How do you start your day?
Most days, I start out with a 3-mile run with my bff. Before I persuaded her to become a runner, we would go to the gym together first thing in the morning. Neither one of us is very successful in getting a workout in if we wait until later in the day. We have to trick ourselves into it before we’re fully awake. I still can’t figure out why that’s true since I feel so much better when I exercise, yet it’s a consistent fact that I have to force myself to workout. If I’m successful in getting out the door for some sort of physical activity, I typically have a very good day. I’m energized so I get a bunch of housework out of the way early and I’m feeling healthy so I eat better all day. Eating properly, my energy levels stay consistent all day and my mind relatively clear so I’m productive in other areas of my life as well.
Then there is my alter ego who finds a reason to skip the morning workout. If her workout buddy has to bail for some reason, she decides it’s a sign she’s supposed to take it easy for the day. Other times, she intends to get up early but decides to get just a little more sleep and before you know it, it’s too late to squeeze in a workout. Since she doesn’t have endorphins to fuel her, she relies on coffee. Because she is disappointed in herself for failing to exercise, she tries to stifle her sorrow with food. She’ll start out trying to make healthier choices but when the Greek yogurt with berries fails to fill the hole in her self-esteem she moves on to peanut butter, perhaps with a few chocolate chips (for the antioxidants, of course). Sometimes she will get a small burst of energy from the coffee and sugar and get some of the housework done, but she eventually gets sucked into working at the computer where, for reasons unknown, it will take her 3-5 hours to check e-mails and perform social networking tasks.
So, on good days, I start with exercise and on bad days I start with coffee and guilt. How about you?