Tag: fitness

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.

Just Keep Pushing Forward

Friday is my “weigh – in day”. It’s the day that I track my weight and measurements to see if I lost anything and for the first time since starting 80 Day Obsession, I gained weight. Over a pound. This is disappointing for a lot of reasons, especially since I have my first dress fitting today (though, I am still less than I was when I bought the dress)…

However, I have two choices. I can be upset and blame the program and say things like it isn’t working for me, nothing works for me, I’ve tried everything, and give up.

OR

I can reflect on the type of week I had… and I’m going to be honest. Last night, I had two margaritas, a glass of wine, guacamole and chips, and half of a salad… (wow just writing that out makes me realize how much it was)… Most likely the weight gain has a lot to do with salt, but reflecting on how much I ate shows me that the program works if you follow it.

I am not going to dwell on this weight gain today and I am just going to keep pushing forward. I am going to push hard in my thirty minute cardio workout today and make as many good food choices as I can. I know I am doing Happy Hour with my best friend tonight, and I’m not going to hold back because we only live once, but it means the rest of the weekend will be clean eating and lots of water.

When you have a set back, reflect on why versus giving up. Then keep pushing forward.

Why Coaching Inspired Me to Workout

In 2015, I was approached by someone who I never met to become a Team Beachbody Coach. This person was my coach, assigned to me because I knew his sister, but other than that, I didn’t know much about him besides that he worked out regularly and posted some videos about it. Each time he asked, I said no… thinking it wasn’t for me.

But then one day, something in my head, and I still don’t know why, made me stop and think about it. I already was working out, and more importantly, I desperately wanted a body that I didn’t hate and that others admired. I didn’t agree to coach to make money, and to be truthful, I didn’t agree to coach to help others either… I agreed to coach to help me.

Since that day in April 2015, my coaching journey has been a lot of ups and downs, and again, not because of money or because of helping others, but because of my own belief in myself… I completed programs, but did not follow the calendar faithfully and took more rest days than prescribed… sometimes stopping and restarting, and rarely ever completing a program. More importantly, I did not follow the nutrition components and so while I was getting in better shape, I was not seeing the results that made me comfortable in my own skin or the results that I wanted to inspire others.

Until April 2018.

After I ran the Boston Marathon, I thought a lot about coaching and my commitment, and late one night, after eating way too much food and feeling pretty disgusted with myself, I wrote myself a letter… a letter that said I wasn’t going to help others until I learned to help myself. a letter that said I was no longer going to be X pounds and from this day forward I would lead a healthy life, a letter that said I deserved better, and had a choice to make. I spent the next two weeks doing the 21 Day Fix, and then jumping into 80 Day Obsession… and when I say jumping into it, I meant giving the workouts my all, having all of the supplements, and following the nutrition plan 80% of the time (have to be realistic with all of the wedding celebrations)…

Since this new dedication, I have lost 6 pounds and some inches… but more importantly, I feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever have before. For the first time ever, I can look at pictures and not hate my arms, and I can sit at the beach or pool and not find ways to cover my stomach. Am I completely satisfied? No… but this just makes me hungrier to keep pushing each and everyday. This program is challenging, but I also know if I wasn’t a coach, I wouldn’t be doing it. I would have said that Beachbody was just another program that didn’t work and would have tried something else.

Being a coach means people are watching… they may be judging or thinking it is some pyramid scheme, but in the end, even if I make no money, I am healthier, I feel better, I am confident.

Being a coach means developing as a person. I listen to Personal Development almost everyday, and it has helped me focus more in work, in my relationships, and on me.

Being a coach means helping people. Even when that is not my main motivation or my initial reason for signing up, I love getting messages from my coaches or customers about scale and non – scale victories.

Being a coach means getting a check each week to help me pay for my Shakeology and supplements.

Being a coach means I am working on the best version of me each day.

If you read this at all and it resonated, send me a comment. Maybe today is the day you become a coach so you inspire yourself to be the first version of you.

Core de Force Day 2

All I can say is owwwwweeee, but in a good way. Woke up sore after Day 1, which to me means the program is already working.

Today’s workout was 47 minutes of strength training and primarily push – ups. You know a program is the right program for you when you don’t mind doing it for 47 minutes. We’ll see how I feel when this has to happen at 4:30 in the morning. In previous Beachbody programs that I’ve done, whenever there was something longer than 30 minutes, I hated doing it… even dreaded doing it… but today, loved every minute of it. I love how much stronger I’ve gotten since beginning all of these programs. I can finally do push – ups on my knees… though not all of them yet…

On top of having a great workout today, I have also been able to successfully follow the food plan. I won’t say I’ve felt full all day, but the slight hunger feeling I’ve had actually makes me have more energy than the days I eat too much and feel full. I need to remember this feeling. I upped the calorie bracket today because I also took a dance class, but tomorrow I’ll go back to the lower bracket. I need to remember with this program each day is a new day and one successful day does not equate to another and one poor day does not mean I’ve failed the program.

Below is a photo of the steak salad I had for lunch. It includes homemade mango dressing, mango, kale, avocado, walnuts, and steak… All within perfect portions.

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 🙂

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!

Day Four – Love your Workout 

Today’s workout was Lower Fix Exteme. I started the workout wishing I was doing the regular version instead of the extreme. It started with jump squats and then single leg jump squats then jumping lunges.  However after about ten minutes I realized I was having fun and I was having fun because it was so ridiculously hard that I was enjoying the challenge. While completing the workout I was thinking of how important it is to have fun and love your workout. Each new move today I was pushing myself because I wanted to see how far I could go or how long I could go without a break. Yesterday’s workout was the exact opposite. I don’t typically enjoy Pilates and while it was hard, I wasn’t enjoying it so I wasn’t pushing myself. With so many workout programs out there, it is vital to find something that you enjoy so it becomes a habit and part of your life.

This picture is of me immediately after the workout. I’m rarely this out of breath and sweaty after leg day. Can’t wait for this workout next week.