21 Early Days – Week One

**LONG POST ALERT!** I promise, they won’t all be like this…or maybe they will. I’m wordy.

On Monday, I started a new challenge for myself called “21 Early Days“. I came across the article written by Felipe Castro Matos. I read it and thought that sounds do-able, tough, but do-able. I then quickly forgot about it and continued to hit the snooze button daily for the next two months.

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21 Early DaysΒ via Business Insider

Over that two months, I continued to eat poorly, tell myself that I’d get up and go to the gym or go after work and just never did. Increasingly I felt worse and worse. I continued to get more and more moody, annoyed and anxious. Definitely not very good company to others either. I’m not new to eating healthy or working out. From the time I turned 30 up until my wedding in June 2015 I was running consistently and overall making great food choices. I could have always been more strict, but I was happy with the way I felt, looked and well I was just HAPPY in general. Last Sunday, I had a bit of a breakdown with myself and actually saw first hand how it was affecting my relationships both personal and professional and most importantly with myself.Β They always say you gain weight in your first year of marriage, I didn’t think I qualified for that due to the fact my now husband and I had been together for ten years already. I figured if I were to gain, it would have happened by now. I was wrong.

While I was wallowing in my own self pity, I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across the 21 Early Days article for the third time. Now, as much as I truly hate when people say to me “Just do something about it” I had to do just that. That very second, I made a commitment to myself to take on this challenge. I got up, packed my lunch for the next day, set out my clothes for the gym in the morning and got to bed around 9:30. This post will cover my first week.

"Just do something about it"

The most important thing I took away this week was that I didn’t have to be as hard on myself as I thought. I didn’t have to force myself to bed at 7:30, I listened to my body and if I needed a little more sleep in the morning, I slept. I still got up earlier and used the snooze a lot less.

Day 1: I felt awesome. I got up at 4:40am. Hell yes, I did it. I made it into the gym and everything. This week will be a breeze, I can totally do this.

Day 2: Maybe I was too ambitious, I’m tired. I got up at 5:00 am, still an hour earlier than normal. I can still do this. Jumped on the treadmill at home. It’s something!

Day 3: Another awesome morning, up at 4:34am gym by 5:00 for some cardio. I was able to eat breakfast at home too.

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Day 4: The day I had to listen to my body. I needed sleep, so I slept.

Day 5: SHI*!!!! I never set my alarm the night before. I got too involved in my TV Show before bed and fell asleep before turning the TV off and setting an alarm. Up at 6am in a panic trying to rush around and get ready for work on time. I remember this feeling, I don’t like this feeling. Which is oddly motivating to continue the early days so I can once and for all get out of the “always rushed” mentality.

The first week is always the hardest right? All in all, I did better than I thought I would. I ate properly the entire week. I set myself up for success and it worked. My sleep even improved drastically. I’m looking forward to starting week two on Monday. For the weekends, I’m always up early without an alarm anyway but I plan to continue to be consistent in the gym and with nutrition.

With all of that said, I’ll leave you all with something that resonated with me this week from an important person in my life “What works for someone else will not always work for you”.

Has anyone else ever taken this challenge? Do you normally wake early for the workday?

Peak of the week: I love to watch the sky go from dark to light so early in the morning. I’m a sucker for a sunrise.

Pit of the week: Cravings and the way I feel when I get them and feeling rushed this morning when my alarm didn’t go off. Cravings are slowly but surely going away so hopefully that will be a “Peak” in the coming weeks!