Since I started this whole “working out” thing, my energy levels have been pretty good. I didn’t know how I was going to fit another 5 hours of work into my weeks that already feel rushed and crazy. Sometimes, like today, workouts have to come at 5:40am. Sometimes, like last Thursday, they have to come at 8pm. My TV watching has become almost non-existent, except for the requisite shows True Blood and now, Huge. So far I’ve managed.

But today? Man am I tired. Really this whole week. Work is super busy, my house is a mess, my husbands schedule has been crazy, my workouts are getting harder, and the 5K is Saturday. And I have summer cold. Awesome.

So why the hell did I get up at 5:40 this morning to go to the gym? Honestly, I have no idea. It feels strange to say this, but I think I enjoy it. Say what!??!

I love being able to say I did 5 workouts in a week. I love when I get in my car all tomato-faced and sweaty from head to toe, knowing that I, at my weight, kicked the gym’s ass. Today, I did high intensity, which is supermegahardomg. Warm up for 5 minutes, sprint for 1 minute, drop heart rate a little for 1 minute, sprint 1 minute, drop heart rate 1 minute, sprint 1 minute, 5 minute drop to warm up level, repeat. Other than the dude on the treadmill next to me whose flatulence was ‘silent but violent’, I felt awesome to be at the gym before the sun was up, sweating my ass off. Would I have rather been sleeping? For the first time in forever, my answer is an adamant NO.  *cue breakthrough music*

Something else cool happened today. I got an email from someone with the Mutual of Omaha “my aha moment” campaign letting me know they’d be in Lexington today and tomorrow, and asked if I wanted to share my “aha moment” with them. So, I got interviewed in this mini-studio that was set up in their Airstream trailer. I’ll share when the video goes online.

If you haven’t taken my little survey yet, please do so. I have lots of ideas of things I want to write about more, but can’t seem to prioritize… so I’m asking you!

  • Heather

    Rock the 5K this weekend!!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

      Thanks, I'll try!

  • http://twitter.com/LilyFluffbottom Lily Fluffbottom

    Yesterday, my roommate wasn't feeling well, and we both just wanted to go home… but I basically forced her to get on the bus because I needed to walk, and I knew she wouldn't be happy if she had to, and possibly become sick on the way.

    I needed to walk. I needed it so bad, my legs cried with relief after 5 minutes. It feels great to be able to move.

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

      I was going to ask you how your post-work walk went yesterday. I'm glad it felt so good. Hope your roomie is feeling better also!

  • http://fatlittlelegs.blogspot.com/ Sarah @ Fat Little Legs

    I love working out in the morning! Especially running. I love the quiet outside in the morning when I run. It also feels great to be done with your workout and not have it hanging over your head all day. WTG for kicking the gyms ass!

  • http://www.fatgirlsguidetoliving.com Tee

    Love that feeling! Caught myself telling my husband I was “feeling too tired to do anything, so I better go to the gym to boost my energy.” And went. And it worked. :)

  • http://kelliamanda.wordpress.com Kelli

    New reader here – just wanted to say that I am glad you had the “I'd-rather-be-at-the-gym-than-sleeping” breakthrough! I've lost 85 lbs (so far – got 15 to go til my goal) and have been working out for a while now, and am there at 6 a.m. every morning (as early as my gym opens). And I enjoy it. A year ago, I would have told you that you were crazy if you'd told me I'd enjoy working out at 6 a.m., but today, I find it an excellent way to start my day. My current goal is being able to jog a 5K, and I'm nearly there. :-) Way to go, Emmie!

  • Noel Depp

    Way to go! Sorry about flatulence guy next to you but its something that happens when you run. It's actually healthy. All the bouncing it's gotta go somewhere!

  • http://twopoundsawk.com Meg

    You are doing so great! I love the feeling you get after a high-intensity workout. I can't wait to get back to it! And congrats on your “aha moment” — look forward to seeing it!

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