Sep 182011

I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed Saturday. I woke up at 6 am–even though I didn’t have to get up until 8am. I was supposed to go trail running with a friend. I tried and tried to go back to sleep but I ended up laying there for two hours. My friend canceled because she wasn’t feeling well. I got up and decided to go for a run when I stepped outside to POURING RAIN.

I slammed the door shut and continued to rant and rave throughout the house. Poor Michael was in the kitchen hearing me throw a temper tantrum at the Universe that rivaled the tantrum of a two year old. There was swearing, there was shouting, there was massive frustration. I had no where to go. Mt. Scott–closed. Clackamas Pool–closed. Bike ride in the rain–no thanks. Bike ride on the trainer–NO! I’m going to be doing that all winter long, I don’t want to start now. Not having a gym to go to in the pouring rain makes staying fit in Oregon a challenge.

I decided to do a workout in the living room using the Nike Training App. I hadn’t used it in months and I had all the stuff I needed to get a half-assed workout in. I got out the free weights and the medicine ball and got to work.

I started with the Arm Definer. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating but I was still unhappy with how my weekend was shaping up and I griped and complained the whole time.

I switched to the Cardio Burst workout and that made me feel a bit better. I was starting to feel like I was getting a real workout in and my mood improved. I finished up with the Ab workout because god knows I’ve been neglecting my abs all summer long.

By this time my good mood was waning again. I was kind of done with the workout (mentally) and I was struggling to push myself any further. Some people can workout at home. I’m really not one of those people. I need a place.

Workout Stats:
Time: 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 388

I saw that the rain had died down outside so I changed into my  old running shoes, grabbed a hat and jacket and headed outside. I ran down the street in the cold, damp morning toward the track.

The rain came back steadily but I was committed to running by that time. There was a kid’s football game about to start but I didn’t plan on running for very long. There were two other people running the track.

Having a hat helps when running in the rain. It’s not QUITE as miserable. I know I shouldn’t complain–it’s just rain after all. But I cannot tell you how much I despise the rain. As I ran the track I grumpily whined inwardly about how “this is what the next 8 months look like”. I seriously dislike the long, gray, gloomy, rainy winters in the Northwest.

By my last lap it started to hail. I said out loud to myself “SERIOUSLY?!” and then headed home. I’d had enough. I workout because I like it. I shouldn’t be miserable when I workout–it makes me less likely to continue doing it!

Every step was miserable because my shoes and socks were soaked. I was so glad I’d grabbed my old pair instead of my nice, new, clean running shoes! I got home and stretched. I killed my legs on the Foam Roller and then showered–grumpily.

Run Stats:
Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 358
Distance: 2.73 miles

Total Calories Burned: 746

Running usually makes me feel better no matter how bad of a mood I’m in. This time? It was a miserable run. I got out of my soaked clothes–thankfully it was laundry day. I ran a bunch of errands and did cleaning the rest of the day, then I headed to Cost Plus World Market. I was told they had cute business card holders. It’s funny–every single time I go to World Market for one thing I leave with at least 5 things I don’t really need.

I got a package of fajita sauce and a Universal Edge Guard for when we go camping. I didn’t even know I needed that. 🙂 But when we went camping a few weeks ago we just wrapped our sharp knives in a towel to take with us.

I also got some new placemats. Yes I am weird, only buying one of each. They did NOT have business card holders but I left with 7 items and $18 spent. This was the final last minute purchase:

DIGESTIVES!! I remember going to London with my cousin Anna when I was 18 and our hotel room had Digestives. We were soooo confused! Were they crackers? Were they laxatives??? We were too nervous to eat them for a few days and then finally gave it a try and they were good. I haven’t had them since then–almost 14 years ago. I cannot wait to try one of these. Despite my crappy day, the highlight was definitely Cost Plus Market and finding THIS on sale:

Finally! I’ve been checking for months, waiting for this very expensive product to go on sale and it finally did. I cannot wait to make my favorite soup with this. That’s definitely;y something to look forward to. Michael got home late from golfing and we made turkey burgers. It was so nice to have an old favorite return. We haven’t had any ground turkey from Costco for most of this summer so no turkey burgers.

As a side we had some tomatoes from the garden. The turkey burgers were on sandwich thins. It really hit the spot.

After we ate dinner and watched an episode of Breaking Bad, Michael started to entice me with the idea of getting donuts. After the day I’d had, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hardly. We trekked to Krispie Kreme.

I had one and it was amazing! I crashed into bed and after the day I’d had, I was asleep immediately.

QUESTION: How do you reverse a grumpy mood? When was the last time you had a really bad day?

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

  10 Responses to “Soggy Shoes and Grumpy Moods”

  1. I haven’t had a Krispy Kreme in forever! We used to live near one and getting a hot fresh donut was soooo good!

    I don’t get grumpy much any more. I used to, but then I realized how much I hated being grumpy and I can now shake it off pretty quickly. I try to find something funny in pretty much all situations, which helps a lot.

    I don’t mind running in the rain so much, but biking in the rain is horrible!

    • I am surprised that for a dessert Krispy Kreme is so low in calories! It tastes so good.

      It’s been awhile since I was in such a funk. Usually nice weather and fun plans can distract me and fitness always improves my mood. But I think things just kind of came to a head this weekend. Lots of stress, limbo, etc. But I will stand firm: I hate the rain! Period!

  2. I love World Market. I was there on Saturday and bought 2 new flavors of Toroni’s sugar free syrups (lime & cinnamon-vanilla), tri-color peppercorns, chocolate made to be served with wine (for a client), and a card. But I went in to get black salt (they were out).

    There are great business card holders on eBay.

    Grumpy usually gets better with a really sweaty workout. If that is not possible I make a list of things I am grateful for and then I call someone who might need a pick me up call. That usually turns my day from a frown to a smile.


    • If I had all the money I wanted to spend of frivolous things, I’d probably blow it at World market. 🙂

      Yes, my moods usually improve with exercise too. This weekend was just a fluke where the exercise was the cause.


    I just try to embrace it and now avoid it and on ly THEN move on past and through.

    • Sometimes it’s good to just let it out, mope and be miserable. Then move on. I think I’m okay now. Sorry you’ve been struggling lately too. It seems to be going around lately!

  4. I agree that having a place to go to workout is helpful. To me it’s like going to the library to study, you just get more done there.
    But being able to be flexible and workout at home if needed is good too.

  5. I so understand this! When I’m grumpy, I find that if I can just get busy doing something that takes my mind off all the things that are annoying me – things get much better!

    • Thanks for understanding! I felt like a total baby throwing a tantrum but seriously, it was like one thing after another going wrong this weekend. UGH!

      Distraction is good. I watched a lot of TV this weekend, 🙂

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