A Morning Workout

Mind over matter, mind over matter. Part of pushing yourself is prioritizing the goal in your mind and ignoring the pain. Mind over matter. This definitely works on the treadmill, but when it comes to getting my body out bed, matter outweighs mind 9 times out of 10.

On the days that I do complete a morning workout, I feel amazing. A recent article in health magazine said that morning workouts burn 20% more fat than gym sessions done later in the day.

Morning workouts to do few things:

  1. They get a fitness goal done for the day
  2. They get your circulation going
  3. They help you burn calories throughout the day
  4. They set your expectations of yourself higher – so you’re more likely to make good choices throughout the day.
  5. They get your endorphins going – so you feel better about life.
  6. They give your bragging rights (but you feel so good about yourself, bragging isn’t even necessary.)

I really, really love morning workouts. Hopefully my love for them will soon soak into my subconscious so that it’s easier to get up and do them..

I need workout inception…

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Day 98: Better Tomorrow

38d74cd5c6bdc78a1cdcfb15030f2dd7My gym experience today was less than hardcore. My cold is holding on, and the strain of cardio on my airway left me gasping for air. When Tabbs joined me, I settled for a walk on the treadmill while she pounded out a workout.

As we were leaving the gym, we agreed that we would do “Better tomorrow”. It’s probably the smartest thing we’ve said to each other. Ever.

I did my best today. It wasn’t that great, but at least I made it to the gym. I can always do better tomorrow. As long as you’re not putting off to tomorrow what can also be done today, why not shoot for better and better tomorrows?

That’s how progress works. You can always eat cleaner tomorrow, especially if you ate clean today. You can only run farther and faster tomorrow than you did today. You are stronger tomorrow after lifting today. Tomorrow you are older, wiser, stronger, and more attractive than you were yesterday.

So today wasn’t the best. So what? There’s a hard workout waiting tomorrow.

Day 77: 27 Signs that Your Workouts are Working

  1. Your clothes are looser
  2. You can feel some muscle underneath that fat
  3. Your arms hurt so much that it takes 5 minutes and a lot of twisting to get out of your sports bra
  4. pinterest-inspirational-quotes-motivationYour mood is directly dependent on if you made it to the gym the previous day.
  5. When Nike commercials come on- you know what they are talking about
  6. 2 hours at the gym turns from a marathon into completely normal
  7. Post-gym exhaustion is now post-gym energy
  8. You can be half-asleep when you leave the house and STILL remember your gym bag..WITH everything you need in it
  9. There are callouses on your hands where you hold your weights
  10. You have welts on your knuckles from kickboxing
  11. You can run faster for longer
  12. Every song you hear is evaluated for its workout playlist potential
  13. You come up with reasons to move around…sitting still feels weird
  14. You are more likely to try new forms of exercise
  15. You start counting reps, sets and weights
  16. You no longer get winded after a few flights of stairs
  17. Goals seem so much more attainable
  18. You feel better about yourself..as a person
  19. People comment on your weight loss
  20. Feeling sick and lethargic happens less and less frequently
  21. You’re okay with being in pictures
  22. You are the one inviting your friends to the gym
  23. You feel beautiful after a workout..(okay- after a workout and a shower)
  24. You start abbreviating the names of muscle groups
  25. You naturally stand up straighter
  26. You are willing to spend money on more fitness clothes, gadgets and experiences
  27. You identify with fit people

Day 71: The 4:30 PM Blues

19090817263Even the best of intentions are combatted with the worst of temptations around 4:30pm.

For those of you who don’t work in an office, 4:30 pm marks the time of day when you beg the seconds to tick by faster, or where you pray for more time to finish your work. No matter how hard you’ve worked, you’re usually tired.

It was around this time today that I felt the need to nap. The droop of my eyelids, the pain between my shoulder blades, and the lethargy of prolonged sitting filled my head with thoughts of speeding home, flopping down and not getting up until I had to return to my desk the next day.

Sure. I could grab an energy drink, but I’ve found that the only way to liven up those 4:30 pm blues is to always have a gym bag on hand and always make a beeline for the gym.

My development of this habit paid off today. It was only after a nice bit of yoga that I let myself lay down. I was still dog tired, but I’d gotten in a workout and my back didn’t hurt anymore. It was worth it. It’s worth it every time!

