Workout Switch Up

Hi Friends,

Man, it feels like forever since I’ve been able to pop in. Things here have been more than a little crazy lately and I’m feeling a bit zombie-like. My coworker is finally back, so some of the stress has lifted off of my shoulders; however, we are now entering our busy season which means more work (and craziness) in general.

What I would give to be outside right now. I’m staring out the large window in our reception area watching the trees in all of their beautiful, green glory swaying in the breeze. The sun is shining and I’m sure there are birds chirping somewhere nearby, as well. πŸ˜‰ Instead, I’m cooped up inside and probably won’t feel any fresh air until I leave for the day….at whatever time that might be tonight.

On a positive note, today was the first day of my beginner’s running program and I rocked it! I thought for sure that I would have a problem waking up early this morning, to hit the gym before work, since I barely got any sleep last night. It actually didn’t fazeΒ me at all. I stayed in bed an extra 10 minutes, since I had already allotted it into the time I set my alarm for. Then, I popped up and got moving.

The parking lot at the gym tricked me into believing that there were more people there than there actually were. I was happily surprised when I walked in to find my fair share of treadmills for the picking. It turned out that most people there came to take an aerobic class. Lucky me! I chose my treadmill and quickly got into a rhythm and focused on my breathing. Eventually, I completely zoned out and the run was over before I knew it.

Then, it was time to hit the weights. I found an old routine in my gym bag which I decided to start up again today. It didn’t disappoint and I felt very accomplished by the time I stepped out of the gym at 7AM. I was sweaty, my muscles were pumping and I was full of energy. It was the perfect way to get this Tuesday started.

I’m thinking of switching up my workout times a bit or I might break my routine into two different parts. Breaking it up wouldn’t be to get more exercise in during the day; rather, it would be to let out some energy built up from stress. I always feel better after working out and I like having some sort of a routine. Lately, it’s been a great way to get me going in the morning and I notice when I go after work that I feel much better than when I walked in the doors. Granted, I have limited time in my schedule, so this might not work everyday for me, but maybe I’ll switch it up a couple of times a week to see what brings about the most positive change in my mood. More importantly is getting to the gym, no matter what time of day it ends up being.

I’m sorry if I sound a bit down. There’s a lot weighing on my mind lately and I’m feeling a little lost and trapped. I know what I want to do. I just don’t have the means to make it happen right now. I have some more investigating to do and hopefully I’ll be able to make some positive changes in the near future. I have a ton of support between my family and Rob. The timing is just off right now and of course finances always have to be worked out. I know I’m being vague, but some of you might know what I’m referring to.

Hope you have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “Workout Switch Up

  1. Be good to yourself when those lost and trapped feelings creep up. I think breaking up your workout times into 2 parts is smart. I often feel like I need a physical outlet for stress later in the day, but doing my runs in the morning makes that difficult. I’m going to try to start doing more yoga in the afternoons as a little pick me up on stressful days! XO

    • Hey Girly. I just tried yoga for the first time last month and love it. I’m planning on getting more sessions in this fall, as well. Wish we lived closer so I could take a class with you.

      Hope all is well after your move. I stopped by your blog quickly inbetween things yesterday, but will make my way back to comment by the weekend. πŸ™‚

  2. Hope things get straightened out. Glad your workout went well! I love the empowering feeling of being done with a great workout by 7 am, but around 10:30 I’m STARVING (and tired from waking up so early). I hope to become more of a morning exerciser.

    • Thanks, Claire! It’s the best feeling when you’ve already gotten something accomplished when others are just waking up. It puts a positive spin on the day. Plus, your workout is out of the way and you don’t have to worry about things that might get in the way later on, forcing you to miss your workout. The hunger monster definitely appears when I workout in the morning. I’m working on listening to my body and giving it what it needs. The hardest part is getting up the first week. Once you’re in a routine waking up for workouts is much easier. Hope all is well! Will visit your blog by the weekend. πŸ™‚

  3. I hope everything works itself out for the best! I really enjoy reading your blog because you’re so real and don’t try to hide your emotions…even when they’re not always peachy. It’s more relatable!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Kathryn. It meant a lot to me. My blog is always on my mind. I have so many ideas for it….just not the time. If things fall into place, as I’m hoping, I’ll have more time to post and get my ideas out. Thank you for visiting! I love hearing from others. πŸ™‚

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