When the Goin Gets Tough Remember To Take Care of Yourself

17 Feb

Normally, I love my job. I work with great people, and we make cool things happen. Today, however, was not a good day at work. Just one of those days when too much needs to get done in not enough time, and things get a little hairy. Today was like cousin it.

my day at work, but i'd throw a few curls in

I ended up working until 7pm, and needless to say when I finally shut down my computer I did NOT want to go to the gym and to complete a workout. Had this been any other time in my life when I didn’t have a workout schedule I would’ve been on the train pining for sweatpants and my bed ASAP (and chocolate. definitely chocolate). But you know what? I’ll be damned if a bad day at work will take over my attitude and have me put myself last. I changed my mindset to focus on putting my personal goals first, and taking care of my needs! Sounds so selfish, but I’m really just comparing my wants to my career pressures. So this is okay :) .

Today’s workout plan:

I arrived at the gym at 7:15 which unfortunately means I missed the 6:30 ab class I penciled in, but something is better than nothing. I hit the dreadmill treadmill and got in my 2 miles. They started out powerful–”I am strong! Damn the man!”–and ended with staring at the mileage on the clock as it creeped towards 2. Torture. I kept bumping up the speed for 2 minute intervals so I could reach the distance faster and get the hell out of there. Unplanned speed work, sweet. Once I hit the big 2, I slowed down and walked on an incline for 4 minutes. Then I hit the road.

When I got home consumed a large plate of steamed broccoli and red kidney beans + a spicy black bean veggie burger. Glory. glory. We are the champions.

My friends.

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6 Responses to “When the Goin Gets Tough Remember To Take Care of Yourself”

  1. Nicki February 17, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Way to go, Mel! I have to tell you when I get frustrated with work or life, I hit the road.

  2. crunchygranolagal February 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    sweet deal mel. i always feel better after a run/ workout, even if i really don’t want to do it. stan’s plan, and writing about it, definitely helps you stick with it. that’s why i tweet about running/ gym-ing: it makes me feel “accountable” or something, because i say i’m gonna do it and i don’t like going against my word!

    • melruns February 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

      i just replied to the comment below this and also wrote “sweet deal”. funny. but yeah you’re totally right– this morning was the same thing. would NOT have done it if i didn’t make it public to the world!

  3. chrissy February 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Nice! I had a similar bad day at work a few weeks ago. I was tempted to go home and drink a bunch of beers, but I decided to stick to my original plan and go for a run instead. I still had a bunch of beers when I got home, but I was in a much better mood!

    • melruns February 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

      hahaha sweet deal chrissy

  4. goodtastehealthyme February 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    good for you! You should def be proud of yourself! :)

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