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How to Workout in the Morning

6:00, 6:10, 6:20… I would hear the alarm and just keep hitting snooze… Finally I’d roll out of bed around 6:30, drag myself to the shower and slowly get ready for the day… This was how the first 9 years of my professional life would go.

And then in the summer of 2016, I moved in with my now husband. And while moving in together was one of the best decisions ever, we quickly in July had to learn a lot about each how, how to communicate and how to be flexible while occupying 550 square feet in Brooklyn.

And if you know me, I’m not flexible… I like things a certain way, and usually think my way is the best way (and yes… I’m working on it and sorry for anyone I’ve offended!) So in those first few weeks of being roommates as I used to call it, I learned about something that he did that drove me insane… he hit snooze! I am a teacher and in the month of July, I don’t want to hear an alarm… but when I was hearing his multiple alarms go off every morning, and for some reason to Veruca Salt, I knew something had to change… and that was that neither of us would press snooze if the other person was in bed.

So as September began, and school started, and the schedule filled up quickly, I knew that if I wanted to workout, it had to be done before work and early. And since I’ve made that decision, I have never missed a single planned morning workout and here is how…

1. Do Not Press Snooze! The second you hear the alarm, get up… You won’t register how early it is or how tired you are before you’re well out of the bedroom!

2. Lay your clothes out. Sounds simple but taking the guess work out of what you’re going to wear is huge! I know some people sleep in their workout clothes (aka my hubby) and that’s helpful too!

3. Have some caffeine! I swear by my pre – performance workout drink! The best thing about it is if I drink it and then don’t work out, as the substance is running through my body, I get tingles… so you might as well workout to prevent the tingles!

4. Have a plan! The programs I follow at home have calendars so I know weeks in advance what the workout is and how much time I need! This also helps me mentally prepare for it!

5. Give yourself some time to reflect on the day. After my alarm goes off at 4:30, I don’t work out for 20 minutes… I usually drink my energiZe and check my day. This helps me wake up a bit!

And here is the most important:

6. It’s all about mindset and this is the most important! I go to bed with the intention of waking up and working out… If I have any self doubt about it, I can’t make myself get up to workout. Trick your mind into saying, I can’t wait to get up and workout… I promise you, if you only think about how great it will be and remove all the negative thoughts, you will do morning workouts…

I recently heard on a podcast, that you should do something everyday that makes you uncomfortable… Try the whole morning workout thing for 21 days, get uncomfortable and see how you mentally and physically change.

Healthy Chicken Cacciatore

(Gotta love the image… this is what happens when you post to Insta Stories and don’t save the photo first)

I always work to find and make healthy and quick delicious meals for the weekday! Most days I get home after 7 pm and want to be in bed before 10, so my goal is to make it quick and simple! I’ve also been working on eliminating carbs at dinner and finding alternatives!

Since my honeymoon, I’ve lost 8 pounds and am 0.4 away from wedding weight (hoping to be at wedding weight at my weigh-in Saturday). One of the biggest things that has helped me is no carbs at dinner and mostly veggies instead. Carbs give you energy so you don’t need them to sleep. Veggies on the other hand get you full and the little protein I add keeps me full until the next day!

So here is a healthy version of chicken cacciatore that can be made in 1 pot and in less than 30 minutes (and even less time if you buy precut things)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into bite stir pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used coconut oil, but olive oil works well too)
  • 1 onion, cut
  • 2 peppers, cut
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small potato (I added this because it came in our CSA this week but totally does not need it)
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • Basil, salt, pepper
  • Directions
    1. Heat oil in large skillet or wok… add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes
      Add onion, pepper, and garlic and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, or until veggies begin to soften
      Add tomatoes, optional potato, and eggplant. Season with salt and pepper and basil… I used a few pieces of fresh basil but dried would also work
      Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until eggplant is soft… Enjoy!

    Serving Options

    1. My husband and I love hot sauce so we naturally put some in
    2. The tomatoes make it a little liquidy, which I like and the broth is delicious! You can serve this over a veggie rice like cauliflower rice or brown rice if you are eating carbs at dinner
    3. Feel free to add any veggie to this dish! The original recipe I got this idea from (The Beachbody Blog) had mushrooms and zucchini.
  • As alway, let me know what you think! If you post it on social media, make sure to tag me at @lovelearninghealth
  • It is OK to have a Bad Workout

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    Day 47 today, and it was not my workout day. I woke up, feeling decent, but once I pressed play, that liquid gold, never kicked in. I was out of breath in the first five minutes, I couldn’t lift as much as I did last week, and quickly my enthusiasm for the workout diminished.

    I had some mental choices during this 60 minutes of misery today. I could have easily given up, but I knew that wasn’t a choice I would be making. I then could either choose to suck it up and give it my all, or be annoyed throughout the workout and give it as much as I could in the moment. I did not do every rep, and I even lowered my weights throughout the workout, but at the end of the 57 minutes, I knew I made the best choice I could. I gave it all I could today and was okay at the end of the workout with my effort, because I don’t think I could have given more.

    Having bad days when working out is normal… just like when I was running, having bad running days was the norm. You can decide what you do with the bad day… You can decide how you go about the rest of the day. Just because it was a bad workout, doesn’t mean I ate unhealthy or had a bad attitude all day. I was just glad I got it done, burned some calories, and worked on reaching my goals.

    Embrace the suck, embrace the bad days, becaues it will make the good days that much better.

    Core de Force Day 1

    I don’t know the last time I’ve been this excited for a new program. I’ve followed programs in the past, but didn’t start it with 100%, meaning… I did the workouts but didn’t follow the nutrition. Well, I’ve committed to following the nutrition 90% of the time… I’m being realistic that its the holiday season and I won’t be able to take the containers to every event I attend and I want to enjoy the adult beverages ­čÖé

    That being said, I woke up, drank my energize, did my workout, followed up with recover and then an hour later, had my first meal of the day: 2% plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, with cinnamon and pure vanilla extract. It was surprisingly delicious (I typically don’t like plain yogurt).

    I’m excited to share my journey with you during the next 30 days and share my results. My “before” photos were enough for me to give me the extra motivation to stick to the program for these 30 days!

    21 Day Fix Extreme Day 1

    Today marks day one of the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I just finished the 21 Day Fix, though I was not consistent with the work outs everyday or with following the nutrition plan perfectly. I’ve ┬ádecided to commit to the 21 day fix extreme workouts for the next 21 days and follow the nutrition as best as I can given that it is the holiday season. I’m going to blog daily my thoughts as I go through this program.

    After day one, I feel great. I’m in the 1,500 – 1,700 calorie bracket given my activity during the day (teaching) and I am training for a half marathon so I need a few extra calories. It’s amazing how much food this is! I still have dinner (1 red, 1 1/2 greens, 1 carbs) as well as fruit and 2 teaspoons of almond butter for dessert and it is already 8 pm.

    In terms of the work out, today was PLYO FIX and holy difficult! You are supposed to use both light and heavy weights but I only used my light weights. I’m hoping I’ll be able to use the heavy weights next week. I also went for a 30 minute run today. Given the doubling of workouts, I did use Beachbody Energize and Refuel and plan to use Recharge tonight. Day 2 work out has to be an AM workout so I need to make sure I’m ready for that 6 am work out.

    This is a picture of my lunch/dinner (Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet) with a serving of steamed veggies! Way more delicious than I imagined.

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