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Fit Fridays: Motivation

We made it through another week! Happy Friday! As always, I am looking forward to the weekend. We have plans to go wine tasting in Napa tomorrow with some friends. And It looks like it might be 70* so I am very excited! Let's hope baby Tuff stays put until Sunday!

Mt. Whitney backpacking trip, Tuolumne Meadows, Blood, Sweat and Beers Trail Run and the Superbowl 10K
I've always been a pretty active person. Yes, I've gone through periods when I don't exercise as much as I should, but for the most part, I'm pretty active. I've done a significant amount of hiking, and I also really enjoy running and taking spin classes at the gym. However, since Andrew moved to the city, I have been really slacking on my gym routine. I'm really starting to feel the effects of missing my workouts, and I am trying to re-motivate myself.

I've discovered, as painful as it is, working out first thing in the morning works best for me. During the week, I am just too tired after work to make it to the gym. And on the nights I do go to the gym after work, I don't get home until almost 7:00pm, leaving me no time to relax. By the time I make dinner, eat and clean the kitchen, it's time for bed again. Not very appealing. Although it's really difficult to pull myself out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:35am (yes you read that correctly!) I've found that getting my workout in first thing, is the only way I can guarantee I'll get a workout in.

I had been in a regular routine of going to the gym at least four mornings before work. I would usually take a spinning class, followed by some weights. I could definitely see and feel the results. My clothes were fitting better, I felt more confident, and best of all I had SO much energy. But since Andrew has moved, it's been really easy to find excuses. Since we were staying up later than I was used to, I would tell myself, I'll just go after work instead of getting up early. But when 5 o'clock rolls around, all I want to do is go home.

So, as you can see, I need a little help getting motivated again. Andrew and I made each other promise that next week we would get up and go to the gym in the morning, so that helps. (Although, there was a similar promise this last week, oops!).

I plan to do a lot of hiking this summer, and even sign up for another 1/2 marathon, so I know it's important that I get back into my routine. I figured posting about my goals for next week will hold me accountable. I'll check in next Friday with an update!  

What are your tips for staying motivated?
I hope you all have a great weekend! Do you have any plans to exercise?



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