Greetings and salutations.I’m not really sure how to begin this post, so I’m just going to jump into it.
I made my 4 a.m. workout today.
I started my routine with ab work. The gym had two other people in it. Maybe three. It was nice to walk in the weight room without a lot of people around. I performed some weighted crunches and hanging knee raises, then moved on to do some cardio.
Today I did a combination of running and sprints. I also did the elliptical for 20 minutes, hitting the incline up to 17. My ass is killing me-but in a good way! I did some standing twist with a medicine ball, lunges, leg raises, back extensions and arms raises. I also did more hanging knee raises and walked for another 1.4 miles.
When I left the gym it was still dark out.
A lot of people can’t fathom getting up so early to work out, but from my personal experience it isn’t as bad as it sounds. The hardest part is really getting out of bed. I have been forcing myself to go to bed early on the days I have to wake up super early. Going to bed at 1 a.m. and waking up 3 hours later makes no sense. Even if I’m not tired I try to have my PJ’s on by 8:30 or 9 p.m. That way I’m already in the “bed-time spirit”.
I was a little tired when I was at the gym today, but I felt pretty energized by the time I was finished with my workout. It was also nice to know I didn’t have to worry about working out when I got out of work.
Onto the food…
I had a bite of a protein bar with peanut butter before I worked out. Later I had a soy latte, and a kashi crunch bar. I read the back of the label while I was eating it and whoa…not clean, people. Delicious, but not exactly close to the earth. It is high in fiber though, so I gave myself some points for that. Later I had a salad made with mixed greens, avocado, chickpeas, peas, carrots, and tofu. I just ate a gluten free protein bar a few minutes ago. I fairly pleased with what I ate, minus the fact I had no fruit. I also have been forgetting to take my vitamins. Got to make sure I do that. When I take my vitamins and make sure I’m getting all my fruits, veggies and protein my skin and hair look amazing.
How is the challenge going for you?