TWIR #113: is this week over yet?

The thing about going a mile a minute for a couple weeks straight is that you’re bound to crash. And this week I crashed. This was the week I lost my energy, motivation and desire to do anything other than lay on the couch mindlessly watching TV. The only unfortunate part is that I’m still working on three jobs, writing this blog, and trying not to lose the fitness I’m starting to gain. In other words, laying around mindlessly all day hasn’t been an option. Also in other words, this week has been really long and tiring.

Let’s see what my body got up to to try to keep the old mind focused, shall we?

Saturday
Activity: hike!
Relevant Stats: 10-11 km, 400ish m elevation gain
Observations: We hit the road and drove out to a local trail that was supposedly very challenging and that supposedly featured great views. The trail turned out to be far easier than expected, though it was considerably longer than what I’ve hiked lately, but we never made it right to the end so I can neither confirm nor deny the views. My better half hit a part of the trail he did not like, and I did try to quickly get to the end on my own, but I realized that it was still a lot farther to the end, and I couldn’t leave him standing on the trail alone forever. Especially with the mosquitoes.  Good lord, the mosquitoes. I hadn’t experienced swarms of mosquitoes so terrible since the summit of Mount Allan on Centennial Ridge (a stunning hike, by the way, aside from the bugs).  They were fearless vultures, landing on us en masse whether we were moving or not. Ugh. Aside from the bugs, it was a great outing and definitively proved hiking is getting easier again.

Sunday 
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: cozy rain day
Observations: Sunday was supposed to be gross, which hasn’t happened here in a while and which seemingly justified a day of doing nothing. I luxuriated in laziness, making waffles, baking a cake, meal planning, and watching hours of golf. It was a lovely day of rest for this tired body and mind.

Monday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 50 min.
Observations: I was feeling good about my strength and fitness on Monday so I decided to up my weights on step ups and single leg squats, and also combine them with split lunges, back squats, dead lifts, and single leg dead lifts. My poor glutes. They didn’t hurt so badly in the moment, but man were they tender by the end of the day!  I was sort of proud of myself, but also sort of annoyed because it hurt to do basic things like, you know, sitting down. I suppose this is where that stupid expression ‘no pain no gain’ comes from, right?

Tuesday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: My glutes were still sore as hell for this workout, but I thought spin would be just the ticket to loosen them up. Spoiler alert: spin does not loosen your glutes, especially if you do a ton of standing hovers and epic hill climbs.  In keeping with my gym wifi woes, my Apple Music failed to function yet again, which left me super irritated and robbed of spin music variety. I really, really need to update my playlists on my phone so that my workout vibes aren’t hampered by spotty wifi, and yet I’ve been thinking that for months and I’ve made no progress so I’m not holding my breath.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 55 min.
Observations: Well, I got my money’s worth in this workout. For one, it was inexplicably 10 minutes longer than usual. On top of that, I asked last week for lower body in our next session and my trainer certainly delivered. Unfortunately, she chose to listen to me during a week when I’d absolutely slayed my glutes already. They were even more tender going into this workout then they’d been the day before. She started me off pulling the sled loaded with way more weight than usual (though she claimed that it wasn’t that much heavier), incorporated some heinous resistance band forward and backward low squat walking, and then also kettle bell lifts, kettle bell squats and glute bridges. My hamstrings and glutes were toast by the end of this one.  Let this be a lesson to us all: be careful what you wish for.

Thursday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: I didn’t have time to do a full workout, so I gave my all to this 35 minutes. Sometimes when I know that my time is limited, I am able to push myself 100 times harder than I would with extra time.  This was that workout. I finally (!!!!) got my Apple Music reliably working and I used some of the longest and most epic Guns n’ Roses tunes to fuel some seriously tough progressive hill climbs. I’m talking 14 minute progressive hill climbs.  I tried to switch up my musical choices at the end to fit in some sprints but my legs legitimately had nothing left in them. On the plus side, my glutes finally relaxed a bit, so I considered this workout a success on many fronts.

Friday
Activity: hike!
Relevant Stats: 8.5 km!
Observations:  Fridays are my new favourite workout day. We’ve gotten into a good rhythm of hitting the trails together and, depending on my workload, our hikes vary in length, but we got in a good one today. It’ll probably mean working a bit this weekend but it was worth it to get out there for a good chunk of trail before the rain descends this weekend.  And, if I must say, we really hauled ass…well, once my tired hamstrings and glutes woke up, that is. Hiking success!

