Now What??


This is it- I’m finally “free” from the job that what making me so unhappy and stressed out, and all of the sudden I’ve got a ton of free time on my hands! It hasn’t completely sunken in yet, since it just kind of seems like summer vacation right now.

Yesterday was my first official day of freedom (or what I like to call the first day of the rest of my life!), so you’d think that I’d probably be sleeping in late, right? WRONG. :)

I was up at the crack of dawn to teach my Spinning class at 5:30 am, just like every other Tuesday! Only this time, I didn’t have to rush out of the gym to get to my other job. I can now teach a full 60 minutes (even though the class is just 45- people love to go for longer) and take my time. I also “piloted” my new class directly after, which I’m calling core/yoga/stretch. It’s a 30-minute class the does about 20 minutes of core work, followed by 10 minutes of gentle yoga/stretch exercises. If the class generates enough interest, hopefully it will be added to the regular schedule (I hope it does- it was so much fun to teach!) I had a nice little group of 6 people stay after Spinning class, and they loved it! And man- my obliques were MEGA sore when I woke up this morning! I take that as a sign that I definitely need to focus on those muscles more.

Here’s my generic Instagram post-workout collage…

It was so nice to take my time and stay and chat with people at the gym. I got home around 7:30 am, leisurely took a shower and made myself breakfast, read some blogs, played with the dogs, and headed off for my deep-tissue massage. I see my massage therapist every two weeks (so does Greg). Some people think this might seem like “luxury,” but as I’ve said before- it’s not. It’s definitely necessity. Massage can speed up muscle recovery big time- and I need it! It’s something I budget for- but really- it doesn’t cost that much. I pay $50 per session, which is always at least an hour- sometimes even 90 minutes. She works until she’s “done.”

After my appointment, I came back home, made some lunch, and then was … well… kind of useless for the rest of the day. I just felt so exhausted. Maybe it was all of the craziness of the week before catching up with me, or maybe it was teaching 90 minutes of exercise classes at 5:30 am- but I just had zero energy to do anything.

I made a Pina Colada smoothie for an afternoon snack:

I used 1 scoop of SunWarrior Vanilla blend and some fresh pineapple, and shared half of it with Greg. It was delicious!

I remembered Ashley’s tip about freezing the leftover coconut milk in ice cube trays for future use (which apparently also makes an awesome milkshake or smoothie!).

I generally put the remaining coconut milk in the fridge and forget about it until a few months later, when it’s way past it’s prime. Not anymore!

Pineapple was also the theme for dinner last night. I roasted two boneless pork chops with some red onion and pineapple (and a little salt- that’s it!) and sprinkled a little fresh cilantro on top. It was basically this recipe without the lime wedges or tortillas.

Here’s my plate:

(about 3 oz pork, a small Japanese sweet potato and TONS of broccoli and kale)

And Greg’s:

(about 10 oz pork, a big baked potato and some broccoli and kale)

This is a very typical plate comparison in our house. I’m not complaining though- I’d typically choose veggies over meat anyway.

We toasted with a 2008 Pinot Noir from Oregon- my favorite!!

It was so nice to have an evening free of packing breakfast and lunch, rushing around, getting stuff together for the next day, and not stressing about it. :)


So now what? Well, I’m still figuring that out. I teach classes at the gym almost every day of the week, but that only takes up a few hours of the day. I have a few summer projects (#1 being organizing my home office) and we’ve got a few trips planned (Chicago this weekend!!!). It’s also nice to have a little more time to focus on the blog, and finally be able to make it a little more public- since I kept it kind of private when I was a teacher.

I’m kind of giving myself the rest of the month “off” before I really start diving into my new career. I’m pretty certain that I know which organization to go through to get my personal training certification, and I’m eager to start studying for it. I’m hoping to have my certification by the fall, and then start training at my gym. My brain is just kind of buzzing with about 100 different ideas right now, and I need to just write them down and guide my focus towards one of them. I’m so excited to see what lies ahead!

 If you suddenly found yourself with more free time during the day, what would you do?