Thursday, January 31, 2013
This morning was probably the toughest morning yet. I completely threw off my sleep schedule by hitting the hay at 5. I was exhausted and slept like a baby until about 10pm, than I tossed and turned until I drifted back to sleep around 2. When my alarm reminded me it was time to lace up my gym shoes and head out the door my iron will was more like a very small voice in the back of my brain reminding me how important it was to conquer my own desires to be lazy and over come them.
That snooze button on my phone looked so inviting. I may have even pressed it and for a brief moment laid back down contemplating not getting up until it went off again. I've read over and over again on Spark how those extra few minutes do not help you, in fact they seem to leave you even more groggy and tired. So despite the invitation of my warm bed I forced myself out of bed and cancelled my snooze.
I rounded everything up almost looking for any excuse to go lay back down but I was dressed and ready to go earlier than usual, water bottle, keys, phone and headphones in tow. Breakfast had been eaten and I was ready to go.
My screen door (which always gives me trouble) decided this morning to give me some snark. It froze shut last night. We've had a couple of unseasonably warm days with lots of rain. Combine that with a sudden drop in temperature and bam, everything is frozen. So in my efforts to get the door open (I may have ninja kicked the handle) my handle finally gave out and broke.
I finally managed to get the door open only to be blasted with a severely cold wind straight to my face. If I was going to go back to bed that was the moment. It was freezing. The ten feet from my stairs to the car seemed like a mile. When I arrived at my car it was frozen as well. Sometimes the universe just feels like it's either out to get you or out to lull you back to bed. I persisted overcoming the obstacles and made it to the gym.
I wish I could say I had some kind of break through workout today but I didn't. It honestly wasn't even as long as I had hoped. My body is sore and tired. I have one more workout before my rest days and today was a light day anyway. I still challenged myself with 11 minutes on the arc trainer from hell. But I finished up with a 15 minute mile on the Elliptical followed by a cool down. I plan on doing my ab circuit later today but I'm just happy I beat the snooze and managed to get to the gym.
Let me take a moment to say how thankful I am for the community around me. Inviting them to challenge me to keep up with my workouts has been phenomenal. From the gym desk guy (who noticed my workout was shorter today), to my online community both on spark and facebook. It was you guys that I felt like I would disappoint if I didn't get my butt out of gym. It's a lot harder to disappoint all of you instead of just me. Thank you for your constant challenge!
How do you relate your challenges to those around you? Do you have accountability partners who keep you working out? Are you trying to do this all alone? You know where to leave your comments, can't wait to hear from you!