The weekend is now upon us and, here at least, it’s looking like a total rain fest. At first, I was quite upset by this, but I suddenly see the potential to be lazy yet again, to perhaps completely finish one of my projects so that I can go back to having a reasonable two jobs, run stairs again (because rain = not too hot) and maybe even to find a new guilty pleasure on Netflix.  Yes, I lead a wild life. Happy weekend y’all! Get out there (or stay in) and do what you love.

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Training Tuesdays: when things start to feel easier

It is hard to stay motivated towards fitness goals when things feel hard. Who hasn’t gone out for a run at some point and struggled to make it to a half hour, only to return home utterly discouraged and wishing you could just give up running altogether? Who hasn’t been so sore from a workout that you wondered if it was even worthwhile, if it would ever start to feel good to exercise?

For me, the last couple of years have been a constant battle to keep putting in the work on my strength even though I rarely felt like I was getting stronger, to keep hitting the trails to build up hiking endurance even though every hike reminded me just how little endurance I had.  I’ll be honest, particularly when it came to hiking, the delta between where I used to be and where I am now was at times so vast I almost lost my hiking mojo completely.

But there is this magical thing that happens over time when you stick to whatever your activity of choice happens to be: things start to feel easier.  You have a moment where you suddenly think to yourself ‘hey, this isn’t as painful/tiring/hard/challenging as it used to be!’ It can happen in a moment and serve as a spark to keep you pushing forward.

I was lucky enough to have two of these moments in the last week. The first occurred while running stairs.  It sucked. My lungs were burning. My legs felt like dead weight.  But as I stood there trying to regain my breath at the top of the stairs, I realized something big: I had run to the top of that set of stairs several more times than on my last outing. Even though it still felt really hard, I was making progress. I was doing more and feeling no worse as a result.

The second moment occurred on our weekend hike when I realized that all those easy trails that we’d been hiking, the ones I thought were doing nothing for my hiking fitness, were actually making a difference.  My legs weren’t tired. This longer and slightly more challenging trail felt comfortable. Did I feel ready to tackle a 30km day hike like I used to? No. But I could tell I was making progress.

These moments when things feel easier, when you can tell you are making progress, are the ones that can keep you going when things feel hard, when you feel discouraged, or when you inevitably have another bad workout day.  Bottle that feeling to pull out when you need it most and you just might find yourself a bit more inspired to go harder, push your boundaries, and to just keep going.

TWIR #111: the overwhelm

It has been a long time since I felt like I am in over my head with work, like more than two years. I had forgotten what it feels like. It hasn’t been the crippling kind of overwhelm where you just want to curl in a fetal ball under the covers and hide from your responsibilities. It’s just been the kind that’s required intense focus. And some extra coffee. And some extra sugar. Yes, I soothe my stress with food and drink. It’s not actually helpful to anything but my emotions, but my emotional health could use a good hug right about now. Suffice it to say that it’s been a busy week and my workouts have been enormously helpful in keeping me relatively sane and functional.

Let’s see what I got up to.

Saturday
Activity: mini hike
Relevant Stats: 6.5 km
Observations: My mini hike wasn’t meant to be my workout. I actually planned Saturday as a possible rest day, with the chance that I’d be motivated to hit the gym after our short hike. I was not motivated to hit the gym by the time we got home, and I also ended up counting this as a workout even though it was only about 30 minutes of legitimate trail requiring any significant exertion. I broke a sweat and thus I consider it good enough to qualify as a legit workout.

Sunday
Activity: cardio warmup + strength training
Relevant Stats: 10 min. spin + 35 min. strength
Observations: Amidst a day of errands, chores (hallelujah, we hung all our artwork and pictures at last!!!) and work (yup, on a long weekend no less), I escaped the house for a trip to the gym. I spun for 10 minutes just to get the heart and legs going, then switched to a total body strength workout including some weighted single leg squats, lots of annoying tricep work, and some core work for good measure (and to attempt to combat the additional jiggly-ness from Portland and overall increased sugar consumption…it did not work. Sigh.).

