When I awoke this morning and heard the sound of rain drops outside of my window, I was tempted to toss my plush comforter over my head and sleep in for at least another 30 minutes. Thankfully, knowing that my irresponsible and lazy decision would negatively affect three of my family members, I yanked myself out of bed, as painful as it was.
In the past several years, I have become the official “lunch-packer” in my household. When I can, I pack everyone’s lunch the night before, but because I was working until close to 10:30pm last night, I didn’t have a chance to do so. I have to admit, I sometimes purposely leave the lunch-making until the morning just so that I am held accountable to waking up on time. Otherwise, my dad, brother, and sister would be without food for the day and I’d feel awful!
I like to pack them balanced and nutritious lunches, except on April Fool’s Day, of course.
Brian is highly allergic to nuts, so I thought it was only appropriate to pack him almonds and peanut butter. (Don’t worry, I also packed a real lunch and hid it in his backpack!)
I also pack a lunch for myself, but I usually do this right before I leave the house. To my dismay, I ran out of time today because I was busy taking care of something that my sister was supposed to have done last night. In an angry rage, I had to grab a few convenient foods to avoid being late for an appointment.
After running a few errands, I made it to the gym this afternoon. I work out six days a week, but I hadn’t been to the gym in four months. During the warmer months, I tend to prefer exercising outdoors and enjoy making my workouts more spontaneous. My gym is about 15 minutes away from my house, so it’s inconvenient to go to if I need a quick workout. Also, since I have a treadmill and weights at home, I barely find the need to actually go to the gym.
Honestly, the only reason why I went this afternoon was because I intended on canceling my membership. I’ve had a billing issue that I’ve been meaning to take care of….since February. However, when I entered the gym, I realized why I love it so much; it’s motivating to be surrounded by people who are bettering their health with similar goals in mind.
When I set out to find a treadmill, my eyes landed on a girl running. In an instant, I knew exactly who she was—my gym enemy. It was evident that I really had been away from the gym for a while as her hair was much longer, but she was still the same old treadmill-stealing girl (though she actually wasn’t on my machine this afternoon). We were on opposite sides of the room, but I could tell that she felt my presence. I’m intimidating, in case you didn’t know.
Oddly enough, anger gives me the urge to run, so I ran a warm-up mile fairly quickly. I felt like I could have ran several more miles, but I had already done my cardio this morning. Afterward, I was energized as I headed to the weights section, but I became fatigued about 30 minutes into my workout. I focused on my arms and did as many repetitions and sets as I could manage, but I eventually retreated to the elliptical machine. Luckily, I remembered to bring headphones for once and was able to zone out while listening to Kid Cudi.
I’m not a huge fan of rhinestones, but I received these Jessica Simpson headphones in my Fashion Week gift bag. Totally girly, but kind of cute!
By the time I pedaled through two miles, I had to leave to babysit. I refueled with a peach Chobani yogurt and a chocolate chip brownie Larabar. The yogurt and Larabar contain more sugar than I normally consume post-workout, but I was actually glad to have the extra sugar for an energy boost. Managing three kids and two puppies is not an easy task!
Do you pack food for the day? What are your go-to items?
Do you ever skip going to the gym in favor of doing a workout elsewhere?
Any gym enemies?