Today was a day I think I’d rather forget. I slept badly the night before, had to wake up early to head into training in the city, ran out of time to eat breakfast, got onto the bus to find my Myki card wasn’t scanning (a problem that had been happening on and off more frequently for the past few weeks), so had to line up at the service desk at the station to get it swapped over. I missed my train while waiting in the line. In my haste to catch the next train (after waiting almost ten minutes for the card swap to happen) I forgot to tap on, only realizing this after I’d gotten on the train. Great, I cursed. Nothing I could do about it. I got off, tried to get out of the station but it wouldn’t let me because I didn’t tap on (gahhhh) so the customer service rep had to let me out…and I walked straight into a bunch of Authorised Officers (aka Myki Police) who quickly established I didn’t tap on. I tried to explain what happened but they didn’t believe me – or I guess, didn’t care – so I copped an on the spot fine of $75 and was delayed even further.
I raced to the building where training was, cursing the awful morning I’d had. I was supposed to be there at 8.45am for a 9am start…I landed in my seat at 9am on the dot. I hate running late, it makes me feel flustered and disorganised. Add that to the annoyance and frustration of the public transport dramas and I wasn’t feeling particularly positive. Plus I was hungry but didn’t have time to eat.
Trying to force all that out of my mind, I attempted to enjoy the training. The morning was bearable but I wouldn’t say completely enjoyable, though the guy running it was pretty cool and it was nice to get to know some more of the people I’d be working with soon. By the time lunchtime rolled around, I was starving, and happily ate the healthy food I’d packed – saltanas, an apple and light n crispy shapes. This filled me up more than I expected, and I felt good that even if the rest of my day was terrible, at least I could say I ate well.
The afternoon training was more interesting, learning about all the new technologies the new store will be decked out with. Very excited to see them in action! Despite the interesting topic, a headache had inevitably started, as it usually does when I’m cooped up in a room all day. I took painkillers, finished the last of my water and counted down until afternoon tea break. When that finally came, I raced downstairs to the convenience store, bought more water and a couple of chocolate bars and some more painkillers. I drank half a bottle of water and downed the chocolate and started to feel a bit better. I don’t know what it is about training, but I always feel awful by the afternoon. I guess I struggle to focus for that long, and a sugar hit seems to help. It made me a little frustrated that I ruined a good diet day, but I’d rather that than risk the headache turning into a migraine.
After training finished for the day, I met up with one of close friends who I hadn’t seen in awhile. It was good to see him again. We went to get dinner. We took awhile to find somewhere because he’s very into health food and I’m a fussy eater, but we wound up at Spudbar, where we both found stuff we liked. I wound up getting a roast potato stuffed with cheese, shredded cabbage, corn and garlic butter. While not 100% healthy (especially the butter part), it had a lot of cabbage and corn, so it was definitely one of the healthier options we could have eaten in the food court. I wasn’t sure I’d like it (I’m always a little apprehensive about things like cabbage) but I really enjoyed it, and I feel good that apart from the chocolate hit and the garlic butter, I had a really good food day.
By the time I’d said goodbye to my friend, it was 7pm. I headed down to the station (making sure it tap on, I wasn’t going to make that mistake again!) and waited for my train. It was a long trip home, with it getting darker and darker. By the time the train arrived at my station, the streetlights were on. By the time my bus had arrived, it was completely dark and on top of that, raining. Seems like an appropriate end to an overall shitty day, I thought to myself as I got off the bus at my stop, hunched over as the rain fell. I walked as fast as I dared, but I have a tendency of being gravity-challenged (I slip over a lot and am quite uncoordinated) I didn’t want to risk running home.
By the time I stepped through my front door, it was 8.30pm, I was wet, tired and worn out. I’d managed over 8500 steps (one of my highest days so far!) so I felt pretty good about that, if nothing else.
Tomorrow I have to do it all over again. At least I feel like I’ve gotten my bad luck out of the way. My Myki card is new and working properly so I won’t have to worry about missing the first train, not tapping on and I know I won’t get another fine. I also know by not missing the first train tomorrow, I won’t be so late and flustered. I’m going to try to allow myself time to eat breakfast tomorrow as well, to make doubly sure my day starts off on the right foot, and I’m going to pack lunch again as that worked well today. I’m getting my Lite N Easy order delivered tomorrow, so I’ll also be able to have a good dinner waiting for me when I get home!
Hope your day went better than mine did 🙂