Monday
Activity: mini hike #2 (!!) + golf
Relevant Stats: 6 km hike + 9-hole round
Observations: We hit the trails early to avoid the heat and knocked off a 6km loop hike before 9:30 am. It was very enjoyable with a morning breeze and without the sun’s intensity. We also fit in a 9 hole round of golf. Look, I know that golf isn’t really exercise, but we do at least carry our golf bags around the course and, when it’s hot out, that feels like a legitimate burden to the body.  We finished both our day’s activities before 1 pm and were like ‘uh, now what’. Getting up early sometimes backfires, because ‘now what’ turned into afternoon drinks on our patio.  We try to be good, but sometimes early season patio weather and drinks are irresistible.

Tuesday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: travel day
Observations: I was up and at ’em early to hop down to Vancouver for a quick overnight work trip. Getting up at 5am is absolutely never my cup of tea, but I will say that morning light and the sunrise did make it somewhat more palatable. Aside from walking in airports and walking around downtown, there was little to no activity. The day’s highlights were seeing all my bestest friends for dinner, and then having a moment of panic when I didn’t think there were blinds in my hotel bathroom, which featured a full glass wall looking directly into an office building. Never fear, I found the blinds eventually and was relieved that I wouldn’t have to avoid the bathroom for 24 hours.

Wednesday
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: I was reunited with my old personal trainer! I was so happy that she was able to fit me in for a session, even though it meant yet another 5am wake up call.  We got right back into it with lots of dead lifts and front squats and all sorts of strange exercises she thinks up that I have no idea how to describe let alone do (seriously, there was this one exercise where I was supposed to be engaging my hamstrings and core at the same time and I could NOT wrap my head around her instructions so much so that we gave up and did a modified version…which I also really don’t think I did right). The session reminded me just how much I miss my old trainer. She is the best.

Thursday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 25 min.
Observations: A 25 minute workout wasn’t my intention but when my parents showed up about four hours earlier than anticipated, the stress of knowing I wasn’t there to greet them (even though my partner was) got the better of me and I left the gym with the full intention of doing a quick at home workout once we got my parents settled. Best laid plans. Of course getting them settled took longer than expected, and then, you know, work needed to happen and so there’s my really long-winded excuse for why I only worked out for 25 minutes. Sigh.

Friday
Activity: cardio + strength training
Relevant Stats: 30 min. spin + 3o min. strength training
Observations: After Thursday’s workout fail, I was determined to get in a good workout to round out the week. My favourite spin bike (i.e. the only one that isn’t inside the black spin studio of doom aka the spin studio that has no real lights in it) is missing the piece that holds your foot to the pedal, so it wasn’t the world’s best spin workout. I feared my foot flying off the pedal and the pedal slicing into the back of my leg. My anxiety about random things is real. Nonetheless, it was decent and I rounded out the day with lots of arm, leg and core work. I felt accomplished when I left the gym, which is about all I can ask for.

With that, another week comes to an end.  This weekend we are entertaining my parents, which should include a diverse range of activities like hiking, cider tasting, wine tasting, and patio drinking. Come to think of it, those are not diverse activities at all, are they? Regardless, the weekend is here. Let’s celebrate! Happy Friday!

Training Tuesdays: when you’re too overwhelmed to workout

My work life is typically pretty chill. I don’t work in one of those occupational areas where it’s life or death, and I self-ejected from the corporate scene years ago. Still, I have times when deadlines all seem to coincide magically, pressures rise, and the thought of taking breaks even to work out seems impossible.  I know that I am not alone in this and that, for many who work in high pressure gigs, this is a constant feeling.

I’m not telling anyone how to live their life, or how to manage their time nor priorities. We are all adults and we all make the choices we think are best for us. What I am here to say is that when you feel too overwhelmed and stressed to work out, that is exactly when your body and mind need it most.

When we are hyper stressed and overwhelmed, our bodies and brains go into threat response mode. Science will tell us that in threat response mode, our brains are at their least effective. We are more prone to making mistakes, overlooking information, responding ineffectively to other humans, focusing on the wrong information (i.e. tunnel vision), and a whole host of other equally damning behaviours. In other words, we’re not terribly productive when we’re in high stress modes.  And yet, when we feel super busy and stressed, we tend to think that taking time to do anything other than staying focused on the work at hand is going to make matters worse. Once again, science tells us that’s just not true.

