Thankful Thursday – Yoga with my dog

Me and my yoga buddy got some extra snuggles in between our movement! I just LOVE her.

Usually, I finish before she is up, but she sometimes catches the tail end of my workouts, and she’s all for a good stretch, and I am all for a good snuggle!

Every day I am GRATEFUL to have such a snuggle bug dog that loves and craves human contact – I can NEVER get enough!

Is your dog a snuggler?

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Make It Happen Monday – Don’t Dabble

0400 (0401 because, you know, Rhode Island love and all that **wink**)

Anyways… do I LOVE being up at that hour? I mean… staying in bed, cozy and warm with my husband and my dog sounds more appealing, but if this is the time I need to get up in order to get my fit on, get myself showered, ready and into work (especially right now during bridge work traffic periods) and get on with my day, then that’s what time I will wake up!

And while the HOUR may NOT be so desirable, knowing I am setting the tone for my day, for my week by showing up and getting it DONE – THAT feeling is desirable, absolutely!

To better your life, you have to be willing to put in the work; you have to be willing to keep doing life-bettering things CONSISTENTLY. You may not love it, but making it a habit and seeing the life changing effects helps give you the drive you need; it propels you through those times you don’t want to.

Dabble efforts get you dabble results, and this is my LIFE – how could I dabble?!

 

Try It Thursday – Early Morning Workouts

Any morning fans here? I know, I basically heard all of you groan…

early morning workouts

 

But in all honesty, it takes a few days, maybe a couple of weeks to adjust to, but getting into the habit of getting up earlier, before the world is awake, and quietly going and getting your workout taken care of. No seriously, hear me out! I know ALL too hard it is to climb out of a cozy, warm bed, and do something active before your eyes are even really open… but something amazing happens when you do! There is SUCH a powerful feeling when you put the most important part of your health first.

Life tends to unravel, and taunt us with unexpected things when we think we have a plan. Knowing that NO MATTER WHAT happens the rest of the day, your workout is already done; you took care of your body… it is so powerful. Putting it off and then having plans change sometimes means it doesn’t get done. When you wake up earlier and get it done first thing, nothing can derail that!

It took me a few days but the feeling I got knowing it wasn’t even 6 am, the sun wasn’t even awake yet, but my workout was all done really had a profound effect, and it jazzed me up and inspired me. And it actually HELPED me wake up! When you are moving your body, you have no choice but to wake up!

It’s peaceful. There are no continuous cars coming down your street, no dogs barking (at least I hope not), kiddos are asleep, no one is hogging the TV or the equipment, no distractions… its just you, the sweat, and your workout!

It’s a great habit to adopt, honestly. Since I started working out early mornings, there was only one day I couldn’t do that and had to put it off until 5 when I got home from work… and all day I felt that anxiety, knowing something important still had to be done. It was such a difference from the other days when I would saunter into work for 7 am and know that already, I took care of my top priority. Truth be told, I felt like a badass. I felt like a boss. I felt like my actions were aligning with my goals, and it felt awesome.

I challenge you to try doing it for ONE week – if it is not for you and you truly can’t manage to do it, that’s okay, but you won’t really know until you give it a real, HONEST attempt. I know it sounds awful in theory, but you really do get a sense of accomplishment from it (and then its nice to climb BACK into bed to cuddle for a few, knowing it’s done!)