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A Good Morning

by Meghann on July 20, 2011

Some mornings it’s hard to get out of bed.

I get up slowly, take my time getting ready, and head to the gym practically kicking and screaming the whole way. Those workouts are still good, but they’re missing that pizazz to make them great.

Other mornings I practically jump out of bed.

I feel refreshed, energized, and it only takes minutes before I’m ready to bound out the door and start my day. Those workouts are the great workouts that leave me motivated and satisfied with my day.

This morning was a jumping out of bed morning. I woke up knowing it was going to be a great workout.

I started in the pool this morning with one of Courtney’s designed workouts.

Test Set Swim Workout

Warm Up

  • 3 x 100 @ 2:30
  • 8 x 50 @ 1:15

Main Set <– focused on time

  • 3 x 100 (average of 1:55)
  • 2 x 200 (average of 4:00)
  • 1 x 500 (10:10)

Cool Down

  • 100 yds <— I was tired!

Total Yards: 2000

Bam! That felt good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, the weight room for Workout B of Stage 2 in The New Rules of Lifting for Women.


Workout B is a little different than Workout A in Stage 2. There’s still a great emphasis on the core (which I love), but the workout is longer and the moves are becoming more difficult. Dumbbell prone Cuban snatch? Umm… yeah. Was staring at the image on my phone for a while with that one.


These moves definitely required that I step outside of my comfort zone with free weights. It’s one thing to head to the free weight section and stay in my tiny little corner with my weights, but having to re-adjust and move equipment around really had me feeling self conscious. The best I could do was pretend like I knew what I was doing and try not to make eye contact with any of the muscle men (or women).


I also really need to figure out what is up with my printer. Let’s just say writing in straight lines isn’t my forte.


Oh well.

Post-gym I dug into a pre-made container of Overnight Oats in a Jar.


Side note: Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter with Honey is the Best. Peanut. Butter. Ever.


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • Honey Peanut Butter
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Soy Milk
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon

On top:

  • Uncle Sam’s Strawberry
  • Fresh Strawberries



So, my question for you is…

Was this a lazy morning or a jumping-out-of-bed morning for you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

1 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday July 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

“Dumbbell prone Cuban snatch”… so that’s what that is called. It’s a good move, eh?

2 Siena July 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

My morning was great also! I woke up at around 630 AM and couldnt fall back asleep so I decided to go for a run! Your over night oats in jar looks delicious! I love anything with peanut butter. I’m going to try this soon!
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3 Megan @ Life as Megan Knows it July 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

You are sticking to your training plan to a T! What an inspiration Meghann!! I still have yet to try overnight oats.
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4 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

I had never even heard of that Cuban snatch whatever. LOL

And I love Skippy Natural with Honey. The subtle honey taste in those nutbutters is perfect.
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5 michelle July 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

This was a slow morning for me. I knew I had to get in 6 miles outside and I was just dreading it. I pressed snooze twice before finally dragging myself out of bed and making some coffee. I ran and felt better afterwards but still, it was tough actually making myself do it.
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6 Paige July 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

It was a jump out of bed morning for me, too!! An awesome run made me feel great ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely day!!

7 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

This whole weeks’ been a JUMP OUTTA BED LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED kinda week, morning wise. My best friend’s wedding is this week so I’m taking off on Friday, meaning I wanna work as much extra time as possible (translation: Less vacation hours taken).
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8 Callie July 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

Definitely a lazy morning here! I even nursed Patrick while still laying in bed which I almost never do. And I’m still in my pajamas. ๐Ÿ™‚
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9 Fit Chick Britt July 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

Bahaha that’s a funny name for a workout move. How long would you say it takes you to get through each strength workout from the book??
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10 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Maybe they will make videos to accompany the book that you can watch on your iPhone before attempting? Or did they already do that?

I agree–Smuckers Natural is where it’s AT!
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11 Joy (A Little Bit Fit) July 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

I have been looking for a new strength training routine. I will have to check out The New Rules of Lifting for Women! Thanks!

12 Emily G. July 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

Definitely a lazy morning. I have my alarm set at 6:30 and hit snooze until 7:24. I did NOT want to get out of my warm bed!

13 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

This was a “I’m injured and praying that when I get out of bed my back will feel better” kind of morning for me, so unfortunately no workout today. And that Cuban Snatch thing sounds crazy, I haven’t paged throug the workouts in stage 2 yet but now I’m a little intimidated!
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14 Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese July 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

This was definitely a lazy morning for me! But I got to gym and did my workout so that’s what counts!
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15 Dori July 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

Combination morning. I woke up before my alarm (VERY early) and was slow to get going, but eventually I got into a groove.
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16 Jess @JessCantCook July 20, 2011 at 10:35 am

I was just writing about my lack of morning peppiness on my blog this morning, I try really hard but I’m not an early morning person! If I could wake up at 8 and not have to be at work until like 10 or 11, mornings would be great!

