So, 5 a.m. didn’t quite work?

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This is the first week that I’m getting back into a routine, and although it hasn’t felt great physically, it’s been really great mentally.

Yesterday and today were my first two days. Bryan and I committed to working out 5 days a week at minimum, and somehow we came up with the crazy idea that we would get up at 5 a.m. to do our workouts (On most days, we both have to be out the door around 7:15ish, and I don’t get home until after 6:30, and he usually doesn’t have to get home around 10:00 (sometimes later). It had been interesting for us to agree on a time.

When I said 5:30, I think he looked at me like I was insane, but he understands how much I want to get to my goal, and he humors me (although he’ll still give me his look of skepticism).

So we tried to wake up at 5:30 yesterday…we failed…really miserably, it was hilarious.

There were lots of groans, and snooze hitting moments – to the point where we decided it was much nicer to stay in bed under the comfy blankets, and fluffy pillows. It was also much easier.

I ended up working out yesterday night because I had thought about how I hadn’t worked out all day. The pattern repeated itself again today, and I ended up just working out right after I got home before I ate dinner. I took our puppy out and did some sprints with her, and came back in and did mountain climbers, planks and crunches for 25 minutes. It was difficult, which was hard on me. I’m not used to these types of things being really difficult. I’m used to being able to run a few miles, and it feels good. I’m used to bodyweight exercises feeling hard, but not impossible. It’s a weird feeling for me.

But It’s all a work in progress.

As I’ve re-started, I’ve noticed two things – I REALLY have to concentrate on eating, probably to the point of going back to basics, and weighing out my food. As you can tell, I haven’t relied much on cooking for myself (no new recipes in how many months? I also haven’t had access to my laptop, which had 9 months of recipes on it!), and I’ve gotten used to just doing whatever.

The second thing? I need to keep writing. I think that taking the time to write this all down helps me figure out where I succeed and where I fail I spend all day in front of a computer, so It’s the last thing I want to do when I get home, but it’s good for me. I’m noticing how good it feels just to talk about it all.

I did find some old pictures that I wanted to help serve as motivation. It makes me really happy to know that I have the ability to do this in the first place, and I’ll get back here, and maybe even be BETTER:

Photo on 2012-05-20 at 13.40 #2

What motivates you and keeps your workouts going? What are the workouts that you enjoy most?

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Mila Clarke Buckley
Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley is a type 2 diabetes advocate who started her food blog, “The Hangry Woman”, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and struggling to find approachable resources to help her manage the chronic condition and live a happy, healthy life. aims to take away the shame and stigma that comes with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and covers topics like diabetes management, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition.

Mila has worked with companies like OneTouch, a Lifescan Company and Whole Foods Market, and she has been featured by The Kitchn, Houston Press, Travel Noire, Healthline, Yahoo Lifestyle, and WebMD.

Mila lives in Houston with her husband and two pups.

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