Taking a break, be it an active break or simply something that breaks the psychological association with what’s causing your stress, will actually do wonders for moving your brain out of threat mode and back into normal operations. With that comes the return of your productivity. Isn’t science wonderful?

I consider my workouts my sanity makers.  When I’m overwhelmed I’m a 12 out of 10 on the emotional disaster spectrum.  Sometimes a workout only brings me down to about a 9, but that three point difference is a wide chasm, my friends.  Granted, you could get the same benefits from taking a quick walk, stretching, doing some structured breathing exercises, talking to a friend about something unrelated to your work, etc. There’s a whole host of ways in which micro-breaks can reduce stress, enhance your productivity, and make you feel better.  That said, why not mix your break with physical activity? Not only will you get the productivity boost that comes from the break itself, but you’ll also get the energy and endorphin boost of physical activity. It’s a double whammy.

Consider it food for thought: when you’re super stressed, feeling overwhelmed, wondering how you’ll ever possibly get it all done, you might just be past the point of productivity already. Even if you feel like working out is the last thing that you need, it might just be the opposite.

Happy stress busting!

Monday Musings: when you accidentally give up twitter

In my last job I was so incredibly bored and so remarkably un-busy that I often checked Twitter hourly. Okay, if I’m being really honest, sometimes it was every 15 minutes. So basically I checked Twitter way too often. But then I got busy in my new job, so busy in fact that I cold-turkey stopped checking Twitter almost two months ago.  It’s been an enlightening experience to let go of something that used dominate a fair bit of my time and mental energy, and today I share that enlightenment with you.

For the most part, I followed a pretty light crowd, a pop culture hodge-podge of musicians, movie stars and athletes. Still, there’s enough going on in the world today that it was easy to fall down the Twitter rabbit hole of infuriating tweets and retweets and sub-threads. Often, I’d walk away from my brief but frequent forays into the Twitter-scape with feelings running the gamut from mildly irritated to disgusted with the state of the world. In other words, Twitter was bad news for my emotional well-being.

At first it was difficult to let go.  Sure, I was busy, but I wondered what  Chrissie Teigen was cooking that day or whether Ryan Adams was hanging out with his cats.  I felt disconnected from the world at large.  But then when I realized I also wasn’t reading Donald Trump retweets or endless and increasingly illogical arguments between the anti-NRA and the pro-NRA, suddenly I realized that my mental energy was staying more balanced. I was getting less worked up. The world was looking brighter. Twitter was in grave danger of being forgotten.

But the best part of this whole unintended Twitter breakup was that Twitter knew it was on the verge of being ghosted. They clearly have a game plan in place for when frequent users experience a drastic drop off. It started with the daily emails, that ones that kindly informed me that I had 29 updates from a handful of whatever Twitter’s algorithm had determined were my favourite celebrities du jour. I could live with that. I liked to know Twitter was still thinking about me.

But then they added a second daily email, these ones a little more focused on just one celebrity. They were putting all their eggs in one basket.  They were willing to bet that if I knew Ryan Adams tweet was featured in the news, I’d have to get back into that app. I mean, I might be missing kitten pictures. I was sort of impressed with this strategy. I am a highly curious person. I did want to look, but my new job has kept me so much busier that I often simply forgot.

Never ones to accept defeat, Twitter then unleashed its unleashed the ultimate FOMO-inducing strategy. Feast your eyes on this one:

It’s so supremely mysterious, so very deliciously vague. I mean, what is this one message that is waiting just for me??? I actually give Twitter a huge kudos for this one. It’s one thing to tell me that someone I follow has just tweeted, or to let me know that his or her tweet has somehow gone viral, but it’s a whole different ballgame to create the illusion of personally curated tweets that only my eyes might see.

It’s a total lie, of course, but for just one brief moment I imagined a world in which Twitter might somehow know that what I needed that very moment was a picture of Ryan Adam’s cats and not the inane political ramblings of a bunch of total strangers. But although it was a nice dream, it was also a flawed one, and so I ignored even this most coy of click bait and continued without Twitter. On the other side of two months Twitter-free, I can honestly say that almost nothing could tempt me to come back.*  I might finally have cracked the code on my own sense of FOMO. Thanks, Twitter, I’ve been working on that one for a while.

