My CompliKAITed Life: Fitness & the Office


By: Kaitlin Marie

Hi there, Kate-bookers!!! Sorry for my temporary hiatus. I’ve been experiencing some biiiig changes in my little corner of the world, the biggest being my boyfriend officially moving in with me! Exciting, right?

But that’s not what I’m writing about today. Today I’m writing about the difficulties in balancing work and fitness, and my SUPER AWESOME PLAN** to combat these issues.

For those of you who follow this column (aka the sexiest and smartest folks I know), you might remember that I’ve been bitching about my weight for many, many moons.

Unfortunately for me, I’m still grappling with my weight gain, despite regular yoga sessions and semi-regular runs. However, now that the weather has truly become pleasant out here in the Midwest, I’ve got my sights set on some other ways to get fit.

Getting my @$$–and bike!–in gear

I have this amazing, foolproof plan where I’ll bike to work each morning (weather permitting, of course) until AT LEAST September. I know this is kind of a lofty goal, but I’ve already done some of the prep work for it. For starters, I know that it will only take me 15 minutes to bike from my apartment to the office. I even used the Google maps bicycle directions feature (it’s still in beta, but it worked great for me) to find the optimal biking route.

Things I have yet to do are:

  • Take my bike in for a tune-up
  • Steal my mom’s old bike helmet, wash it off with the hose (it’s been in the garage for YEARS), and see if it fits me
  • Find the perfect hairstyle to combat helmet hair (I’m thinking low ponies…)
  • Figure out if I can bike in my flats
  • Buy a bike lock

I’ve already bought an adorable backpack to stash my work clothes in while I bike to the office, and I’m planning on leaving a pair of nude-colored heels in one of my desk drawers, so I’ll always have matching shoes ready to go.

I wasn't lying--this bag is adorbs!

I wasn’t lying–this bag is adorbs!

The plan, in action, looks like this:

-I rise at 5:30am, eat a quick breakfast, slap on some makeup, squeeze into my “work appropriate” spandex and lace up my sneakers

-I’m out the door by 6:10am at the latest

-Woooo! Biking! Wind in my hair!!!

Biking feels like this, right?

Biking feels like this, right?

-I arrive at work around 6:25 or 6:30, lock up my bike, clock in, and change

-I have the doors to the office open by 7am, as per usual

-#Winning #Likeaboss #Tigerblood #F*ckYeahImAwesome #CommunicatingIdeasViaHashtags #Allthatjazz

This plan is FOOLPROOF, I tell you! And if all the pieces fall together the way that they should, I’ll be sneaking in an extra 30 minutes of exercise each day, as well as saving dolla-dolla-dolla bills on gas. I’ve even purchased some tupperware to bring my lunches in.

Bonus Round

In addition to this awesomeness, I have a secondary plan. If I’m feeling like a crazy overachiever (which is rare, but it does happen occasionally), I can utilize my lunch break for some extra  fitness points. Since I’ll already have my exercise clothes with me, I can change back into them and go for a power walk! I’ll even bring my ipod to make the walk more pleasant, and then eat at my desk after my break is over.

Soooooooooooooo yep. Them’s the plans. We’ll see if I can actually stick to them or not.  The forecast this week is all thunderstorms, but I have my bike tune-up scheduled for next week. If there’s progress, I’ll keep you updated.

Ciao for now, Kates!


**I’d like to point out that my plans are pretty much always SUPER AWESOME

My CompliKAITed Life is a column by Kaitlin Marie running on every other Wednesday at noon. You can read all about Kaitlin’s Zombie Apocalypse plans and geektastic lifestyle on her blog Oh, and follow her on Twitter here or on Pinterest here. She pins obsessively.

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3 thoughts on “My CompliKAITed Life: Fitness & the Office

  1. Kate R-Z says:

    YAY! I love your plan! Keep us posted on your progress. Also – hats off to you for getting up that early… I’m an awful human being first thing in the morning and working out at that hour never works for me… even if I sleep in my workout clothes… which I’ve done.

  2. kaitertot says:

    Awww thank you! I’m usually at work by 6:45 most days, and I get up at 6 already, so waking up at 5:30 isn’t much of a stretch really. Plus, I’ve been setting my alarm for earlier and earlier in the last week or so. I think I got up at 5:40 today. :-)

    I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on the progress!

  3. Catherine says:

    They’ve just installed a bike-sharing program in NYC in the last three weeks, and I got a free helmet while visiting my local park this weekend…I think it’s time for me to get my biking butt in gear, too!

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