Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Teacher Health Paradox

I don't like not working. Thankfully, I start summer school in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, I don't know what to do with myself. What's worse is that I'm faced with what I call the Teacher Health Paradox.

During the school year, I eat a light, cheap breakfast, usually on the go. Last year I got hooked on these oatmeal bars which were low in calories, high in fiber, and roughly $0.50 each. During the day, there's no snacking of course, and I eat a small lunch in less than 30 minutes (if I eat at all). There's usually no time or opportunity to leave campus to get lunch, so if I don't bring something from home, that's it. At the same time, when I get home I'm too exhausted to exercise.

Whenever I'm not working, I fully indulge in the freedom I have. "I never get to eat out! I will go out for breakfast! I never get to eat out! I will go out for lunch!" Before I know it, my wallet is empty and my stomach is aching. However, I do exercise more because I get a higher quality sleep more often and have tons of free time.

So I must ask: how many of you go through this? And which scenario is better?