I used to snooze every single morning, at least 2-3 times, typically getting up at 5:17a. Since the first night sleeping in my apartment at the beginning of this month, I haven’t hit snooze once. I’ve settled into a really great routine of being in bed and most of the time asleep by 8:30p, making it extremely easy to just roll out of bed once my alarm goes off at 5a. I roll out of bed, do my pre-gym thing, and then I’m usually out the door between 5:25-5:30.
My workouts used to start around 6:15a, but now they start around 5:55a. The extra 20 minutes is amazing. Seriously, I can spend more time doing weights, use the extra time to stretch, or some days I’ll use the extra time to just walk for a bit after my workout.
Tuesday’s workout was HIIT & back/biceps. I started with 20 minute HIIT run, which looks like this:
– Always start with a 5 minute warm-up walk & 5 minute warm-up jog before my 20 minutes officially starts
- Minutes 1-5—— 30 second sprint at 5.5mph, 30 second recovery at 4.7 mph
- Minutes 6-10 — 30 second sprint at 6 mph, 45 second recovery at 4.7 mph —— the faster my sprints become, I will add a little bit of time to my recovery run
- Minutes 11-15 — 30 second sprint at 6.5 mph, 1 minute recovery at 4.9 mph —– I find that the faster my sprints become, I need to make my recovery pace faster
- Minutes 15-20 — 3 second sprint at 7 mph, 1 minute recovery at 4.9 mph —– I totally need the minute recovery here, but the last 2 sets I might drop it to 45 seconds recovery
So that’s what I do! Obviously your speeds will vary depending on your body. I have short, pudgy legs so while these might appear to be slow speeds for you, they aren’t that slow for me. Remember, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT.
I do find that breaking my 20 minutes of HIIT into 4 sets makes it fly by and it’s fun. Now that I’ve been using these numbers for about a week and a half now, I’ll probably increase the speeds a little bit. So maybe 5.7 instead of 5.5; 6.3 instead of 6mph, etc.
After my HIIT run, I followed it with a back and bicep workout. I’m getting bored with this one, so I’ll probably look around for new exercises to incorporate into it! The biceps at the end are always a killer though!
Protein pancakes have been my new favorite breakfast instead of my oatmeal. It’s just so satisfying being able to eat 7-8 pancakes after a hard workout. Plus, I take longer to eat them than a bowl of oatmeal, so it’s a win win! 🙂
I had every intention of the above being posted on Wednesday morning, but then Tuesday night I decided to randomly chop 4 inches of my hair off because why not?! So instead of blogging, I got my hair done!
I woke up on Wednesday absolutely exhausted, but I still powered through my workout. After work I had plans to celebrate Nikki’s engagement (yayyy Nikki!), so cousin night was more important than blogging. Once I got home around 8:30 I immediately crawled into bed.
Thursday was a rest day from the gym, but for some reason I’m always more tired and hungrier on the days that I don’t workout. After work I headed across the street to meet Lindsay and Nichole for a little girl’s evening. I was too exhausted so I simply stuck to water. It was pouring out!
After that, I immediately came home around 6:20, finished this blog post up, ate dinner and then went to bed at 7:30. It was fabulous and I had no shame in my Grandma game!