Fitness Friday

OK, I guess it’s time to start!  I have been so hesitant to actually begin but sometimes you just have to take that leap and figure it out as you go.

A few months ago I read the book the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.  I seriously loved that book so much I am reading it again.  Confession, I don’t actually have time to read so I listen on audible during my commute into work.

In the very beginning of his book he wrote that his dad religiously got up and exercised every morning and he could set his clock by his father’s workouts.  Rain, sleet or shine, he was out there doing his old school military presses and dead lifts.  I thought, “Man, I would love if that was me.  I could never.  I hate getting up in the morning.”  Then I caught myself.  Why couldn’t it be me?  I’d just have to do it.  I’d just have to try!  So a few months ago I set a small goal for myself to get up before my family and do my workout before everyone woke up.  Just try for 1 week I told myself.

The first thing I did was tackle my excuses.

  1.  I am always cold in the morning and I know I hate changing out of my PJs.
    • I slept in my workout clothes with sweatpants and a sweatshirt on over it.
  2. I have no motivation to get up.
    • I put my phone next to my bed and in the morning when my alarm went off I went into our motivation group and looked at all the amazing things people were accomplishing.  I also went on instagram and searched some hashtags like #noexcuses #fitfamily #hammerandchisel or any other fitness program I was planning on doing that day.  It lit a fire under me to get it done so I could share my own success

After one week of rising before the rest of the house I was hooked.  I can’t say I do it 7 days a week, but more days than not I am up, have exercised, showered, and dressed before I hear the little footsteps coming down the stairs.   It has been a good 5 months now and I relish those quiet hours in the house just for me.

morning workout

I am currently doing the Beachbody Program called Hammer and Chisel.  Today was Max Hammer.  The premise is to fatigue your muscle with movements for 1 minute, then use max weight for 8 reps.  I love it.  I am seeing serious gains in muscle definition.

Last night the kids stayed up a LITTLE bit later than usual because we rented the movie Hotel Transylvania 2.  It was so cute.  I swear those movies are made for adults as much as for kids.   The little ones woke up, we got them dressed, had some breakfast, and were out the door.


Jimmy is liking this stuffed Cheetah that we won at the boardwalk this past summer.  He wanted the cheetah to eat breakfast with us this morning.  Then he played with the Sagi bobble head.  I think Sagi was telling the Cheetah he needed to push harder.  Jimmy even stole some of my shakeology this morning.  That kid loves it!  Today’s flavor was cafe latte with banana, coconut extract and some cinnamon.  YUM!


Have a great Friday everyone!


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