My Workout Routine + Becoming a Morning Person

A personal blog by glennellen

On New Year's Day 2018, I made a few resolutions that I've stuck by every day this year.  First, to covert from my night-owl lifestyle into #GIRLBOSS morning person.  Second, to finally enroll in all this yoga + Pilates classes I've been telling myself that I would for years.  Third, to achieve overall mental + physical health.  And guess what?  I did all of those things.  Read on to learn all my hacks.  Warning: it's far easier than you're telling yourself it is.

GLENNELLEN IS A MEMBER OF TOTAL WOMAN GYM.  

HER WEEKLY WORKOUT ROUTINE CONSISTS OF PILATES, YOGA, YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA, AND BARRE CLASSES.

LEGGINGS + SPORTS BRA FROM K-DEER

 

1. Get up with the alarm, even when it hurts.

That snooze button?  Say goodbye to it.  

I'm a firm believer in mindset affecting your outlook on life, and I realize that some people aren't convinced of that.  But when I believe me when I say that this tactic has not only has worked for me, but has also worked for anyone else I know who has taken this newfound approach on making significant changes.

So when my alarm goes off at 6:30AM, instead of thinking, "Son of a biscuit, this is torture," I'll kick back the covers to stretch and legitimately tell myself, "This is awesome.  I'm gonna get so much done, and gain more hours."  Then I stand up, grab my fuzzy Betsey Johnson robe (I dunno about you, but I'm always freezing in the morning because I keep my apartment set to 65 degrees every night) and wake up with a hot washcloth, followed by an ice cold rag. (skincare routine coming soon)

Bonus tip: if I need an extra boost of urgency to wake up in the morning, I'll set my alarm clock 15-mins earlier than my required wakeup time and schedule an Instagram post to format and share, which forces my brain to not only wake up and think - but to also dive into positive, productive thinking.  Nine times out of town, I strongly encourage no technology interaction until you've been up and at it for at least 30-45 minutes.


2. Soak in that view from your window or balcony with zero distractions.

I don't care if you have an ocean view balcony, or window that faces the highway and/or city life.  Take in that view and breathe.

Seriously, open the window or step outside/onto your balcony to breathe in fresh air.  Rain or shine.  And if you're up before the sun, then you tell it good morning before it rises.

 OMBRE STRIPED LEGGINGS FROM   K-DEER  . CROP TANK IN GREY FROM   FOREVER21  .

OMBRE STRIPED LEGGINGS FROM K-DEER.
CROP TANK IN GREY FROM FOREVER21.

A cup of espresso, coffee or tea during this part is always strongly encouraged. lawlz duh. 

3. Treat yourself to breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it's time to start treating it as such.  Getting up early with a day revolving around exercise permits you the carbs.  So pop that multigrain waffle in the toaster, and slap some avocado and a banana onto the plate with it.

Here are a few standard breakfast foods, drinks and meal go-to's of mine:

  • Organic dark chocolate + avocado breakfast shake.

  • 1multigrain waffle, avocado, egg whites and a cup of pomegranate seeds.

  • Bell pepper egg + hash scramble, served with avocado w/ lime, seasoned with lemon pepper seasoning and a cup of fruit.

  • Avocado toast topped with hard boiled eggs.

  • Carrot + orange cold pressed juice, blended with 1/2 of a banana.
    Make it a protein breakfast by serving with lox, sunny-side up eggs and an avocado.

  • H2O. H2O. And some more H2O.

  • Hot water or hot black tea with fresh lemon.

  • Black coffee, sweetened with a single packet of sugar in the raw or Stevia.

  • Iced matcha w/ oat milk, unsweetened or sweetened with 2 tsp. of agave.

 4. Pilates + Cardio dance.

Glennellen Anderson