Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Haircut

My legs are cursing my name after yesterday's stair workout, so I decided today was a rest day. I probably wouldn't have had much time for a long sweat session anyway because my day was busy. I took a road trip to visit family, got my hair cut and relaxed (a chemical straightener), and did some browsing in TJ Maxx. By the time I got back to Tennessee, I was exhausted and my giant foam beanbag beckoned. Goodnight internet. I'm going to bed early.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

100 Flights of Stairs

The humidity was around 94% when I woke up this morning, and I just couldn't bring myself to do an outdoor workout. Instead, I decided the stairs in my new building would make an excellent fitness tool, particularly if I climbed 100 flights of them. I go up stairs all the time, I told myself. How hard could 100 flights of stairs possibly be?

It was a serious shirt soaker. I'm slow, so it took me almost an hour to finish this workout (including the time it took me to descend once I made it to the top floor), but I'm thinking those stairs need to be a weekly thing. It got my heart rate up, it worked my leg muscles, and the windows in the stairwell provided some great views and people watching. Plus, if the workout gets too easy, I can always add more flights of stairs or try to do it faster. How did you get your sweat on today?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To Lose Myself In The Woods

I wanted to go for a really long walk this morning so I took a field trip to one of my favorite local parks. It's so large that I have never walked all the paved trails, let alone the unpaved ones. It's the place I go when I want to lose myself in the woods for a while without truly being lost in the woods.

I didn't wear my Fitbit so I have no idea how many miles I walked, but I was in the park for around two hours. I'm currently in the middle of an audiobook called Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen so I enjoyed the story while I people watched and basked in the shade. 

By the end of my walk I was sweaty and happier than when I started. If anyone needs me for the rest of the day, I'll be curled up on my giant bean bag with a glass of iced tea and TV show called Fargo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Floor Has Fallen

This morning, I got up and went for a walk. It was a short one--a little over 3 miles--but it gave me some time to commune with nature and think. Nothing in my life has been going quite the way it was supposed to lately. The primary problem is that I found out last week that the organization I was supposed to start working for in September has decided to close. As a result, I have found myself unemployed and terrified about it. 

I am lucky in that my family will help me until I find a new job, but that doesn't make it feel any better. For almost a week, I've felt that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when an elevator lurches downward too fast and you feel like the floor has fallen out from under you. I'm hoping it will all work out for the best and that I'll end up finding something better, but I am clearly not a fortunate individual and I don't want to set myself up for disappointment. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Hey everyone, remember me? It has definitely been a while, but I have a really good excuse: I was taking the bar exam, the MPRE, and moving to a new apartment. The bar exam is the two day, twelve hour test an aspiring attorney must pass to become licensed. The MPRE is a two hour professional responsibility exam that a lot of states require for bar admission. Moving to a new apartment is an exercise in torture and misery and apparently involves misplacing pretty much everything important including your bakeware, your cycling knickers, and your laundry detergent.

Now that the exams are over and I have located the detergent, I'm going to start easing my way back into the swing of things around here at Downsizing. Anyway, I hope your summer has been going well. What fun fitness related things have you been doing lately?