Goals, Life

Routine Struggles

Hi there! It was difficult to name this post today, because I don’t want it to sound like getting in shape is the struggle, but rather, fitting fitness into my life currently is a struggle. 

I have been working out consistently for a few years now, and while that thought could lead you to think that I’m in great physical shape, I’m not. I’m not in BAD shape, but in my opinion it could be better. 

For so long I LOVED my morning routine. I loved waking up at 5:30 (I still do), drinking my pre-workout, hitting play on my workout at home, and hustling to get ready for the day. But lately, in this season of all this change, I’ve been CRAVING slower mornings. This is so hard, because I love moving my body and working up a sweat early, because I like having the progress on my Apple Watch activity rings before I get to work. 

Even right now, as I write this, I got up, drank my pre, put my gym clothes on, and felt called to sit down and write about this, which is delaying the workout, but I also feel like all of this is just flowing out of my fingers. I might also be watching YouTube videos on morning routines to get inspiration. 

So what I’m thinking is that I’ll start doing some yoga in the mornings. A shorter flow that gets my body moving, but doesn’t shock my system like a full on workout does. This will help ease me into breakfast and the day. Just doing this yesterday I got to work early, and (for once) treated myself to a chai with almond milk from Starbucks on the way ❤ 

I loved it! And, with the addition of Denny on the horizon (more on this soon), I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking a little extra time to snuggle with him before I get out of bed. It fills my heart and I love carrying that feeling with me throughout the day. I’ve never really had that before! Waking up with someone.

This means getting my workouts in after work each day. This is when I used to go to the gym, and it never really felt like the right time. Maybe it was that I had a full stomach from lunch, or was just mentally drained. Whatever it was, I never felt like I got as much out of my workouts in the afternoon as I did in the mornings. It can be done, but its going to be a real mindset challenge. Also, figuring out when and how much to eat before the gym to not feel like I just had a full meal before cardio. Not a fun feeling!

As I’m writing all this, I’m noticing this trend of wanting to do EVERYTHING in the mornings. I know this is when I’m most productive, but there really is only so much I can do in the couple of hours I have in the mornings. I’ve played around with it, and 5:30 really is the best time for me to wake up – any earlier and I’m completely useless in the evenings. I have to be at work at 8, which means if I leave around 7:40-7:45 I’ll be there on time, but I feel best when I get there a few minutes early so when we are officially open I’m already in the swing of things. 

Someday (hopefully not too far away), I will make my own work schedule, and will be able to decide when I work out each day instead of fitting it in somewhere. 

Then there’s my nutrition. This summer I haven’t been as restrictive as I have been in the past, and that means that the work I do put in in my workouts isn’t optimized. I want this to change. Its not that I eat terribly all the time, but when I’m with Denny I tend to ease up and follow more of his diet. This guy can eat literally anything and not gain a pound. Its so frustrating! He does has a very physically demanding job, though, so I know that helps him. I move big paper boxes at work daily, but its not enough to consider it a “daily workout.” 

When I’m on my own during the week, my nutrition is pretty aligned with what my goals are. We have kind of opposite work schedules (8-4 // 1-1ish) so we don’t share meals during the week. This makes it easier for me to eat the way I need and want to, and I have been more relaxed on the weekends when we’re together. 

I know I don’t get enough protein, and I’m doing a lot of exploring on how my body processes different meats. I don’t eat much red meat anymore, and stick mostly to chicken, turkey, and eggs. I have been really enjoying exploring plant-based protein options as well! I’m not talking plant-based meat like Impossible, I’m talking about things like using chickpeas, pea protein, etc. This has been much more gentle on my body. 

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that the morning routine I had is no longer serving me. Or maybe it is, but I need to try out some other things to see if there’s something better for where I’m at now. Of course I’d love to be stronger and more toned, and I’ll get there, but I’m in this for the long haul. I don’t feel the need to do something extreme to get there. Its all about sustainability and realistic expectations of myself. I’m going through a lot right now, and there are more changes approaching. While I’m really excited for these changes, I know there will be an adjustment period, and that’s just life! 

I am still going to keep up with Beachbody. I love the culture, the workouts, and being a coach. But I’ve always known that health and nutrition is not a cookie cutter things. So while I’m still doing the workouts, I’m still coaching, and I’m still using some of their supplements, I’m also branching out a bit and trying some new things! I just ordered a container of the vegan (plant-based) protein powder from 1st Phorm! They’re a St. Louis based company (awesome), and I’ve been following them as well as some of their trainers for a while now. Its a reputable company, and I’m just dipping my toe in with a daily powder LOL

Mornings are my favorite, and I LOVE that I took the time to sit down and write this. I haven’t done one of these journal-style blogs in this new set up yet, and I hope to bring these life check-ins often. This is a space for sharing experiences and things I’m learning in life as I go navigate through it, and I can guarantee there are people out there who are going through this same thing. 

So for a while I’m going to try out the slower mornings. Waking up, snuggling, practicing my yoga, meditating with my oracle deck, making a good breakfast, and getting myself to work early. Maybe even some writing in there too 🙂 And the challenge will come in the afternoons when I leave work and come home knowing that I haven’t gotten an honest to goodness workout in yet. It will be a process, but I’ll get there! I think. The idea FEELS right. 

I would LOVE to know more about your routine! What are your mornings like? What is a ritual you have to have in the mornings to get you going for the day? Leave it in the comments or connect with me on social media! 

Side note – I’m developing an (what I still think is pretty healthy) obsession with this blog’s analytics. The daily traffic is something I’ve always kept an eye on, but never paid attention to trends and what does best. Posting daily is how to get the most consistent daily visitors, but that’s SO MUCH CONTENT! And its the goal, but right now I just don’t have the mental capacity to do that. The photos I posted on Monday did really well, and just shows that I should sharing more of my photography here! This is even more motivation to care my camera around with me more, which is something I’ve been missing and wanting to bring back. 

I now have no time to fit a workout in before work (of course), but I do feel like I did something to get me one step closer to my dharma. I do feel excited to get a workout in after work and the grocery store today, but I could feel completely different when the time comes. BUT! Before I leave for work I’m going to lay my gym clothes out, set out my pre workout, and do everything in my power to make it as easy as possible to hit play around 5 today. Oof. 

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