Not Not Treating Myself

The best thing about summer on campus (besides the lack of faculty and students) is that we have “summer hours.” In order to save energy, the campus shifts from an 8 am -5 pm day to a 7:30 am -4 pm schedule with a 30 minute lunch break for staff (what is a lunch break?). The A/C turns off of at four, so that is a big motivator to get out of there ASAP. My schedule doesn’t really change when my boss is in town (6:30 am – whenever he gets tired of being here), but when he is traveling I try my best to take what I can to do at home and get the hell out of dodge around four.

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It is the most splendidly luxurious feeling in the world to leave work at four!! I can’t even describe it. This week has been amazing because my boss has been traveling for work, so I’ve been leaving right when that A/C turns off. I’ve been taking advantage of not being at work until 8 pm by going to an early evening Orange Theory class. I usually try to make the 5 am class, but that has been increasingly hard since I’m not getting to bed early enough to wake up at 4:30 am. Obviously, I can wake up at 4:30 am if I’m really motivated, but since I’m never motivated to exercise, doing everything I can to make easy is paramount. So, the evening class is working out so far even though I can barely walk from soreness.

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That Orange Theory is NO JOKE. They really get you to hustle. The other positive to evening workouts is that I can go home and shower then have hours to cool down before bed. Since we are trying not to use our A/C, it’s not really cool and refreshing in the house when I get out of the shower in the morning after a sweaty workout. So, I put on on clothes while I’m still overheated and thus start my day HATING EVERYTHING.

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Whole30/60/whatever is coming along pretty well. I’m on day 11 and I’ve only had one moment of feeling like I would just DIE if I didn’t eat something. I set myself up for it because I went to a See’s Candies to get some gifts (they have the BEST peanut brittle ever) and I then spent the day with bags of chocolate, English toffee, peanut brittle, and truffles at my desk (because it all would have melted in the car). I spent ALL day thinking about how wonderfully tasty all of those things were. Thankfully, I survived and managed to get the treats in boxes and mailed out without consuming any of it. It felt like a miracle.

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No, Aziz. That’s how I got here. So, things are going well and I’ve been exercising consistently and not eating my feelings which always feels like an outstanding achievement.

13 thoughts on “Not Not Treating Myself

  1. Did you do yesterday’s partner OTF workout? I legit thought I was going to die on that rower, but my calories and splat points weren’t even more than usual! Evan and I got 5280m on the rower, which was somehow the most in our class and we even beat our super beast lady coach and her partner!!! We felt sooo badass wobble-strutting out of there.
    But yeah, it is no joke. I love it. I would never ever push myself that hard on my own.
    And summer hours are THE BEST.

    • We didn’t do a partner workout, but we did one a few weeks ago and DEAR GOD. And way to go for your and Evan! That’s a crazy amount of rowing. We had a team of three and barely broke 7,000m.

  2. I mailed chocolate once in the summer and I was totally made fun of because it arrived completely melted in bag of mush. I hope you made better choices.

    I also don’t eat chocolate so I hadn’t thought of that.

    Orange Theory sounds amazing. I am on a very tight ~why am I throwing money at everyone else right now~ budget or I would so do it because I need to look amazing and very soon. I’ve been praying that I wake up a supermodel but so far God has not answered my prayers.

    • It is definitely expensive (to me at least), but it gets me out the door and working out. Supermodel bodies are overrated. I bet finding jeans for their long legs is a real nightmare.

      • Whatever…I’m 5’2″. Those jeans are made for their legs. I have long legs and jeans and pants in general are always made way too long. So depressing.

  3. Having a semi-normal schedule helps with so many things when it comes to health and fitness – the least of which is actually being able to get to classes and then not wanting to undo what you just did by eating. So much easier to be in control of those things when you actually feel in control of your life!

    When I lived in Zambia in the late 1970s, there was no chocolate. I told my mother this in a letter and told her I was craving it because i was pregnant. She sent me a large Hershey’s bar and the only reason I knew what it was is because the wrapper molded to the melting! Still tasted delicious though.

    • What a nightmare! There was no cheese in India, an I barely survived the six weeks I was there.

  4. Long time reader, first time commenting.

    Have you tried using a minty body wash in the summer? A few summers ago I started using Bliss super minty soap’n scrub and I no longer start sweating the minute I step out of the shower. It really cools me down. I get it at Nordstrom Rack, but I think anything with mint would probably help.

    Love your blog!

  5. Hi-
    Did you feel lost the first time you tried Orange Theory ? Today was my first class! I really liked it, but I had a hard time following what was going on. I also got my feet stuck in the rowing machine :/ Hope you had a good day. 🙂

    • Did they not give you an orientation beforehand? When I went the first time I told them I was new and they spent about 15 minutes showing me the equipment and explaining how the class would go. It felt a bit hectic the first time just because there was a lot going on, but I didn’t necessarily feel lost. If you didn’t get an orientation, I would ask for one when you go again.

  6. Ugh, you’ve vanished from my Feedly AGAIN. What is happening to my creature comforts? First everyone decides that the south gets no McIntosh apples, now this. Humph.
    Anyway. You know it’s a billion degrees where I live and humidity hangs in the 80’s and 90’s all summer. AND you know I run in the morning, and have an old house with no central air, just three try-hard window units, so I head to work in my still-overheating sweat on a daily basis. I deal with that by sucking an ice cube while I shower and get ready for my day. It sounds stupid but it really brings my core temperature down.

    • That’s a good idea! And I do constantly remind myself how lucky I am to live here because at least it’s nice in the morning and there’s no humidity. You are in my thoughts during these sweaty days (AKA all year in the deep the south).

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