Woke up early, before the sun even woke me up. It's been happening a few days a week for the past few weeks, but I am ok with it. Although, I am one of those 100% NOT A MORNING PERSON types. Before 10am, my energy level is low and I like quiet time. Those are the small things that are important to know. However, even though I want to be alone, I am learning to be productive with this morning time. Instead of lying in bed for an hour, I cuddle with the dog for maybe 15 minutes, and then get up. I am still sluggish, and quiet, but my brain is mentally awake. I don't know if it's because my dog no longer likes to cuddle for 2 hours and prefers 15 min max, or if I feel I have a purpose and some clarity in my life and am trying to put some thoughts into action. Either way, it's working.
Even though I am getting up and being productive...I still will NOT go work out this early in the AM. I have tried it numerous times, for numerous days, and it still isn't for me. While I feel productive for having gotten my workout in, my body hates it. My joints aren't happy, when I am done I am tired and want to take a nap, and if I can't fit a nap in, I am tired the entire day. I don't know if it is because I worked out after school in high school and in college and grad school worked out at like 10 or 11 pm, then passed out. My body greatly prefers late day workouts or mid day workouts. So instead of pushing myself to keep changing my habits to what everyone else says is best, screw it. I have learned over the past 32 years what my body likes, and AM workouts are NOT IT, and that is ok. :)
So I will be productive with my mind, while my body is still waking up and getting used to a vertical position. I hope everyone listens to their bodies and does what is best for them. We all know ourselves better than other people know us, so use that to your advantage and figure out what routines work and don't work for you. Don't let others change that. Feel free to try of course, but ultimately, you will figure out what you like.
I could wasted my day away being on the computer, looking up people losing weight, working out, and eating right. But then I am just wasting my time and energy. There is a time and place for me to do that, as motivation and having others to talk to who are going through similar issues is important. However, at some point, I need to get off my ass and start doing something. I haven't worked out since Thursday, when I did two workouts in one day, and man am I being lazy. I need to get off this chair and do something.
In essence, get up and move people! I am done writing, it's time for me to go change and get my buttocks to the gym. Here goes nothing. It may not be the best workout since I don't feel like I have energy, but then again, maybe it will be an amazing workout. I won't know until I do it. So ya...let's do this.
- 20 jump rope (or single taps to a piece of wood)
- 20 mountain climbers
- 20 kettlebell swings
Feel free to watch part of the workout in a sped up way on my instagram account here.
First off, don't get me wrong. I love going camping and spending a week disconnected from internet and people. I think that time away from devices is really important, however today was one of those days I had a giant list of things to get done; everything from finalizing my honeymoon plans, to watching some classes online, to looking up events for our honeymoon. Needless to say, the day went a little different than I expected.
I woke up just like any other day…but today was my day to be productive and get things going with all these ideas in my head. I turned over, grabbed my phone, and pressed “mail”. To my sadness, nothing loaded. It’s common for things to not load that great every once in a while, but then I went to another app, and nothing loaded. I got out of bed without my normal routine of checking in on some companies and people I follow, and got dressed to go workout. I then headed over to my laptop. Punched in bbc.com, and nothing. Sadly, my internet was down. This is where I would normally pout a little and try and figure out what to do, before lying on the couch and putting on a movie. Instead, I did all the normal troubleshooting things, none of which worked. I then decided, it’s not 90° out yet and I am already dressed to workout. So hey, I might as well get going. I have a planned exercise for the day, so why not do it now.
Lazily, I stumbled myself across the room to grab my music device for the gym. “14% battery” appears. Snap, that won’t last! The universe was throwing every sign at me to not be productive and to not workout. Instead of taking the out, I still trudged to the gym (garage). Once I got there, I just started powering through. Today was an arm day, so nice and easy, didn’t take too much energy, and to my surprise only took me about 30 minutes, when in the past it took me about 45-60 min. After I finished, I was way more happy with myself, and my arms are still burning a little from the bicep curls. I am proud of myself for not taking the universe’s signs and pushing through.
So the purpose of today’s blog post is to say, even if you really don’t feel like today is the day to do something, do it. You will likely feel better about yourself afterwards and you won’t waste the day away. I really wanted to get things done via the inter webs, but instead I spent some me time, worked out, and worked on personal development. I also came up with some other ideas/concepts and (gasp) wrote them down. It was a nice few hours, disconnected. I will have a more busy day on Thursday getting some important things done, but that's ok. So basically, go for it. Whatever "it" is for, try it out and take the jump. What are you going to do today?
PS - It is 4 hours later, still no internet. I guess I will be posting this later tonight or from a coffee shop in a few hours.
PPS - The coffee shop won!
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.