Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I don't particularly enjoy the night before a first day at a new job. They're often spent trying to talk my imagination down from the ledge of the million and a half things that could happen the next day. Yesterday was one of those nights.
"Oh no! Is that lightning? What if my house gets struck and causes the two separate alarms I set to malfunction and I oversleep?"
"What if I can't start my car because a family of squirrels took refuge under my hood to get out of the rain?"
"What if my car explodes on the way to work due to a squirrel that refuses to abandon the vehicle and I'm unable to notify my boss of what happened because I've succumbed to a shrapnel-induced coma?" (yes, I'm embarrassed to say this thought did actually occur to me last night)
It's been a while since I've had to face a first day so admittedly I was a little on edge. As usual though, my first day wasn't as bad as my imagination had led me to believe it would be. It wasn't even really a 'first day'. It was more of an orientation to the department and a property tour.
Our property tour was delivered with a bit of a twist though. We were all given bicycles, broken up into teams and left with a scavenger hunt to accomplish throughout the entire 499 acre property.
My first and only mistake today was joining a team that included a 20 year old kid. His excitement to not only finish the scavenger hunt, but to also come in first place was extremely evident throughout the team building event. My first hint that maybe I joined the wrong team should have been the saying emblazoned across his t-shirt... "Prepare to dominate". But unfortunately I didn't notice the wordage until halfway through our torturous scavenger hunt when he paused at the top of a slight rise to wait for us to catch up - we still happened to be panting our way up the small incline with the wind fighting us the whole way. I realize now that it takes a certain kind of person to wear a "Prepare to dominate" t-shirt and I need to stay far away from those people from now on.
His insistence to try and finish first meant that the whole point of the scavenger hunt (team building while getting to know the property) was completely blown to smithereens. Instead, it became my intense 45 minute cardio session for today. I was kind of bummed that this punk kid made me sweat a little in my nice clothes but at the same time my workout is now done for the day so I guess that's a slight silver lining.
I was really happy today that I started this weight loss journey back in November - if I didn't start then, there would have been about 25 additional pounds I would have had to haul around on the bike.
And I'm glad that I was able to keep up with the punk kid (for the most part) due to all my recent treadmill action. I know for sure I would have been struggling today if it weren't for this little journey I'm on.
And for that I am thankful.