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A Crazy, Mad, Experiment

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Before I begin, let me just update you on some of the things that have been happening in my life as of now.
-Failed Student Teaching
-Started a new semester of Student Teaching
-My sister got engaged (and I learned how appalling bridal sizing is...)
-My grandmother died

There are a lot of things on here that could (and did, for quite some time) make me feel horrible, but with a lot of support and love from family and friends I am making it through! Many of the things on this list could have been looked at in a positive light but I chose to look at them negatively. My grandmothers passing was rough, but I keep little things of hers around me and it's like she never left in the first place. Failing student teaching was rough as well, but I've got an amazing new placement and it's like a completely new start. I'm not going to let the tiny things in life get me down anymore!

Ok, update is done. Remember when I dropped a TON of money on TurboFire? Yea, I stuck with it off and on for a while but during round one of student teaching I was sooooooooooo stressed out that I didn't even bother attempting to work out so it just collected dust in my dvd drawer while I managed to stuff my face with McDonald's (yep, true story). But the creator of TurboFire, Chalene Johnson came out with a book a while back called Push, aimed at being more productive and achieving weight loss goals, and I've been reading it for the past 23 days (you read one chapter every day, there are 30) and over the weekend I was reading a chapter about how working out in the morning BEFORE you have to do a bazillion things will make you more productive and give you more energy. So I calculated the time I would have to get up in order to get a good work out in before I head out to school and that time was (drum roll please...)

3:45!!!!! AM!!!!!

I don't know, maybe I was tired Sunday night or maybe I thought "hey, this seems like a sane idea, lets do it!" But I ended up going to bed at 8 pm and I actually woke up at 3:45 am , and yes the first five to ten minutes were brutal, BRUTAL I tell you! But by minute 20 I was going at it like it was 4pm instead of 4am!

Ok, fast forward to 2 in the afternoon. I'm STANDING at a computer working on a lesson plan for the next day. Usually around this time I'm sitting in a chair, yawning about once every three minutes. But this time I was standing up, and not tired at all! Crazy, I know right? But it actually worked!

So this is my PSA to all of the people out there who hate mornings:

I DO TOO! But just try it for a couple of days and tell me you aren't feeling better in the energy department. Also, it's massively relieving when you're driving home and realize "Hey! I don't have to work out when I get home! I already did that!" It is sooooooo nice!

Ok, getting off my soap box now. I hope you all have a great day and I'll post back on here soon!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUTKINNB 2/13/2013 2:16PM

    It seems like you had a bit of a rough time there, but I'm glad that you had the love and support to move forward and find your positivity again.

Good on ya for the 4am push! I tried 6:30am when I was working a job that started around 9am for a little bit, but I didn't stick with it. In the past week, since I'm writing from home on my own schedule, I've been trying to be at the gym for classes around 9:30am & then coming home & being productive. I'm really liking starting off the day with a workout & agree that it feels awesome to not have to deal with it later.

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HLH31688 2/13/2013 12:14PM

    I prefer to work out in the morning too, because it does make me more productive and energetic during the day! Great work at getting up early to work out!

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MRSOLIVER455 2/13/2013 11:19AM

    First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. I have a couple friends who get up and go to the gym at 4:00am. I've been wanting to do the same thing, but I think since I'm not working I could get up at 6 instead of 8-9 and get in my workout and shower before I normally do. But great job! Keep pushing, you seem really motivated this go around.

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