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I love me a great workout. 

Today was spin class followed by yoga, both with my favorite instructor. I was the only person in the spin class again which worked out really well. We got to talk about workout stuff and life stuff. AND she asked me if I’d been measuring myself since I started working out at the gym because I “looked more toned.” SO MUCH WIN. That made me feel really good. 

The class ended with some balancing on bosu balls and a double high five for awesome work. Yoga was so. hard. But so good. My arms and legs were just so tired and didn’t want to give anymore, but I’m starting to love to challenge myself to more. No regrets. 

Lastly I talked to the leasing office today, our rent is going to be raised if we resign the lease. We’ve got until about the end of the week to decide. Time for some money crunching and writing up some pros and cons lists for staying/moving…

Now, Tuesday trivia is back! One girl has been MIA for awhile now but our trivia team (Burp Reynolds!) LIVES ON!

Portioning like winners.

There’s containers of: black beans, tomato+lentil soup, brown rice, chili, broccoli, cauliflower. It always makes me happy when the fridge is full of grab n go meals!

Portioning like winners.

There’s containers of: black beans, tomato+lentil soup, brown rice, chili, broccoli, cauliflower. It always makes me happy when the fridge is full of grab n go meals!

Sometimes I just forget that first picture was ever me.

Sometimes I just forget that first picture was ever me.

Oh, Sunday. I love you Sunday. 

One: first shorts run of the season!!! Vertical stripes are crazy slimming am I right? It’s forecasted it be windy an stormy later so when I saw the sunshine streaming through I just HAD to get out there. And ohmygod the lake front path was gorgeous. There were clouds right over the sun with all shades of blue shining through. I did 3 miles and then walked to the dog beach to sit and watch the puppies play. Love love love.

Two: I wanted to dress like spring threw up on me. I bought those pants last year in pink and yellow and they are by far the boldest things I own. Love. The temperature may have dropped significantly since the morning but I’ll be damned if I’m not pretending it’s spring.

Three: a local coffee shop/bakery (Lovely, Too) posted that you can get a free sourdough loaf with any purchase today. What better excuse to go out and get some delicious coffee? Plus I’m loving this mug pretty hard.

Sunday done right.

Oh, Sunday. I love you Sunday.

One: first shorts run of the season!!! Vertical stripes are crazy slimming am I right? It’s forecasted it be windy an stormy later so when I saw the sunshine streaming through I just HAD to get out there. And ohmygod the lake front path was gorgeous. There were clouds right over the sun with all shades of blue shining through. I did 3 miles and then walked to the dog beach to sit and watch the puppies play. Love love love.

Two: I wanted to dress like spring threw up on me. I bought those pants last year in pink and yellow and they are by far the boldest things I own. Love. The temperature may have dropped significantly since the morning but I’ll be damned if I’m not pretending it’s spring.

Three: a local coffee shop/bakery (Lovely, Too) posted that you can get a free sourdough loaf with any purchase today. What better excuse to go out and get some delicious coffee? Plus I’m loving this mug pretty hard.

Sunday done right.

Lunchtime

Go to warm up my rice and beans. Find out I have rice and rice. Heat it up anyway, mix it with red pepper flakes and Parmesan packet I found. Acceptable.

Coworker offers me leftover Burger King fries. Other coworker buys Garret’s popcorn to share. All willpower gone. Finish of with bell pepper and hummus.

But it’s a 9 hour workday where I’m on my feet all day so that’s ok right? Yeah.

Flex Friday?
Such babyyyy arms but if you were here in person I’d make you feel how much firmer they are! Yay!
Spin+sort of bootcamp class this morning! The teacher loves to do 15 minutes on the bikes and then do a rotation of exercises on the floor. It felt really good.
NROLFW after. I’m really digging these exercises. I think a big part is that I don’t have to grab any steps for step ups or various lunges this time around. I had to drag those around the gym sometimes and it was annoying.
Also today is BEAUTIFUL outside!!! I’m quickly getting my coffee fix in and then I’m gonna leave early for work/to wander around. Loving this weather so hard right now!
It’s looking like it’ll be a goooood day.

Flex Friday?

Such babyyyy arms but if you were here in person I’d make you feel how much firmer they are! Yay!

Spin+sort of bootcamp class this morning! The teacher loves to do 15 minutes on the bikes and then do a rotation of exercises on the floor. It felt really good.

NROLFW after. I’m really digging these exercises. I think a big part is that I don’t have to grab any steps for step ups or various lunges this time around. I had to drag those around the gym sometimes and it was annoying.

Also today is BEAUTIFUL outside!!! I’m quickly getting my coffee fix in and then I’m gonna leave early for work/to wander around. Loving this weather so hard right now!

It’s looking like it’ll be a goooood day.

Scenes from a Thursday Run

Ah, running. I really did miss you.

3 miles in ~35 minutes. I didn’t even bother trying my Garmin out today, just took a watch and timed myself. I almost regret not taking my phone because the sun over the lake was absolutely GORGEOUS today and I’m sure you’d all want to see it… but it’s just a sight for me now.

Today there were a bunch of bikers on the trail. At one point a group of about 3-4 bikers with reflective gear on all passed me, one after the other. As the third one passed I noticed something fall from his bike and when taking a closer look I realized they were pants! Not just regular pants, gray dress pants with a buckle in them. They were really nice. And then I was worried.

Why does this man have pants with him? Does he realize they fell onto the path? I quickly picked them up as my instinct was to run after him with the pants, but I quickly realized that I couldn’t run a 15mph pace any time soon, so I gently folded them on the floor and hoped for the best.

