The Metamorphosis of Early Birds

If you had asked me two years ago if I would ever be one of those people who gets up early to work out and go to the gym, I would have laughed myself silly. 

There was just no way I would EVER be able to get up one single second earlier than the bare minimum last second possible in order to get to work on time.

When I first started working out, it was at 8:30 at night. That’s what my trainer had available, and hey, it wasn’t mornings, so I was fine with that.

Then I got Joe. And he very quickly transitioned me to training with him in the mornings. Usually at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m.

So the days I worked out with him I was able to make it to the session with him. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t fun, but I knew I couldn’t just blow off my appointments with him. 

So I did that for a while. And then Joe started pushing me to show up at the gym that early on the days I DIDN’T workout with him.

 

See, my biggest problem (aside from the love of junk food) has been consistency. 

Is the morning the “best” time for a person to workout?  

No. The best time for someone to work out is the time of day where he or she will do it every day.

And for me, it was important to make that time of day be the same every day. Since Joe’s schedule required me to workout in the mornings with him, “we” decided that I needed to be doing that same time of day 5 days a week. 

Let me tell you, getting there the other two days has been a challenge.

It’s so easy, when that alarm goes off at 4:30, to hit snooze. It’s so easy to give in to the feelings of wanting to lay in bed instead of getting up.

But the funny thing is my body has actually adapted to this ridiculously early wake-up. I notice now that if I skip the morning workout, I am not even CLOSE to as alert as I am if I just get up and do it.

I’ve started thinking about this on the two weekdays I don’t work out with Joe. After I hit snooze, I lay there and think about how I will feel the rest of the day if I don’t work out versus if I DO. Most of the time, this is enough to convince me to get up and workout because the difference is THAT major.

And if that’s not enough to motivate me, the fear of what Joe will do to me IS.

A few weeks ago, I was super lazy and I think I skipped one of my weekday mornings. Then I weighed in that week, and it wasn’t wonderful. Joe made me do overhead lunges my entire next workout. It sucked so bad at the time, but it was…effective.

Since that workout, I’ve been at the gym every single weekday. When I hit that snooze button and think about skipping, I think of another session filled with nothing but overhead lunges, and that thought basically makes me LEAP out of bed! Not even kidding.

So the thing I’ve learned from this is that we are all capable of change. We are all capable of doing so much more than we think we can. Like I said, I NEVER thought I could EVER be that person getting up super early to work out. But here I am, up since 4:30 this morning, writing this all sweaty from a workout. And if I can do it, ANYONE can.

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