I think we can all agree there’s not enough time in a day.
So in an effort to “add more time” to my own day, I decided to get up at an hour earlier, at 5:45, to exercise. I know, I know, 5:45 a.m. is NOT that early...and especially since I spent 18 years getting up at 3:45am when I worked in the bond market. But, times change (no pun intended).
In the first few minutes of my 6:30 barre class, when I couldn’t sustain a plank for a full minute, I got frustrated and started berating myself for not being as strong as I should be or letting the early morning get to me. My mind said, “You’re better than this.”
And then my heart said, “Hey! I woke up at 5 freaking 45 to be here. Isn’t that kinda awesome? And even if I only get 80% of the benefit, isn’t that better than not working out at all?
And slowly, my mindset shifted. And while I still didn’t feel as strong as I normally do, I felt pretty dang proud of myself for being there at all.