My First Day

You guys, my first day went WAY better than I could have even hoped for!  Let’s backtrack

Morning 

I went to bed last night with a racing mind, naturally.  Seriously, my brain sometimes.  With that said, I did manage to fall asleep at a reasonable hour and slept really well, which is a godsend for this girl and productivity!

Workout

I started the day with my girl Jillian, and her Yoga Meltdown.  One of my favorites for a good stretch that still gets your heart rate up for a good 30 minutes or so.

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{hurts so good}

Training

Despite a mini snafu / anxious breakdown, I managed to hit the road at a good time and made it to the training about 5 minutes before 8.  Making me the first person to show up.  Woot!

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Per my Instagram — I had to take a “first day of school” picture.  Unfortunately for you guys, it turned out a little more like a jail / warning shot. . . not sure where that came from.   Either way, I made it to the training without any issue and was ready to go thanks to some super ripe cantaloupe that went undocumented on my ride in.

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The training focused on HR fun this morning {payroll, medical, dental, benefits in general} and by 11 AM, we were released for the day.  WOO HOO!  Take advantage…

Work out

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Because I’m in a taper mode for the relay in less than two weeks, I had a loose plan of 2.5 tough miles + .5 walking.  Well, I definitely nailed the 2.5 miles, but underestimated just how far I had of a walk in front of me.  Oh well, it was nice to walk it out after a busy morning.

And now, my friends, it’s time to shut down and relax for the evening with the family.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a more comprehensive “Eats” post, of course :)

Parenthood and Some GOOD Eats

So — I know this is a bit behind the curve {a common happening in the Jara household} but ladies and gentleman we have a new obsession.

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Oh yeah. . . cliche or not, we have found our newest obsession.  A little different from our previous {Breaking Bad and Dexter}, but I am finding myself unable to stop clicking “play” for the next episode.  Does Netflix embarrass anyone else when they ask you “Are you still watching …” Yeah, happens more often than I care to admit.  Moving on.

Yesterday – The last moments of vacation

After soaking up my lazy morning with coffee and mountain gazing

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It was almost noon so before I knew it my stomach got me up from my reading {Cooked, Michael Pollan} and into the kitchen for a fresh and easy second breakfast.

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Gluten free toast, lemon water and a ton of fruit.

x2 a few hours later because it as just that good and, well, I wanted more.

Work out

  The morning and afternoon were getting away from me and I was feeling a tad lazy, so I decided to look into youtube to find a quick and easy ab workout.  This afternoons workout?  A 30 minute quick and dirty HIIT and Ab workout 

Yup, did the trick.  Highly recommended, as it’s a great balance of ab intervals mixed with HIIT intervals.  Perfection.

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Reality started to hit me at some point mid afternoon, when I started filling out the packets of HR paperwork that needed to be done before I go to training tomorrow.  Man, I really did forget how much work goes into starting NEW work.  Ironic…yes.

Dinner

Eventually we got hungry again, which was a good thing because tonight’s was a good one.

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Gluten free {amazing} pasta with a side salad.  It was flipping amazing, I promise you, you will be seeing this dinner here on Chocolate Medals, gluten free or not. YUM.  I’ll be sure to get the brand for you guys, you gotta try it.

Sweet Treat

And my sweet treat for the evening?

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That cupcake I mentioned from my morning bike ride.  Mexican Chocolate.  Happy Cakes, expect a regular customer.

And now, it’s time for my first day!  Send good vibes everyone :)

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My Mini Vacation

And just like that, my mini vacation is coming to an end.  I apologize that I have been a tad distant from the blogger world the past few days.

When I walked out of the office Wednesday afternoon, I knew I had a jam packed schedule ahead of me.   What I didn’t know is how exhausted I would be by the end of it because it was just Such.A.Blast.

My Mini Vacation Highlights

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running with my favorite boys

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Drinks and celebratory sushi

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A night in the mountains

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A mentally and physically challenging hike in the mountains

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The most fun race I have ever participated in

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And some time catching up with old friends for an old fashioned Sunday Funday.

While I don’t think I could have packed too much more into my mini vacation, I wouldn’t change a second of it.   I woke up this morning, and slowly enjoyed my coffee while I started thinking about everything that I have ahead of me.

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I really don’t know what’s going to happen at this new position.  I know it’s going to be challenging, I know it’s going to be emotionally harsh at times, and I know the hours will be long.

But more importantly, I feel like I am joining what seems to be an amazing agency that really cares about their employees and the work that they do.  I have an amazingly supportive family that I know will have dinner on the table for me after long days, and fully support me when I choose to hit the gym for an hour after a 10-12 hour day, just for my own sanity.

What I want to prioritize during the next couple of weeks is staying level headed during such a huge time of transition.  I want to continue to prioritize my family, my health, and my overall balance that seems to be the first thing to drop when times get busy.

Of course, I fully intend for that to include my LOVE here at Chocolate Medals, so bear with me while I mumble and share with you all my ups and downs of this little roller coaster I’ve been on.  The support I get from you all means more than you know — so I hope you stick around :)

And just because. . . 

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Scenes from  my morning bike ride. . .

The beautiful Sloan’s Lake, just part of my bike ride this  morning that may or may not have ended with me stopping at a cupcake shop for “final celebration treats” to wrap up my mini vaca.  Gluten free mexican chocolate for me, and I can’t wait :)  Life is all about balance, am I right?

Any advice for me going into all this?