I Hate Mondays

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP. Oh my God. What day is it? Where am I?

It’s Monday. Everyone in my house is sleeping. It’s dark and cold out there. It’s 4:45am and I have a date with the gym.

imageAsk anyone who knows me and they would tell you that I’m not a morning person. But this is starting to change. A relatively recent job shift has required me to rise before the sun; while a nagging desire to get healthier has left me with no choice but to get my fitness in before my shower for work. I feel like I’m out of the house for long hours during the day and want to capitalize on as much time with my daughter as I can, so I’ve been trying to steer away from going to the gym after work.

Struggling to get motivated and finding the time to work out are not unique problems. And I constantly search for inspiration and solutions to these problems. One of my sources of inspiration has been this very fit mama that makes no excuses: Sistas of Strength. And after reading something she wrote about early morning workouts, this was exactly when I decided to make the 5:00am workout, like, a thing. This may not be a revolutionary idea for you early risers, but this was definitely an earth-shattering concept for me. Getting up at that hour would most likely cut into my eating-Zebra-Cakes at bedtime routine.

I mean, how in the world would I be able to get myself in gear and get motivated? I already had the gym membership. Ok, one excuse eliminated. Damn. My road-race-prep-occasional-weekend-running-buddy signed up at the same gym and informed me that she is in fact a morning person. GAH! Then I “splurged” on four sessions with a personal trainer / former Marine / living nightmare to help me kick-start my journey toward my fitness goal. Meeting with him became my Monday morning pre-work routine. Right, as if Monday mornings didn’t suck enough.

But I needed to remember how good it is for me to set a goal, push myself, test limits. Having this support system in place and allowing myself — scratch that — forcing myself to make some changes has had all sorts of positive results: feeling better physically, less sluggish getting ready for work, more positivity mentally, yada, yada, yada. Make no mistake, it’s a work in progress, and I continue to search out inspiration wherever I can.

Does anyone else have a fitness goal? How are you making it happen?

2 thoughts on “I Hate Mondays

  1. You are really speaking to me with this. I KNOW I need to get up and workout at 4:45/5 but honestly I feel like I’d rather stay in bed and I’ve gotten out of a running routine. UGH. I don’t know how to get myself back into it when it feels like I have such minimal “me” time.

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