I did this last week and I'm doing it again tomorrow morning. I'm waking up at 5am to hit the gym. My plan is to do 40 minutes of cardio, probably on the elliptical and try to hit the 400 calorie mark. When I did this last week, I had more energy throughout the day that I had in the last couple of months. My thinking was more clear, I yawned less, and I didn't feel hungry before it was time for me to eat.
It definitely takes a higher level of motivation to drag myself out of bed before the sun comes up, but it's going to be worth it. Just like I recommended in a previous blog post, I've taken my measurements and now I'm ready to see the results. This kind of thing is going to take a consistent effort, but it's going to pay off.
Last week, I worked out 5 times - including mornings. It was awesome! I logged lots of time in the cardio room, which is a change from the norm for me. Usually, I just lift weights. I got that done too last week. I worked every major muscle group at least once and on bench press day, I lifted 275 twice on my 3rd set. I'm shooting for the 300 pound mark and I think I'll get there by January since I like to take it easy so not to blow out my shoulders.
Building muscle burns a lot of calories. I'm finally adding a high level of cardio to go with it. Tonight, my 16 year-old son came into my office and read my shirt that says "RUN" on it. He said, "why are you wearing that shirt? You don't run." First of all, he is doesn't know about how his dad was a strong runner in his day and second - it's on now. 5am, here I come.