17 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

It was a mix of the two — I definitely wanted to sleep but I had to get out of bed to get ready for work. I’m not sure if I could ever work from home — I’d end up sleeping in!
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18 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. July 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

It was a rough morning for me! I’m house/dog sitting and the pups woke me up at 4:30 this morning barking and freaking out, so I never really fell back into a deep sleep!
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19 Shanna, Like Banana July 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

When I hear my alarm, I jump out of bed, but then the rest of the morning was sluggish..oye. And my pets kept getting underfoot — very frustrating!
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20 Shannon @ Mon Amour July 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

Definitely a lazy morning for me. I was up late last night and needed the extra sleep. I am always really intimidated by the muscly guys at the gym too
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21 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

I actually got up easily this morning.

I am SUPER intimidated by the free weight section of my gym. I’d love to start up with this book but cringe at the thought of being in that section and attempting to move equipment around. I feel like I will look totally lost and have no idea what I’m doing (cuz I don’t!).
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22 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

Today was a little bit of both for me…. I was not as lazy as yesterday but I did not bound out of bed with my alarm either….. I guess I’m just indecisive today!
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23 Natalie S. July 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

I just bought The New Rules of WL for Women — really excited to try it out! This morning was definitely a lay-in-bed-until-I-absolutely-HAVE-TO-get-up morning ๐Ÿ™‚
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24 Samantha July 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

I was right in the middle of those two. I woke up right away once my alarm sounded and started getting ready, but by no means was I leaping out of bed to pounce into my workout clothes. I’m still getting used to a.m. workouts, but hopefully I’ll be jumping out of bed soon!

25 Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

Wow, that oats in a jar looks amazing! ๐Ÿ˜› This morning was a sleepy, tired and sluggishone for me, but I did I wonderful yoga practice – the Body By Bethenny DVD – rather than forcing myself to go to the gym (and a long savasana – yoga nap!) and that combination made me feel fantastic…much much better than I did first thing this morning. have a beautiful day! <3 xyx
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26 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

Today wasn’t as lazy as yesterday morning, but I wouldn’t say it was a jump out of bed morning, either. A jump out of bed morning would involve a workout, which hasn’t happened yet.
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27 Abby July 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am always so intimidated to do free weights at our university gym. Not because I don’t know what to do, but because there are always so many athletes over there hogging mirror space and the benches.
The next time you make overnight oats you should tell us the measurements of everything you put in. I tried to make them a few times and they turned out really gross ๐Ÿ™‚
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28 kristy @ July 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

I haven’t had overnight oats in months! So good. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today was a good morning. Woke up and ran 5 miles.

29 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

It was a jumping out of bed morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I got a little lost on my run, so I was MORE than ready to be done when I finally made it back home!
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30 Faith @ lovelyascharged July 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Today was definitely a dragalong morning – I took some cough syrup as soon as I woke up and it put me in quite the fog – I’m just now “sobering up!”
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31 Emily July 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

It was a lazy-morning feeling when my alarm went off at 4:24am – but I still managed to kick my own butt at the gym! Loved how I felt when I left – that’s for sure.
But I, too, have days where I bound out of bed with energy that’s I have no idea where it came from and other days I want to crawl under the covers and sleep more.
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32 Lauren July 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

Love those bound-out-of-bed mornings!

Definitely a lazy morning for me. I was out with my boyfriend until almost 2 last night, which made it quite a hard to get up a t 7. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also compelled me to opt for extra sleep over a workout this morning. I’m planning to enjoy the beautiful weather and take a long walk after work.

On another note, good for you for actively stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to weights. So many women don’t (myself included, at times). While you might feel self-conscious in the weight room, I’m sure you actually look very badass and confident!
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33 Lauren July 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

Holy typos. Sorry about that.
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34 Kiran @ July 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

Jumping out of the bed for sure! I had a ton to complete on my to-do list. We are having guests over for a week, and it’s gonna be a handful. Have a great day honey ๐Ÿ™‚
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35 Cait's Plate July 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

Mmm. I’m DYING to finish off my sunflower butter jar so that I can do this same exact thing. Looks awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
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36 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

That peanut butter sounds delicious! I used to really like this sandwich I would get at the PB&Company in NYC that was their Bee’s Knees honey with banana, grilled. Delish!
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37 Katie @ cooklaughmove July 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Lazy morning! I skipped the gym for some sleep but still feel run down and headachy…BOO!

I had hot oats in a jar in the same nearly empty jar! I agree, that PB is the best!
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38 Bridget@LifeLibertyandMe July 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I am not sure about the second stage either…I just finished the 4th workout of it. I feel like it is very heavy on the legs (at least Part B). How many lunge type things must I do?! The Cobra Prone whatever is very awkward and I still feel like I’m not doing it right. As long as it works….

