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The Wednesday that didn’t suck.
  • Today was LEG DAY. Y’all know its my favorite, but these gams were a bit tired after two days of stair climbing.
  • My boss talked to me today (first time since I started back on Monday) and it was a good conversation. Calling it a win. 
  • I’m about to go watch Dazed & Confused on a rooftop with friends. Outdoor movies are one of my Top Ten Favorite Things In The Universe so I’m pretty pumped. 
  • It’s still pretty hot out so I’m hoping I don’t sweat my way through the movie. I made an effort to shower after the gym (so as not to offend the other patrons) and it would be sad to see such a good shower go to waste. 

Program called for 60 minutes of cardio today. This was intimidating for me, which is rather comical because seven months ago I was able to run for nearly 4.5 hours (last year’s marathon training). 

I’ve felt very weird today. Sore from yesterday, but also just a bit achy and I struggled catching my breath all day long. I wonder if the air quality has something to do with it. Either way, its not something I experience very often and it sucked. 

So when I got to the gym I told myself, “Just get through 60 minutes no matter what. Take a water break if you need to, listen to your body, but just move your body for 60 minutes.” 

I decided to do 45 minutes on the treadmill (4.5 sluggish miles) followed by 15 minutes on the stair climber. I’ve come to really love like the stair climber and I’m not really sure why. Perhaps its all the sweat. 

Yesterday my shirt was dripping save for the area around my sports bra. Today, my dry wick shirt faired even worse! 

But I did it. 60 minutes of cardio done. Every bit of me hurts. 80% of this gym session was a struggle, but I feel mentally stronger for having done it. 

Also, hunger has been FIERCE post gym. Must remember to start packing protein stuffs. 

Six selfie/self-love photo thing. Tagged by this lovely creature. Not all selfies, but all pictures I love. 

1. Not the fastest half-marathon I’ve ever run, but certainly the most enjoyable. You can’t see my face in this picture very well, but there’s a look of pure bliss on it. Looking forward to doing the same half again this year as it tends to fall in line with Dallas Marathon training. 

2. Took this right before going out for my bestie’s 30th birthday in LA. I don’t think I’ve ever even shown this picture to anyone else, but I like it. 

3. Ellen and I at NYE from this past year. Love her. 

4. Photo from my friend’s wedding - and what a spectacular wedding it was!!! This photo still baffles me when I see it. I think its a great picture, but I don’t feel like I look like myself. Not so sure someone didn’t photoshop it… 

5. I almost never post pictures anywhere without any makeup on, but I do truly like this one - naked face, bedhead and all. 

6. There are few things in this world that bring me as much joy as my niece and nephew do. I simply adore them and we have a fabulous time together. Lucky for me, my niece likes to take goofy pictures with me so I sometimes get to capture the fun.

I’m super behind on this game…I think I was tagged a week ago…oops! Who hasn’t played? I tag YOU. Yes, YOU. But, in particular, amft, happyhealthycook, kilfudd, and feistyflamingo. But, really, everyone should play.

Notes from today’s gym sesh:
  • Gym was abnormally hot today.
  • I hate working my shoulders. They’re so weak its laughable. 
  • 30 minutes - 3.2 miles on the treadmill. 
  • Extra credit - 15 minutes on the stair climber because I needed to get my sweat on. 
  • Mission accomplished. My shirt was soaked through with sweat just about everywhere except for the perfect outline of my sports bra. 

I needed this today. Because of work. Because I’ve felt fluffy. Because I just did. 

This is what happens when someone asks me questions about my job right now. 

"Where will your office be?"
“Who are your counterparts?”
“How many of you guys will there be?”
“Your title is different this year so how is your job different?”

But, after working for an hour and a half in the break room, I scored a temporary office. Plus took a half day for a doctor’s appointment and I am quite pleased with my former self for doing so. Perfect way to ease back into work. 

But my little heart and the weather and my brain is still on summer break. Need to work on that.

This is what happens when someone asks me questions about my job right now.

"Where will your office be?"
“Who are your counterparts?”
“How many of you guys will there be?”
“Your title is different this year so how is your job different?”

But, after working for an hour and a half in the break room, I scored a temporary office. Plus took a half day for a doctor’s appointment and I am quite pleased with my former self for doing so. Perfect way to ease back into work.

But my little heart and the weather and my brain is still on summer break. Need to work on that.

How about a proper update? 

