Timing is everything. Waking from my sleep, I check my alarm clock nearly every hour over four hours of sleep. I was anxious and already dreading my 4:00am wake up that would allow me to make it to training for my 5:00 am session. I hit snooze twice and then started convincing myself that the neighbor’s wind chimes were clearly indicating to me that a tornado was headed in my direction. I stared at the treetops from my comfortable warm bed. They were not moving. I was lying to myself again.
I do that when I don’t want to work out. I make up a bunch of excuses in order to convince myself that I am justified in not going to train. This recent ‘tornado’ scenario was one of my best. I must tell my niece about that one, maybe she can use it to get out of homework.
I arrived to the gym a few minutes before 5:00. A community of the committed were filing in. The 4:00 am class was marching out. I envied them. After quaint hellos, I began to implement the stretching regimen Larry introduced me to the first day and quickly moved into my first routine. I was still weaker than I wanted to be, but more dedicated to completing the prescribed workout than I was the week before. I even got on the versa climber without complaining – the first time. And even though, I stopped several times to catch my breath and stretch somewhat sore muscles, I continued. Today’s workout taught me that timing is everything.
Workouts that take place later in the day are less effective for me. Because I begin my errands prior to the workout, I am distracted, frustrated and often late when I arrive to the training facility. Because I am distracted by the tasks on my to do list and frustrated by my lateness, I complain more and work less – expending a good portion of my energy whining, wasting my valuable time and Larry’s encouraging voice. Rather than evaluating my workout, he is forced to use his energy to motivate me. 5:00am rocks!
fusioncorp December 23rd, 2014