Why I Work Out in the Morning

It’s been said that a day that ends well is one that started with exercise. I couldn’t agree more.

Exercising regularly is something I’ve struggled with for YEARS. To be fair, I’ve been out of the routine for many more years that I was in the habit of it.

I started running my junior year of high school, but then stopped running as much in college. Then I joined Air Force ROTC and had to go twice a week, but that still wasn’t much.

I exercised regularly for the first year in the Air Force, but that’s it. Since then, it has all gone downhill. Since my diet went downhill as well, it has lead to poor health.

But that’s changing now. I’m eating better and more strategically (implementing intermittent fasting.) I’m exercising in the mornings, and even went at 9pm the other night. Twice in one day!

I want to start pushing myself more. Pushing myself to fail. Pushing myself to pursue bigger things. Pushing myself to become more than I am right now.

That will come from a few things:

  • Building a network of all stars
  • Learning new skills
  • Focusing on the most important things

That’s it. The problem is I have SOOOO many things I want to do right now. It’s tough for me to focus on what matters most.

  • Do I practice interviewing for a job, or try to find freelance clients?
  • Do I go work out to exercise my body, or read to exercise my mind?
  • Do I spend my free mornings meeting people for coffee? Or researching jobs?

All of us struggle with this. There’s an opportunity cost to everything we do, so we just have to keep that in mind as we go through our days.

For example, if I take an hour to go work out, the cost I pay is not doing other things like learning new skills or practicing for a job interview. But if my health is my number one priority, that’s a price I’d gladly pay.

Another example is with what I do in the car. I can listen to an audiobook to hear a great story, learn a language from a podcast, or call someone I haven’t talked to in a while. All of these are good things, but the one I choose to do right now depends on my current goals.

I usually listen to audiobooks, but the sad thing is I don’t take enough action to implement what I learn. Peter Voogd says it’s much better to master a few books in a year than to read 50. I’m finally starting to realize how true and important that is.

Anyways, I feel like this post is going off on a tangent. But here’s the bottom line – I work out in the morning because it works well for me. 

It helps me feel good physically.

It helps me feel accomplished by 6am.

It helps me get more fit and lose weight.

It helps me meet new people.

It aligns with one of my most important goals right now to lose weight.

It’s something I can almost ALWAYS do. If I put this off until any other time of the day, there’s a very good chance I’d get interrupted regularly by something. That’s just how life goes with 2 young kids.

What time of the day works best for you? When do you work out?

How to Lose 15 Pounds in 17 Days…Even While Doing it “the Wrong Way”

I’ve been struggling with my weight for years now.

Actually, I’ve struggled with my weight on and off several times throughout my life. It started in middle school, when I spent most of my time either playing video games or sitting on my butt at school.

At the end of high school, I lost the extra weight. I got pretty fit actually, by running every single morning around my neighborhood and cutting out junk food. Then I joined the track team and a weight lifting class.

In college I didn’t gain much weight back, but I was squishier than I would’ve liked. I always weighed less than 180 pounds, but I didn’t have muscle definition.

Ever since about a year after I graduated, it has been downhill. I graduated 8 years ago and weighed 60 pounds heavier than I ever did in college. I would tend to weight the same thing for a long time, then some event would have me eating unhealthy for an extended period of time, and I’d put on weight.

For example, I went to a 3 week training for work. We had food available all day and a generous per diem for dinner, which meant eating well every night. I gained 15 pounds on that trip.

A year and a half later, I spent a few weeks doing my Air Force Reserve duty. They have a very tasty fast food restaurant by that base I don’t have close to home, so I indulged myself. Another 13 pounds added on!

Sure, I’d lose some of the weight occasionally. Usually it was a low-carb diet or fat fast. But the crazy thing was as soon as I started eating carbs again, the weight would come back. Actually, I would tend to binge when I got stressed and saw the weight coming back, making it all worse!

I joined a local weight loss clinic. They provide a very detailed diet, but following it takes a lot of work. It’s eating a ton of food, even if you don’t feel hungry. The food was boring, because I couldn’t eat most sauces or salt.

Plus, cooking up that much food every day is a pain! I suppose the successful people pre-cook their meals, but I struggled with carving out the time to do that.

So I ended up joining a different program. I researched this one a lot before joining, because it involves drinking a few shakes throughout the day, then eating a healthy meal and snacks. To be honest, the structure is similar to the Slimfast diet. The difference is in the quality of the shakes.

In the program I joined, the shakes are made from organic, healthy ingredients. I can’t say the same for other shakes out there that I’ve seen.

This program also focuses heavily on cleansing the body of toxins. Because our bodies build up toxins over time from the foods we eat and air we breathe, it’s important to take action on eliminating those toxins regularly.

I joined the program 17 days ago. During that time I’ve messed up countless times. I haven’t eaten unhealthy foods, but I did eat way more calories than I’m supposed to.

Who can blame me? I went on vacation to the beach for 4 days. I also went to a childhood friend’s wedding.

Yet I’ve still lost 15 pounds. Some of that is water weight, but a LOT of it is fat.

How do I know? For one thing, my clothes feel a lot looser.

But I’ve also been surprised at the fact that my weight didn’t balloon up on the days I ate more. That’s proof that I’d lost FAT, not just water.

When I would go on a low carb diet and come back on carbs, I would put a lot of water weight back on quickly. That’s because cutting out carbs reduces water retention, so a lot of the initial weight lost is just water.

This program is different. I’ve lost fat, pure and simple. I haven’t been my current weight (225) in 8 months, so I’m excited! I’m going to keep following this system because it’s rocking it, and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next 17 days.

How are you taking care of your body? Are you giving it the nourishment it needs and staying at a healthy weight? Or are you like me, struggling for years to lose that extra weight as you combat things like binge eating?