Happy Friday friends! Was this week super long for anyone else?…I know it was for me. Adulting is definitely not an easy task, so give yourself a pat on the back for making it through another week!
In last week’s Friday Favorites post, I asked you guys to leave me comments and messages of what you would like to see from me or know about me, so I wanted to start off with one of my favorite questions I’ve received: “How on Earth do you pull off a 5:30 workout?” Good question – and I should start by saying it’s not easy. In this post, I will go over some tips and tricks that I personally use and find extremely helpful for these early morning workouts and adulting in general.
Get a Good Nights Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is so beneficial for more reasons than one and I always try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. I wake up at 4:45 am every morning to make it to the gym by 5:50 am. In order to get at least 7 hours, I make sure that I am in bed no later than 9:30 pm. By getting 7 solid hours of sleep, I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
If you read the post about my Daily Meal Plan, you know that I tend to eat fairly clean. By eating healthy foods, you are giving your body the right fuel to keep you energized. I also notice that when I eat well and get the right amount of protein, my muscles aren’t as sore the next day.
I try to drink about a gallon of water a day. By doing this, I’ve noticed that I have more energy, I eat less fatty foods, my skin is clearer and brighter, and my digestion is regulated. Staying hydrated keeps me feeling my best and I don’t feel so dehydrated when I work out.
Get into a Routine
I’ve been reading this book called the Power of Habit and it explains that after you create a habit, it’s impossible for your body to forget it. In order to change that habit, you have to create a new one, but the original one doesn’t go away. It actually creates muscle memory. This is really helpful with working out and in the book it discusses how creating positive habits can change your life. The first couple days may seem hard, but once you power through it, it gets easier and eventually becomes second nature.
Track your Progress
It’s really hard to stay motivated if you feel like you’re not making any progress and a lot of the time progress is a slow process. I’ve found that taking pictures and tracking my body fat percentage is the best way for me to personally track my progress. My fitness goal was to burn fat and gain muscle and since muscle weighs more than fat, the number might show a higher number, but in pictures I look skinnier. By taking pictures and measuring my body fat, I’ve been able to see my progress which in turn, keeps me motivated.