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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Circuit Workouts, Ob, Running | 19 comments

Make Good Choices

Every time I leave the house, I say the same thing to Ob & Marley. I always say, “We will be right back! Make good choices!” ←Read in that lovey dovey voice annoying people (like me) talk to dogs in. It is a weird habit I developed when we used to leave our house unsure of whether or not we would return to total destruction, compliments of Ob.

IMG_0959Me telling the dogs to make good choices started as a joke, but it just sort of stuck. Thankfully, we haven’t lost any pillows in quite some time and I never worry about Ob destroying the house while we’re gone now (*knock on wood*) but I still tell them to make good choices every time we leave.

The point of that story isn’t to give you another example of how weird I truly am, but to tell you that I had to take my own advice this morning.

I slept through my alarm and I woke up super bummed about it. I had big plans to tackle a 5 mile run this morning before Dave left for work. I really wanted to get in some good mileage outside before we get smacked with another Polar Vortex that is going to cause temperatures to drop into the single digits again this week. I knew it would most likely be my only run outside until this weekend when temperatures warm back up…and by ‘warm back up’ I mean ‘get back into the 30s.’ And to make matters slightly more complicated, Atlas has been fighting some congestion. His congestion isn’t anything serious (praise the Lord), but I don’t feel comfortable taking him to childwatch at the Y because 1) I don’t want him getting sicker and 2) I think it is inconsiderate to put other people’s children at risk of a cold. (Fun fact: It is a serious pet peeve of mine when people bring their kids to the gym, knowing their kids are sick, just so they can get their workout in. It is rude, inconsiderate and selfish. And that’s how I feel about that…in case you ever wanted to know.) So, a treadmill run was out for the day.

So, long story short I made the decision to walk the dogs with the 1 hour I had before Dave had to leave for work. I knew this was the right choice because Atlas didn’t need to be out in the cold with the dogs later and the dogs needed exercise before the bitter cold struck again.

I was even more bummed when I walked outside with Ob & Marley and realized it was actually a very pretty morning.

ImageOkay, so it wasn’t beautiful weather. But, it was sunny and temperatures were in the high 30s, which is perfectly acceptable running weather to me.

The dogs played and had a blast, but by the time we got home I was fighting back tears. Yes, I was crying over missing a run. Let’s just go ahead and blame that on those hormones (how old does Atlas have to be before that no longer is a valid excuse?). My runs right now aren’t about losing weight, training for a PR or even getting back in shape (although, I do hope all those things happen). My runs are more about alone time…sanity…quiet time…releasing some endorphins…gaining energy, etc. And I felt like I missed my one shot for all that for the week. How’s that for being overly dramatic?

Dave hugged me before he left, knowing I was on the verge of bursting into the ugly cry and said, “Don’t let this ruin your day.” That’s when I realized I had a choice to make.

I could let 1 missed run ruin my day or I could put on a happy face, make the most of the day and choose joy. I chose the latter, and it was a good choice.

I also chose to do a circuit workout from the Nike Training Club app. ← Good choice.

Image 1I chose to spend some time reading my Bible. ← Good choice.

I chose to enjoy a healthy lunch (veggie burger topped with avocado, ketchup & mustard and a side of mashed sweet potatoes). ← Good choice. Ugly picture, but good choice.

Image 3I also chose to order truffles from Momofuku’s. ← Great choice.

The moral of this story is 3 fold.

  1. I need to take my own advice more often.
  2. Happiness is a choice. Life is never going to go exactly how you hope and plan, but you choose how you respond to the curveballs. One of my favorite quotes is “Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.”
  3.  Momofuku’s b’day cake truffles make all things better.

So, next time your day doesn’t go as planned, I challenge you to make the choice to be flexible, be happy and make the most of what you have to work with.

And by the way…missing 1 run isn’t worth crying over…keep it into perspective. But seriously, if I miss running outside this weekend I will probably cry a river. It’s those dang hormones, I tell you.

And in all fairness, it isn’t that hard to choose joy when this little guy is around.

Image 4I’m not even going to pretend like that was a tactful way to include a picture of Atlas. I just wanted a picture of him in this post because I think he is awesome and I felt like I needed some way to tie it in. I’m a new mom  – cut me some slack (Seriously – how old does Atlas have to be before that is no longer a valid excuse?).



