POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 3:44pm
(CNN) — It's the first week of August, and I'm already back in the classroom preparing for the students who will be walking through my door on Monday.
I have to say one of the highlights of my week was when one of my colleagues didn't recognize me and thought I was a new staff member because I had lost so much weight!
This year I wanted to do a room theme for my sixth-graders, but couldn't come up with anything. Then it hit me: why not go "sports"? Since athletic fitness is my passion as I prepare for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, it seemed like a good idea to carry that enthusiasm into my classroom.
Then the self-doubt came. I started to talk myself out of it, saying things like, "Me? I'm not in perfect shape yet; I still have weight to lose, and I'll never be in Ironman shape. Will anyone take me seriously?"
But then I realized that it is the commitment and journey that matter. I'm not going to let my insecurities keep me from following my new passion. I won't give up!
I want to model that commitment for my students. Too many times I let my self-doubt and insecurity prevent me from participating in sports activities. I need to remember that the important thing is to get started on the journey. So I am going with my athletic theme this year. I will share my enthusiasm and journey with my students, and hopefully many of them will be motivated to overcome their own doubts and get moving.
Coming home after a long preparation day, I felt pretty good about my decision to stay with a sports theme. Because I've "stuck to my guns" this is the best start I've had to a school year since I can remember!
I'm feeling a lot healthier - physically, spiritually and emotionally, and it's all because of a commitment I made almost 10 months ago.
Note to self: "Keep doin' what I'm doin.'"
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