So even if you got them 4:30 pm blues, I’m sayin’ it’s okay.

You put on them running shoes and sweat those blues away.

Day 53: Lockin’ it Up

Life is short...

Time to in

troduce Cole: Hubbs’ best friend and all around cool guy. Cole loves three things in this life: football, Halo, and fitness. About 3-4 nights a week, Cole and Hubbs huddle over one of our living room tvs playing Halo, Madden and college football. During this time, I also pick Cole’s brain for fitness tips or sharing my success. When I’m proud of myself, he gives me tips to get better, but when I complain, he has only one thing to say, and that’s “Lock it up, Kate.”

13 pounds down, and I’ve hit my first plateau. I need to lock it up if I’m going to continue losing weight. I started on the right foot, but I need to bump up my plan. From here on out, here is my plan.

Shred It During Workouts

I’m not going to be satisfied unless my workouts leave me gasping for breath. Making it to the gym 5 days a week a must. I was doing 4 days and not pushing myself as hard before.

Tighten Up That Diet

I would say I ate right about 90% of the time. I’m planning out my meals and not slacking on my diet. I’m also putting less dressing on my salads.

P

ound Water

Good old agua. I’ve developed more of a taste for t in the past 53 days, and I’m going to drink about 100 ounces per day. How much water should you drink? Take this quiz.

No excuses. No turning back. I’m doing this.

Day 50: Gym Supplies

My typical gym bagI can always count on the following items items to be in my gym bag:

  • Running shoes
  • Earphones
  • Water bottle
  • Sports bra
  • Comfortable pants
  • Loose top
  • Hair tie

One of my worst excuses when I was beginning my exercise routine was flaking out on my workout ┬áif any of these items were missing. If I didn’t have headphones or water or even a hair tie well, how on earth was I supposed to work up a sweat? All of these items, easily purchased at the gym or a nearby store, were my excuses to not work out.

Then one day the inevitable happened: my one and only hair tie broke. it was mid-run, and I had a mile and a half to go. Before I pressed the emergency stop button on the treadmill, I thought about what would happen if I called it quits. I would feel bad for not completing the run. I wouldn’t burn as many calories. I also wouldn’t feel the endorphine rush that I was beginning to crave. I smoothed my hair into a manageable twist and kept running.

Since then I’ve decided to cancel a workout if I am missing running shoes, exercise pants and a water bottle. Any shirt will work and, even though uncomfortable, a regular bra will suffice. The gym plays music: I can listen to that. Learning to live through gym sessions like this was a big turning point in my exercise regimen. I overcame myself and am getting stronger!

What’s can’t you live without at the gym? Comment below and let me know!

Day 24: Becoming Acquainted with Pain

“Hello my name is Pain! And this is my friend Ache. Yeah, we hang out a lot. If you had to describe us, we’d be..what do you think Ache? Uncomfortable, distracting and…ooh so good? Yeah that’s it.

“We’re here to congratulate you on some great workouts this week! I mean, man, those planks! You really pushed yourself there!”

“What’s that? Your arm hurts? Like the muscles are tense? Haha! Oh that’s just because you’re not used to working your upper body. Don’t worry, you won’t feel that when you’re not so fat…I mean..when you have more muscle.

“Geez! Do you EVER stop complaining? Of course your abs hurt. You’re building your nonexistent core. You look like you forgot to take off the inner tube when you left the pool. What’s next? You can’t sit down right because your legs hurt? You quit because to you think you pulled a muscle in your lung?

“C’mon girl, we’re going to be around a lot because you have a ton of work to do. We can be really nice if you treat us nice, and we can be really mean if you keep hating us.

“Yes you are are hating on us! We see the way you look at us, and we don’t like it! Ache, can you believe little Mrs. Chubby over here? We’re only reminding her that all her sweat and exhaustion are paying off!

“‘Thats more like it. We knew you’d come around. No Pain, no gain right? Shut up Ache, that was totally funny.

Day 22: Six Week Sixpack

Want a workout DVD recommendation? Try Jillian Michaels’ Six Week sixpack. It think if I did this workout every day for six weeks, maybe I would have a sixpack. But considering the amount of cushioning between my abs and the outside world, they probably wouldn’t be visible. Give it a try. It will work you.