Work It Out

Making the Time

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Making the time for fitness is SO HARD sometimes, am I right? I’m generally an early gym-bird, but lately I’ve just not been able to pull myself out of bed in the morning, so I’ve been squeezing in lunch and after-work sessions. I always regret not getting it done in the morning. Life has just been crazy though and I’ve been craving sleep. It shows too – I’m averaging 8 hours these days which is crazy to me.

But honestly though, once I’m there, I really like working out. I’ve been sticking to my push-pull routine, and even though I’m not 100% consistent on days of the week, I’m making it happen and I’m starting to feel stronger in my arms after about four weeks. Here is my fitbit’s account of my workouts over the last four weeks – averaging 4-6 times a week, which I’m happy with! Apparently I hate to workout on Fridays.

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I’m posting today just to encourage you to make it happen, whatever “it” is for you. What do you care about accomplishing even though it may not be the most APPEALING thing right now? Just commit to something, and start chipping away one day at a time.

Plus I mean, wouldn’t you agree that nutrition is about 1 million times harder to stick with? It is for me anyway — probably because there are thousands of workout options out there, but only like, three ways to cook chicken and vegetables.

And remember…

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Life As I Know It

What’s your perfect routine day?

When you ask someone what their perfect day would be, it’s usually full of travels and beaches and food and all that good stuff. I am RIGHT there with you. But lately I’ve been thinking about what my perfect routine would be. If I could work and do life on my own schedule, what would it look like? I can’t explain why, but felt the need to share today.

7:00 – Wake up, drink coffee, have a pre-workout breakfast, and watch GMA 🙂

8:00 – Work out! And take my time doing it.

9:00 – Home to get showered and ready for the day.

10:00-3:00 – Work. I will always want to work some. I think five hours a day would be PERFECT.

3:00 Errands, chores, volunteering, dinner prep, and someday probably picking up kids from school!

7:00 and beyond – Dinner and fun with my family and friends. Long walks. Games. Reading. Decent bed time around 10:30.

Please share yours! What’s your ideal??

Also, a photo to make you smile. Happy Wednesday!

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New Year, New Routine

I have to say that I am quite happy of the fitness routine I established in 2011/2012. It usually included early mornings at the YMCA, detailed workout plans, spin classes, and the occasional meeting up with friends at the gym. With the Y not far from my house, my usual routine was:

Get up somewhere between 5:15 and 6:00 depending on the plan for the morning.
Get to gym and then get home, dawdle a while, and get ready for work.
Roll into work a little later than I am proud of.

Something about coming home from the gym after working out made it so hard to get ready for work. I’d sip my coffee, make breakfast, watch the news…I loved it, but it certainly wasn’t the most efficient use of my time.

And now, I live some 35 miles outside of Nashville. Traffic during rush hour is terrible – what should be a 30 minute drive can quickly become well over an hour. YUCK. so to get to work at a reasonable time, I have to leave the house by 7:00…

OR…

MY NEW ROUTINE!

Leave the house between 5:30 – 6:00. 
Workout at the Downtown YMCA, and then get ready there.
Arrive at work by 8:15.

The perks?

30 minutes of drive time with no stopping and starting.
Still waking up at the same time AND getting to work earlier.
No more dilly dallying…

You may not care, but I am just so thrilled at how well it has been working out that I had to share. It has also been fun to workout in a new environment, on a new schedule. I strongly encourage it if you are stuck in a rut!

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Taking advantage of your mornings

This week, I have made an effort to truly take advantage of my morning time.  I’ve gotten up just a little earlier than my usual 6:50 in order to accomplish a whole lot more.  As a result, I’ve gotten to work early every day (without trying to), have had more energy, and have felt less stressed about my to do list.  Here’s what the week has been like so far:

Monday: wake up at 6:30, go for a run, get ready, arrive at work at 7:59.

Tuesday: wake up at 6:40, get ready, get gas, drop of clothes at drycleaner, arrive at work at 7:57.

Wednesday: wake up at 6:20, go for a longer run, get ready, gather everything I need to make dinner at boyfriend’s, arrive at work at 7:58.

The key advantages here are that I have more energy at work, and an insta-sense of accomplishment when I arrive in the morning.  Though like all good things, there is one drawback: in order to spring out of bed at my goal-time (which is a rarity) I HAVE to get to sleep by 10:30.  This means cutting my evenings a little short sometimes, but I’ve found that leaving my friends 30 minutes before I would’ve anyway doesn’t make that big of a difference, and I go home still feeling like I’ve had a great night.  So far, so good.  The true test though is trying to keep it up!!