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Just bear with me… Please?

I haven’t been to the gym in a week now. I’m fluctuating between beating myself up for it and knowing it’s only temporary. Here’s the deal: In the morning I’d have to get there exactly when they open, and then I’d have to be done within an hour to get home and get ready on time. I hate working out in a time crunch.

By the time I get out of work I’m hungry/tired/not feeling well. I know these shouldn’t be excuses, but when I know they’ll affect the quality of my workout I take them as such. There’s only two more weeks of working this schedule and then my actual 11-730 schedule will start. I’ll have my morning workouts back and plus that’s when I’ll start having to open the gym. With the motivation of having to be there early I won’t have this amount of trouble getting there.

I’m just trying not to beat myself up about it. My food has actually been pretty good. Less movement = less hunger and I surprisingly haven’t been doing too much overeating.

So yeah, bear with me pretty please? I promise once my schedule is back where I want I’ll actually be active again.

I may be at work but life is still good.

I may be at work but life is still good.

My weeks may be hectic and topsy turvy but I’ve been looking forward to my early morning Sunday run.
It did NOT disappoint. It was overcast and a tiny bit chilly and and kind of a dreary day so it started off not great, but then everything just started clicking and it felt amazing to be out there. At my half way point Fleet Feet Sports has set up a water station. I saw it out there last week but assumed there was an invisible race, later I realized those are just a courtesy to runners on the path. Today I took advantage and apparently that water came at the perfect time because my way back just felt so great. 
I could have kept going. I would have kept going if not for dumb old boring work. Just gotta finish out this month…

My weeks may be hectic and topsy turvy but I’ve been looking forward to my early morning Sunday run.

It did NOT disappoint. It was overcast and a tiny bit chilly and and kind of a dreary day so it started off not great, but then everything just started clicking and it felt amazing to be out there. At my half way point Fleet Feet Sports has set up a water station. I saw it out there last week but assumed there was an invisible race, later I realized those are just a courtesy to runners on the path. Today I took advantage and apparently that water came at the perfect time because my way back just felt so great. 

I could have kept going. I would have kept going if not for dumb old boring work. Just gotta finish out this month…

Oh how the mighty have fallen…

I still am aiming for at least 10k steps a day and I can usually get at least 5k without any effort. Once my schedule isn’t 830-5 but later in the day though it’ll be better. I just really hate evening workouts!

Also, I talked to the gym manager and starting past Labor Day me and another girl will be official gym openers! I don’t know exactly what days of the week that’ll consist of just yet but next Tuesday I’ll get a rundown of my responsibilities. 

Last but not least I’m feeling way more confident today that this job change was the right decision. There’s still some doubt on my abilities but I can tell I’m doing well so far and I’m really enjoying the environment and can see all the opportunities of growth I have here. Overall, satisfying end to this crazy week!

Oh how the mighty have fallen…

I still am aiming for at least 10k steps a day and I can usually get at least 5k without any effort. Once my schedule isn’t 830-5 but later in the day though it’ll be better. I just really hate evening workouts!

Also, I talked to the gym manager and starting past Labor Day me and another girl will be official gym openers! I don’t know exactly what days of the week that’ll consist of just yet but next Tuesday I’ll get a rundown of my responsibilities.

Last but not least I’m feeling way more confident today that this job change was the right decision. There’s still some doubt on my abilities but I can tell I’m doing well so far and I’m really enjoying the environment and can see all the opportunities of growth I have here. Overall, satisfying end to this crazy week!

Question for Fitbit Users!

I have had my fitbit for a little over a year now (and still love it), unfortunately the case is starting to wear down. Most importantly a little cap piece covering some metal barbs fell off, so now those are just sticking out (and I’m pretty sure causing a minor rash/redness where they touch my skin). Plus it’s making it more difficult to transfer from bra to bra.

So long question short: does anybody have an extra case for a fitbit one or can recommend a cheap way to get one? They are currently ~$25 on amazon which just feels like a ridiculous amount to pay.