 

*It also helps that I finally unsubscribed from all their “you’re missing out” emails. 

TWIR #103: roof stoof

Please tell someone out there watched Happy Endings? Otherwise this post total is pure gibberish. But if you did watch Happy Endings, this title is gold.  Either way, it translates to rough stuff, and it’s exactly what my workouts felt like this week. Front to back this week, everything felt incredibly difficult, I had no energy, and my muscles were tired as hell. I have no idea why.  No matter, here’s what I got up to:

Saturday
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: wine sampling + schnitzel eating
Observations: I did some serious bicep curls…while lifting wine glasses to my lips. We visited a handful of local wineries on an impromptu wine tour and then capped off our day with some mediocre schnitzel. It certainly wasn’t my most healthy day, but it also wasn’t my least active day ever. I spent a lot of time on my feet and walking. Also, sometimes you just need a day of fun…and a looooot of wine.

Sunday
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I can’t remember the last time I got to a gym and thought “Spin. Yes, I’m going to spin.”  It’s probably been six months, maybe even more.  But when the old body wants to do something other than strength training, sometimes you gotta listen. I had an entire spin studio to myself and had a solid ride…once I figured out how to adjust the seat, that is. I also consider this the only workout of the week that actually felt good.

Monday
Activity: unplanned rest day
Relevant Stats: turbulent stomach issues abounded
Observations: I’ll spare you the details, but I felt like a bag of garbage all day and my stomach was not at all cooperating. I contemplated going to the gym anyway, but my energy levels just weren’t supporting that. If you don’t believe my energy was that low, consider that I walked fewer than 500 steps all day. All day.

Tuesday
Activity: personal training session + hill walk
Relevant Stats: 50 min. training + 30 min. hill walk
Observations: I met with my potential new trainer. I’ll admit I spent the first half of the session missing my old trainer. I mean, my new trainer started me off with bicep curls, which I’ve pretty much dismissed as a waste of time over the years.  I tried to remind myself not to be so damn judgmental, and that the first workout with a new trainer is largely a chance for them to get a sense of your muscle patterns and baseline fitness. I am willing to see how things go, especially since she said she was excited to be able to push way harder next time. My only regret was inexplicably keeping a 6:15am training session time. I work from home now and don’t need to be online at any specific time. Why did I do that??? Because the morning workout was so light and Monday had been a write off, I threw in a solid hill walk mid-afternoon to get some more movement and fresh air.

Wednesday
Activity: strength training + evening sunset walk
Relevant Stats:  40 min. strength training + 40 min. walk
Observations: Because of work projects and a physio appointment, I had to fit in my workout first thing in the morning and it did not feel good.  My muscles were not wanting anything to do with a workout and I felt like I was sleep-walking through the entire workout. Not my best effort. I then met with my new physiotherapist, who thinks that my SI issues are largely due to rib cage to pelvis alignment and something I think she called rib cage compression. My old trainer was always harping on me about keeping my ribs aligned with my hips. It’s all coming together! Anyway, after sitting on my butt all day working and a crappy workout, I dragged my partner out for a stunning sunset walk to a (tiny) little ridge. It was a solid walk and made me feel like the day was moderately less lazy.

Thursday
Activity: spin + core
Relevant Stats: 35 min. spin + 10 min. core
Observations: Spinning twice in one week? I have no idea who I’ve become. It just felt like the right thing to do, until about a half hour into the workout when my shoulders and rib cage were in a world of pain. Whatever my phsyio did to me yesterday has left me ultra tender and sore through my upper rib cage and shoulders and the spin bike was not helping. I pushed through for as long as I could before throwing in the towel and switching to some core work. This probably doesn’t sound like a bad workout, but I promise you my legs had nothing to give on the spin bike and I wussed out big time on some of the hill climbs and sprints.

Friday
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I actually might have worked out longer but I didn’t really pay attention to when I started or when I ended. I somehow just now it wasn’t any shorter than that.  Things were at least feeling moderately better for me today and I was able to do box jumps AND a whole bunch of single leg exercises without dying  Perhaps my week of low energy is finally coming to an end!

