Yay, it’s Friday! All the days kind of run together a bit right now, but like I’ve said before, Fridays tend to be a nice, calm work day for me since the boys usually wrap up their schoolwork a little earlier.
I was up at 5:00 sharp this morning. I’ve slept good and hard the last couple of nights which has been amazing. It is a foggy, strange looking morning out my window, but I think it’s supposed to clear up and be 72 degrees later, so we’ll take it.
|Current office window view….hard to tell but it’s FOGGY!
I’ve been doing early morning workouts, which is different from my usual routine. I have to say, I AM LOVING IT! I don’t know that I would really like going to the gym at this time (having to get in my car, be “presentable”, go outside in the winter…) but throwing on some leggings, brushing my teeth and slipping my sneakers on and being instantly ready to push PLAY is working for me right now. Also, I love being able to then take 3 steps and be in my office, enjoying a cup of tea and writing my blog posts within 5 minutes of finishing my workout.
I just finished the last real workout of Week 3 of Beachbody On Demand’s “The Work” program (tomorrow is a stretch day). I have been beyond impressed with this workout program. It’s been so intense, so fun, so challenging and just so amazing. I usually do my strength routines at the gym, but this has been an incredible change. I feel strong and although it’s really hard (REALLY hard! I am literally gritting my teeth sometimes and talking to myself to keep going, with sweat pouring off of me), I am feeling like a total bad@ss pushing through these workouts.
|I am a huge sucker for checking things off a list. I get a sort of sick pleasure from completing a task and documenting it. So, this calendar that I printed from the Beachbody website is fitting the bill for me. I know I’m a total nerd, but what can I say. It’s who I am. 🙂
A couple things that are helping me out right now:
I met a girl on Instagram who is doing this same program with me (but from her home in Orlando). She is so sweet, so fun to follow along with and it has been extremely motivating to me, knowingthat she is doing the workout too. There have been quite a few days that I’ve been tired or whatever and I know I might have skipped the workout if I were on my own. But because she and I tend to check in with each other once a day, there’s that nagging feeling inside me saying, “Ugh, you aren’t really going to tell her ‘I skipped the workout’, are you??” I’m usually a “solo” exerciser, so this is new to me- but it has been amazingly effective!
- Adopting the mantra “Don’t Think!”
With the morning workouts, I’m not even really fully awake when I get going. This sounds painful, and sometimes it kind of is, but I have been just telling myself “Don’t think.” If I start thinking, it’s all over… I start telling myself I’ll do it later, or maybe I should write my blog post first….NOPE! Just don’t even think about it. For the most part, it just hasn’t even been an option. Get up, get dressed, do the workout. Done. This has been extremely helpful to me and I am proud to say, I haven’t missed a workout yet from this program.
Have a great Friday! Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend? I have…. No plans. Haha! Got a good start on painting the deck rails the other day but now it’s been rainy on and off, so we’ll see if things can dry out to finish that up.
Are you working out during this time? What workouts are you doing? Does anyone do Beachbody? Like I said, I’m usually a total gym rat, but this has been fun!
P.S. First task on my list this morning….as soon as my children wake up, get their butts downstairs to clean up the piano area!! This is how they left it apparently after they finished their virtual lessons last night!! What the heck? Were they raised in a barn?? I wish I could say they are creative geniuses who were composing new pieces in some sort of grand fury….but no. I can guarantee this is just called “laziness”. Or “slobby-ness”, whichever term you prefer. 🙂
Steps: 10,223 (juuuust squeaked those 10,000 steps in…)
Read: 30 minutes
I am grateful for new connections! I had a great chat with an awesome and super interesting girl who lives in South Africa this morning via IG (who I met on the Writing Webinar with my other new buddy 5 am Joel recently). Also, I have really been enjoying chatting and connecting with my new workout friend Megan in Florida. I’m not really one to make a ton of friends very easily, but I am really grateful for a few new connections that have brought some happiness into my life!