Greetings from the arctic tundra – Boston! This morning I laid in bed for a few extra minutes when my alarm went off at 5 am and had a pretty intense internal monologue regarding getting up to go to 5:45 am spin vs. rest day. I literally put my gym clothes on and took them off twice. Seriously.
My internal monologue went something like this:
Chill L: Uggggghhhhhhhh, I’m so tired. WHY.
Super L: Dude, you got this. You’re going to feel great!
Chill L: Maybe if I shut my eyes I will fall back asleep immediately and the decision will be made for me.
(….2 seconds pass…)
Super L: I’m not going to fall back asleep. Balls. I’m just going to get up and put on my gym outfit.
(…puts on gym clothes…)
Chill L: I want to be asleep right now.
(…takes gym clothes off, climbs back into bed…)
Super L: Ugh. This is so dumb. I just need to get up and GO. (Throws blankets off and climbs back out of bed. Puts gym clothes back on).
Chill L: (While brushing teeth) Why am I doing this again?
Super L: You’ll feel great after. You’ll get to see your gym peeps. You don’t even have to try that hard – active rest day! You can take an extra long shower after. Dude, you even have strawberries in your overnight oats! Scooooore. I bet you’ll even sleep great tonight and have a flat line sleep graph from the Garmin Vivosmart again.
In the end, Super L won and I went to spin class. I was late because of my internal struggles and didn’t get My Bike (because we’ve all passed 2nd grade and are adult enough to not be irrationally annoyed when someone takes your usual spot, right?). Regardless, I talked myself off the ledge and pledged to be calm, enjoy spin, chat with my buddies before class and take it easy, at my own pace. And you know what? It felt stellar. It was one of the best ass-kicking spin class moments that I’ve had in awhile. It makes a huge difference when you take all the pressure you put on yourself and set it aside somewhere else and just try to enjoy the class, listen to your body and take it easy! I felt that I performed really well, the music was great (thanks, Mike!) and I just felt good afterwards. Also, all those endorphs flooding my brain right now are pretty great. Two thumbs up.
I guess this goes to show you that you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself to get a good workout when you’re not really having balls-to-the-wall, Let’s-DO-THIS-kinda morning. If you go in feeling like, “Hey, I can do whatever I want right now! No pressure,” you probably end up having a much better workout (and morning) than if you went in there stressing yourself out because you weren’t really into it. Sometimes all you have to do is show up. Like Mike reminded us this morning as he instructed us to sprint up a hill, “Yah already did the haaadest paaaht, yah showed up! Yah heaah, so let’s work!” in his super amazing accent (translation: “You already did the hardest part, you showed up! You’re here, so let’s work!”). True, Mike. We did it! BOOYAH! 😀 😉
Thus, all of these good vibes, associated endorphins and resulting tendency to feel extra zippy and ready to take on my day today, leads to my hump day theme of the day: No Ragrets (please tell me you’ve seen Meet the Millers, because this was my favorite part of the movie):
Yes. I hope you all enjoy your day today and zoom through it (without putting too much pressure on yourself and just let yourself be)! I mean, no ragrets – sometimes you just have to OWN it! Happy Hump Day, all!