  1. That picture of Ob… And that picture of Atlas!! You have some very pretty children 🙂 I also love your attitude. Happiness is about choice and what perspective you take when things don’t always go your way.
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    • Thanks, Becky! 🙂 I’m learning that with a baby around things rarely go as planned, so making the most of each day and all the mishaps is the way to go! If I got upset over everything that didn’t play out like I wanted it to, I would be upset a lot these days! haha

  2. I loved your post. Very encouraging and good reminders!! I wrote your quote on a sticky note and put it on my desk. So when we have a crazy assembly today and my kids miss class I’ll be flexible. Ha. Thanks for the reminders. And don’t worry about fitting in pictures of atlas, that’s the best part.

    • Thanks, Mom! I thought you & Tammy would at least appreciate the picture of Atlas. 😉 Can’t wait to see you – just over 2 weeks!

  3. I love this post! I have been having a difficult time keeping things in perspective lately and I really appreciated reading this. It was just what I needed this morning! I love the quote you shared too. Flexibility goes a long way 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous day!!
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    • Thanks, Kate! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed this post.

      Loved your picture of Nola all dressed for the freezing temps today! She’s so darn cute!

    • Thanks, Megan! I like your ‘2nd baby’ idea – that sounds like a good plan. I’ll ride this ‘new mom’ train for as long as I can in the meantime. 😉

  4. How could you be mad at that puppy face?!? For whatever reason my pup loves to eat blankets when I leave the house. I can’t even tell you how many throw blankets I have been through in the past 3 years. I guess it’s better than eating the actual couch right?
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    • That’s what I always said about the pillows – better those than the couch. And you can’t be mad at Ob…at least not for long. She’s got the “I’m so sorry. Please love me forever” face down pat. Little rascal.

  5. I LOVE this post. . . I too have cried over missing a run and I am sure at times let it ruin at least some part of my day. I LOVE that Dave said exactly what you needed to hear at that point. btw how awesome is he? – you should totally keep him.;)
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    • He is definitely a keeper! And such a trooper for handling my meltdowns with grace and kindness!

      SO glad to know I’m not the only one who has shed some tears over a run. haha – I like to just think of it as being really ‘intense’ about fitness…but I’m not sure that is truly the case, because I’m eating a chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel as I type this.

  6. I loooooveeee this!! SO true. We ARE what we decide & believe & think. We just are.

    Sorry about the run 🙁 I know how that feels being a new mom & all, but that is impressive you made such awesome choices regardless!
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    • Thanks, girl! I know you know exactly how those days can go since you’re in the same ‘new mom’ boat I’m in. When you think about how quickly this stage of life is passing by though, it does encourage you to slow down and enjoy the time spent bouncing, rocking, playing, and soothing our little ones…even if we don’t accomplish all the things on our ‘to do list’ we are getting to enjoy one of the most special times of life.

  7. Forgive me, because my hormones are freaking Bat sh** crazy right now; let’s blame it on the fact I’m 28 weeks pregnant.

    This is baby #4 and it’s been the hardest pregnancy ever. I can no longer exercise and I have been a total debbie downer about it, but it’s time to put my big girl panties on (and let’s face it, they are B.I.G. right now) and embrace the fact that it’s almost over.

    Apparently I needed to read this post today, time to embrace my happy!
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    • Oh, Jen – I can totally relate to what you’re going through! I was sick for most of my pregnancy and it was SO hard to smile through it some days. In fact, a lot of days I cried. But since you already have 3 babies, you know that it is short lived and in just a few weeks you’ll be holding your new baby and you’ll forget (mostly) about what you’re going through now. I hope your last 12 weeks of pregnancy are smooth sailing and you at least feel good enough to take some nice, long walks! HUGS to you my friend! 🙂

      • Weird, somehow this got stuck in my spam folder! Thanks for the hugs and sweet words, definitely need to hear them this week! Have a great day 🙂
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  8. I’d say those are all great choices! Birthday cake truffles are never a bad choice.

    And totally off topic, but I love that you take Atlas to child watch at the Y (and completely agree about the whole exposing kids to germs thing…I feel the same way about coworkers bringing their sicknesses to the office) because my brother works at the YMCA and used to work in the child watch so on his Facebook under Work he put that he worked at the YMCA as a “Child Watcher”… he got some interesting feedback on that one!
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    • I’m laughing out loud at “Child watcher.” Tell your brother to come to NYC and work for Dave’s Y – he can watch Atlas! 😉

      And omg – at my old job, people used to come in sick ALL the time because they didn’t want to use their sick days and it drove me nuts! I would cringe at the sound of people coughing and blowing their nose…leave that nastiness at home and don’t infect the rest of us with it, right?!?

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