240 Daily Workouts – so far in 2018!

240 days of morning workouts, and we are still going stronger.  Maybe stronger than day 1.

December 31, 2017, I decided to wake up on my birthday, just as I had every birthday since I can remember, and go out for a run.  Since it was my 35th birthday, I went out and ran for 35 minutes.  It felt great to get moving, and I knew it would feel great to move each and every morning, first thing in the morning, every day of 2018.

Since that day, I haven’t missed a workout.  At first, I just ran.  Then I added the Schwinn bike rides, and biked in my garage many mornings.  Then I added weight training, and some circuit sessions, then walking, then biking on a real bike – outside, then even yoga, and many times the elliptical in my bedroom, and I even timed myself scrubbing my floors as a workout session one morning. 20 minutes at least, and usually not much longer than that!

I haven’t stopped, and I won’t stop.  It’s certainty a part of my daily routine, and it’s not anything that is difficult for me to do anymore.  Instead, it’s just a way to wake up, get my body moving, and a way to say THANK YOU to my bod and mind for being able to move easily, without pain, and with purpose.  I also haven’t missed a single shower this year.  Because there is nothing more rewarding then getting a shower when one is sweaty and has put in some body work!

I started off this workout streak because I wanted to get fit, and stay fit, and now it’s just LIFE.  It’s a way to stay strong, stay healthy, age well, and get stronger each day.  Fitness comes and goes, and some days I can sprint for 20 minutes, and other days, a walk with walking lunges gets my heart pumping harder than required, but so what!  I’m out there for mental health and mental happiness!

I can’t even begin to put into words what a nice way it is to start off each day when you move your body!  It’s freeing to wake up, breath heavy, and enjoy these 20 minutes of alone time.  I sometimes take the dog for a run, and when it’s the weekend, I most certainly go for a walk with my daughter and husband, or we do a lot of heavy lifting together.  She lifts the cans, and I lift the 25 pound dumbbells.

At first, I was extremely particular about my exercise, about not missing my alarm clock, about being exact in my 20 minutes, about getting it down right.  Now, I’m cool, calm and collected.

The other day I completely overslept, and I took a quick shower, went to a work conference, came home, took my daughter to a soccer clinic, and then while she played in the park, I timed myself walking fast around the playground.  If it was January, I would have been a mess, not knowing what to do with myself, completely thrown off by an obstacle.  But now, 240 days in, and 2/3rds of the year behind us – I trust myself, I trust my time, and my schedule, and my desire to move myself – and know I will get it all done, regardless of any hiccups.

Every Monday morning, I always get up at 5am.  If my alarm has it’s way, it’s 5am.  If my own body clock wakes me up it’s 430am.  Today, it was 431am, and I read my novel until 531am, and then I biked hard for 20 minutes.  I took a hot shower, made lunches, watched the news and I took my baby girl to school — and I just loved my morning.

Exercise, and getting it done with grace and coolness, and without anxiety and worry and stress and pressure – has allowed me to feel like my life is abundant af. It has allowed me to trust myself a lot more. It has allowed me to enjoy the beauty of every morning, the time we have with those we love, and allowed me to integrate everything together.  For a while, I kept my working out separate from life.

Not anymore. It’s all one!

If I’m running alone or with my dog, working out solo or doing a circuit session with my neighbors, pushing the stroller on the weekend, or sprinting down the beach with my kids – exercise is life. It’s an easy way to ENJOY, APPRECIATE and VALUE the time we have here on earth, because we are able to see and feel a lot – when we are heavy breathing!  Our emotional states are awakened, and it feels good to be alive!  It’s good to FEEL and it’s good to feel good – and that’s what exercise allows us to do.

I track my workouts, partly because I’m super proud of them, regardless of the intensity, but also because of the commitment.  It really does feel like self-care when you do something that is good for your mind, your body, your family, and your life.

I am more proud of the fact I haven’t overdone it, than anything else.  I’m not out here to set or break personal records, or impress anyone or myself – I’m just out here, taking 20 minutes per day and dedicating it to moving.  Because those short minutes, make the day.  They set the tone, they allow me to deal with the challenges and frustrations in a better manner than I would have, if I didn’t lift heavy weights that morning.  Those 20 minutes also allow the good times to shine.

I can appreciate an awesome day, and I certainty realize that REGARDLESS of what happens or doesn’t happen – it was already a pretty – rad – amazing and super day – because I’m here, breathing in fresh air, and just living and moving.  Exercise also shows me that I choose how my day goes, how I feel about it, and how I frame any and all events.

