“I love working out! Let me do it more!”
“GAH! I hate working out. Why do I do this to myself?”
- both said by me at some point during the week
Do you have those weeks/months/days/mornings? Sometimes I wake up and I’m like YES, let’s DO IT! Some mornings I’m super-excited when I set my alarm, knowing that in seven short hours I’ll be doing one of my favorite pastimes. And other times…
I’m reading a book right now called 150 Pounds: A Novel of Waists and Measures. I’m honestly not even sure how I heard about this book. And I can’t vouch for it being a great piece of literature. But one of the characters is a health and fitness blogger who counts all her calories with an app on her phone, wakes up at 4:30am every morning to work out, and writes about every detail of it. It’s supposed to be way over the top and you’re kind of supposed to hate her. Basically, though, the character is me.
I was reading this before bed on Thursday night, right after having set my alarm for 4:30am with plans to make it to Kosama for the 5am K4 TRX class. I began to think to myself, I wake up at 4:30 (or sometimes earlier!) every morning to work out. That is insane. Why the hell do I do this to myself? That is so over the top. It’s narcissistic to care that much about my body. Do I really want to live my life this way?! I closed my book, rolling my eyes at myself.
I still got up the next morning and did my workout. But I wasn’t sure I was
supposed to be happy about it. Then, while perusing Facebook with my post-workout bowl of egg white oatmeal, I saw that my cousin-in-law had posted this picture of a very inspirational coffee cup:
That is my early-morning work out. I get up an hour early in order to start my day off on the right foot, doing something healthy, good for my body, and (most importantly) something that I love. Not only do I get to live that extra hour, but I am doing something that will very likely help me live for extra years.
I think I need to get this coffee cup and set it by my bed as a reminder that I am not Alexis (the character in this book). And even if we have similarities, I choose to live my life in this way because it truly makes me happy.
All of that being said, here’s what my week looked like:
- Sunday - Decided to head to the gym to do Julie’s Weekend Circuit Workout instead of my usual Sunday Night Special (Yoga class).
- Monday - Ran 4 early morning miles; had a date night with B at Kosama’s K-Strong class (and ended up teaching 1/2 the class because there were so many students! Good problem to have!)
- Tuesday - Taught K4 Cardio in the a.m.; ran 7 miles after work (in beautiful weather!)
- Wednesday - Taught 2 CoreX classes (an active recovery/Yoga style class)
- Thursday - Ladder Laps & Abs – an awesome treadmill workout that I’ll be sharing with you on Tuesday (yay, scheduled posting!)
- Friday - K4 TRX in the morning (as an attendee); K4 TRX in the evening (as the instructor)
- Saturday – The absolute worst 14 miles of my life (I woke up feeling a bit under the weather, but decided to tough it out on my run. Bad decision. Spent the rest of the day on the couch with fever and body aches.)
- Sunday - Looking like a rest day after yesterday’s awful run!
How was your week? Did you get all the workouts in that you had planned?
Do you ever fear that your workout habits make you crazy?