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A Little Decline Action and Tips to Get Going in the Morning

A Little Decline Action and Tips to Get Going in the Morning


*Edit- This little technical incline issue I talk about ended up being ALL MY FAULT. Yep. Here’s the explanation in my next post. I’m so smart sometimes.



Or wait, afternoon? I guess it’s almost noon.

Hey, January 2nd. Still going strong on your New Year’s resolutions?


I’m teaching tonight at the gym and am excited to see some new faces there. It’s always fun this time of year to see all the new people trying out classes. I do my best to make them want to come back. He he.


So, one of my goals this year is to keep up with the early morning treadmill running thing. I’ve never really been an early morning wake up and workout kind of person, but I’m trying to make myself one.


I had a few issues this morning. I wasn’t really expecting them since it’s only the second day of the year and all, but hey, that’s what happens. I had some incline issues actually with my new treadmill.

Oh, first though I woke up an hour later than planned. That issue was all me. Darn it. Why is it so hard to get out of bed sometimes?


I wanted to get a run in before the boys got up. Just some easy treadmill miles.

Check it out.

This is supposedly 0.0 incline.

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Looks a bit high, right?

I tried to mess with it a little and all it kept doing was going up. I was not in the mood for a hill this morning.

I got it down a bit, enough to comfortably do a slow 8 miles.

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That’s still an incline, yes? It told me it was –5.0. I don’t think so.

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Oh well. We got through it- slowly with a sweaty smile and all.

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I better figure this out though. Making some calls today. It’s probably my own fault as I’ve done nothing to set it up. I just turn the power on and go. I really need to set up a whole training thing and get it connected with our WiFi so I can run on their Google maps courses and everything that’s preprogrammed. There are so many super cool things about this treadmill I haven’t gotten to play with yet.

Adding it to my list for this weekend.

I also need a cool name for my treadmill and a calendar to hang on the wall to keep track of all the miles I put on it. Hmm…..

Adding those to my list too.



A few other things didn’t go so well after that little run.

Just when I was at that point that I NEEDED coffee, I realized I had burned my espresso.

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Not a very good smell or sight. Lovely.


I did get something right today though.

I sat in quiet and read this.

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It’s so hard for me to sit and relax and just be still. I’m always thinking, planning, trying to figure things out. ALWAYS. (Yes, poor STUFT Daddy.)

I’m working on changing that and trying to not be so rushed and anxious about everything. I’m thinking that will entail giving some things up and saying “no” more often, but if that’s what it takes, I’m going to do it.

This was the perfect thing to read this morning.


And a cinnamon roasted kabocha boat with a STUFT chia pod, peanut free NuttZo, coconut butter, honey and unsweetened dark chocolate sauce was the perfect thing to eat also.



So, before I go, here are a couple tips for getting your workout or run in early in the morning.

Not that I’m the expert, I’m working on it myself, but here are a few things that are helping me.


Random tips to get the heck out of bed and get your workout done first thing in the morning.

1. Write it down. Plan out the workout you’re going to do before you go to bed. Or write down the reason you’re going to get it done first thing. The WHY is always an extra motivation. My main “why” these days for me is to be done so I can be Mama and focus on other things the rest of the day.

2. Sleep in your workout clothes. Lately I’ve been sleeping in my Handful bras and Pro Compression socks. Less to do to get ready in the morning.

3. Don’t look in the mirror or dilly dally. Just get up, get the clothes and headband or whatnot that you need on, lace up your shoes and go. Less thinking time= less time to make excuses.

3. Save your coffee for after the workout. It’s so much better that way (if you don’t burn it of course).

4. Motivate yourself with a good movie or TV show or workout video you like to do. I’m all about Gossip Girl episodes and romantic comedy movies these days while logging miles. It’s pretty much the only time I watch TV so it gets me on the treadmill. This morning it was a little Anchorman. Gotta love Ron Burgundy.

5. Focus on your goals. Know that you CAN do it and that you’ll feel so awesome being done with your workout with the rest of the day ahead of you. You make the goals, you have to put in the work to get there. The work is definitely not the easy part, but it pays off.

Whatever your goals are- they are yours! Go get them!

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that’s that.

I’m off to tackle a few things.


I have a really great giveaway coming up. Like really great, so stay tuned.


Have a good day!



Do you have any tricks for working out first thing in the morning?

Do you do coffee before or after your workout?

What’s your main fitness goal for 2014?

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  1. 1
    Ashley L. says:

    Great post! Sorry about the treadmill 🙁 hope it gets fixed soon! I’m always a morning workout person, like 5 am workouts, ugh. It’s thought, but I know if I don’t go in the morning, I won’t do anything else the rest of the day since I stay at home with the kids and the hubby works all day. I do sometimes sleep in my workout clothes 🙂

    I have a half ironman coming up in May. So, my goal is to finish in under 7 hours!

