Oof, this morning was one of those mornings that I just did not have much energy. The alarm went off at 5:00 as usual but I just felt tired and groggy. Ended up hitting the snooze button a couple times. More than really feeling “sleepy”, my body just felt kind of heavy and tired.
I got off my normal workout schedule over the weekend, so I had to make up a workout on my normal rest day yesterday (one perk of my online accountability friend- I had to catch up with her!). Plus, Ivan and I did that semi-long bike ride Sunday, and we’ve been walking a lot this week- TWO long walks yesterday. I also did a bunch of cleaning yesterday on my day off too. I mean, I certainly didn’t climb Mount Everest or anything, but I guess I’ve just been very “active” in the last several days.
So, my body (and my brain, more so) were fighting me this morning! It got a little later than I prefer before I was finally downstairs (thank you snooze button), and I was so tempted to just plop down at my computer desk and just write a post and clean out my email inbox or something.
But last week I ended up giving into the temptation to push my workouts back to later in the day on several occasions, and I realized how much this just does NOT work as well. It’s honestly so much better to get up and get it done. Later in the day I never magically have any increased motivation- if anything, I have lessmotivation later. Plus, it just throws my whole schedule off. So as painful as it can be sometimes to work out at 5:30 am, lately, it has been the best bet.
I told myself this week I would make NO EXCUSES and just do the dang thing immediately when I get up! I like it because then I can shower and be all set for the day right away in the morning , versus sitting around in workout clothes all day “waiting” to work out.
I’m about 2 weeks in now to a new routine from Beachbody (joining in again with my new IG friend from Florida). I still can’t believe I haven’t rushed back to the gym! More on that another day.
This time we are doing a combination of Lift 4 and Barre Blend. When she suggested we try Barre Blend, I kind of thought it might be too easy. I didn’t know much about it and it looked a little “fluffy” to me, sort of a dance/ ballet based workout. (Anyone who knows me will agree- I am a terrible dancer, and have zero flexibility). But I decided to go ahead and try it- maybe it would be fun!
And it totally is! It’s SUPER fun! And, it’s really, really challenging too! I stand corrected. This is why it’s always good to try new things. I am actually really enjoying it, though I probably never would have tried it on my own. The Lift 4 component still gets in the heavier weight lifting, and the Barre Blend workouts are more body weight/ very light weight. Both parts include some cardio. But don’t be fooled- I think the Barre workouts are even harder than the lifting portion!
Like I said, this morning I felt pretty “blah”…just not much energy and my body felt tired. But, I am now sitting on the deck with my tea, writing this post, having successfully completed the entire workout (today was Lift 4 Shoulders Intervals + Barre Blend Core Blend). I did have to check myself a couple times to make sure I wasn’t sort of copping out and cutting any corners. 😊
I repeated this little mantra a few times to myself to keep it moving when I was eyeing the clock sort of hoping to be done:
It always feels amazing to push through and accomplish what you said you would, even if it’s just a simple morning workout! Now, on to conquer the rest of my day! 😉
I am grateful for our city’s garbage service and workers! Today is garbage day here. It’s pretty cool that we just have to roll a couple bins out to the curb and people will come and take it away for us! I’m grateful we don’t have to deal with hauling it somewhere…or worse, having garbage just piled up all over the yard or something! 🙂 I’m grateful they come once a week too, instead of only once a month or less frequently.