Thankful Things on Rainy Thursdays

You know all those bloggers who YAY! bound out of bed to work out in the morning, saying that working out is better than coffee?

This is not one of them.

Any time I do actually do so, I consider it nothing short of a miracle. More often, I set my alarm, snooze fourteen million times and finally wake up, mad at myself for not working out. In college, my roomie Jen and I swore that tomorrow would be the day we’d become morning exercisers. Sure, I have bouts where I’m better at this than others, but this is not currently one of them.

This morning, unfortunately, was no different. I’ve not gotten home before 10 any night this week, and last night my body was all “bitch, please. Sleep.” And so I listened. I listened so well that I slept right through alarm and woke up at 8, certainly too late to work out and definitely way too late to do anything fancy like shower.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed (you know, in theory. In Manhattan, there’s really only space to wake up on one side of the bed) but was determined to make the best of my day.

I mean, I had these pretty new things I could break in today. But then I grabbed my umbrella, headed outside, and had to stop basically every two seconds to turn my umbrella right-side in. I was cold, wet and frustrated with my commute and frustrated with myself for oversleeping yet again and missing my workout when I can’t workout tonight.

So I’m going to take a page from Ali’s book and talk about what I’m thankful for today.

My job. After a long, long search, I’m glad I finally found a job that’s incredibly fulfilling and that I get to work on accounts that I’m personally interested in. I’m also happy to have coworkers I like, and am excited to get after-work drinks with them tonight. It’s such an ordinary post-work activity, but after months of not working and having coworkers, I’m very excited for this.

Non-blog friends. I’ve made a pretty awesome circle of friends here in NYC that have been there to put an arm around me in the bad times and toast with me in the good times. (And oh, all the in between times, too.)

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Blog friends. I started a blog to write about my weight loss and hopefully help me show off some digital skills and work my way into a new job, not to make friends, but I love the people who I’ve met through my little corner on the internetz, and I love that I have friends all over the country I can visit. Last night, I had a drink with Tina, who’s visiting. We were seeing each other basically every few weeks there for a while, and I haven’t seen her since the marathon, so it was nice to catch up again.

OkCupid. For putting a little more fun into my life. That’s all you’ll get on this one, sorry.

Junior League. It inspires me to be a better person and makes me realize just how lucky I am. It takes up a lot of my time, but it’s worth it. I’ve also learned a lot about leadership by being surrounded by such smart, successful women, and I think that’s helped me professionally.

Running. I have on my RoadID that I run because I can, and it’s true. I haven’t always been able to run, and who knows if I will be able to run forever (although I hope so), but I love running for the people it’s introduced me to, what it’s taught me about myself, and that it’s a form of exercise I truly enjoy. I need to remind myself all of this early in the morning when I am laying in bed.

Also, dogs in raincoats. I’m thankful for this little furball for making me smile.

Being busy. All week, I’ve whined about being busy, but in truth, I’m busy because I want to be. I want to be involved with Junior League, and I want to see friends and date. Maybe I don’t need to have plans every night of the week, and this week I absolutely should have stuck to my workout schedule better (#fail #fail #fail), but being busy with mostly enjoyable stuff is certainly a gift.

Did you have a crappy commute, too? Tell me your war stories. Also, tell me what you’re thankful for.

25 comments on “Thankful Things on Rainy Thursdays

  1. Michele @ nycrunningmama

    What a beautiful post!!!
    I wake up on the wrong side of the bed too often and I let it ruin my ENTIRE day.
    My hubby’s been away with work all week and my son (of course) has been sleeping terribly. The wind (the windows in his room bang against the window frame) made so much noise it woke up him 3x. Needless to say, it was a 2 large-cup-of-coffee kind of morning.
    But, I have him, my little man – who brings me so much happiness (99% of the time!!). So, I am thankful for the gift of a child =)
    PS. Hope your day gets better!!! At least it’s stopped raining (mostly!)

  2. Victoria Runs

    I decided to skip spin class since I was #1 on the wait list and put it in my mind that everyone would show up and I would have to suffer the dreadmill. So I slept and hit the snooze til 7am after going to bed at 9pm. Ahhh nice.

    But my commute was normal. Cruising past palm trees. A drawbridge with sailboats to my right. Oh wait. Yours didn’t include that? Oh shucks. Cute Hunter boots too… I’ve been eyeing a pair myself!

  3. Dori

    This morning’s weather sucked. I have the exact same boots as you, same color . . . but they were at my boyfriend’s. So my feet got soaked. My biggest fear is the umbrella turning inside out which of course happened today and results in me screaming “MY BIGGEST FEAR! MY BIGGEST FEAR!” I do that every time it happens. I can’t control it. Even with beach umbrellas. I also want to correct you — you saw Tina after the marathon when we went to The Smith!

  4. Aly

    I love the colour combo of your Hunter boots/socks and your pup’s rain coat!

    The morning commute in Toronto was also wet and miserable – I arrived at work looking like a drowned rat.

  5. Kristy Doyle

    I like this! After working on my body (losing weight, maintaining weight loss, toning up, PR’s, etc..) for so long, I realized that I had turned into a nervous wreck. My stress leve has been out of control. I was having trouble sleeping, crying at the drop of a hat, snapping at everyone and just being crazy. It was so unhealthy that I’ve decided to start working on my mental well-being. It’s meant less running and more yoga, more rest days and less weeks of 6 days of working out for an hour or more, but I feel amazing. I’m happy, well-rested and just more calm. I think that finding gratitude in even the worst day is step one in attaining the calm.

  6. Sokphal @ Life as a Classroom

    Love your Hunter boots. Have a pair of myself (in red), they are going to last forever! I met my boyfriend (we’ve been together for a year now) through Online dating does work! Not just for socially awkward people anymore! 🙂 Hope tomorrow is better for you! I’m grateful for destination runs.

  7. Kimra

    I’ve also been struggling with waking up for workouts (or showers) recently, and so today I am thankful for a post-work run date that means I got to sleep in guilt-free. And I’m also thankful for the second season of Dance Moms, because that shit cray.

  8. Allison

    There’s always something to be thankful for 🙂 I’ve been waking up early to get my workout in before work but it definitely isn’t pretty and usually causes me to start moaning and groaning when my alarm goes off… But at the end of the day it’s nice knowing I can just go home and relax, catch up on some shows, eat good food, and spend time with my two men [fiance and pup]! Def isn’t for everyone and if it was my choice, I’d still go in the morning but many hours later than 5AM ;P

  9. Meghan

    I am so thankful to be busy! After I left my FT job to pursue consulting, there was a lot of down time that made me very unhappy. I am so grateful for all of the work opportunities that have come my way.
    Also homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese tonight 🙂

  10. Tiffany

    Um, I love your dog! I haven’t seen mine in 2 months and I get him back tomorrow so I am beyond ecstatic.

    I love the blog friends I’ve made. I stayed with two of them this past summer while visiting Chicago and Boston, it was like we had known each other forever!

  11. Whitney @ The Adventures of Now

    I’ve recently been trying out the AM workouts but definitely have battles with my snooze button – like for an hour. And it’s not even a whole battle of “i don’t want to go but I should” nope, still dead asleep hitting 5 more minutes. I still am amazed when I do get up before 6 – and I was even more impressed with myself for braving that nasty rain while it was still dark out yesterday.

    I use to have purple rainboots too, now I just have a purple umbrella (which was not working yesterday!). Would love the pink socks with my navy boots.


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