Not everyone understands how I’ve adopted to a 5am/5:30am workout schedule during the week, typically at least three but normally four out of five days Monday – Friday. Today when I arrived at a 5:30 a.m. yoga sculpt class I must have had a look on my face that portrayed the internal battle I had just finished fighting in order to drag my exhausted body out of bed only minutes earlier. I chatted with my instructor and I said that it came down to the following: I could get 45 or 50 more minutes of crappy sleep feeling guilty about skipping the class, or just get up.
I got up. Class was challenging and invigorating. I left with all the energy I needed for the busy day ahead. I was done with my workout before many of my friends were even awake. The sunrise on the way home was gorgeous.
My instructor suggested I blog about the very real early morning workout wakeup struggle and the voices I (and I’d assume everyone) battle in my head when it is still black as night and my bed is it its coziest. So, here’s how I wake my butt up…
- Is the one hour of sleep going to change anything? Is it going to be good sleep or will I lay here feeling guilty?
- Mike’s alarm is going to go off in 30 minutes. Will I really fall back asleep after that or will I lay
- I think there are going to be treats at the office today. I know I am going to eat some no matter what, but I will enjoy them more if I’ve already worked out.
- It is the only hour I’ll get to myself today. Period.
- I’ve never regretted getting up. Ever. Just get UP.
- Classes get a lot harder when you skip. Don’t skip. You will really regret it tomorrow.
- Tomorrow Rylan could be sick or I could be sick or Mike could be busy. I have to go today while I can. While it is even an option.
- Summer is coming.
- I have money on this class. Do I really want to lose a class and the money? I am already awake. I am too cheap to lose that class.
- Shorts and bathing suit season.
- Get. Up. Alexis.
Do I go through all of these every morning at 4:45 a.m.? No, but I’d say at least half, yes. I am a morning person by nature but that means around 7 a.m. Nothing about the 4 0’clock hour is humane, especially in the dead of winter.
But the alternative, for me, is so much worse. Stress. Anxiety. Feeling lazy with no natural energy. No thank you.
How do you GET UP for workouts, work, family, etc.?