Welcome back to #WhyIExercise. It is with great joy that I introduce you to Shana White. Shana is a technology coordinator from the state of Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science, a master’s degree in physical education, and has recently earned her education specialist’s degree. Shana was one of the first people I interacted with on #FitnessEdu. I was so impressed with her passion for fitness and recognized her humility at once. On Twitter, she can be found @ShanaVWhite.
Let’s hear from Shana!
I played sports since I was eight. In high school I played softball, basketball and soccer. I lettered 10 times in high school and was a varsity starter as a freshman in both basketball and soccer. I was a county player of the year in basketball my sophomore and junior years, and selected to the all state teams my junior and senior years. In addition to soccer and basketball, I played softball for two years and was the starting left fielder for the first ever GA state fastpitch champions at Dunwoody High School my junior year of HS. Soccer was my first love as a sport but I devoted more time to basketball, playing travel ball for the Georgia Magic and winning a YBOA national championship with them. I was voted most athletic female as a senior and am still in the top five scoring wise all time for girls basketball at my high school.
Exercise helps relieve stress and takes my mind off the issues of the day. I love the endorphins after completing a great training session and the huge stress release I feel.
Right now I complete workouts devised by my coach. I lift a minimum of four times a week doing the powerlifting main lifts (squat, bench, and deadlift) and accessory work as well. My training sessions usually take between 1-1.5 hours. On the weekends, I usually walk the neighborhood with my family to get a little extra cardio in.
Food is fuel for the body. I enjoy eating what I like, but consistently eat lots of protein and veggies. I also make a point to drink a lot of water. I don’t feel guilty eating a slice of cake or having ice cream. Supplement wise, I hardly take anything and only every once in awhile will I have a whey protein shake to supplement my meals.
Fitness allows me to encourage other educators into developing their own healthy habits. They respect my commitment to healthy living and ask me for tips or advice. My fitness levels are also a huge reason that I do not get sick often and am able to put in longer hours without excessive fatigue or physical wear on my body.
“To whom much is given, much is required,” Luke 12:48.
Personal: Spend more time with my husband and children now that I am graduating from graduate school. Slow down more and cut out more leisure time for myself. Continue to build stronger relationships with the women in my discipleship group.
Professional: Continue to purposefully disrupt the status quo and provide opportunities for students and teachers at my school. I also hope to successfully run a school-wide makerspace this year, continue to have PD sessions that are beneficial and meet teachers’ needs, and have a smooth transition to going GAFE school wide. I also want to become more proficient at coding and possibly create an app. Finally, I hope to continue to improve my professional practice by learning from others and hopefully attend ISTE and DENSI next summer.
Athletic: Return from a long hiatus (over a year) and compete in a USAPL (USA Powerlifting) meet before the end of 2016. I would like to bench 225lbs before the end of the year as well.
Illuminate is my word for this year.
I'd like to thank God, my husband, my two children, my mom and dad, and my friends and family for all their love and support.
And I’d like to personally thank Shana for sharing her story with us. When I think of Shana, the word champion comes to mind. Shana was clearly a champion is high school athletically and she’s kept that winning spirit with her. As we start the new school year, let’s be intentional about championing what matters to us and shine our lights on others.
Marilyn . . .
Read more from Shana on her blog . . . I’m not done, yet.
As educators, we know the importance fitness has on both our bodies and minds. This blog is a celebration of educators and the role exercise plays in our lives.