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Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Circuit Workouts | 3 comments

Separation Anxiety + Countdown Workout

I’ve heard about dogs who suffer from extreme separation anxiety, but tonight I was reminded that when it comes to Ob, it is actually me who suffers from separation anxiety. I am leaving after work tomorrow to head to Savannah with my sister, Michelle, so we can run the Savannah Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon on Saturday. My mom is watching Ob and she offered to come get her tonight, which would save me a trip to her side of town. While I am thankful for my mom’s thoughtfulness, I immediately felt sad when I realized that meant I wouldn’t be spending tonight with Ob. I really don’t like being in my house without Ob because when she’s gone things go quiet. Too quiet. I feel lonely when Ob isn’t following me around the house and I don’t sleep good without her nestled next to me in bed at night. After my mom and Ob left this evening, I came inside to my empty house and I got a little teary eyed.

I was never a dog person prior to Ob, but now that I have her I understand exactly why people say dogs are ‘man’s best friend.’ I’ve had a pretty crummy work week and I have come home every night in tears for the last 3 days. But from the moment I walk in the door of my house, Ob lightens my mood by bringing me toys and showering me in puppy kisses. Something about her presence instantly enhances my mood and calms my spirit.

After she left tonight, I reminded myself that she will be having the time of her life & eating Godknowswhat at my mom’s house and I’ll be home on Sunday. 3 days until I’m reunited with my crazy little ham!

I feel like my life has become a series of countdowns. 2 days until the Savannah Rock-n-Roll half marathon. 3 days until I’m home with Ob. 3 weeks until Thanksgiving. 8 weeks until Christmas. See what I mean? Hence, I thought a countdown style workout would be appropriate for this week.

I did this 15 minute circuit two times through, which took me slightly longer than 30 minutes since I took a few breaks. You can also just do this once if you want a 15 minute total body workout. I really enjoyed taking this workout in time segments because it forced me to focus more on the clock than the burning in my muscles and even though some of the exercises get more difficult, the time of each segment gets shorter so somehow it feels easier (←totally mental, I’m sure).

Alright – I’m off to pack for Savannah! I hate despise loathe packing. Even though I’m counting down the days until I’m back home with Ob, I am super excited to spend time with my sister! I’m hoping for nice fall weather, good running, delicious eats and hilarious memories! 🙂 Goodnight, friends!


  1. Oh so sorry to hear about your crappy week at work… And I totally understand your separation anxiety/ sadness about Ob being gone- I feel the same way about Abby! Good luck on your race this weekend!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the well wishes, Katie! The race was so much fun! I saw Luke’s Halloween costume – he was the cutest tiger I’ve ever seen!

    Janelle – thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m glad you enjoy the pictures of Ob – that dog’s crazy faces definitely keep me laughing! 🙂
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