I ended up staying up pretty late last night, so when my alarm went off at 5:15 this morning, I was not motivated to get out of bed and hit the gym. As I laid in bed, I thought to myself: If I don’t get up and go to the gym, who will really know? I could always just write on the blog that I worked out, couldn’t I? Then it occurred to me that the only person who would know (and not benefit) was me. And wouldn’t that be awful?
A long time ago, I made a commitment to myself to live a healthy lifestyle. And, as cheesy as it sounds, I made a commitment to my readers, too. Those two thoughts are usually enough to get me out of bed to exercise. A yummy breakfast (after a workout) definitely helps, too! 😉 Plus, I always feel like a million bucks when I leave the gym, so skipping it would probably make me feel like a sack of pennies— and that’s no way to start the day!
If you’re struggling to wake up and exercise in the morning, check out some of my tips for getting your butt out of bed.
What gets you out of bed to exercise and start the day?
This morning, I had a serious craving for peanut butter, so I toasted-up some whole wheat bread and slathered it on. Oh yes, I did! 😀
I topped my peanut butter toast with banana slices for some extra potassium to help combat some of my muscle soreness, which was much-needed this morning. Let’s just say, I’m feelin’ it from last night’s Body Pump class!
The stainless steel straw that I used is actually starting to grow on me. At first, I thought it was a little weird. I mean, I’ve used plastic straws for my entire life, so, of course, a metal straw would be strange. But, now I like using them a lot. They make my iced coffee so much colder! These things are going to be sweet in the summertime when it is sweltering hot outside!
I received a question about the painting in the background of one of my photos the other day. The painting is an authentic piece by Yuri Tremler that Mal and I paid millions of dollars for a couple of years ago. Actually, it’s a faux painting from Ikea. 😉
I never thought I would like such bold colors as home decor, but now I can’t get enough of them!
This little tip is also from the October issue of Fitness magazine:
Next time the munchies hit, try this simple strategy to avoid pigging out: Calculate how long it’s been since you last ate, and consider every hour to be worth about 100 calories. For instance, if you had breakfast at 8 AM and it’s now 10:30 AM, you should have about a 250-calorie snack to tide you over until lunch.
As you probably know, a healthy snack contains cards, protein, and fiber, such as a handful of nuts with a piece of fruit or two tablespoons of peanut butter and whole-grain crackers.
Happy snacking! 😀
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Don’t forget that it’s Cookie Friday!
I’m celebrating with a reader (she’s a Hahvard undergrad) at Hi-Rise Bakery this afternoon.
Hi-Rise has the BEST cookie flavors, like Oatmeal Coconut Pecan and Oatmeal Cherry Raisin. I can’t wait!