What motivates you?


Happy Wednesday!


I don’t know about you but it was really tough for me to get out of bed this morning.

5 more minutes


Maybe it was because it was 3:30am?

Nah. What are the odds of me being tired at 3:30am?

But, I did get up and I went to the 5am CrossFit class.

trick yourself!

My sailor says I’m an addict.

I say there are worse things I could be addicted to! 🙂

I love the way working out makes me feel – both physically and mentally. It’s what drives me to get up and go even if I don’t want to. Especially WHEN I don’t want to. Plus, then I get to eat. I like eating.

Hey, I remembered to take my camera with me when I took the dogs out for their first morning bathroom break!


Isn’t it beautiful?

Blue moon leftovers.

Almost like a blue plate special only less diner-ish.

So, they’re really throwing some toughies at us at CrossFit these days.


Me and my shadow!

We had a SUPER full class this morning and, by the time I helped finish putting the rowers away – seriously, not sure why only 3 of us were putting ALL the rowers away! I think if you got it out, you should put it back but maybe that’s just me. Not just me? Good! Grrr! – all the 35# bars were gone. So, I had to grab a 45# bar. :/

The main difference between the two, besides 10# (duh!), is the width/grip of the bar. The grip on the 35# bar is skinnier than the 45# bar and perfect for ladies or people with small hands. I do not have gigantic hands.

OH!!! Check out my new lifting gloves!!! They’re PURPLE!!! Best. Color. Ever.


And, as you can see, my hands are little. The 45# bar is hard for my little hands to manage sometimes unless I’m deadlifting. And then, that’s just picking up weight. I’m not throwing it around trying to get it over my head.

So, the snatch with the 45# bar was a whole new experience for me. I added 10# to the bar so I was up to 55# and, honestly, that was pretty darn near my limit. I had to break them up into sets of 3 or 4 to get to 11 because I had a hard time holding onto the bar.

But, *bright side!*, I got a good workout and I worked really hard on maintaining good form and I think I did pretty well! I was 2 snatches shy of completing 4 total rounds.

And then, I went out for a mile cool down rather than the 800m. Because, you know, I’ve got to be an overachiever.

And, honestly, I just wanted to run.

My reward for getting out of bed even though I didn’t want to, making the 5am CrossFit class and working hard?


Nature's beauty

Complete and total gift.

Thank you, Mother Nature. ❤


1. How do you motivate yourself to get up when it’s early?

2. Do you prefer morning or evening workouts? If you workout in the evening, how do you motivate yourself after a long day at work?

3. Sunrises or sunsets? I love them both but I prefer the sunrise. I love the joy and possibilities in a new day!

– jennifer

2 thoughts on “What motivates you?

  1. 1. How do you motivate yourself to get up when it’s early? It all starts with the night before, get all my stuff ready–and I have to get myself all psyched up! A little coffee helps. We don’t have an EARLY class yet (that I can make it to).

    2. Do you prefer morning or evening workouts? If you workout in the evening, how do you motivate yourself after a long day at work? EVENING…after a long day of work, I just have to get myself in that MINDSET…sometimes doing some “crossfit research” watching youtube videos, or just reading these blogs…and I take a natural energy suppliment. It’s like a cup of coffee. But not bad for you.

    3. Sunrises or sunsets? I think I like sunsets…but rarely am up early enough for a sunrise. I used to love them in the morning when going for a run.

    • I totally get all my stuff ready the night before, too! If I don’t, I don’t think I’d have the energy to get up out of bed knowing all the things I have to do. Ha! I haven’t done coffee that early yet – coffee + empty stomach = me miserable so I guess I’m lucky that once I’m up and moving, I’m pretty much wide awake and ready to go!

      I really prefer the morning workouts but I do go to the 5pm crossfit class on some days. I think I can only manage that because it’s a class. I’m fairly positive that I would not go for a run after I got home from work unless I was meeting someone. I much prefer running in the morning and I’ve definitely got the motivation to get up and do that. There’s something super peaceful about it to me. And I love watching crossfit youtube videos! Sometimes, I get so motivated that I just want to go and workout RIGHT THAT VERY SECOND but, alas, crossfit is not my day job.

      I love sunsets when I’m camping with my family. 🙂 Dinner is usually cooking over the coals in the dutch oven, I sometimes have a nice adult beverage in a plastic cup (classy, right?), and we’re all just relaxing. Sunsets are beautiful to me then – when we’re all together. And, I absolutely adore sunrises when I’m running. 🙂

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