Once again the weekend is here and it’s EASTER, which I hope means that someone will bring me heaps of chocolate to stash away for my one-day-a-week sugar rushes. Bring on the mini eggs!  May the Easter bunny also bring you some of your favourite treats, or at least may you have a happy and relaxing long weekend. See y’all next week!

 

TWIR #80 (!!!): Getting Back to It

I just had a moment when I realized that somehow I’ve been doing training weeks in review for 80 weeks. That’s more than a year and a half. It’s cliche to ask where does the time go, but seriously, where does the time go? Okay, that’s enough existential questioning for a Friday afternoon. Let’s get on to workouts. This week was a marked improvement over last week’s shameful cake consumption and relative lack of legitimate workouts. Here’s what I accomplished:

Saturday
Activity: outdoor workout (!) + walking
Relevant Stats: 45 min. mixed running and strength + 15 km walking
Observations: I love, love, love having a legit track by our house. Saturday morning, with only half a cup of coffee in my belly, we hit the local park for a mix of running laps and various strength exercises. Nothing is cooler than doing walking lunges, walking side lunges, hip bridges, push ups and step ups, among other things, while all the other people running or walking the track stare at you. We then walked a collective 12 km running errands and generally taking advantage of a rain-free day. I felt really good about the day’s activities, until we went for a six-course meal with wine pairings at Hawksworth, the richness of which most definitely counteracted whatever benefit we gained through exercise.  The meal was absolutely worth it.

Sunday
Activity: walking
Relevant Stats: 12.6 km
Observations: I keep telling you walking isn’t a real workout and then I keep listing it as my workout. It was too nice a day to waste at the gym, and since I’d already run on Saturday there was no way to do an outdoor workout near the house. Walking was the answer, and trust me when I say it felt like we walked way farther than 12.6 km. At times, it seemed like our walk was never ending, and my legs were tired as hell.

Monday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: After being in a hotel gym and out of town for a week and a half, it felt fantastic to be back at my gym.  There were prowler runs and negative pull ups and the triumphant return of kettle bells (seriously, why do hotel gyms never have kettle bells?). It was a good workout day.

Tuesday 
Activity: attempted spin & strength training
Relevant Stats: 20 min. spin + 25 min. strength
Observations: I tried to do just cardio, I really did. The thing that used to happen with me when I ran all the time is happening to me with spin now: I hate it. I get on that bike and I want off immediately. I used to get that way when I ran all the time, and my runs would just get worse and worse until I forced myself to take a break. I need to take a spin break, but with not being able to run it’s tough to find an alternative. At any rate, I opted for more strength training after hopping off the bike despite my sore arms and legs from the day prior. I felt certain I would be in a world of pain on Wednesday.

Wednesday 
Activity: spin
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: I know just one day prior I said I needed a break from spin, but I really don’t know what to do with myself for cardio when I can’t run. I hate the elliptical and it never feels like a real workout. I hate the rowing machine and my arms were way too dead to attempt that. That staircase machine terrifies me (I always feel like I’m going to trip and seriously embarrass/injure myself). All that to say I attempted spinning again, and had the same awful result. I could not make myself pedal a second longer than 35 min.

Thursday 
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: Two words: prowler presses. Ugh. These kill my arms but I forced myself to do four sets. By the end of this workout, my muscles were very clearly saying to me “NO MORE STRENGTH TRAINING THIS WEEK!”  My arms, in particular, are not pleased with multiple days of strength training. My legs are a little bit more tolerant of it, but even they were kind of like “can we get a break?”.

Friday 
Activity: spin + elliptical
Relevant Stats: 30 min. spin + 10 min. elliptical
Observations: Oh that spin bike. It is really, really killing me these days. I knew within 5 minutes that it was not going to be a good spin session. After half an hour, I threw in the towel and tried to crank the hell out of the resistance and incline on the elliptical to make it a decent workout. Even on the elliptical, my legs were telling me that they were done like dinner. Sometimes I just have to accept that bad workouts will happen.

Now, as I write this, the sun has actually emerged after three days of heavy, disgusting, West Coast rain that has rendered walking outside beyond unattractive.  As much as I love writing, I love being outside in the sunshine more, and I know this sunshine is not going to last for more than a couple of hours. So happy weekend y’all! I’m going for a walk!