It’s a new week! I’m enjoying my cereal with blueberries and peaches as I type up this post.
Since it’s Monday and the start of a new week, I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation this morning. I have some thoughts to share, but first let’s recap my weekend.
I was in desperate need of recharging this weekend so I could get motivated to start up another busy week. I spent a lot of time napping, lounging with Riley and the pets, eating some yummy food, and generally being a lazy bum. It was awesome! We went out for appetizers and wine Friday night at a local restaurant called Buon Amici. We enjoyed a crab cocktail, cheese calzone, and the fruit, cheese and bread platter.
Here are some of my other yummy weekend meals:
Brunch of eggs, maple bacon, home fries and biscuits.
This morning started bright and early at 4:30! I was feeling refreshed from the weekend and was ready to get nice and sweaty. I ran for 25 minutes on the treadmill, switching between uphill running and sprinting. After my run I grabbed a kettlebell and some dumbbells to do the following circuit:
- 15 Kettlebell swings
- 15 Squats (holding kettlebell) with calf raises. Similar HERE.
- 20 Donkey kicks (each side)
- 15 Kettlebell swings- one handed, switch halfway through
- 20 Front lunges with dumbbells
- 20 Mountain climbers
- 20 Side lunges with dumbbells
Ideally you should do that 3 times. I made it through twice before running out of time. It felt great to get sweaty after 2 days off!
Random Thoughts on Motivation
When I was at the gym the other day, an older man in his 70s who I see a lot approached me. He said he just had to ask how I stayed so dedicated to showing up to the gym at 5 AM most days when most people my age wouldn’t (he guessed me at 23. Bless you, fellow gym-goer). After talking with him, I looked around and realized that I am the youngest person working out at that time of day. Most people I know think I’m a crazy person and I regularly hear, “I could never get up early like you to work out!”. I honestly think people picture me getting out of bed like this:
A lot of people ask me HOW I manage to get up at 4:30 to work out. I can talk about setting clothes out the night before, or getting plenty of sleep, and that’s all good stuff. What I realized, however, is that it’s a lot more important to know WHY I get up to do it. When that alarm goes off and it’s pitch-black outside, If I didn’t have the right mindset, keeping a solid workout routine just wouldn’t happen.
Here are the top 3 reasons I get out of bed at 4:30 to get to work out:
- It’s the only time of the day that TRULY belongs to me. I don’t have to answer to anyone and no one expects anything from me. I also know it’s the only time of day I’m guaranteed to be free. When I get home in the evenings, all I want to do is relax!
- I really value being healthy and taking care of my body. Aside from my relationships, the two things I work every day to take care of are my health and my attitude. Working out is the best way to nurture both of those things and help me stay positive.
- My whole day is better when I’ve worked out. I make smarter food choices, I’m in a better mood, and I’m more productive at work. I never regret a workout!
And to all those people who ask, “doesn’t it suck to get up that early?” the answer is yes, it does suck, but only at first. Once I remind myself of the real reasons I work out, I’m able to get myself out of bed. At the end of the day I figure out ways to fit it into my schedule because it’s important to me and it’s a part of who I am.
So happy Monday, everyone! Today’s the best day of the week to rediscover your motivation. And if you just can’t find any today, well, there’s always this option.
Have a great day!
What’s your biggest motivation to work out?
Have your reasons to work out changed over the years?