The other day I announced that I’m starting a new blog series. Make sure you read what it is and why I’m doing it. Seriously – that part is important. It will take you 30 second. Read it now if you haven’t already.

My goal is to see just how amazing I can feel if I do everything as close to “best for me” as possible.

If you’d rather listen to this blog than read it, please click here. Otherwise, keep reading below. 

Where’s yesterday’s post? I didn’t make it, friend. I had a second day of training, a lot of work to do and a long ride in traffic back to Cape Cod. I feel really great about the day and my choices, but the blog didn’t happen yesterday. Onward. Let’s talk about today.

The other day, someone asked a great question in response to a daily blog where I shared I was getting up at my normal time despite being up late. She asked:

I have a question regarding sleep: isn’t it counterproductive if you wake up at 4-5am regardless of the time at which you went to bed? I get it’s important for you to do things “no matter what”, but if the goal is to feel amazing, shouldn’t you strive for 7-8 hours of sleep every night? Just wondering 🙂

Awesome question and I wanted to share my response with all of you…

The key question is “counter productive for who?” For me? No. You know why? Because I adjust my time to bed when I’m tired, not my time to wake. That is what works for me. Feeling amazing doesn’t mean I drag through my days with a great attitude despite feeling like crap. It means adjusting my choices to feel amazing. Sure, every once in a while I’m out late. How my day starts has a HUGE impact on how it goes. Getting up, getting things done, being proactive – that makes my day amazing. So, if I’m tired, I’ll go to bed earlier. I still get up at the same time. It’s nothing near counterproductive, for me.

That’s that. Onto today.

I absolutely wanted to hit snooze this morning and grab another 30 minutes of sleep but I didn’t. It’s Monday. It’s a new day. It’s a blank slate and I want it to start on the strongest note possible!

Part of that strong note was getting right out of bed. The second strong note was a cup of coffee! My first cup of coffee is one of the brightest spots in my day!

4:45 – 5am: A few sips of water, coffee, gratitude & journal

5 – 6:15am: Work

6:15 – 6:30am: Get ready for the gym

6:30 – 8:30am: Workout (includes drive time)

I haven’t had a rest day (a day off from working out intensely) in about 8 days and I know I need them. I’ll be in New Hampshire all day tomorrow so I decided to workout today knowing that I won’t tomorrow. I did keep it a bit lighter on the load and intensity.

  • Warmup with Crossover Symmetry
  • Shoulder stability work
  • Lacrosse ball rolling
  • Warm up on rower
  • Warm up with resistance band
  • 500m time trial on ski erg
  • Rest 3 minutes
  • 10 rounds of :30 on/:30 off – ski erg & 90% max effort
  • Stretching cool down

8:30 – 12pm: Work! Monday’s are my favorite!

12 – 1pm: Lunch & meditation

  • Large salad with shredded raw cabbage, arugula, tomato, cucumber, jalapeno, tomato, nectarine, 2 slices bacon and 1 egg
  • I mix it up with my Oxo salad chopper and the moisture from the egg eliminates the need for dressing

1 – 2pm: Live Q&A webinar with some of my summer clients

2 – 6pm: Work (with short break for second meditation)

6 – 8:30pm: Drive up to Maine – I rarely eat in the car but after being away for the weekend and heading up north for just a day, it was the way I rolled today. I had two packets of Artisana Coconut butter on the drive and called it dinner. Ideal? Nope. But, it was absolutely the best way for me to feel amazing today. My workout was lighter, I wasn’t particularly hungry and I was all over the place!

8:30 – 10pm: Chatting with my mom before bed

I’ve got a packed day tomorrow so I’m heading to bed!