  • San Antonio was not awesome. The content of the conference was good-ish. 
  • After getting back from SA, the following days have been a complete blur either because of work stuff, birthday things, or other obligations (alllll the food prep). 
  • I’ve been bunny sitting this weekend for my friend. Finally, on day 3, Rabbit DeNiro (aka BunBun) took a liking to me!
  • I had been doing fairly well with food until the last day of the SA trip and its been a fast downward spiral from there, but, as of yesterday, I started reigning it back in. After tonight’s dinner date (fondue…always wanted to try it!), my eating habits should return to normal completely. 
  • I go back to work tomorrow. My feelings about this are not so positive. Some of my very favorite people have left. Plus, getting answers lately has been like pulling teeth. I suspect I’m going to walk in tomorrow and will not have a computer, an office, or any specific directives. This should be interesting. 
  • Going back to work will mean getting my routine back, which will be nice. 
  • Being off work has meant I didn’t need to do a lot of food prep and it was a glorious break. 
  • However, I’m prettty excited about food stuffs this week. Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork over a sweet potato for lunch and Zoodles and Meatballs for dinner (because my mom got me a veggie spiralizer!!!!). 

I think that’s probably enough for now. Regular programming should resume shortly.

Birthday recap!

I am 29 and have been for more than 24 hours. Woot! 28 was less than stellar, so I’m excited to see what this next year holds. 

I worked yesterday and it was the opposite of fun, but these ladies carried me through with some rather fantastic texts. There were gifs, pictures, and the planning of a Tumblr Sister Wives reality show. Anyone else game?

If you follow me on Instagram (rykeser…let’s be friends!) you’ve seen some of these pictures so I apologize for the duplication. 

My day also got exponentially better when I came home from work to find Ellen’s birthday gift waiting for me on my doorstep. Last year, she did something similar with a package and a dinosaur balloon. I’m so lucky she’s put up with me for the last 20 years or so.

Her package included a Shiner, Diet Coke with my name (!!!), cupcake headband, ice cream pens, nail polish, and dinosaur gliders. <3

Mogge sent me the dress in the bottom picture. I am in love. The faces/exclamations I made when I pulled this out of the box were ridiculous. I might wear this on a birthday dinner date. We shall see. 

Tacos for dinner. Because obviously. Pictured: elote, a delicious steak taco, and phenomenal falafel taco. YUM. If you’re ever in Dallas and you like tacos you should probably go to Velvet Taco. 

Ellen and I met up with my brother, his lady friend, and a couple of our friends from high school post tacos. There was whiskey, lots of laughter, love from the staff at Stan’s, and Russell farting on me while taking a picture (twin brothers…what can you do?). 

Finally…go back and look at the top picture of my brother and me. You can actually tell he has two different color eyes in this picture (brown and green). Cool, right?

Remember that time you almost choked me with your birthday hat? This must have been taken right after. Happy Birthday, hermano!

Remember that time you almost choked me with your birthday hat? This must have been taken right after. Happy Birthday, hermano!

Today has been bleh.

BUT. feistyflamingo sent me nail decals a couple weeks ago and I have been waiting for the right occasion to use the taco. My love for tacos has made it to my nail art!!! Sorry not sorry.

I feel thick as fuck today. And, to be honest, it probably is the most accurate way to describe my body. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I felt pretty good about it last week. But this week…for who knows what reason, that’s changed. I’d like this feeling to go away. Plllllease.

It probably doesn’t help that I have been less than pleased at the food options while in San Antonio. This has zero to do with SA and everything to do being here without a car and limited options at the hotel. I’ve still feel like I’ve made really good choices (besides that oatmeal raisin cookie for snack today). I had the hotel shuttle take me to HEB so I could snag a moderately healthy dinner tonight, including a small sushi roll and that pretty, pretty bowl of fruit.

I don’t know how some of you awesome peeps travel for work all the time. I find it all a bit boring and lonely, to be frank. But maybe that, too, is a product of not having a car here. I also really dislike having little control over food options.

We have another full day tomorrow, long drive home, and training on Thursday.

I’m ready for Friday, y’all.

hellogiggles:

5 SIGNS YOU’RE KILLING IT AT ONLINE DATINGby Lyndsay Rush http://ift.tt/1zFjjjY

It would seem as though I’m “killing it,” if I do say so myself. 💁Even if the guy I was most excited about is being a little sketch. Me thinks he might 😱 (ghost) me.

Ah well.

hellogiggles:

5 SIGNS YOU’RE KILLING IT AT ONLINE DATING

by Lyndsay Rush

http://ift.tt/1zFjjjY

It would seem as though I’m “killing it,” if I do say so myself. 💁

Even if the guy I was most excited about is being a little sketch. Me thinks he might 😱 (ghost) me.

Ah well.