginning activities, Future Fridays, and a class update!

 WELCOME BACK!!! All my educator friends know that by the 8th day of school, it all starts to feel real.  You get in a groove with your new class.  I am loving my new first graders this year.  They are full of spunk and very very lovable.  I have enjoyed those moments when I am in mid-teaching sentence and my little guy Eli just comes up randomly to hug me and say "this is the best class ever" (πŸ’“πŸ’“ how can I get mad at that EVEN if he DID just interrupt me??😊)  Or my little Gracie who literally just wants a hug any chance she can get one!?  (Yes please!).  I love the unknown with them.  They are eating up every bit of first grade because there's still so much more they haven't learned about me and our room and how everything works.  There's a reason why I became a teacher, and my firsties this year remind me every day why I chose this job.  So, how about a classroom reveal?!

Classroom Reveal

I love to have an inspirational door that can last
the whole year. 
It is not a secret that I love to decorate my classroom.  I love how a nicely decorated room makes me feel and also makes my students feel.  Last summer, I wrote a blog post about classroom design and why it really does matter in a classroom.  Check it out HERE.  I know lots of educators feel that going out of your way to decorate a classroom really nice isn't necessary, and they're right.  It's not necessary in order to have a fully functional and prosperous year, but everything I do in my room is purposeful and I feel strongly that the things I have in place (color scheme, lighting options, seating options,  family photos, bulletin boards, etc) helps in a certain way for the kids.  Here's a look at my room this year.  You will notice my sunshine theme.  This is the third year I have had this decor.  I feel the colors really make the room cheerful and calm.  I got most of my classroom design printables and ideas from 3 summers ago when I redid my room.  Check it out HERE!!
calendar area
blank boards for each subject to start the year.
Book boxes and my new "friends" Piggie, Gerald, and Pigeon!
Some of my new seating options and technology.

Classroom library area and word wall
New and improved interest library!

Class Yoga

I got these class yoga posters on TPT.  Click HERE to check them out.  I use Yoga as a brain break between reader's workshop and writer's workshop.  They have been loving it so far!

Leveled Library
Extra supplies/ word work materials

take home folder slots


Word bird board - track sight word progress.

writer's workshop paper

If you want a link to those parent handbooks, I bought them from TPT last summer.  Click HERE to get them too!

Hallway bulletin board.

Odds and ends that we use for engineering/ makerspace

First days of school

We have had a great start to our year!  One of my favorite things we do at the beginning of the year is get to know each other.  This year, we did something called a "Show and Share".  I have an amazing teaching partner.  And I'm pretty sure she came up with this idea on her own.  We decided to have the kids bring in a family photo, and also their favorite book to share with the class.  Here's the letter we sent home for the families.

Here's a look at some of our kids showing off their families and sharing their favorite books.







I took their family photos and hung them around the room.  I thought it would make them feel more at "home" during the school year.

Future Friday!

This year, I decided to try something a little bit different for my students.  I have been through some very intensive STEM training through the STEM TQ institute partnering with Washington University for the past two years.  One of the big pushes for STEMcapable teachers is to let students see themselves in a role or career that they will one day pursue.  So many students do not see themselves in a STEM role for many reasons. Many times because there may not be people of their gender/race/identity that are in those positions in their lives, so they do not identify with those as being "capable careers" for them.  So my goal is to start FUTURE FRIDAY!  Every friday, the kids will fill out their "future friday" paper for morning work.

  Then we will BECOME that person for the day.  I made little name tags for them to wear for the day.

That way, when I call on them on the carpet I can say "Rockstar Kori" not just "Kori" or "Teacher Clara", not just "Clara".  I also used it as a behavior management tool.  I said things like, " Wow Chance! You are acting just like a builder would act because you are being a real problem solver right now!" or " Zoie, if you are going to be a soccer player, you have to never give up - just how you are not giving up on your writer's workshop story today."  "Alexandria is showing so much patience, just like she will need someday to be a babysitter!"πŸ’“

The best part is that they can choose to be something different next Friday or decide to stay the same.  The kids really loved it!  They said it was their favorite day so far in first grade.  (It was mine too πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™)

Class update

There are so many things I am learning about the class already.  Here are some highlights so far:

  • Chance is going to have a baby sister soon.  Her name will be Evie!
  • Jackson K is having his birthday party this weekend! He is very excited to celebrate!
  • Toula is going to watch the Solar Eclipse Monday at the park with her family!
  • Mrs. T had a birthday party at her house this weekend!  Her daughter Abby turned 13!
  • Gianna stayed the night with her grandparents 3 nights in a row this week!
That's all for now!  I hope my other fellow educators are also having great starts to the year!  Is there anything that you always do to start the year off right?  I'd love to hear it in the comments!