Instead of making resolutions for 2016, we decided to do a week-long challenge every month in an effort to change our habits and better ourselves for the long run. Our challenge of the month: early morning workouts. Today marks the first day of our challenge week and the only thing we’re thinking right now is “whose idea was it to work out at 6 in the morning on a Monday?”. Oh yeah, it was ours…here’s how we fared:
Michelle: I knew I would do this. I went to bed after midnight like an idiot mostly because I spend most of the weekend staying up until 1 or 2am. Not because I’m out partying, I’m usually up reading articles on the internet when I should be unplugging my electrical devices and winding down. It’s a terrible habit. ESPECIALLY when you are supposed to wake up at the crack of dawn.
When my alarm went off this morning at 5am, I hit snooze and then accepted I was awake at the terrible time of 5am. I made myself food and coffee and went back to my bed where I had the saddest breakfast in bed of all time. It was just me, the bleak morning darkness, a plain bagel with a smear of cream cheese, and coffee.
The one aspect of my morning I did enjoy was the sense of quiet and peacefulness.
The actual workout went fine. I did the least brain-intensive activity you could possibly do: the elliptical and let the sweet dulcet tones of Rihanna telling me “work work work work work” carry me away. Sure, I was drowsy but ellipticaling is basically air skiing and it’s pretty easy since you can hold on to the bars. I might have even sweat a little which is incredible because in my opinion, being on the elliptical is not really ever that intense.
It’s 10am now and I’m starting to regret my late night yesterday even more. I hope I am not stupid today and actually go to bed at a decent hour despite the temptations of the internet.
Vivian: Sometimes I really hate my body and today is definitely one of those days. Knowing that my alarm would go off at 5:30 this morning, my body decided to kindly wake itself up from a blissful slumber at 4 a.m. so that I wouldn’t oversleep. (Thanks, bod.) As luck would have it, I’m also the kind of person who can’t fall back asleep after being awoken so I spent the next hour and a half tossing and turning, desperate to squeeze out an extra minute of rest. Woohoo!
Once I got ready and headed out the door, things weren’t okay. I am somewhat of a morning person in that I’m really focused and productive early in the day, but the chances you’ll catch me being personable prior to caffeination are slim to none.
When I got to the gym, it was pretty much empty and I was excited to have free-reign over whatever equipment I want to use without having to battle it out with bros or old people. #score I decided this morning that for the remainder of this challenge week, I would do a modified version of Kayla Itsine’s Beach Body Guide so we’ll see how that goes
I think the consensus we’ve come to this morning is that when you get up at the crack of dawn and the hit the gym before most people are hitting snooze, the day drags on much longer than it normally does.
On to day 2!