On the way back they were gone, but I’m not sure who took them. So somewhere out in Chicago there may or may not be a man at work in an office, pantsless. Poor guy.

Lesson learned: never debate running. Always go for it. And help save the world’s pants.

Apr 9
Lunch = bowl of brown rice with veggies (kale, broccoli, carrots, cabbage) and peanut sauce. Courtesy of freshii. SO GOOD.

Lunch = bowl of brown rice with veggies (kale, broccoli, carrots, cabbage) and peanut sauce. Courtesy of freshii. SO GOOD.

Apr 9
Happy Wednesday!
I took about a million other pictures before I settled on this one. Lighting was pretty terrible for the gunz photo, so you’ll get that later. In the meantime I’ll tell you all about my day so far.
Made it to the gym this morning! Ran a couple miles on the treadmill then did NROLFW stage 2 workout B. I almost didn’t do it. There’s these two dudes, one a trainer and the other trainee, that when they come into the gym they tend to take over any space they inhabit. I went out of the locker room book and energy in tow only to see them stretching to some metronome beat in the whole space. And it’s a small space. I was pretty annoyed but eventually they moved to some leg machines, thankfully. 
Also I noticed today that the trainer dude had a fitbit on his wrist! I asked him about it but he looked at me puzzled, I think they (or at least he) only speaks vietnamese. So I pointed at mine on my bra and his on his wrist and he smiled like “ohh yeah!” So now he annoys me a bit less.
I was supposed to go to spin/yoga yesterday but I had a full morning of Open Books volunteering and walking around the city that when I got home I knocked out and woke up in the middle of spin. Oops. AND THEN I was gonna go to trivia and found out the bar we usually go to closed! So sad! My friend and I just got a couple beers and caught up anyway. Good Tuesday night.
And to end all my rambling I just wanna say how good I’m feeling fitness-wise lately. The hard work I’ve been putting in is really starting to show and it’s really encouraging. Really, joining this gym and re-focusing on fitness in general has done wonders for my self-esteem. It’s all good, man.

Happy Wednesday!

I took about a million other pictures before I settled on this one. Lighting was pretty terrible for the gunz photo, so you’ll get that later. In the meantime I’ll tell you all about my day so far.

Made it to the gym this morning! Ran a couple miles on the treadmill then did NROLFW stage 2 workout B. I almost didn’t do it. There’s these two dudes, one a trainer and the other trainee, that when they come into the gym they tend to take over any space they inhabit. I went out of the locker room book and energy in tow only to see them stretching to some metronome beat in the whole space. And it’s a small space. I was pretty annoyed but eventually they moved to some leg machines, thankfully. 

Also I noticed today that the trainer dude had a fitbit on his wrist! I asked him about it but he looked at me puzzled, I think they (or at least he) only speaks vietnamese. So I pointed at mine on my bra and his on his wrist and he smiled like “ohh yeah!” So now he annoys me a bit less.

I was supposed to go to spin/yoga yesterday but I had a full morning of Open Books volunteering and walking around the city that when I got home I knocked out and woke up in the middle of spin. Oops. AND THEN I was gonna go to trivia and found out the bar we usually go to closed! So sad! My friend and I just got a couple beers and caught up anyway. Good Tuesday night.

And to end all my rambling I just wanna say how good I’m feeling fitness-wise lately. The hard work I’ve been putting in is really starting to show and it’s really encouraging. Really, joining this gym and re-focusing on fitness in general has done wonders for my self-esteem. It’s all good, man.

Apr 7
Coffee Date?
I almost didn’t go to the gym this morning. I was supposed to work at noon and I would’ve had to rush a bit to get through my exercises. But I got a text to come in at 2 so off to the gym I went!
I started NROLFW stage 3. I didn’t absolutely love stage 2 but so far I’m digging these exercises quite a bit more.
I never mentioned that I weighed and measured myself after stage 2 ended. The results? Up a couple pounds and my bust went down another half inch. WHY? I mean, I guess technically that’s not a bad thing, but I want inches lost elsewhere.
I think the problem is that I’ve upped my intake since I started and have been a bit too lenient with my food. So I’m thinking I’ll keep my calories around the same if need be, but try to clean up my diet a bit. 
Basically, no more Smartfood white cheddar popcorn. I know. I’m sad too. But I can’t not eat the whole bag of it so goodbye popcorn!
I want to go to more yoga classes but at the moment there’s only one class a week that works all the time with my schedule, and that’s only because I request that day off every week. I may look into other yoga class sources.
That’s my Monday. Hope you’re all starting your weeks off right!

Coffee Date?

  • I almost didn’t go to the gym this morning. I was supposed to work at noon and I would’ve had to rush a bit to get through my exercises. But I got a text to come in at 2 so off to the gym I went!
  • I started NROLFW stage 3. I didn’t absolutely love stage 2 but so far I’m digging these exercises quite a bit more.
  • I never mentioned that I weighed and measured myself after stage 2 ended. The results? Up a couple pounds and my bust went down another half inch. WHY? I mean, I guess technically that’s not a bad thing, but I want inches lost elsewhere.
  • I think the problem is that I’ve upped my intake since I started and have been a bit too lenient with my food. So I’m thinking I’ll keep my calories around the same if need be, but try to clean up my diet a bit. 
  • Basically, no more Smartfood white cheddar popcorn. I know. I’m sad too. But I can’t not eat the whole bag of it so goodbye popcorn!
  • I want to go to more yoga classes but at the moment there’s only one class a week that works all the time with my schedule, and that’s only because I request that day off every week. I may look into other yoga class sources.

That’s my Monday. Hope you’re all starting your weeks off right!