This may be the scene outside, but even some rain can’t ruin my mood.

Since getting laid off, I didn’t sleep very well. I would fall asleep okay, but I couldn’t sleep past 6:30 or so. When you don’t have anything to wake up for, that’s kind of frustrating.

With that huge weight lifted, I slept just fine this morning. (Or maybe it was the champagne. Whatever.) I woke up at 6:30 again, but promptly rolled over and slept until 8:30 (wild, I know) and woke up with a big smile on my face, rather than my heart pounding.

My schedule today was fairly open, and I loved it. No need to follow up for interviews, no need to hustle for freelance work. No marathon to train for.

I decided a 30/60/90 class would be part of my plan. I could have walked there, but I walked to the subway just after 12 for a 12:30 class. It was raining, and I didn’t have it in me to power-walk some 20-plus blocks. Well, I stood there until 12:20 and the train never came. I didn’t want to be the jerk walking in late, so I threw in the towel and walked home. Not even a subway mishap could get me down today.

I looked again at the gym schedule and tried an hour later for another class–Barre Burn with Janine Boland. It’s funny how the same class with a different instructor can be so different. Janine is definitely a good instructor, but James is just so goddamn funny that I felt like my workout was missing something without the belly laughs I get in his class.

But I’m pretty sure there’s some serious DOMS in my future after this class. Because, apparently I have muscles other than leg muscles. And I used them today. Ow. It’s a good thing, though. I am fine with the number on the scale, but I’m definitely trying to tone up post-marathon and work on my core and hip flexors so that I can run strong next year. I have some big goals.

Also, I sort of love the month of November. What are you loving about November?

15 comments on “Happy.

  1. Kimra

    I promise this is the only piece of advice I will give about transitioning back to work after a period of unemployment, but: If you want to sleep till noon all week, do it! I spent my last week doing a lot of making lists of 3,000 errands and trying to “get myself on a regular workday schedule,” and you know what? I wish I had slept till noon, eaten brunch every single day, and watched a crapload of bad TV!

    1. Kimra

      @Kimra: Oh! and what I’m loving about November is that very soon there is going to be a double batch of my mom’s stuffing in my oven, and I have a vacation coming up and a half-marathon PR to go smash in December, which is now just a few short weeks away.

    2. Theodora Post author

      @Kimra: Going to that class, doing some laundry and dishes and responding to a few emails was the height of my productivity today, and it was awesome. πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica Washburn

    I’m loving that it’s finally in the 70’s. Here in Phoenix we had a brutal summer/fall. I am LOVING running outside again. Oh and laughing that sleeping in ’till 6:30 is your idea of not being able to sleep. I’m a nut…I wake up at 5:00 or 6:00 every day, can’t help myself. How great that you have the peace of mind that comes with steady income. Congrats again.


  3. Phyllis

    I love the colors of Fall…the leaves, the pumpkins sitting on the porches, the skies are more clear and it’s cooler!! And most of all, Thanksgiving dinner w/family & friends…Yum!!!

  4. Nicole

    Thanks for so accurately describing the stressed out sleep pattern! I’m currently applying to grad schools and working 3 jobs on top of my normal schoolwork (majorly stressed.) I pass out by 10:30 every night, but wake in a panic every morning! I’m glad someone else understands that feeling!!!

  5. Jen

    Hi! I have been stalking your blog for awhile now and LOVE it! I live in the city too and started a blog a few months ago after having lost 110 pounds and getting into running. I totally cried at your marathon posts and was so proud of you even though you don’t know I exist! haha Congratulations on the job! I was unemployed for about 7 months once and it was the lowest point of my life, but it’s good that you had the marathon training to have something to work towards. If you ever want to have a little blogger meetup or go for a run, I’d LOVE that! πŸ™‚

  6. Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)

    YAY! It’s always such a great high when you have that happy feeling. Enjoy it! Celebrate your accomplishments and give yourself a little break to relax.

    This November I am absolutely in love with all of the gold leaves in the city!!! I don’t know if I’m just noticing them more this year or what, but besides Snowtober it’s been an amazing Fall season this year.


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