What I’ve Learned While Sitting at a Desk.

So I’ve been at my new job now for about a month. It seriously is such a blessing to be able to do what I love for my work. I’ve learned proper journalism techniques, how to read content analytics and had the ability to meet some Ah-Ma-Zing influencers in my field.

Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning facility in Woburn, MA

But just like anything else, there has been some adjustments to my change in profession. Let’s get this into perspective for a moment.

I was working as a full-time personal trainer, group exercise instructor and high school strength coach. I literally lived at the gym. Up at 4:45 a.m., in bed around 8:45 (don’t judge) and ample hours of downtime in between clients to get my own workout in.

I am now faced with the harsh reality that my clients always confronted me with; fitting in workouts on a tight schedule.

Because of where I live in relation to where I work (and my gym), my commute is about 45 min. on the bus and train. I truly don’t mind this after driving to work for years and sitting in endless amount of traffic for no apparent reason. I enjoy the ability to zone out, listen to my Van Morrison channel on Pandora and catch up on my social media/Bloglovin’ stuff.

BUT, because of this commute, the timing of my bus and the hours that I work, I no longer am able to spend endless hours putzing while working on the clock. My workouts have gone from 5-6 days a week to a lucky 3-4. From long in depth barbell, structured sets and reps to quick, functional bodyweight exercises circuits. Most importantly, I’ve had to learn to be OK with this and not beat myself up with this drastic change in fitness rhythm.

I have learned to embrace the time I get to spend while running, lifting or taking a class. I’ve had to adjust my eating habits to better cope with my lack of… ugh… movement. And I’ve learned just what it feels like to sit for 10 hours a day. Woof.

As I become more adjusted in this realistic American lifestyle, I am learning how I will eventually settle into a more healthy routine. It will take some time and with the warmer weather coming, I’m sure I’ll incorporate more running into my life (Chicago marathon 2014??) I am also fully aware I need to foam roll more.

Have you had to make a similar adjustment? How have you coped? 

-TTT

Saving Puppies and Obsessed with Chevron.

Have you ever belly-laughed so hard that it feels like you just did an 8-minute ab workout? Watching The Bachelor with these hooligans sure made me get a 6-pack. Oh yea, and on Monday when you’re watching that foolish show too, might as well workout

Get swept away by love. OK, Dove. Want to give me a heads up as to when this will occur?
I rarely call people stupid, but when there’s snow on the ground I don’t mess around.

Attended CrossFit Coolidge Corner for my job. Have I mentioned I love what I do? 

Cutest freakin’ MacBook case like, ever. Chevron everything. Always. 

Bus driver legit pulled over to save this pup, priceless. 
Oh yeah, and it’s still snowing. Is it summer yet?
What did your week look like?
-TTT

The Single Girls Guide to Valentine’s Day… And Not Eating Your Bodyweight in Chocolate

You can’t walk into a CVS, Walgreens or any grocery store these days without being bombarded with hearts, candies and chocolate. The sugary treats are practically shoved down your throat while the lovey-dovey phrases on cards make you want to puke. 

Oh wait, maybe that was all the candy.

Regardless, it’s a holiday filled with all things hearts and sugar. But what about us single gals? How do we not get wrapped up in the ultimate FOMO (fear of missing out) over this romantic day?

Well, we could…

A.) Stuff ourselves with all things candy-coated and red. I don’t recommend this however, you wake up feeling awful and actually happy you don’t need to explain your complete lack of self control to your significant other.

B.) Drown ourselves in wine, put on a sappy movie and grab the box of Kleenex.

Or

C.) Forget all the V Day bullshit, enjoy our evening and just… be.

I think we all know the healthiest of options here, but it’s not always that simple! Being satisfied with who you are and being single is not an easy task. There’s much that goes into finding that element of security. In fact, many people get into relationships and still have yet to find that inner independence.

By no means am I saying I’ve achieved this, but I’ve also been single long enough to really develop and understanding of myself.

I found this quote the other day. With the looming day of love approaching, I knew I had to share…

Relationships must be chosen wisely.  Don’t rush love.  Wait until you truly find it.  Don’t let loneliness drive you back into the arms of someone you know you don’t belong with.  Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.  A great relationship is worth waiting for. 

Please don’t think I’m simply being cynical, just trying to help my single ladies out so we don’t take it out on the bag of M&M;’s.

-TTT