39 Dina @ DinaRuns July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

For me it was lazy! It is my last day of work before a few days off, so I’m really getting ready to not be at work (and be at the beach).

I feel the same way about the free weight area. A gym I went to years ago, had tons of huge guys grunting and egging each other on. I just could not go over there. It takes a lot of courage to workout in that area.
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40 Hayley @ Hayley Daily July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I definitely had a lazy morning today, but I love having jump out of bed mornings! ๐Ÿ™‚
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41 karin (allpointswhole) July 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I can’t wait to jump out of bed to workout again…but then again, I know it will be tough
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42 Hope July 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Those oats in a jar look so good! I cannot wait until I have an empty pb jar! This morning much like every morning was a jump out of bed morning. Gotta beat the traffic getting into work!
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43 Sarah for Real July 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Not a jumping out of bed morning for me.

Does your Maddie likes to sleep in bed with you? My Jack Russel loves sleeping under the covers but in the summer she gets so hot she gets in then out, in then out. She must have woken me up 8 times last night!

44 Meghann July 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

She does sleep in bed with me, but I’m such a heavy sleeper I never hear her move around at night.

45 Jane @ Jane's Addictions July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Jump out of bed morning for me. For starters I had a great night sleep and woke up 5 minutes before the alarm went off. I made it to the 6am hot yoga class and I could not believe how fast the 90 minutes flew by. For breakfast, I also had the overnight oats: multigrain oats, Fage plain yogurt, vanilla almond milk, sunflower seed butter and strawberries. I feel pumped!
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46 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Jumping out of bed for my workout morning!!

Sounds like a fun stage so far ๐Ÿ˜‰
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47 Hillary July 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I hightailed it out of bed so I could get my workout over with—and get my butt to the pool! ; )
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48 Haley July 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Total jump out of bed morning! I love the Body Pump group classes at my gym, and have made “gym” friends, so I love going to visit with them and get a great workout in at the same time =). AND, I just checked out “The New Rules…Women” from my library b/c of you and your sister’s comments about it. Going to read it through before beginning, but I’d like to change up my workouts a little. I laughed out loud reading your comments about your eyes in the free weights section – I TOTALLY do the same thing!

49 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

It was definitely a lazy morning for me! I think I would be confused by that weight exercise too haha…but sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be great :).

50 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I feel soooo self conscious in the free weight room too! I hate going in there by myself :/
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51 Lindsey July 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Jump out of bed morning for a few reasons; one my iced french press coffee was waiting for me, two I was going to our local parade with my Mom and three – our office was closed (due to the parade) till 1pm!
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52 Belinda July 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

My favorite class (Body Combat) at 5:30 Wednesday mornings always makes me jump out of bed, sometimes before the alarm goes off. That class makes me feel powerful and great throughout the entire day!

53 Miranda July 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

All of your reviews and progress have convinced me…I just ordered the New Rules, and it should be here within a week!

Quick question though about natural peanut butter. I bought a jar that said to store it in the fridge….but when I did, it basically turned rock hard and impossible to spread! Where do you store yours? And if it’s not in the fridge, do you just stir it up each time to mix in the oils?

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54 TanyaS July 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I’m just starting week 2 of overcoming my fear of the weight side of the gym. What I have learned so far, is that its much easier to just ask a more knowledgeable gym body to your left how to do something, than to fumble along and try to look cool about it. I’ve found the majority of gym goers eager to help and they would rather help you do it right than watch you do it wrong.

55 Courtney W July 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Woot woot to the 10:10 on the 500! Way to hold the 2:00 per 100 yards! Keep it up and you’ll rock the 1.2 mile swim of your HIM ๐Ÿ™‚
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56 Katie G. July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

def. lazy….!!! But I still managed to get up and leave the house at 6am, drive into work with my coffee, and get my swim training in before work….I am so tired now…early bedtime tonight ๐Ÿ™‚
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57 Kayla @ Sprouty Buns July 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm

This was a jump out of bed morning for me, completed a great workout … then hit a wall on my drive into work! Sometimes the morning burst doesn’t last far into the day ๐Ÿ™‚
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58 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Definitely a lazy morning. I don’t know what’s been up with me lately–it’s been SO HARD to get out of bed!

I just started New Rules on Monday. I was super sore today but I’ve now completed workouts 1 and 2 in stage one. It took a lot of reading and re-reading to figure out the schedule. They use numbers and letters in a much too confusing way!
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59 Gina @ Will Run for Cupcakes July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

Jumping out of bed… I did 11 miles before the time I usually wake up! I have since jumped back in bed as I have a migraine…
Yay run, boo headache!!!
Happy Wednesday!
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60 Sophie July 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I really need to try Overnight Oats in a Jar sometime soon! ๐Ÿ™‚
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61 Alaina July 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The fact that I had to be up at 4AM to go to work, it was definitely a slow moving kind of morning. It’s been awhile since I’ve had jump out of bed kind of mornings.
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