Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Today was a GOOD day, If I do say so myself.
I slept ~ 8 hours woke up and decided to do a QUICK morning workout. I did 17 mins and burned 170 cals. Did 10 mins on treadmill 7 on the spin bike (in my home gym-that I love dearly) and then quickly showered and got ready for work.
At work, I saw lots of patients but remained in good spirits and energy. I had the mental wherewithal to remember tasks that needed to be done AND got them done on time. :) And EVEN finished my day at 5 pm... which is a rarity as a doctor in residency.
And then my experiment began. I had dance class at 6:30. I LOVE this dance class. The issue is, after work I am EXHAUSTED. No matter how great the day is, it takes a LOT of energy to go through the day and empathetically listen and solve the problems of others. A big part of me wanted to just skip dance. I mean, I had already done an am workout, and while brief... it was EFFECTIVE.
So, I openly challenged myself: Go to the dance class. Go eventhough you don't want to go (and eventhough you know you have an amazing time every time you go.) Go even while tired. Go while there is no place I'd rather be than in my BED. Just GO. Get it done and see how you feel. [ SN: I have to tell you I cheated a bit, I know for a fact that I ALWAYS feel better after working out] I wanted to prove to myself that I love working out so much that even on a horribly exhausting day when my bed is begging me to come home, I will still feel better and more full of energy after a workout.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE:
MY EXPERIMENT WAS A SUCCESS! I absolutely am FULL OF ENERGY. My mind is clear. My stress from work is gone. I feel happy and hopeful. I still get to go to bed in 3 hours but now I may actually get something done instead of dragging about moping that work is gonna be here in the am before I know it. ;)
Note to self: Workout whether you want to or not. Workout because you KNOW you love it and you always feel better after you do. :)
BONUS: I burned 1325 calories... in ADDITION to my am cals! :-D