Workout buddies – there to share the pain of your hill run, high five you after a new deadlift PB, compete with you on squat reps and most importantly…save you from your hangover.
Yes, the inevitable happened. After the excesses of Day 5’s night out at Zeitgeist I woke up with a hangover. I felt cheated! Surely that’s not supposed to happen when you only drink vodka soda(s x 3 large ones). As soon as I woke up and felt my head pounding I groaned into my pillow. Today was Barry’s Bootcamp day – the first one after the holidays and guaranteed to be horrendous even for normal-headed folks.
After lying there for a while, trying to assess the damage, I sent a message to Mags, my workout buddy, who had also been out with me the night before.
‘There’s a small family of leprechauns having an actual Ceili in my actual head. I don’t think I can do Barry’s today.’
Confident in the knowledge Mags would also be in the throes like me, I dragged myself down to my fave Noe Valley diner Toast for some consolatory eggs and smoked salmon. (Healthy.) Just as I was about to tuck in, a smug little smile on my face, squirming in my seat with happiness, Mags replied.
‘None of your guff, girly – I’m feeling amazing. Friends don’t let other friends skip Barry’s Bootcamp.’
(FYI – Mags is also Irish, hence the excessive Irish-ness of our conversation).
Goddammit, I thought. Fine, fine FINE! I’ll go. I’d never live it down if I skipped out. (How she managed to escape the damage of those three vodka sodas is beyond me. I’m convinced she’s a genetically superior human being).
So, we went to Barry’s, we ran, we lifted, we squatted, we crunched. I would lie if I said it was enjoyable at the time. It was disgusting. And I felt like puking. But the victory was in participating as far as I’m concerned. And as we walked out, with our skinny peanut butter protein shakes in hand, I had to admit- my workout buddy done good. Without her I would have certainly gone back to bed after Toast, followed by a day of unhealthiness and self-loathing.
Comment on healthy living
On account of the hangover the day was probs not as healthy as it could have been. BUT I didn’t go mad. The unhealthy things were an English muffin and then sushi and more alcohol later on when I went out for Karaoke. Could have been worse though.
Food and exercise:
- Breakfast: Lox scrambler from Toast, with an English muffin and fresh fruit
- Exercise: 1 hour Barry’s Bootcamp
- Snack: Skinny protein shake (unsweetened almond milk, no sugar peanut butter and vanilla protein powder)
- Lunch: Sweet potato with a handful of pistachios (random I know)
- Dinner: Split with Lysbet – edamame, miso soup, poki salad, 2 sushi rolls, sake
- Drinks: 2 x glass of wine
- Entertainment: Karaoke at Encore, a go of a friend’s massage chair and Super Mario (also random.)