• Alyssa Piperis

#TryFive: 5 Days of Early Exercise, Day 1

I DID IT! I woke up at 7am and was at the gym around 7:40am. I am so dang proud of myself. It’s so funny how simply writing a blog post and putting this commitment out into the universe pushed me to follow through. I felt so giddy and alive being up early. Every time I’m up earlier than I’m used to and I drive or walk around, I always love how there’s a little gloom mixed into the air because the sun is slowly making itself visible. I also always think to myself, “This is so nice! Why don’t I do this all the time?” And the answer is a simple and poopy one: It’s really, really, really hard for me to wake up early when I don’t have to. I’ve always had issues with sleep, so this goes deeper than just, “Meh, it’s hard” for me.

Buuuut I want to give myself more reasons to get up and tackle the day and have more hours of productivity. I don’t want to feel guilty for reading because I could be writing. I don’t want to feel guilty for running errands when I could be working out. I want to do a little of everything. Or a lot of one thing. Both. Everything. All of it. #Balance. Okay, I’m done.

What’s hard for me is that I’m genuinely passionate about so many things. It’s a blessing and a curse, but mostly a blessing. And it will be even more of a blessing as I continue to better utilize my time.

Sooo, anyway. I woke up at 7am and hit the gym for about an hour. Man, does the gym feel extra nice early in the morning! I warmed up with a little stretch sesh and the stairmaster (the most killer machine in the world for me), then did mostly arms with a little booty work because I just got these GoFit resistance bands that are my new best friends. I’ve been meaning to get resistance bands for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally got them. They’re such a good addition to mix things up a bit!

After the gym I had some avocado toast with an egg and red chili flakes, did a little Insta scrolling and checked up on emails, and then read about 20 pages of my current book of choice, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff (a movie is currently being made about this story, with Steve Carell starring in it).

I was going to take the book and my computer to a coffee shop, but I’m feeling a little under the weather (I think my annual sicky time is sneaking over to me), so I’m just taking it easy, doing some writing, catching up on political news, and contacting my senators regarding issues.

Hopefully I kick morning butt again tomorrow and have an even more productive day!

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