How I got back on my workout game
This is me. Raw, unedited me. I promised myself I'd be as real as possible though this journey.
A couple months ago, I sincerely thought I would never be able to get back into a good workout routine, at least not one that was consistent every day. Back at the beginning of September, I realized that I was tired of feeling lazy and sluggish at all hours of the day so I decided to do something about it.
I woke up one morning at a frightful 5:30 a.m. ready to get down to business. It was a Monday. It was pretty light outside, making it easier for me to wake up and get my day going. Nothing like a "I'll start on Monday" type day to hold myself accountable, right? Either way, I was up, I was dressed, and I was ready to make this day mine!
I decided to switch things up on my workout. I have been seeing all over social media that podcasts are the new "thing," so I decided to skip the Apple Music for the day and tune into some iTunes Podcasts. I am a big One Tree Hill fan, and I saw Jana Kramer and her husband, Michael Caussin, have their own podcast that they have been doing since early 2018, so I decided to give it a try.
I promised myself during this workout that I would run at least 2 laps around my neighborhood which rounds out to just over 1.5 miles, or at least according to my Apple Watch. Side note: I got really tired of seeing my Apple Watch say "You didn't close your move rings at all this week, Kaitlyn." So here, I was about to prove you wrong.
I started the Whine Down podcast, and I began my long trek on a warm morning just before the sunrise, so it was a tad dark outside. I felt good, I felt free, and I immediately felt winded. I knew I was out of shape so this was to be expected. Even thought I felt like my legs were going to fall off, I kept going.
The more I ran, the more peaceful I began to feel and my endorphins were kicking in HARD. I felt amazing, the best I have felt in a long time. I wasn't running fast, but I was moving my body, and better yet, I was moving my body early in the morning, which felt amazing. This was the perfect way to start my day. I enjoyed listening to Whine Down while running because I could tune out the pain I was physically feeling and really pay attention to what they were talking about: relationships, family, travel, and so much more. I LOVED it!
Towards the end of my run, the sun began to rise and I was feeling so good about myself. The final stretch was hard, but it was all worth it. I stopped my Apple Watch, saw I ran 1.65 miles and began to walk. I was a a bit out of breath, but the sunrise was beautiful, so worth it to wake up for, it was warm outside, and I just burned 200 calories. I then realized, this was how I was going to start my day from now on, and here I am, almost at the beginning of November and still making it happen.
It snowed for the first time a couple of weeks ago, so I decided I was going to run in our gym at work and keep the momentum going. Guess what? I did and I regret nothing. I am up early now to get my workout in for the day, I can physically see my body changing, and I don't feel guilty for drinking that beer or eating that piece of pumpkin chocolate chip bread.
All it took was one day, one amazing podcast channel, and one amazing workout for me to get back in my groove. You can do it too! If you want motivation or more information, email me at [email protected] and I will give you all my tips and tricks.