How did I become an early morning workout person?

So, in my quest to work on being HEALTHY and not just SKINNY, I realized I wasn’t really tackling my
goal. I was working out a couple of times a week and my workouts were OK. By OK, I mean I really
wasn’t pushing myself. What I was doing was checking the box. I’d do 30 mins of cardio on the elliptical

I’d do 30 mins of cardio on the elliptical and run out of time to do anything else, but Check, I got in a 30 min cardio workout! Oh, but I really
didn’t sweat. Needless to say, I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, in so many ways.
I wanted to build lean muscle (very important as we age, especially for us women), be at a healthy
weight and feel good in my own skin – all the time, not off and on. I realized I was not making my

I realized I was not making my workouts a priority. I had a lot of excuses – I don’t have time, I had a meeting coming up, got a call from
my client and couldn’t get away, spent time with the kids and couldn’t fit it in. blah, blah, blah!!!
Then I saw this quote


That was a life changer for me! I used it on myself. Instead of saying “I don’t have time to
work out”, I said, “It’s not a priority for me to workout”. What? Yes, it was a priority, or I wanted it to be
a priority. I wanted to be healthy and build lean muscle. To do that, I had to work out. Really workout,
not check the box. Like pick up a dumbbell and do some hammer curls. Well, when I put in these terms I
realized it wasn’t a priority and I quickly went to work to change that around.
I decided that mornings were best for me. That way I got in the workout I wanted and got rid of my
excuses when I tried to work out in the middle of the day or in the evening. I set my timer for 5:00 AM.
That worked pretty well, but then I realized it took me a while to get moving in the morning. So,
backed the alarm up at 4:50 AM which gave me time to get up, dressed and downstairs ready to go by

5:00 AM. I set my goal, tried a new approach to achieve it, assessed how that was working and refined
my method. The next thing I refined was how often. Was I going to work out 3 times a week – well,
when was I going to schedule the 3 times. Or every day – well, how was I going to handle my travel days.
In the end, my goal became to work out every weekday that I am in town at 5:00 AM. It’s been four
months since I started this approach and I have been successfully achieving my goal!! Now to take this
process to other goals I have in my life! And help others to do the same thing!

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