Schwinn Monday 240 8/27/2018
Walk Sunday 239 8/26/2018
Walk Saturday 238 8/25/2018
Bike Friday 237 8/24/2018
WT Thursday 236 8/23/2018
WT Wednesday 235 8/22/2018
Walk Tuesday 234 8/21/2018
Schwinn Monday 233 8/20/2018
Walk Sunday 232 8/19/2018
Walk Saturday 231 8/18/2018
Run+ Friday 230 8/17/2018
WT Thursday 229 8/16/2018
Walk/Run Wednesday 228 8/15/2018
WT + Bike Tuesday 227 8/14/2018
Schwinn Monday 226 8/13/2018
Walk Sunday 225 8/12/2018
WT Saturday 224 8/11/2018
Cleaning Friday 223 8/10/2018
Run Thursday 222 8/9/2018
WT Wednesday 221 8/8/2018
Cleaning Tuesday 220 8/7/2018
Elliptical Monday 219 8/6/2018
Walk Sunday 218 8/5/2018
Walk Saturday 217 8/4/2018
Walk Friday 216 8/3/2018
Walk Thursday 215 8/2/2018
WT Wednesday 214 8/1/2018
Floors Tuesday 213 7/31/2018
Elliptical Monday 212 7/30/2018
WT Sunday 211 7/29/2018
Walk Saturday 210 7/28/2018
WT Friday 209 7/27/2018
Run Thursday 208 7/26/2018
Walk Wednesday 207 7/25/2018
WT Tuesday 206 7/24/2018
Schwinn Monday 205 7/23/2018
Elliptical Sunday 204 7/22/2018
Bike Saturday 203 7/21/2018
Bike Friday 202 7/20/2018
WT Thursday 201 7/19/2018
Run Wednesday 200 7/18/2018
Bike Tuesday 199 7/17/2018
Schwinn Monday 198 7/16/2018
WT Sunday 197 7/15/2018
Bike Saturday 196 7/14/2018
Schwinn Friday 195 7/13/2018
Bike Thursday 194 7/12/2018
Circuit Wednesday 193 7/11/2018
Yoga Tuesday 192 7/10/2018
Elliptical Monday 191 7/9/2018
Elliptical/WT Sunday 190 7/8/2018
WT Saturday 189 7/7/2018
Bike Friday 188 7/6/2018
Schwinn Thursday 187 7/5/2018
Run/W Wednesday 186 7/4/2018
Bike Tuesday 185 7/3/2018
Schwinn Monday 184 7/2/2018
Elliptical Sunday 183 7/1/2018
Elliptical Saturday 182 6/30/2018
Bike Friday 181 6/29/2018
Schwinn Thursday 180 6/28/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 179 6/27/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 178 6/26/2018
Schwinn Monday 177 6/25/2018
Elliptical Sunday 176 6/24/2018
Elliptical Saturday 175 6/23/2018
Bike Friday 174 6/22/2018
Schwinn Thursday 173 6/21/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 172 6/20/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 171 6/19/2018
Schwinn Monday 170 6/18/2018
Circuit Sunday 169 6/17/2018
Run/W Saturday 168 6/16/2018
Bike Friday 167 6/15/2018
WT Thursday 166 6/14/2018
Run Wednesday 165 6/13/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 164 6/12/2018
Schwinn Monday 163 6/11/2018
Elliptical Sunday 162 6/10/2018
Elliptical Saturday 161 6/9/2010
WT Friday 160 6/8/2018
Schwinn Thursday 159 6/7/2018
Elliptical Wednesday 158 6/6/2018
WT Tuesday 157 6/5/2018
Schwinn Monday 156 6/4/2018
Run Sunday 155 6/3/2018
Bike Saturday 154 6/2/2018
Elliptical Friday 153 6/1/2018
Run Thursday 152 5/31/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 151 5/30/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 150 5/29/2018
Bike Monday 149 5/28/2018
Elliptical Sunday 148 5/27/2018
Bike Saturday 147 5/26/2018
Bike Friday 146 5/25/2018
WT Thursday 145 5/24/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 144 5/23/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 143 5/22/2018
Schwinn Monday 142 5/21/2018
Walk Sunday 141 5/20/2018
Walk Saturday 140 5/18/2018
Run Friday 139 5/18/2018
Schwinn Thursday 138 5/17/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 137 5/16/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 136 5/15/2018
Schwinn Monday 135 5/14/2018
Schwinn Sunday 134 5/13/2018
Walk Saturday 133 5/12/2018
Schwinn Friday 132 5/11/2018
Circuit Thursday 131 5/10/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 130 5/9/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 129 5/8/2018
Schwinn Monday 128 5/7/2018
Run Sunday 127 5/6/2018
Schwinn Saturday 126 5/5/2018
Circuit Friday 125 5/4/2018
Schwinn Thursday 124 5/3/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 123 5/2/2018
Run Tuesday 122 5/1/2018
Schwinn Monday 121 4/30/2018
Schwinn Sunday 120 4/29/2018
Schwinn Saturday 119 4/28/2018
Circuit Friday 118 4/27/2018