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    Francine says:

    I always have preferred to work out first thing in the morning if I can, and have been doing that for the past 25 plus years! (On days I’m teaching, I never wake up earlier to work out; sleep is much more important.) But first, I always have my one cup of coffee before I work out. I recently read that is a great thing to do since it gives one the extra boost to do a little bit more intense and/or longer workout! 🙂

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    Diana says:

    I HATE working out in the morning. I usually go after work, but my long runs are usually my early morning workouts. I really have to amp myself up for them. Some days it takes a lot of convincing. Eventually I do make it up. I might start sleeping in my clothes too. Seems like one less thing to get in my way in the morning.

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    stacey says:

    Loved this post!
    Tricks for working out in the morning: It’s pure motivation for me….It’s my possible one and only chance to get there and get it in… and I also get myself revved up the night before by finding a workout that i’m excited to try..

    Coffee: Def. after…i do my energy drink before and during….i think its called Jacked…got it at GNC

    Main Fitness Goal: Tighten it up…lean it out…and tone away!

  5. 5

    My goals sound very similar to yours (well, not the mom thing ha since I’m not one, but I’m always so anxious and planning and can’t ever relax). I’ve been trying to work on that. Also, how the heck do you run that far on the treadmill? I’m getting nervous because the temps are dropping super low to tonight and expected to stay in the teens and low 20s in the mornings for as far as I can see on the weather report. I always run in the morning – if my workouts don’t happen in the morning, they don’t happen haha. I can run and run outside, but I cannot even make it a mile on the treadmill without wanting to stop. It’s awful! Anyhoo, I had the Runner’s World Calendar last year and got another this year. You should consider that…I love mine!! 🙂

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    I am a morning person in general and always and only an early morning runner. Lately I struggle a bit since it is so dark and cold but I push right past it because I just don’t think – I go. It is what I do and I know it, even though my mind wants to fight it when it is super early and barely 20 degrees lol. My body knows and I know that a morning workout makes me super happy for the rest of the day. It is all about getting the pants on. Once I start getting dressed, I am fine.

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    Apryle says:

    I also got a new treadmill for Christmas. Mine did the exact same thing yours did as soon as we set it up. One of the first things you have to do before using it is properly calibrate the incline. On mine you go into maintenance and it automatically did it for me. I am sure your fancy one will do the same thing. Find your instruction book and it will tell you how to do it.
    I can not do coffee before a run in the morning either. I tend to linger over it too long and then check emails and get sidetracked. I also find writing it on my “to do” list just doesn’t even give me an option. I just have to get up, do it, cross it off. Then I feel great all day knowing I at least got one thing crossed off the list!

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      You are so darn smart Apryle. That’s totally what it was. THANK YOU! Funny now that I’m just reading this though and I just wrote my next post. Oops. 🙂

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    Diane says:

    Yeah, that “to do” list…I knew I had one somewhere….LOL!! I always sleep in my workout clothes! Like you said, less time to make excuses and just DO IT!! I try so hard to get up before my girls get up, but at least the need to change into workout clothes saves me about 8 minutes each morning 🙂

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    Allyssa says:

    I do the caffeine after my workout! I make a mocha/coffee protein smoothie and knowing that I have that to look forward to after my workout really helps get me through it!

  10. 10

    Oh no! Sorry to hear about the treadmill – I hope you can get it fixed soon! When I used to wake up super early I did a lot of the things you said above – I set my alarm (Several alarms), I slept in my workout clothes, but the biggest thing was that i didn’t give myself an option. I didn’t have the option to stay in bed I had to get up! It took some time but it eventually worked!

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    Kim says:

    Yikes – hope you get the incline issue taken care of!!
    I lay out all of my workout stuff at night – in the morning I put it on, brush my teeth, refill my water and head down to workout! It makes me happy to have it done first thing – this break has kind of messed up my normal schedule but it’s almost over so back to normal 5:00 am wake ups!

  12. 12

    great tips! when i was hardcore working out in the morning, i’d have coffee and breakfast after my workout (if i was doing a super intense workout or really long miles, i’d have a few bites pre-workout, of course)

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    Kathy says:

    Coffee before AND after a workout….in fact right now I am thinking about my morning coffee and how excited I am to go to bed so I can wake up and have some. Is that weird? Maybe…oh well?!

    My workout goal this year is to get back into running…..no time pressure ~ just to do it because it feels good and just to go slow so no more injuries.

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    Heather says:

    Hello Stuft Mama!
    I had the excellent opportunity to take your Y50X class tonight and loved it!
    I have a question for you – I will be running my first Boston Marathon this April 2014. I am a busy graduate student but place lots of importance on a healthy and nutrient filled diet. Do you have recommendations or tips on marathon training and nutrition?

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Awesome Heather!!! You should have said “hi”! Oh gosh, I am not the expert, but I’ll share everything I do on here as I’m running Boston too! Every trains and eats differently so I think it’s about finding out what works for you. Happy to answer any specific questions you have though! Yay!


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