It’s already Thursday! A lot of this week has passed by and I guess I finally want to talk about it.
First and clearly most important: right after I made Monday’s post my flatiron came back to life. Miracles DO happen.
So, I started the new job Tuesday. Only two days so far and it’s all just been training. It is an entirely different environment than I’m used to. Ridiculously different. Tuesday was so overwhelming with the amount of information I was being told but yesterday I felt like I had a much better grasp on things. 
Did any of you ever read The Circle by Dave Eggers? I hated that book so much but I kind of feel like I’m in it. Not that I’m hating this job, I’m just getting that weird crazy social media vibe from it. I’m connected to like 5 different web accounts AT ALL TIMES while I’m there that each do different things and information is being drilled into me about fraud and APR and loan amounts and I’m ~encouraged~ to do research on my own time and it’s such a different world.
I like that I’m being challenged though. Also, when I handed something in to the temp agency recruiter lady working at the building she told me that so far the trainers really liked me. Hurrah! I knew everything there was to know about the shoe store and if I ever went above and beyond my manager either gave me a shrug or a “why did you put in all the extra effort?” look. 
Ok, ok. Enough about work. Fitness. Health. Diet. Monday night I had a massive meal at Grand Luxe (think Cheesecake Factory) that was paid for by my old job (a prize we won). Such food, such delicious. A picture was taken where I look like a beached whale, and so I’d convinced myself that I had gained a million pounds.
NOPE! Weighed in at 143 this morning. Forever stagnant, better than going up. Fitness-wise things are OK. I went to a class offered by my gym that was supposed to be like a personal training intro class. I assumed I would personally be talked to, maybe measurements takens, maybe (hopefully) body fat taken. None of that happened. The teacher/trainer explained later she wanted to have a class to get people in other classes at the gym and practicing proper form and get them started in fitness if they were lacking. There was a little bit of poor advertising but good intention here, but I just felt like my time was a bit wasted. 
Also, I still haven’t given my decision about helping out in the morning. I keep going back on forth on it and a large part of me is saying don’t do it because 530am is just way too early for me. Decisions, decisions.
I just can’t wait til my work schedule is what it will normally be, 11-730. I really like working out in the mornings and training is from 830-5 and its awful. I’m just excited for my life to normalize and become routine again. So soon.

It’s already Thursday! A lot of this week has passed by and I guess I finally want to talk about it.

First and clearly most important: right after I made Monday’s post my flatiron came back to life. Miracles DO happen.

So, I started the new job Tuesday. Only two days so far and it’s all just been training. It is an entirely different environment than I’m used to. Ridiculously different. Tuesday was so overwhelming with the amount of information I was being told but yesterday I felt like I had a much better grasp on things. 

Did any of you ever read The Circle by Dave Eggers? I hated that book so much but I kind of feel like I’m in it. Not that I’m hating this job, I’m just getting that weird crazy social media vibe from it. I’m connected to like 5 different web accounts AT ALL TIMES while I’m there that each do different things and information is being drilled into me about fraud and APR and loan amounts and I’m ~encouraged~ to do research on my own time and it’s such a different world.

I like that I’m being challenged though. Also, when I handed something in to the temp agency recruiter lady working at the building she told me that so far the trainers really liked me. Hurrah! I knew everything there was to know about the shoe store and if I ever went above and beyond my manager either gave me a shrug or a “why did you put in all the extra effort?” look. 

Ok, ok. Enough about work. Fitness. Health. Diet. Monday night I had a massive meal at Grand Luxe (think Cheesecake Factory) that was paid for by my old job (a prize we won). Such food, such delicious. A picture was taken where I look like a beached whale, and so I’d convinced myself that I had gained a million pounds.

NOPE! Weighed in at 143 this morning. Forever stagnant, better than going up. Fitness-wise things are OK. I went to a class offered by my gym that was supposed to be like a personal training intro class. I assumed I would personally be talked to, maybe measurements takens, maybe (hopefully) body fat taken. None of that happened. The teacher/trainer explained later she wanted to have a class to get people in other classes at the gym and practicing proper form and get them started in fitness if they were lacking. There was a little bit of poor advertising but good intention here, but I just felt like my time was a bit wasted. 

Also, I still haven’t given my decision about helping out in the morning. I keep going back on forth on it and a large part of me is saying don’t do it because 530am is just way too early for me. Decisions, decisions.

I just can’t wait til my work schedule is what it will normally be, 11-730. I really like working out in the mornings and training is from 830-5 and its awful. I’m just excited for my life to normalize and become routine again. So soon.

Hey. Good morning. 

I kinda disappeared over the weekend. It started off as a stressful not great weekend and ended as a pretty terrible weekend. 

But here’s some fitness stuff: picture one, my arms/back. I’m kinda loving them. Unfortunately I never took starting pictures to track my progress. It was one of those things I kept meaning to do and never got around to. I have to assume this is progress though. The scale at the gym says I’m up a few pounds, but whenever I lift I tend to care a little less what the scale says.

Two, my run on Sunday. It was slow but my pace has been super steady lately, which I’ll take as a win. Running lately has just been my escape, my me-time. I do it without expectations of myself, just a way to raise my step count and relieve stress. It’s working.

