Last night I had a random realization about what it takes for me to get up and out the door for an early am workout. It’s not profound by any means but it made me curious if this thought process occurs for others as well. Coincidentally, it took me sleeping in and *not* going to my usual early-as-shit workouts to realize what doesn’t work for me… to be able to see clearly what DOES work. Life is weird.
For months I’ve been committed to early morning (5:30/6am) workouts a few times a week. Oddly enough, I NEVER thought I’d be this person, and used to prefer PM sweat sessions. My body naturally started waking me up earlier, sometimes 4:30am even on days when I didn’t need to be awake. This annoyed me at first and then I would take advantage of it. I would eventually get out of bed and start my morning routine with a little more time to kill.
For whatever reason this week, I have more PM sessions scheduled, leaving my mornings open. I’ve been doing some 2-a-days depending on how my body feels. In my mind I’ve been leaving the option open to myself whether or not to get up and go to a class. I’ve gone to bed the past couple nights with the thought of “oh I’m sure I’ll be awake in time to do xyz…” WHEN IN REALITY… my butt did not get up.
This made me wonder… What even makes me prepared to go workout in the morning?! Booking class or scheduling time with someone is HUGE. This holds you/me/whoever accountable. Setting alarms like a psychopath is something I do best. 5:00am 5:05am 5:10am. On my phone, on Alexa, making my boyfriend call me to make sure I’m awake (LOL) seriously I’m paranoid and should probably relax about the alarm situation but it works for me!
Ok here’s my most “profound” realization (hehe jk) — Going to sleep with the mindset that this workout or whatever it is… IT IS 100% HAPPENING (no maybes). I believe this is the most important thing for me!!! Anyone else?! Like telling yourself this is a non negotiable. Any excuse I have in the morning will. not. work. Do whatever you need to do to set yourself up for success. Have your clothes set out. Put your water bottle on the counter. Message the damn teacher on social media like HEY GIRL I’m gonna be in your 6am class. So when your mind is all “no” you can be like but so-and-so is teaching and I love her and we’re fucking going.
Sooo that’s my thought process and hopefully you all don’t think I’m a crazy person now. Just maybe this will resonate with someone who is reading. We all think and go about things differently — for those who are already in their groove, keep it going! Share what works for you in hopes it inspires others. Have a beautiful day friends! XOXO
(Pictures are from Jamie Scott Fitness at their Front Porch Sunday’s event. 11:00am Sunday before the 12-5 pop up shops open at Sycamore Brewing! Check their websites/instagrams for schedules @jsfsouthend @frontporchsundays)