Week in Workouts: Moving Edition

December 27th, 2013 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

Workout Wrap Up

Dec 27

Moving definitely counts as exercise.
Saturday I had the grand idea to run 10 miles, then move my house. Sunday I finished up moving and unpacking, and Monday I spent about 3 hours cleaning. I’m counting all this as workouts since my arms were so sore I could hardly move them until Tuesday.

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I’ve been neglecting strength training this week since my weights are at my old house. I’ll be picking them up to do some abs & arms today, but it’s been a lot of running this week. Works out well since my brother got me registered for a half marathon I’ll be running with Dad next weekend! Doubt I’ll pull a PR (only ran one official half and it was in 2:20) but it will be fun to do my first post-Marathon race.

Aside from all the Christmas/moving fun I haven’t done a lot this week. I picked up a few books at Barnes and Noble that I’ve been devouring. The origin and evolution of gender roles is something the bf and I talk about often (how fun do we sound?) and I’m still playing with the idea of penning a nationally best-selling non-fiction work so I consider all this research.

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This is how Salem lays next to me as I read:

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In a bit of unfortunate news this week marks my last at the hospital I’ve been working at. When I started the position in May it was ┬álisted as part-time and my supervisor thought we’d be able to work around my teaching schedule. When the Spring schedule came out and I was asked to teach 2 new classes that I really, really wanted to be a part of the hospital told me that they wouldn’t be able to let me off during those times. So, I put my 2 weeks in last week. It was an extremely difficult decision since I loved the hospital job so much (working as a Clinical Research Coordinator) but it came down to asking myself; which job would I regret passing up on more?

So, I’m going to be spending lots of time gearing up to teach this class that involves a shit-ton of math (that’s a metric measurement, right?) and looking forward to having more time to spend ramping up this site and my freelance work. There have been a lot of changes happening in my life lately, but I’m handling them well (most days) and in my heart I know that everything that’s going on is taking me in the right direction.

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Have you ever had to leave a job you loved?

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16 Responses

  • Danielle says:

    I have never had to leave a job I Ioved, fortunately but it’s good to see you are following that you really feel what’s right for you!

    On a slightly off topic note, have you ever blogged about getting your personal training cert? I’m debating going for mine (speaking of chasing opportunities) and would love to hear about your experience!

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve left many jobs I didn’t love, but this is definitely a first for me!

      I actually haven’t blogged about getting my personal trainer certification. I’m definitely going to now!

  • Jessica says:

    I love the idea of you writing a book!! My sister and I talk about the evolution of women all the time. There is a fantastic documentary called In Her Own Words. It is about Gloria Steinem.
    On the same lines of gender evolution:
    I left 2 jobs that I loved to be a stay at home mom. Which seems rare in society today. But don’t get me started on my views … lol. I have a lot of them!
    Please let us know about your new books … they look pretty awesome. =)

    • Erica House says:

      I will definitely be looking into that documentary! For as liberal/independent as I am I hold some ridiculously traditional opinions on gender roles. I grew up in a house with a SAHM and I 100% believe I had the amazing childhood I did because of that.
      So far the Second Sex is blowing my mind. It was written by a French female philosopher in the 50′s and Jean Paul Sartre’s lover. It’s so dense I have to read a few pages, and set it down to digest it, before picking it up again. Why She Buy’s is total fluff, but interesting to see how/why females are targeted as consumers.

  • Damn I have missed a lot.. I have to catch up on my blog reading :) I love how Salem curls up like that. Very cute.. With all thmoving and lifting, I call that a pretty damn good workout . Moving a hard! I work with my dad and I think it would be very painful for me to quit. It’s not my favorite job, but I do love working with him. I have been writing my own novels and such, but haven’t had the courage to try to publish them. Rejection letters aren’t fun :(

    • Erica House says:

      Well, to be fair, you’ve been recuperating from a marathon and my life tends to change wildly week-to-week!

      Working with your Dad sounds fun! I’ve always hoped to start a business someday that I could pass down to future kids. As for rejection – I am SO used to that it doesn’t even phase me. In the last 2ish years of blogging/writing I’ve pitched so many companies for various things, and 90% of the time the answer is no/not interested. Even my thesis paper was rejected for a year by multiple journals before someone finally said ‘yes!’

  • Ah, I’ve been dying to read ANY Simone de Beauvoir. We read a few excerpts of her work when I took Womens and Gender Studies courses back in college. Miss those days. Excited about your reading material, though! I should add that to my reading list for 2014.

    • Erica House says:

      She.Is.Brilliant.
      I may not agree 100% with everything so far, but it’s incredible reading the perspective of a ridiculously intelligent woman in the 1950′s on gender.

  • Kelsey says:

    I can’t wait to put these books on my “to read” list! Thanks for sharing! And I know what it feels like to leave an amazing job. I worked at Glensheen, a historic estate in my hometown, this summer and absolutely LOVED the job. Since Glensheen was “given” to the University of Minnesota-Duluth by the family, I got the job since I was a student. I thought I was going to be able to balance 2 jobs + 20 credits this past semester, but it did not work out as planned. I wish I could go back, but since I’m not a student anymore, it wouldn’t be possible. I cried when I handed my manager my two week notice!

    • Erica House says:

      Aww that job sounds like so much fun! I always made the mistake of taking on more than I could handle when I was an undergrad. At least you realized it early on so your grades didn’t suffer!

  • Jen says:

    it’s unfortunate that your hospital job didn’t work out the way you hoped but you have such great perspective to be able to let it go like that in order to follow something you’re more passionate about. i have no doubts that doors will open for you. wishing you luck and lots of happiness with all the change in your life lately.

  • It sounds like you will be teaching something you are very passionate about so I think leaving the hospital job is worth the decision, even though it was difficult

  • Yes, twice. United States Navy-they made me retire at 20 years. United States Postal Service-I loved my job there but it screwed up my spine and when I tried to apply for Workers Comp they made me retire under disability law after only 12 years, I was told not many people can fight the Post Office and win



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