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A second night of crappy sleep! What gives? I had the TV on while I was doing some accounting stuff until late (for me) last night so tonight I’m going to turn the TV off earlier. As I explain in one of the podcast episodes I did on sleep, the particular type of light emitted from electronics can suppress melatonin and make sleep more challenging.

I had trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and I had sad dreams when I was asleep. But, today is a new day and there’s a lot I can do to set myself up for better sleep tonight!

I’m slowly overcoming the whole ego hangup about being up super early. What I’ve noticed is that I’m much more efficient in the AM when I wake rested than when I force myself up at 4:30a. Alas, I’m a work in progress! I’ll keep working at it.

One of the absolute highlights of my morning was a quick call I had with a friend/client. Few people make me smile like she does.

She was recently struggling with insecurities going into a weekend with her girlfriends. She was down about the fact that her body wasn’t where she wanted it to be.

After a couple of voice notes back & forth, I asked her how it went. Her response was profound:

“I realized how quickly I let my emotion tell my story. And it’s not even the truth”

“It’s wasn’t worth letting something so small steal from something so rich”

I reminded her that those truths from that weekend are truths in her every day life.

Where & when do we let emotion tell our stories?

Where and when are we letting something so small, like food guilt or body shame, steal form something so rich like the gift of our day?

#deepthoughts

Today’s workout is done as a team of 3 people:

“Barbell Cycling”
Teams of 3:

AMRAP 25:
100 Cal Bike
50 Power Cleans (115/75#)
100 Cal Bike
50 Power Cleans (135/95#)
100 Cal Bike
50 Power Cleans (155/105#)
100 Cal Bike
Max Power Cleans (185/135#)

(The first # is the weight in lbs used by men and the 2nd # is the weight in lbs used by women.)

Essentially, as a team of 3 people, with only 1 person working at a time, you complete as many rounds of this workout as you can in 25 minutes.

So, team member 1 hops on the evil airdyne bike and goes all out until they need a rest, and then person 2 hops on, continuing until 100 cals are reached.

Then, you move to the power cleans in the same fashion, moving as fast as you can & letting the next teammate take over when you need a rest.

I don’t like group work. At all. That all stems from being a student and feeling like I worked harder than everyone else (though I’m not suggesting that will/would be the case in this workout, I just don’t like it depending on others.)

In fact, I heard a funny joke about group work…

When I die, I’m going to invite everyone with whom I ever worked on a group project to my funeral. I want them to be the ones to lower my casket into the ground so they can let me down one more time.

Hahahaha.

Okay, the workout is behind me & I am SO glad it was a team workout!

First, there were only 2 people on my team (me and 1 other person), which meant shorter rest periods because you’re going back and forth between each other.

Here was the great thing about it:

I saw how hard she was trying on those power cleans and it pushed me to work harder.

Had it been a solo workout, I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard.

I had a tremendous respect for watching her push on something that was tough for her and it motivated me to push just has hard or harder.

We can leverage this in our every day lives. Who can you observe working hard or being disciplined or making progress towards a goal?

Now here’s the thing: it’s only powerful if it moves you to action. Otherwise, maybe you’re just a voyeur. #justsaying

I used to find pictures of fit, beautiful women on Pinterest. I thought they inspired me, but they never moved me to action. 

Now, I look to surround myself with hard working people who’s actions move me towards more action & harder work. 

On the food front:

I was just hungry enough this morning to want to eat something before my 12:30 workout. I had a few slices of leftover steak from last night & half an avocado. I absolutely could have done without it.

After my workout I had a large spinach & raw cabbage salad with the rest of the leftover steak, avocado, herbs & jalapenos.

I’m going out to dinner tonight but haven’t yet decided where so I’m not sure what I’ll have. Probably either a salad or meat & veggies. I’ll post an update tomorrow with what I decide on.

Have a great night, guys! Find a way to make the rest of your day the best of your day!