Summertime Motivation

Well, that dreaded day of the week is upon us once again. I can’t believe how quickly last week flew by and that it is already time to head back to work. The faster these weeks go by though, the sooner it will be summertime! I’m going to keep repeating that to myself this week.

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One of the couples we stayed with in North Carolina over spring break consistently worked out with us throughout the week. We ran together and did ab workouts in the living room. We knew this couple before the week started, but didn’t know them extremely well. As we got talking last week, they told us that they are morning workout people and always wake up before work to get their workouts done. The idea of getting my workout completed before work always sounds so glamorous to me, but as much as I try (and BELIEVE me, I have tried!) to get up early to do it, I always end up turning my alarm back to my normal time and going back to bed.

In college, I would consistently wake up and go to the gym every single morning when they opened. The gym opened at 6 am and I would be there waiting outside the doors at 5:58 every morning. This all ended when I started my internship and needed to leave around that time just to get to the school in time.

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I started working out after school when I got back home, which was never ideal, but I was able to get it done. I tried many times to get up in the morning to workout, knowing that I would be so glad I did when I got home from school and could just sit around. Throughout the past 3 years I have slept in my workout clothes and planned on doing home workouts so I wouldn’t have to go anywhere, but every. single. time. I turned my alarm back off.

My excuse has always been that I need to leave for school around 6:30, so I’m already waking up early as it is. It would be ridiculous to wake up any earlier to workout.

Well our friends sure proved us wrong. After hearing that they consistently wake up each weekday at 4:30 am and make it work, my excuse was no longer valid. Hmmm.

As my fiance and I were in the car on our way back, we made an agreement with one another that we are going to motivate each other to get our workouts done before work. We agreed to wake up together at 4:45 am each morning to be able to workout and shower before we leave for work.

Thinking about being able to come home from school and sit around without feeling guilty made me so excited! I couldn’t wait to go to bed last night and wake up to have time to myself before I leave, rather than rolling out the door. I even woke up 5 minutes before my alarm this morning.

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I was very skeptical that I would get up this morning, so I didn’t want to post on the blog until I knew that I was actually going to do this 😉 but I am excited to say that day 1 is done. I successfully woke up, jumped right on my spin bike, rode for 45 minutes, did some strengthening exercises for 15 and even had time to stretch. The first 10 or so minutes on the bike were really rough and I definitely contemplated going back to bed, but I’m so glad I did it and I know this afternoon doing nothing is going to be just wonderful.

It takes 21 days to make a habit, right? We decided we are going to test this out for 3 weeks and see how it goes. No excuses. 21 days of working out before work and then we’ll see how we feel and decide if we want to keep going or not.

Summer will be here before we know it, and as it starts to get warmer I always find my motivation rising and my excitement for the day increase. The longer hours of light and sunshine really do wonders for your spirit. We will see how the rest of the day goes, but I can definitely see why people like to workout early in the morning.

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Tomorrow is a run day, so we’ll test out running in the dark! I hope your Monday surprises you and is a great one.

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