Day 343: Coming Home

Sorry for the long post last night. I meant to write something short about Holly’s passing but the words and tears just kept on flowing. Writing about my little dog and how much she meant to me really helped me express my grief and put her death into perspective. Although other people have lost parents, grandparents, and children, Holly was the first big loss in my life. Sometimes we need to remember and weep before we can move on.

Thank you everybody for listening.

Sunday, December 9th

I left Orlando at 1pm after a lovely morning watching the first half of Funny Girl with Carina. Back in St. Pete it was beautiful outside but I felt more like lounging on the floor, reading trashy magazines. Around 5pm I finally motivated myself to take advantage of the dwindling light and bike to the gym.

It felt so good to get back on my bike and take my old path along the waterfront. The weather was perfect and slightly cool as the sun sunk slowly beneath the horizon.


At the gym, I concentrated on my upper body since my legs, lower back, and lats were still very sore from Friday’s workout. To start I worked my way up to 5 sets of 5 shoulder presses with 30 lb. dumbbells. I felt pretty badass. The last time I was in this gym I using 15 lb. dumbbells! I doubled the weight!


Shoulder Press

5,5,5,5,5 – 60 lbs. 

After shoulder presses, I attempted kipping pull ups and managed 15. I then grabbed a 25 lb. dumbbells and did 30 OH alternating lunges. Inspired by the lunges I created a quick WOD on the spot with a goal to be done in 10 minutes. I didn’t want to ride my bike in the dark!


10 Burpees

15 Pull Ups (kipping)

30 OH Lunges (25lb. plate)


My time was 10.22 so I was right on track! This workout was short but had me huffing and puffing. My deltoids were burning from the overhead lunges! Those are fun.


Being back in St. Pete is so weird. It almost feels like I never left. Two months away is not very long! However, this time I am just a visitor. Even though I am already falling into my old routine from the last 2 years, I am so grateful and happy. Being here no longer feels like a rut but a welcome break. I can finally rest and enjoy everything in this little city for a while.

No matter where I live in the world, this will always be my home. 

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