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Posted on Apr 6, 2011 in Dear Diary, Fail, Working Out | 6 comments

Yet Another Workout Fail

Good morning all! Thanks for your comments on yesterday’s Weight Loss 101 post — working out regularly is still something I’m really trying to figure out and embrace.

In the spirit of practicing what I’m a-preachin’, last night I set out all of my workout clothes, bagged up an outfit to change into, and set my alarm clock for an hour earlier than I normally wake up. Yes, that’s right, I was going to work out before work. DUN DUN DUNNNNN.

I’m sure you are all shocked to hear that I’m not really a morning work-outer. I enjoy my sleep, and I work every day from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM, so it always just made more sense to put off my workouts until after work when I have the time do to it. My building has a gym right in it, so it’s easy enough to pull off… but it’s also easy enough to pull out excuses not to: I’m tired, my lunch isn’t sitting right, I have to run some errands before traffic gets bad, blahdeeblahblahblah.

So, like I said, I laid out my stuff, set my alarm, and went nighty-night earlier than usual in my attempt to get my sweat on when I woke up.

And then I overslept my alarm.

Ah well, I figured. I can just go to the gym after work like normal. I grabbed the bag I had set next to the door and headed out (always in a rush, of course, due to the aforementioned oversleeping. Naturally.)

Halfway to work, I realized that I had packed my WORK clothes into my gym bag because I had planned on wearing my gym clothes there this morning. Womp womp.

So here I am, unable to workout until I get home and hoping I’ll be able to motivate myself to do so when I get back. But hey! At least I have a completely useless set of extra work clothes with me! (I guess this would be the day to spill something on myself, eh?), no gym clothes, and what I feel should be a big, fat FAIL written across my forehead. Le sigh.

Anyway, let’s move onto some happier-ish things:


Dins from last night!

I made up a pasta dish that had green peppers, onion, orecchiette pasta and a chunky tomato sauce. I mixed it all together in a giant Pyrex so that it was easy enough to box up what I didn’t eat and save it to bring to lunch later this week.


On the side, I also cooked up some vegan buffalo wings that I was really excited about:


I got these spontaneously on a grocery trip last week and was looking for an excuse to cook ’em up. Unfortunately, they were pretty much an epic fail. I followed the instructions on the box and cooked them in a pan on the stove as per the manufacturer’s recommendation but the buffalo sauce got kinda gross that way, and the texture and taste was just really off. I ate one, then bagged them up. I can’t bring myself to just throw away the rest, so I’m gonna need to brainstorm ideas for how to incorporate them into another meal without really having to taste them. Haaaaahahaha, sigh. Any ideas?

Question: Are you a morning or after-work workout person? Any tips for getting started in the mornings if you’re trying to transition into becoming one of the former?

Have an awesome Wednesday, everyone! We’re halfway to the weekend (and the beginning of my epic week-long birthday celebration! :P) w00t!!


  1. You start work at 7 a.m.?! Honestly, if I were you, I would work out in the afternoon too. I’m very much a morning workout person but if I had to be at work that early… it just wouldn’t happen. πŸ™‚ I say stick to the afternoon and pick, say, 3 days a week that you will ALWAYS work out after work. Write it on your calendar. Make it something you can’t miss. And then any other workouts on top of that are just gravy πŸ™‚

  2. i’m a huge fan of working out in the morning, that way you’re good for the day AND it puts you a good mood for the rest of the day….but yes, you wake up mega early. but maybe try again?

  3. oh yeah, the buffalo wings, microwave is the only way to go….with the leftovers, maybe cut them up and use them in a salad?

  4. oh no, poor you! that truly sucks!
    I would rather work out after work, too. I think this is the best way to get rid of all the stress I had at work and to calm down again. And also, for me, it is something to look forward to while being at work, because I love my gym and I especially love my classes πŸ™‚

  5. I’m on Michaela’s side. I enjoy working out after work because it really does just melt away all of the stress. Nothing like some good old physical activity to stop your brain from running a mile a minute (some of the time anyway… or should I say a km a minute for Canada’s sake?!). I also prefer the afternoon because I feel like I’m burning the calories of the food I consumed the day of, versus me feeling empty in the morning.
    I start work at 9:30am and I STILL can’t bring myself to wake up early for a workout. I especially don’t have an excuse since work is only a 20 minute bike ride away. Sleep is my friend.

  6. Yeah, I applaud you for even attempting to work out before work! I’m definitely not a morning work out person. I have a hard enough time getting up on time for work. Getting up earlier to work out just wouldn’t happen!

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