Gordita a Flaquita

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Sep 1
6 early miles. Out the door by 6:30 and done by 7:30.
I was shooting for 5 but I decided to do things differently today - instead of doing an out and back I took my Ventra (bus/train) card with me and just kept running. I got to 5 miles and there was no clear end point so I just kept going until I saw a good turning point. Ended with 6 very slow miles.
I want to say they were strategically slow - lots of walking breaks, pacing myself for a longer (for me) run… but no. They were just slow. I don’t know why but hey, I did them.
So now I’m eating scrambled eggs with cheese and an orange because I’m a champ.

6 early miles. Out the door by 6:30 and done by 7:30.

I was shooting for 5 but I decided to do things differently today - instead of doing an out and back I took my Ventra (bus/train) card with me and just kept running. I got to 5 miles and there was no clear end point so I just kept going until I saw a good turning point. Ended with 6 very slow miles.

I want to say they were strategically slow - lots of walking breaks, pacing myself for a longer (for me) run… but no. They were just slow. I don’t know why but hey, I did them.

So now I’m eating scrambled eggs with cheese and an orange because I’m a champ.

I’m at the beach in high waisted shorts and a bikini top and it’s like all my dreams are coming true.

Derek has been getting lots of free food at his temp job and has been super busy lately so hasn’t been cooking for us. This has forced me to cook more often.

Sweet potato, black beans and kale. Actually did a decent job making this!

Derek has been getting lots of free food at his temp job and has been super busy lately so hasn’t been cooking for us. This has forced me to cook more often.

Sweet potato, black beans and kale. Actually did a decent job making this!

Sleeves are for chumps.

Today I learned that the gym at 6am is essentially a boys club. Between 6-645 I saw 8 people in the gym (not including me), only one was a girl. Oh well.

Today I also learned that bribing myself with bread may be the best way to get myself to the gym. I said “Laura, if you get up now and get your workout done, you can get Cuban bread and maybe even a coffee.” I was up in a flash.

And now, now I go eat. Can’t wait.

Sleeves are for chumps.

Today I learned that the gym at 6am is essentially a boys club. Between 6-645 I saw 8 people in the gym (not including me), only one was a girl. Oh well.

Today I also learned that bribing myself with bread may be the best way to get myself to the gym. I said “Laura, if you get up now and get your workout done, you can get Cuban bread and maybe even a coffee.” I was up in a flash.

And now, now I go eat. Can’t wait.

Oh hey there! I still exist. And I even sometimes still workout. 
My plan this week has been to have alarms going off between 5:15-5:30. The primary goal is to end up working out, but the ultimate goal is to prep myself for having to do that 3x a week no questions.
Tuesday was a success: I made it to the gym with intentions of doing 6am spin class which I found out is no longer happening. So instead I did a NROLFW workout. I also got a feel of how the gym will be that early in the morning.
Yesterday was not so successful but at least I semi woke up at 5:30! And today was a huge success! Out the door before the clock struck 6am and I got to see the sunrise over the lake as I ran. Basically it was magical.
Work is still going well - I feel like I’m getting the hang of everything finally but am worried about when I’m no longer considered in training and must be expected to know everything. So scary.
Also Derek and I saw Robyn at Millenium Park on Sunday so now I’m on a nonstop Robyn kick. Feels good man.

Oh hey there! I still exist. And I even sometimes still workout. 

My plan this week has been to have alarms going off between 5:15-5:30. The primary goal is to end up working out, but the ultimate goal is to prep myself for having to do that 3x a week no questions.

Tuesday was a success: I made it to the gym with intentions of doing 6am spin class which I found out is no longer happening. So instead I did a NROLFW workout. I also got a feel of how the gym will be that early in the morning.

Yesterday was not so successful but at least I semi woke up at 5:30! And today was a huge success! Out the door before the clock struck 6am and I got to see the sunrise over the lake as I ran. Basically it was magical.

Work is still going well - I feel like I’m getting the hang of everything finally but am worried about when I’m no longer considered in training and must be expected to know everything. So scary.

Also Derek and I saw Robyn at Millenium Park on Sunday so now I’m on a nonstop Robyn kick. Feels good man.

Wait the rule was NO alcohol in the apartment? Huh? But then how did this get in my hand? Rules are dumb.
(Tomorrow is my first day off in two and a half weeks. Maybe I earned this.) Also, tomorrow I meet with the gym manager about getting a key and learning the ropes to opening the gym. One more week of training and then shit gets real again. Including, of course, actually exercising and not counting a 3000 step venture to the grocery store for wine as “excercise.”

Wait the rule was NO alcohol in the apartment? Huh? But then how did this get in my hand? Rules are dumb.

(Tomorrow is my first day off in two and a half weeks. Maybe I earned this.) Also, tomorrow I meet with the gym manager about getting a key and learning the ropes to opening the gym. One more week of training and then shit gets real again. Including, of course, actually exercising and not counting a 3000 step venture to the grocery store for wine as “excercise.”

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!