I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work I just have little to NO time to workout. All you single moms out there may be able to relate: pick up the kids, dinner, homework, laundry, not to mention catching up with the day’s events on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest (guilty, as charged)? To combat this, I’ve started to schedule my exercise time for the early morning hours. And by early, I mean somewhere between 4:30-5:00 am.
I know, call me crazy, but I have just found it to be the best way to stay on track. I’ve blogged about my success with my Insanity 60-Day Challenge, and then my journey with Shaun T’s sequel, Asylum, and to be honest, there were days (and there still are) when I lost the little argument with that voice in my head that was trying to get me up in time to “push play” before breakfast, then get my son up for school, shower, and get to work on time.
Can we be honest? If I get right down to it, that little voice was, and is, nothing but an excuse factory, open for business in my brain each and every morning. I needed a way to shut it up!
Well, today as I was lying in bed arguing with myself yet again, I remembered a time when I thought it was impossible that I would ever be able to shrink down 10 JEANS SIZES. My success only happened because I had a clear vision, I was relentless about achieving it, and I wanted it so bad that I blocked out all the excuses.
Now I have probably my last 5-7 pounds to go, and those arguments are surfacing again. Time to bring out the big guns, the anti-excuse ammunition, the tricks that I will use to get myself going each day, to squash that voice, or at least turn down the volume a bit…
Here are my top 3 strategies to trick that voice, so I can become a morning mogul:
1. Know your “WHY”: Whenever you begin to push toward a new goal, the first couple weeks you’re in the honeymoon stage. It’s exciting! You’re pumped! But have you clearly thought about WHY you want this? Is it because you want to look better? Do you want more energy to play with your kids? Is the worry of ending up in the hospital with diabetes like your mom or dad a reality for you? We all have our personal reasons. I encourage you to dig down on an emotional level and find your why. Emotions have the capability of overriding reason, which will come in handy when the “honeymoon” is over.
2. Make the decision, then go public! As scary as it might seem, tell everyone what you’re about to do. Having an accountability partner (or group) is so important to sticking with your plan. If you don’t have someone to help you through those hard days, I would love to be your accountability person! Just find someone. If you aren’t really a morning person and need help starting out, begin by getting up 15-20 minutes earlier for a week , and DON’T exercise – YET. Get your body accustomed to waking up earlier, to make time for YOU. Then when you’re ready to begin, you’ll be adjusted and ready to go, AND you’ll have friends to cheer you on!
3. Daily ACTION: To quote the overused, but appropriate, Nike slogan: JUST DO IT! Be consistent. Follow a routine. Go at your pace, but GO! Make this non-negotiable, like a doctor appointment or a parent-teacher conference, scheduled on your calendar. What’s worked for me? I lay my workout shoes right next to my bed so I’m nearly tripping over them when I get up in the morning. The night before, I set out my clothes, clear my workout space, and get my towel, water bottle, and DVD player ready to go. In the morning, I wake up to this:
So the next time you feel like the “life gets in the way” excuse is stopping you from achieving your goals, maybe you should try a new morning routine. You just might surprise yourself and be able to conquer not only your fears, but your obstacles, as well. Before you know it, discipline in one area of your life will spill over to discipline in another, and whether it’s your family budget, your relationships, your work, or personal fitness, you will find success and one day live to tell your story. Trust me on this. It works!