Activity · Rambles

Socks and Motivation

The hardest part of working out for me is beginning the workout. I can talk myself out of just about anything, and honestly, getting out the door after a full day at work isn’t easy. It’s a struggle. There’s cats at my house, and sometimes, I just don’t want to leave them.

Yes, my socks have Godzilla rampaging in a city on them. Yes, Minion is fierce and attacking my feet. My life is a constant time of him ninja attacking me, most especially my feet.

I made it for close to a year going to ReFit consistently… and then things happened. Homecoming from deployment, life getting all strange and change-y as I adjusted to having Austin around all the time. Then the holidays. Then just generally feeling like crap.

Sure enough, I realized… I miss it. I miss working out and how awesome I felt and how my body would respond to it. So I went back. Fumbled through the songs that I didn’t know.

And I wore fun socks.

I love fun socks. I have socks that go up to my thighs that are striped, I have Christmas socks, socks that say “LOVE” up the side (I’m wearing those on Tuesday this week for Valentine’s day!), socks with Jellyfish on them, Sugar skull socks… and you’ve seen the Godzilla socks.

Somehow, when I wear the fun socks, the motivation to go to ReFit, or to the gym to spend my 30 minutes on the elliptical listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast (or Atlanta Monster, lately!) easier. It’s part vanity because I love the compliments I get on my socks, part allowing my unique personality to show through.

Anyone else listen to podcasts when they work out? I started listening to a few to keep me occupied during my commute, but I really love them for working out, too. Maybe it’s because I need something to keep me occupied mentally so I don’t end up just staring at the wall/window in front of the machine and spacing out and being bored. I don’t like listening to things when I’m walking out in the open because I have a weird phobia of someone coming up and not being able to hear them. Not so much of an issue in the gym, but on a sidewalk it totally is! One close call of being run over by a bike is enough for me.

So I wear my socks, and my socks give me motivation to get out the door and to class, or into the gym. Motivation is something everyone struggles with, so why worry about where it comes from? The ladies at ReFit get a kick out of seeing which socks I’m going to wear that day, and I enjoy the process of picking them out to match my mood.

Also, I made it to ReFit this morning before going to a Palentine’s brunch with my FRG. I didn’t use the brunch as an excuse not to go! I went, I came home, showered, changed, and even made it to the restaurant early! I felt like such a productive adult.

Maybe it’s just me, but the Godzilla socks really make the leg heavy songs easier to do. Godzilla of squats!  .. Okay, yeah, I’m reaching there.

If you’re interested in what shoes I wear to ReFit, these are the kind I have.  They’re great, especially the pivot point in the sole so I can swivel as much as my bum knees will let me. I’m not sure if I’ll buy them again when this pair wears out, or if I’ll try the Nike Free sneakers which are recommended so much by ReFit instructors.

How do you motivate yourself? Do you have any podcast recommendations? 

Food Blog · Weekend Workings

Weekend Workings: Birthday Shenanigans

Today, February 4th, is my favorite person’s birthday! I’m so happy that I get to spend today with him, since the last two he’s been deployed, so my Birthday Celebrations have been limited to what I could fit into a flat rate box. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays, so I was happy that I could have the chance to celebrate him.

Mandatory picture of birthday boy with cat, with their best “Nothing to see here” faces on

Before the birthday shenanigans though, we had his Command Party this past week.  It was another valid excuse to get dolled up with my best date, and go to a fancy hotel, have fancy food, and dance with friends. I didn’t get many pictures of us, but we cleaned up pretty nice! There was a professional photographer there, so I’m hoping we’ll get some good pictures of the two of us together!


Friday was a normal day (other than the slight old lady tiredness I felt after being out past my bedtime and maybe a little too much of the adult beverages) and Austin had duty, so I made sure to get a head start on our “chores” like laundry, dishes, cleaning and such.  Saturday we did our Costco run and grocery shopping for the week, which was sadly light due to the fact that it will be just me in the house for a while due to that whole Navy-owns-my-boyfriend bit.  We swung by to see my dad at his office and give him my nephew’s birthday present, and Austin made friends with the boss’ dog, Dandy.

This morning we woke up, and all of the noble “I’ll cook him a birthday breakfast!” intentions that I had kind of… disappeared.  So after giving him the physical component of his birthday present first thing, I decide we were going out to breakfast. Metro Diner is a staple in our weekend breakfast habits, and their specials are always really, really fantastic.  In the birthday celebration spirit, I decided the strawberry cheesecake stuff waffles were what needed to be had, and I wasn’t disappointed. I also was overwhelmed and couldn’t finish them!

We’re antique and thrift store nerds, but we don’t usually take the time to go to many places lately. So I decided a birthday was a good day to drive out to Eco Relics in north Jacksonville and check them out. We’re keeping half of an eyeball out for a desk or table for me to have as my work space, since Austin’s gaming has taken over the desk that I brought into the apartment.  Which is fine! Just… you know, eventually we need the dining table for things like eating, and my back can only take so much sitting on the couch. We also decided to wander Cummer Art Museum and Gardens, but were mostly just sad at how damaged the gardens still are from Hurricane Irma. We’ll have to go back after they’ve been able to reconstruct them some more!  Obviously I was too busy wandering to take any pictures of these parts of the adventures.

After changing at home, we were off to the second part of Austin’s birthday gift from me: Dinner at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian Steakhouse that just opened up in Jacksonville.

Oh man.

Oh, oh man.

It’s so good.  Since this was our first time, and birthdays are special, we got the Full Churasco Experience, which is $48.95 a person. Steep, but then you have to factor in you get unlimited access to the sides bars, which are a cold and hot collection of salads, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, beans, rice, soup of the day, a full wheel of parmesan, etc., etc.  It’s incredible just for that. Then the servers come around and you can have unlimited meat selections! So long as the little circle on your table that indicates whether you want more or not is green, they keep bringing you more.  They also bring table sides of garlic butter mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas (ohsogood), and fried polenta with parmesan.

Of course I took pictures of my food, who you do you think I am?

I didn’t get any pictures of the meats, but my favorites were the lamb chops, leg of lamb, and the bacon wrapped filet.  We also tried the garlic steak, bacon wrapped chicken, sirloin and rib eye.

When we couldn’t fit anything else in, the server asked what we would like for dessert, complimentary since I had indicated it was Austin’s birthday on our reservation.  So of course the chocolate mousse cake had to be had. They even decorated it for him!

Then we rolled ourselves home, and Austin is sitting in a corner groaning about How Much Good Food that was, how He’s Going To Die, But At Least He Died Happy.

I’d say that means we can call this birthday weekend a success!

Have you ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse? Did you like it? Do you have a favorite birthday tradition?