Did you guys watch that video I posted about the 77-year-old body builder? It starts off with her morning routine and how she doesn’t need an alarm.
Well — holy crap — that’s me!
Monday, I didn’t realize my alarm wasn’t set. I went to bed straight after The Walking Dead to get my 7 hours (alarm goes off at 5:15am.) I woke up at 5:20 on my own, hopped out of bed and got ready for the gym.
Last night I hit the hay at 10 again and while lying in bed I realized my alarm was still off. I pondered for a bit and then decided I would test myself to see if I’d wake up on my own again.
I did. 5:20 on the dot.
I think I’ve successfully trained myself!
I can’t stress how long it’s taken me to become a “natural” morning exerciser. Believe me, this was not an overnight thing. First I hated the gym. Then once I started to go it was only in the evenings, after work. Even when I started running it always around dinner time. Then, mostly out of necessity, as the kids got older, I shifted to a morning routine. Even then I wasn’t going as early as 6 a.m.!
The last couple of years I was alternating between 6 and 8 a.m. classes up until a few months ago, but my gym changed its schedule. Now the only class I can regularly attend is the 6 a.m. so that’s what I’ve been doing.
Monday through Friday.
Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it. I used to routinely stay up until midnight. The thought of early mornings did not appeal to me. The only thing that kept me going originally was the fact I only had to do it a couple of times a week.
Now I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love my crazy active morning. I kick off the day with a little sweat, get home in time to hang out with the 9-Year-Old before he gets on the bus and then eat breakfast with the 4-year-old before I take him to preschool.
It works… for now.
I’m sure I’ll have to change my routine tons more as the kids grow up and my responsibilities change. That’s just reality. In the past I’d use change as an excuse. Now I’m all about reshuffling the schedule to make my priorities happen.
It’s taken awhile but I’m getting really good at that.
In other news…
- I’m working with the California Avocado Commission over on GreenLiteBites and they sent me a $hit ton of avocados!
I’ll be posting at least one avocado recipe a month over there. I’m working on a fish taco idea BUT I couldn’t wait to dig right into the awesomeness. So I found the ripest one and made a quick salad for dinner tonight. See my food journal below.
- Great post from Missy about #wycwyc that made my day!
- Signing new sponsors every week for FitBloggin‘!
- I posted the Banana-Flax Breakfast Cake idea I mentioned on Monday.
- I also shared my excitement about an upcoming train trip to New Orleans! Any train riders out there? I’d love your advice on this post!
- 5:45 a.m. My homemade date nut bar – I put them in the freezer as they didn’t stay together on their own. However, they taste great!
- 7 a.m. Post-workout shake (1 scoop)
- 9:30 a.m. 2 eggs scrambled with 2 slices of bacon, sweet potato and bok choy
- 1 p.m. Hot & sour soup, green salad, tuna avocado roll, spicy salmon roll — lunch out while running errands.
- 5:30 p.m. Grilled chicken with a side of Avocado and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds — SO GOOD! I’ll post more ASAP.
- 9 p.m. Chicken jerky
- 6 a.m.: Warm up (worked on double unders, kettle bell swings, and such)
10 @ 33lbs
10 @ 83lbs
10 @ 98lbs
8 @ 113lbs
6 @ 123lbs
4 @ 133lbs <- my old 1 rep forever! Was a hurdle for me to get over for sure!
Workout: (Took me 16:49)
50 calorie row
50 Box Jumps at 20in
25 Power Cleans at 95lbs
25 Burpees over the bar (instead of jumping up we jump over the bar)
Plank Work: (I wrangle people after the workout to do them with me.)
1:15 each side and center.
- Water could have been better
- Supplements taken