The best way to predict the future…

…is to invent it. -Alan Kay. 

As I write,  I am recovering from a very late night with my best friend.  Michelle and I went to a Sara Bareilles concert in Portland.  It was the opening night for her tour – a sold out show!   I don’t think I’ve ever been to two concerts in one week.  Jennifer Knapp on Thursday (love her) and then Ms. Bareilles on Saturday.  Both shows were amazing.  Needless to say, my week was not lacking.

Besides concerts, this past week I read through some of my older posts.  In one post I told you all of a “going back to school of sorts.”  I also promised to tell ya’ll about it too.  Please be kind, I totally forgot I wrote that. 

My going back to school of sorts:  I am not technically going back to school.  That idea doesn’t appeal to me one bit.  Working in education I do feel like I should go back and get my master’s.  But the truth is, I don’t really want to.  What would I get?  An MBA?  Why?  I really don’t have any ambitions to be in management?  Don’t get me wrong.  I have a great job and I love my coworkers and plan to be here for several more years, just not 20.

I am slightly nervous to share with people the idea that has been produced from the rusty gears turning in my overworked mind.  But, here it goes…

On Monday I sent for my study materials for the ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor Exam.  I am both excited to delve into books again, and nervous that this English major will spiral into a web of Anatomy and Physiology confusion.

I don’t plan to stop at Group Exercise, that’s only a starting point.  I also plan to take the tests for Physical Training, and perhaps Weight Loss and Lifestyle Consultant.   Eventually, I will enroll in a 200 hour Registered Yoga training to become a Registered Yoga teacher. 

My hesitation for sharing this with everyone comes in the fact that I don’t Fit the Mold of a “normal” exercise instructor.  How can I put this…my jeans are probably much larger than the skinny mini’s teaching Zumba.  But, heck, I can keep up with the best of them!  I have 11 years of dance experience under my belt and I’ve been doing yoga since I was 17 (that would be 9 years…yipes!). 

So the question yet to be answered is why?  A number of reasons: 1.) The whole cubical thing; 2.) An area of expertise for writing; 3.) A flexible job for a future family; and 4.) It’s something I love.

I am taking my life back into my own hands.  I didn’t go to college to be a cubical clone.  I went to be a writer.  Little did I know that a BS actually means, well it pretty much means BS.  People with a bachelor’s degree take whatever job they can get.  It’s the unfortunate truth.

Anyway, I will keep you posted on my studies.  Maybe I will even share some interesting facts or something.  I have a long 3 months ahead of me.  For now here’s this week’s meal plan…

Monday:

Breakfast:  Oatmeal and berries w/milk, slice of Ezekiel Raisin Bread and PB and coffee,

Lunch: Frozen Meal (Amy’s or Kashi) w/ fruit and cucumbers

Dinner: Cheese and Tomato Panini w/ Red Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

Snack Ideas: Nuts, veggies, fruit, small serving of rice cereal

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Team breakfast at a coffee shop.

Lunch:  PB&J Sandwich w/ fruit and veggies

Dinner: Fish (w/lemon and homemade tartar sauce), herbed red potatoes and veggies

Snack Ideas: Nuts, veggies, fruit, small serving of rice cereal or yogurt and granola

Wednesday: 

Breakfast: Omelet w/ cheese, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, salsa and w/ corn tortillas

Lunch: Left over Potatoes and veggies w/ fruit

Dinner:  “Healthy” Fried Rice and steamed veggies

Snack Ideas: Nuts, veggies, fruit, small serving of rice cereal or yogurt and granola

Thursday:

Breakfast:  Oatmeal and berries w/milk, slice of Ezekiel Raisin Bread and PB and coffee,

Lunch: Left over fried rice and steamed veggies

Dinner:  Spaghetti

Snack Ideas: Nuts, veggies, fruit, small serving of rice cereal or yogurt and granola

Friday:

Breakfast:  Out to celebrate a friend’s pregnancy (twins!).  I have my eye on some Crème Brule French toast!

Lunch: Left over Spaghetti

Dinner: Black Bean Tortillas (Hopefully I will have time to use my new tortilla press)

Snack Ideas: Nuts, veggies, fruit, small serving of rice cereal or yogurt and granola

Saturday and Sunday are leftovers and eat from my pantry days!

–Shawnee, The Ex-Perfectionist

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8 Responses to The best way to predict the future…

  1. thehungryscholar says:

    What a fun new adventure! I cannot wait to hear all about your studies. Your week looks delicious.

  2. How exciting!!! I think you’ll make an excellent group fitness instructor! I would take your class any day!

  3. Wonderful. I look forward to hearing about your experiences. The month long yoga immersion program I took a couple summers ago was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I absolutely love teaching yoga, and have contemplated one day progressing this side job.

  4. Go Shawnee!! 🙂 That’s great!

    I’m an ACE fitness instructor, too! Though I have never taught a class. I have attended many of them though, and I don’t care about the size, shape, age or hair color of the instructor… if she is fun and energetic, I love her!

  5. You go girl! I think you’ll be great 🙂

  6. simply Life says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a great week and have lots to look forward to!

  7. Kate says:

    congrats! way to take life by the horns and do what you want! i did something similar last year and it was simultaneously the scariest and most exilerating decision i made. enjoy the ride woman 🙂

  8. Christena says:

    My students and I heard Sara while we were in Nashville for the journalism conference. Fantastic!

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