14 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning

I did it, I have FINALLY that person that works out in the morning. I will have to say that it was a little hard in the beginning and I made Henry join me in this process because I thought it would be really hard to get out of bed if one of us still got to sleep.

I have found SO many benefits, and really the only downside is that I can't sleep in and sometimes Im sleepy in the afternoon.  I try to drink decaf coffee because it's not good for people with anxiety and people with high blood pressure (check and check) but I think my body is use to it now and I don't need the caffeine!

Here are the benefits I have found already!

1. It's out of the way! My nights are a lot less stressful because I don't have working out looming over my head. I found it so hard to work out at night because I'd be tired and hungry.  So I'd either work out starving or bloated.

2.  I drink more water.  Water consumption I have really been working on and when I work out early I drink a lot more water and then that encourages me to drink more through out the day (at least more than I use to).

3. It gets my metabolism going. Enough said!

4. I make better food choices.  I usually am hungry shortly after and I don't want to fill my body with junk.  I also get ready for my day shortly after and pack lunch, I can tell I'm packing healthier things because bad foods sound heavy and I don't want to undo what I just did.

5. Im not over sleeping. Henry and I go to bed really early and some days I felt like we were sleeping too much making me more tired.

6. I'm sleeping better.  I feel like I'm getting a lot more restful sleeps when working out.

7. I start my day without social media.  I'm usually too tired at first to look at social media so I just get straight to my work out.  It's SO nice to start my day without being swayed by social media.

8. I start my day positive.  Getting in a routine has with working out has been hard.  But with waking up early I just start my day right knowing I did something good and have already accomplished a lot when I usually was sleeping.

9. My mornings are less hurried.  Since I am waking up earlier by the time I'm getting ready for work I'm not moving slow, so my morning isn't rushed at the end! 

10. The gym is less crowded! 

11. Nothing is scheduled during this time.  There are no conflicts, I felt like I couldn't get into a routine when I was working out at night because I'd be going to trivia, have meetings or go out and there was no consistency.  But since I'm usually sleeping at this time nothing gets scheduled then! 

12. I don't have the chance to talk myself out of it.  I try to sit up right away and since I'm tired at first I go through the motions of getting ready and there isn't a ton of time to procrastinate.

13. It's something really nice Henry and I can do together, to motivate and encourage each other.

14. I don't have to shower twice.  I usually shower in the morning for work but sometimes when I would work out at night I would feel like I HAD to shower. This makes life a lot easier.

So tell me when/where do you work out and what works best for you! 

October Intentions

Hey Guys, I hope you are having a fabulous October so far! I wish it was a little cooler in Ohio but I will take the good weather.  This post is coming to you with some of my October intentions!  I recently had an epiphany the other day about my attitude towards things, so Im excited for this month and switching things up.

While I was shopping at the mall last week I felt extremely overwhelmed and was throwing a pity party for myself for many reasons.  And I felt like the only thing that could make me feel better was having a new day, but it was 2:30 in the afternoon and I had so much day left.  So I stopped myself and I bullied the part of my brain that was bringing me down, I bought myself a Starbucks and I threw all my energy into having a good day. And guess what? I did! 

So my intentions for this month are:

1.  Throw all my extra energy into having good thoughts! I know this isn't possible but I really am realizing the more good energy I put out the more it comes back to me.  Instead of constantly thinking about what I felt like I was lacking.  "What you focus on you get more of" - One of my friends told me once

2. Complete a mini work out 5 out of 7 days.  Even if its only 10 minutes I'm really just working on habit and some strenght training this month!

Those are all my intentions, Im keeping it simple this month.  Going with less is more.  What are your intentions!! I'd love to hear!

Fitness Journey: Entry #1

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Last week I posted about how on this blog I'd talk about things going on in my life.  So here it is, the dreaded reality of my fitness struggle. PSA: I really want to enjoy working out and being healthy I really do, but I love chocolate more than squats.  I also think I missed the "working out" gene in my family. My mom beats me in FitBit challenges every week with 45,000 steps, my dad just recently did several one arm push-ups at a wedding (he's 62), my oldest sister completed an Iron Man last May (if you don't know what an Iron Man is its 2.4 miles swimming, 112 biking and then a marathon), and my middle sister has completed 4 marathons.  Don't get me wrong I played competitive soccer all through high school and did all the conditioning and was in really good shape but without that discipline I just have no drive.  

The problem with changing into a healthy lifestyle, is it's not an instant gratification lifestyle (BOO). It's something you have to really work at. Sadly when I look in the mirror and think I could be more toned, I don't magically wake up with a few less pounds. And I did gain a lot of weight with some medicine I was on a few years ago, but its not really an excuse and I miss being strong; also not being winded by a few flights of stairs would be a major plus.

I have been able to get into working out before but the stints only last a few months and I get sick or busy then I quit and then I'm back to square one.  So I am writing this post because I am officially committing myself to healthier lifestyle publicly (which fingers crossed will give me the little push I need).  Of course I plan on taking you along this journey with me, I hope to post once a month, because lets get real this is not a health & fitness blog.  

So I have written 7 goals for myself to work on during this first month.  Here they are!

1. Be Positive But Realistic - Let me explain this one. I feel too often when I am in a work out kick I punish myself for every non super healthy choice, if I have a donut randomly its the end of the world.  I really beat myself up for the little things, and I get discouraged thinking its not even worth the work out because I ate like crap.  Instead I need to focus on all the good work outs I have been doing and the other healthy things I have eaten.  Be less strict with myself when I am trying.  On the flip side though, I can't eat 75 donuts and think its okay because I walked for 10 minutes. I often look over things because I did exercise. Either way every meal is a choice to eat healthy or not, as is to get active every day.

2. Eat More Protein - I feel starving through most of the day, and especially when I go to bed.  I have read a few things online about not getting enough protein so I am going to try this and see if it calms down my urge to eat ever five seconds.

3. Prepare My Food the Night Before - When I wake up for work in the morning I am usually running around like a mad women, and I either don't pack enough food resulting in eating all the office chips and candy, or I pack bad food.  Preparing the night before will help me the next day and curb my stress in the morning.

4. Work Out 5 times a Week - Sounds like I lot but I have done it before so I know I am capable.

5. Eat Healthy Snacks - This is my downfall especially with goal 3, I never pack healthy snacks.  I know that my meals could use some work but my snacks are so salty or sugary (need a lot of help in this area)

6. Drink Water - I'm constantly so dehydrated and I know this helps curb hunger too.  So lots and lots of water.

7. NO SCALE - The scale is always the demise of me, so tomorrow I plan on getting on to see my starting weight, take my measurements and then it is no scale for a month,  I am hoping this helps a lot. I want to focus on how I feel, and more the measurements rather than the numbers.

Wish me luck! And let me know in the comments what has worked best for you!