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5:30 AM Wake Up Call

Currently taking a deep sigh of relief, I’m finally able to sit down and relax. Today has been quite a long day but I feel surprisingly energetic! Today was my “long” day of classes, starting at 9-3:15 with about an hour break from 11-12:15 or so. Not to mention, this was also the day my friend, Haley, and I told our little “mentees” we would take them bowling this week so that occurred around 4:30- luckily my roomie, Emma, joined us! That definitely made it a little more fun- those girls sure are a handful… 4th/5th grade seems to be a difficult age.

But hey, I can’t believe I have yet to mention or refer to the title of my post… So, last night when I laid down to go to sleep I decided I wanted to head to the gym early in the morning before my busy day started. And that is exactly what I did!

I set my alarm for 5:30 AM- along with about 4 extra alarms set for times after that… just incase I hit the snooze button without even knowing it (I get paranoid about that). When the alarm went off this morning I really did not feel too tired and was actually excited to get up and get going! It was reaffirmed how early it was when I looked outside to see that it was still pitch black and also by the fact that Noah wouldn’t even hardly budge from his sleeping spot under the covers.

I couldn’t help but take a screen shot of this- I have never gone to the gym this early, I thought it was something I should definitely document.

I felt very proud of myself when I walked into the gym- ‘I made it!’, I thought. I came in with a positive mindset in hopes of a great workout- and I wasn’t dissapointed.

I started with 35 minutes on the elliptical, varying the resistance and ramp every 5 minutes. At first, I could most certainly felt the effects of it being earlier in the morning and felt a little bit weaker-I’m thinking this was because I had not eaten anything at all prior to getting to the gym, which is unusual for me.

Next, I did three supersets of biceps and triceps. I started out with wide alternating biceps curls with 12.5 pound dumbbells and supersetted them with alternating reverse bicep curls with 10 pound dumbbells. I ended up purchasing a Powerade to get some quick carbohydrates in my system- it helped immensely. My second superset was the seated bicep curl machine (40 lbs) paired with the seated triceps extension machine (35 lbs). Lastly, I burnt out my poor triceps with “reverse” triceps extensions with a straight bar on the pulley machine (hard to explain?). I say reverse because my palms were facing up instead of down. After each reverse triceps extension set I would burn out with regular triceps extensions with the straight bar. Each superset was performed for a total of 4 rounds (so, there was a total of 12 rounds in the workout as a whole).

Phew, that was way too much info but it can be challenging for me to explain exercises without being a bit wordy. Bottom line: my early morning workout was a success and I ended up leaving the gym around 7:40am, score!

I refueled with a typical egg sandwich but this time I changed it up by having it on a sandwich thin and had Boar’s head smoked Gouda instead of white american cheese- I’m really branching out, huh. It was deliciosa! Gouda is just so darn good….

Luckily while I attended my last two classes of the day, my neighbors were kind enough to let Noah play with their two sweet Yorkipoos, Dallas and Gracie! He had so much fun. Here’s a picture Marie snapped while she was coming back from errands.

So sweet. Oh, how I love those pups! They have so much fun together. Anyways blah, blah went through class and bowling with the girls but then came dinner time- finally! Dinner was a repeat from last night but was oh so good. Might be a new favorite I will have to make it more often because it’s so easy and simple.

I sauteed an orange bell pepper, broccoli florets, and one Applegate Sundried tomato chicken sausage (cut up) with a little less than one tablespoon of light olive oil. Sauteed until the sausage become slightly browned and the veggies became nice and colorful. I mixed that beautiful creation with cooked pasta noodles (1/2 cup when uncooked) and 1 tbsp of shredded parmesan. It was exactly what I was craving for dinner.

Alright, I think I’ve rambled enough. It’s just been quite a day! By the way, I had a GREAT workout in the lap pool on Tuesday that I really want to tell y’all about. I will make sure to include it in my next post 🙂 Also, the workout log page was just updated.

I hope everyone had a great Thursday and YAY-tomorrow’s Friday!

XOXO

-Shelby

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