Three, the necessary coffee picture. The computer is on the side of my table now, so you get a different view of my apartment. Also, still in my sports bra. I’m all about walking around in my underwear lately.

Now Monday - I need you to get better. So far today I’ve discovered my flatiron is broken. I’ve had it since EIGTH GRADE. To say it’s served me well is an understatement, It was a ten year old hair iron, which is kind of unbelievable. I literally don’t have time to buy another one today and I wanted my hair straight for starting the new job tomorrow. I guess I’ll just have to be confident in my curls for at least a day.

Tumblr, have better Mondays than me please! (I know it’s way too late for you Katie, but at least there’s the promise of a better Tuesday, right?!)

Aug 7
On Wednesdays we build (baby) muscle. (I also made it a point to close the bathroom door after my past muscle selfie included background toilet)

Today was NROLFW Stage 7 Workout 5. This is the last stage guys. I do stage 7 twice, and then I’m once again an aimless lifter in the sea. I’m definitely gonna need to figure something out. Also, I mentioned before I was becoming disenchanted with the program. Stage 7 is making me really enjoy it again - stage 6 was (according to the author) optional and different and for me just ended up being frustrating. Stage 7 is back squats/bench press/deadlift followed by a circuit of exercises. They’re challenging but feel attainable and I really enjoy it.
BUT. On to some important decision making. Awhile ago I spoke with the gym manager about working the desk. He told me they weren’t hiring just yet, but once they were I was first on the list. Great! I then didn’t hear from him for months and months and yet saw new people gracing the desk. Today he was there again and told me that the owner has been pulling people from their other location and hasn’t been letting him hire anyone new. I DO believe him and I’m relieved he didn’t just choose others over me, but a little communication to that effect please??? I’ve been feeling a bit spiteful about it for awhile because I really thought I was being passed up for “better” people!
Then he had an offer for me that he has with other gym-goers. I could get to the gym at 545am 2-3 mornings of the week to open it. I turn on the computer so people can sign in, turn on the AC, get stuff ready for the day… and then I just work out (or sit around) for an hour until the actual desk person gets there at 7am. In exchange I get my membership for free.
At the moment my mom is still paying for my membership til the end of the year (Christmas gift) but I wouldn’t mind getting rid of this cost for her, and then I’m forced to be at the gym crazy early a few times a week so no more turning over in bed debating if I should get up or not since it would be a necessity.
What do you guys think? Go for it? Ditch it since the membership is technically free for now? My new job makes it so I couldn’t work there part time anyway if they change their mind, so this is a good option in lieu of that.
I think I’m gonna do it, I just like posing questions to the world.

On Wednesdays we build (baby) muscle. (I also made it a point to close the bathroom door after my past muscle selfie included background toilet)

Today was NROLFW Stage 7 Workout 5. This is the last stage guys. I do stage 7 twice, and then I’m once again an aimless lifter in the sea. I’m definitely gonna need to figure something out. Also, I mentioned before I was becoming disenchanted with the program. Stage 7 is making me really enjoy it again - stage 6 was (according to the author) optional and different and for me just ended up being frustrating. Stage 7 is back squats/bench press/deadlift followed by a circuit of exercises. They’re challenging but feel attainable and I really enjoy it.

BUT. On to some important decision making. Awhile ago I spoke with the gym manager about working the desk. He told me they weren’t hiring just yet, but once they were I was first on the list. Great! I then didn’t hear from him for months and months and yet saw new people gracing the desk. Today he was there again and told me that the owner has been pulling people from their other location and hasn’t been letting him hire anyone new. I DO believe him and I’m relieved he didn’t just choose others over me, but a little communication to that effect please??? I’ve been feeling a bit spiteful about it for awhile because I really thought I was being passed up for “better” people!

Then he had an offer for me that he has with other gym-goers. I could get to the gym at 545am 2-3 mornings of the week to open it. I turn on the computer so people can sign in, turn on the AC, get stuff ready for the day… and then I just work out (or sit around) for an hour until the actual desk person gets there at 7am. In exchange I get my membership for free.

At the moment my mom is still paying for my membership til the end of the year (Christmas gift) but I wouldn’t mind getting rid of this cost for her, and then I’m forced to be at the gym crazy early a few times a week so no more turning over in bed debating if I should get up or not since it would be a necessity.

What do you guys think? Go for it? Ditch it since the membership is technically free for now? My new job makes it so I couldn’t work there part time anyway if they change their mind, so this is a good option in lieu of that.

