What’s Your Happy Thought?

It comes as no surprise to anyone, I’m sure, that the economy is in the toilet.  And, thus, so are many people’s bank accounts.   My place of work has experienced no exceptions to the general trend.  A few weeks ago our office manager, our queen bee and mother hen, announced to me that she had decided to try and be positive and hope that everything would turn around soon.  In order to do that, she was going to focus on a *happy thought* every day.  Every day, she’d have a new happy thought ready to share when I popped by her office. 

She inspired me to apply the same concept to my personal life.  Yeah, things are tough.  Yeah, money’s short.  Yeah, I ate two donuts this morning (true story – darn you, generous co-worker!).  Its tempting to treat each stumble — my inability to make enough money to pay my bills, my inability to stick to good eating habits, my inability to get my hiney out of bed in the morning to get a decent workout in — as if it were the end of the world and say “to he!! with it all, give me a third donut.”  At the end of the day, I must accept what’s done as done — the donuts, too, shall pass (whoops – inadvertant potty joke) — and I am free to seize what’s left of the day and make it the best it can be.  Sure, I ate two donuts this morning, but, I also successfully moved my body today and got in 6 servings of veggies! Rock on – yay me.  I can, and will choose, to focus on that success, and let it inspire me tomorrow.

On that note, I had a rockin’ workout today.  Not tremendous, compared to some, but I’m pleased with myself nonetheless. As soon as I got home from work today, I threw on my running clothes, grabbed my iPod loaded with my new book on tape, and trotted my tail down to the apartment gym (today was too hot for any running around outside — what can I say, I’m paler than a china doll and am destined to live in the Northwest).  I rocked out 30 minutes on the RAD (revolving apparatus of death) — it broke down something like this:

Minutes 0-5 –> Warm up at 4mph, 2% incline

Minutes 5-25:30 –> Intervals, 30 seconds at 6 mph at 2% incline followed by 1:30 at 4 mph at 2% incline

Minutes 25:30-30 –> Cooldown at 4mph

In total, I trotted out 2.18 miles — I’m pleased at how quickly I’m working back up to my previous mileage.  I know its not far and I’m still slow, but I happy to take this one day at a time. 🙂   On a side note, the book on tape idea worked out fantastically, I just need a better book.  Turns out I’m not a huge Brad Meltzer fan.  Moving on to Robert Ludlum .  I’ve read almost everything he ever wrote — I’m a junkie, I know– but I found a book by him on tape that I’d never heard of: The Cry of the Halidon.  It’s loaded up for tomorrow.  I’ll let you know what I think.

I followed my interval training up with about 15 minutes of yoga, courtesy of Yogalosophy (the Hubs got it for me for my birthday – he knew I’d been dying for it), which I LOVE.  Mindy Ingber is so dang cute I could just eat her up.  She trains Jennifer Aniston, you know. 

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 Oh, for gams like that! Sometimes, while I’m in tree pose, I imagine that Mindy, and Jen and I all the three best friends anyone could have (name that movie!), and that after our session we’re all going to hang out and make clever inside yoga jokes and discuss Jen’s true feelings about Brad and Angie. 

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*le sigh* Someday.

Well, I’m off. Lots of writing left to do tonight (I’ve started doing some freelance work on the side), and then I must pack my food for tomorrow (I bring a full cooler with me to work every day) and do my Move Before You Snooze Challenge for tonight!

I’ll see you in the morning!

Note: This post has been edited to redact a few too many revealing details about my workplace.  Whoopsie. 🙂

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