Schwinn Thursday 117 4/26/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 116 4/25/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 115 4/24/2018
Schwinn Monday 114 4/23/2018
Run Sunday 113 4/22/2018
Schwinn Saturday 112 4/21/2018
Schwinn Friday 111 4/20/2018
Circuit Thursday 110 4/19/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 109 4/18/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 108 4/17/2018
Schwinn Monday 107 4/16/2018
Circuit Sunday 106 4/15/2018
Run Saturday 105 4/14/2018
Schwinn Friday 104 4/13/2018
Schwinn Thursday 103 4/12/2018
Run Wednesday 102 4/11/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 101 4/10/2018
Schwinn Monday 100 4/9/2018
Schwinn Sunday 99 4/8/2018
Schwinn Saturday 98 4/7/2018
Schwinn Friday 97 4/6/2018
Schwinn Thursday 96 4/5/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 95 4/4/2018
Run Tuesday 94 4/3/2018
Schwinn Monday 93 4/2/2018
Run Sunday 92 4/1/2018
Schwinn Saturday 91 3/31/2018
Schwinn Friday 90 3/30/2018
Schwinn Thursday 89 3/29/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 88 3/28/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 87 3/27/2018
Schwinn Monday 86 3/26/2018
Schwinn Sunday 85 3/25/2018
Schwinn Saturday 84 3/24/2018
Treadmill Friday 83 3/23/2018
Schwinn Thursday 82 3/22/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 81 3/21/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 80 3/20/2018
Schwinn Monday 79 3/19/2018
Run Sunday 78 3/18/2018
Schwinn Saturday 77 3/17/2018
Schwinn Friday 76 3/16/2018
Schwinn Thursday 75 3/15/2018
Treadmill Wednesday 74 3/14/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 73 3/13/2018
Elliptical Monday 72 3/12/2018
Walk Sunday 71 3/11/2018
Run Sunday 71 3/11/2018
Elliptical Saturday 70 3/10/2018
Schwinn Friday 69 3/9/2018
Elliptical Thursday 68 3/8/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 67 3/7/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 66 3/6/2018
Schwinn Monday 65 3/5/2018
Schwinn Sunday 64 3/4/2018
Run Saturday 63 3/3/2018
Schwinn Friday 62 3/2/2018
Elliptical Thursday 61 3/1/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 60 2/28/2018
Elliptical Tuesday 59 2/27/2018
Elliptical Monday 58 2/26/2018
Elliptical Sunday 57 2/25/2018
Elliptical Saturday 56 2/24/2018
Schwinn Friday 55 2/23/2018
Schwinn Thursday 54 2/22/2018
Schwinn Wednesday 53 2/21/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 52 2/20/2018
Schwinn Monday 51 2/19/2018
Schwinn Sunday 50 2/18/2018
Schwinn Saturday 49 2/17/2018
Schwinn Friday 48 2/16/2018
Schwinn Thursday 47 2/15/2018
Elliptical Wednesday 46 2/14/2018
Schwinn Tuesday 45 2/13/2018
Schwinn Monday 44 2/12/2018
Schwinn Sunday 43 2/11/2018
Schwinn Saturday 42 2/10/2018
Schwinn Friday 41 2/9/2018
Run Thursday 40 2/8/2018
Run Wednesday 39 2/7/2018
Run Tuesday 38 2/6/2018
Run Monday 37 2/5/2018
Run Sunday 36 2/4/2018
Run Sunday 29 1/28/2018
Run Monday 30 1/29/2018
Run Tuesday 31 1/30/2018
Run Wednesday 32 1/31/2018
Run Thursday 33 2/1/2018
Run Friday 34 2/2/2018
Run Saturday 35 2/3/2018
Run Sunday 22 1/21/2018
Run Monday 23 1/22/2018
Run Tuesday 24 1/23/2018
Run Wednesday 25 1/24/2018
Run Thursday 26 1/25/2018
Run Friday 27 1/26/2018
Run Saturday 28 1/27/2018
Run Sunday 15 1/14/2018
Run Monday 16 1/15/2018
Run Tuesday 17 1/16/2018
Run Wednesday 18 1/17/2018
Run Thursday 19 1/18/2018
Run Friday 20 1/19/2018
Run Saturday 21 1/20/2018
Run Sunday 8 1/7/2018
Run Monday 9 1/8/2018
Run Tuesday 10 1/9/2018
Run Wednesday 11 1/10/2018
Run Thursday 12 1/11/2018
Run Friday 13 1/12/2018
Run Saturday 14 1/13/2018
Run Sunday 1 12/31/2017
Run Monday 2 1/1/2018
Run Tuesday 3 1/2/2018
Run Wednesday 4 1/3/2018
Run Thursday 5 1/4/2018
Run Friday 6 1/5/2018
Run Saturday 7 1/6/2018

Cheers to you.  Cheers to your own movement – regardless of your how and why.  Cheers to feeling really good, really strong!  Extra cheers to moving that hot bod each and every day!  Sizzle out there, but not only because of the humidity, but because you are fire!

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