First off, I must note that I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I am just a woman who is very passionate about fitness and nutrition. Please see a doctor or registered physician before starting any diet or fitness routine, or any lifestyle changes.

Day 2 of working out after almost a year. It felt amazing. I think the wonderful feeling I got from yesterday’s workout was the motivation I needed to get up this morning and work out again. Don’t get me wrong, I am super sore and my legs feel like jello, but it was a great workout. I am doing an upper body/lower body/cardio split. Yesterday was upper body and cardio, today was lower body and cardio. I got up this morning, brushed my teeth, put on my cute workout clothes, put up my hair, drank a big glass of cold water, took in some caffeine, and went to town. It’s always rough when I first start out a training session, especially in the mornings when I am still trying to wake up. However, once I get going, I don’t want to stop. I force myself to stop though because I don’t want to injure myself by doing too much too soon. I used to exercise in the evenings when I had more energy, but now I’m moving my workouts to the morning. I want to exercise in the mornings for several reasons. One, I want to get it out of the way before the day starts so I don’t have any distractions. There’s less of a reason to make excuses. Two, I get a lot of energy when I exercise. This will start my day out right, give me more energy, and reduce my anxiety. I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and fitness plays a huge part in reducing my anxiety. I feel more secure and confident. You might be wondering why I chose to put on “cute” workout clothes. Well, they make me feel pretty. When I feel pretty, I am more motivated to do more. Even though I am at home and no one is watching me but my dogs, there’s something about a cute outfit that motivates me.

I ended my workout with a vanilla protein shake and another large glass of cold water. Now I’m ready to tackle the day and clean my house. Workout complete, life can now come out to play. I’ll post my workout routine sometime next week. I want to do a full week of workouts, get into a routine, and then I’ll post my training sessions and body stats. I sure hope this motivation continues!

Again, I am not giving advice. I am just sharing my experience. Please see your physician before making any lifestyle changes.