I think I’m gonna do it, I just like posing questions to the world.

Aug 6
My new blog name should be “Laura Drinks Coffee: The Tireless Journey.” 

Even though yesterday was actually coffee-less (BLASPHEMY) but at least I got stuff done. Cooked a bunch of food as stated was necessary in my last post. The nap time, then trivia.

I’ve got an early work morning so I was up by 545. I woke up stressed so even though I was cutting it close I went on a 3 mile run. Have I mentioned the lake is beautiful in the morning? I still can’t get enough of it. 

Still stressed but at least I’m feeling better about it. Both Derek and I are having job issues, the issues are just the exact opposite of each other and it’s just not fun right now. 

His mom visits tonight so I may be a little absent (or I’ll be super present) so I’ll see you on the flip side of that.

My new blog name should be “Laura Drinks Coffee: The Tireless Journey.”

Even though yesterday was actually coffee-less (BLASPHEMY) but at least I got stuff done. Cooked a bunch of food as stated was necessary in my last post. The nap time, then trivia.

I’ve got an early work morning so I was up by 545. I woke up stressed so even though I was cutting it close I went on a 3 mile run. Have I mentioned the lake is beautiful in the morning? I still can’t get enough of it.

Still stressed but at least I’m feeling better about it. Both Derek and I are having job issues, the issues are just the exact opposite of each other and it’s just not fun right now.

His mom visits tonight so I may be a little absent (or I’ll be super present) so I’ll see you on the flip side of that.

Aug 4
Good morning! Happy Monday!
Derek: “your tumblr has become pictures of you drinking coffee in the morning.”
Oh so true. I don’t mind though. Coffee has become my reward for working out, plus while I’m drinking it is the best time to write about my life.
So, what’s going on right now? I had a cool birthday weekend. Friday night I went to see Jenny Lewis. Saturday I got breakfast with a friend, went to the Chicago History Museum, went shopping with another friend, went home. Sunday I got more breakfast with another friend, went downtown to meet Derek, did more shopping, went to the Art Institute, went to a small street fest, went home.
It was nice. Also, it was free museum weekend with Bank of America (hence all the museums!), and included in my admission to the Art Institute was the Magritte exhibit, which I normally can’t get into on the free resident days. I’ve learned I really like exhibits specified around a central theme because I learn a lot and feel more focused while I’m looking at everything. Plus he’s got some real cool stuff to look at.
I also went on a 3 mile birthday run. My knee is being weird so I’m cutting back a tiny bit on running, but it felt really nice to get outside yesterday.
Now it’s a new week and I need to make some changes. I’ve been eating out almost every time I work and drinking lots more beer than necessary. So I’m going back to basics: COOK MORE. Don’t buy food at work. Prepare for my days. Have snacks ready to eat at work (aka no more candy). Don’t bring beer in the apartment. 
I start my new job a week from tomorrow. Starting there will be a bit more of a gamble food wise, but once I start I can come up with an eating game plan. But for this last week I have no excuse to be eating crap and spending too much money.
Ready, set, go!

Good morning! Happy Monday!

Derek: “your tumblr has become pictures of you drinking coffee in the morning.”

Oh so true. I don’t mind though. Coffee has become my reward for working out, plus while I’m drinking it is the best time to write about my life.

So, what’s going on right now? I had a cool birthday weekend. Friday night I went to see Jenny Lewis. Saturday I got breakfast with a friend, went to the Chicago History Museum, went shopping with another friend, went home. Sunday I got more breakfast with another friend, went downtown to meet Derek, did more shopping, went to the Art Institute, went to a small street fest, went home.

It was nice. Also, it was free museum weekend with Bank of America (hence all the museums!), and included in my admission to the Art Institute was the Magritte exhibit, which I normally can’t get into on the free resident days. I’ve learned I really like exhibits specified around a central theme because I learn a lot and feel more focused while I’m looking at everything. Plus he’s got some real cool stuff to look at.

I also went on a 3 mile birthday run. My knee is being weird so I’m cutting back a tiny bit on running, but it felt really nice to get outside yesterday.

Now it’s a new week and I need to make some changes. I’ve been eating out almost every time I work and drinking lots more beer than necessary. So I’m going back to basics: COOK MORE. Don’t buy food at work. Prepare for my days. Have snacks ready to eat at work (aka no more candy). Don’t bring beer in the apartment. 

I start my new job a week from tomorrow. Starting there will be a bit more of a gamble food wise, but once I start I can come up with an eating game plan. But for this last week I have no excuse to be eating crap and spending too much money.

Ready, set, go!