No-one has ever said that getting fit and healthy was going to be easy and it certainly isn’t something that has come naturally to me! I’ve been at this for a while now, yoyo dieting throughout my teens.
I set my alarm for 6am this morning to go work out before heading to the office. Leaving my boyfriend fast asleep and cosy in bed was truly heartbreaking. I wanted more than anything to hit snooze on my alarm but that wasn’t going to get me where I want to be, so after a little pep talk with myself, I hauled my butt out of bed.
I’d packed my stuff the night before which I find is key to avoid rushing around on those early mornings. ‘Failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ – I’m with whoever said this.
I arrived in the gym at 7am, making sure I had enough time for a sufficient workout. I’d usually still be asleep at this time so this is all felt a little alien to me. I had no idea how many people get up to go work out at 7am on a Monday morning.
I was always an post-work gym kinda girl but often after a long 8.5 hour day the thought of doing anything other than going home to my dinner was highly unappealing, therefore my gym routine lacked consistency. I decided this needed to change, so here I am trying out the ‘morning gym’ life and currently it seems to be exactly what I needed. My workouts are more productive and it gets me ready for the day ahead.
Today’s workout started with around half an hour of cardio followed by a quick routine to target my arms.
- 5k run on the treadmill
- Bicep Curls – 4kg (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Deltoid Raises – 2kg (3 sets of 15 reps)
- Skull Crushers – 4kg (3 sets of 12 reps)
- Tricep Dips (2 sets of 10 reps) – my arms were like jelly by this point.
I then found I had around 20 minutes to sit in Starbucks and relax with a green tea! My morning was a complete success and all of this was before my day would normally even begin! Getting up at 6am was tough but by 9am I felt great and was ready to take on the day.
My diet today consisted of :
- 2 easy peelers
- Skinny Meltcalfes sweet and salted popcorn (78 kcals for a healthy high-volume snack)
- Chicken and couscous – Lunch
- A couple of squares of dark chocolate
- Half a small packet of honey roast ham
- Chicken, carrots and asparagus – Dinner
It wasn’t the best day diet wise but that little square of dark chocolate kept me sane.
As it got later in the day I began to struggle. I was tired, hungry and super grumpy – HANGRY. My eyes felt heavy all afternoon in work as a result of my body adapting to the early starts. I’m hoping that I get used to it over time.
After work my boyfriend and I went our weekly shop at Sainsbury’s. This was a really bad idea given how hungry and weak I was feeling by this point. Luckily I’m commited enough to this journey that my mood didn’t affect my food choices.
Now that the fridge is full of healthy food and my belly’s full, I’m off to get some much needed rest for tomorrow’s early start!