Why I Still Work Out at 5 a.m.

I’ve had a few people ask me why in the world I get up at 5 a.m. every day when I work from home and essentially make my own schedule. If I am able to workout any time, why do I still wake up before the sun comes up?

I have three answers:

  1. It makes me infinitely more productive. When I finish my workout before 6:30 a.m., I feel like my day is set into motion and I keep riding the productivity wave all day long. Also, the longer I put off a workout, the less likely I am to actually do it!
  2. I want to keep a “normal” schedule. When I made the decision to leave my previous job to focus on freelance writing and blogging, I made a commitment to myself that I would still work “normal” hours. During the week, I can almost always be found at my computer from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour break in there for lunch or an afternoon walk with Sadie, assuming I don’t have a meeting or appointment of some kind. (I’m back at my computer again when I type up my dinner post.)
  3. I like the extra time with Ryan. We always enjoyed heading to the gym together first thing in the morning before I began working from home and I wanted to keep up the tradition when my job changed.

So there ya have it! The madness behind my morning workouts!


Today’s morning workout was awesome! When I finished it, I couldn’t wait to get home and type it up to share with you guys.

Check out a new circuit workout!

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I’ve been seriously neglecting core exercises lately and decided to make today’s workout focused and abs and cardio. I began my workout with 15 minutes on the arc trainer before completing the above circuit and cooling down with another 10 minutes on the elliptical while I waited for Ryan to finish his leg workout.


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I made a batch of vanilla banana protein oatmeal that hit the spot.

Vanilla Banana Protein Oatmeal

Serves 1

Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons steel cut oats
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped hazelnuts


  • Bring 1 3/4 cup water to a boil
  • Add steel cut oats and reduce to medium heat
  • Allow oats to cook for 20 minutes, or until thick and creamy
  • Add banana slices, protein powder and cinnamon to the oats and continue to cook on low for approximately 5 minutes
  • Pour oats into a bowl, top with hazelnuts

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And then I ate another handful of mixed nuts on the side because the hazelnuts sparked a craving!

Off to be productive! I have a lunchtime meeting for my volunteer work with the Taste of Ocala and hope to check a lot of things off my to do list beforehand.


  1. Anne Marie says

    Hi Julie! I am new to the blog and I already love it! I’ve been wanting to step up my strength training and this is exactly what I needed to do that! I too am a morning girl and I love to get up and start my day with a 5-mile run before I head to work, but the early starts are causing early ends to my days. How do you keep up your energy level throughout the day? By 9pm I am exhausted! Looking forward to reading more!

    Anne Marie


  2. says

    I just found your jump rope workout before heading to the gym and I am off to try it out right now! I started incorporating jump rope a couple of months ago, and I love how it gets your heart pumping. And I get up at 5AM to work out too so I totally hear you. I wouldn’t change it even if I did work from home. It’s such a great way to start the day!


  3. Amber says

    I LOVE this banana oatmeal recipe! I have a quicker similar version that Ive been hooked on for a few months. A girlfriend of mine (who is also a KD) and I share a GNC card and have fun with their flavored protein powders and the quality of it. I blend a scoop of the banana protein powder with a cup of soy milk in my blender ball and then pour it into a cup of the plain instant oatmeal after I cook it with water in the microwave for a minute. If I have fresh bananas its an extra treat, and if not, it still takes less than 2 minutes and is delicious. Your blog is WONDERFUL and I love your inspiration and dedication!



  4. Rachel says

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and I love it! I just have a random question: what do you use to make those fun images for your workouts?


  5. Alaina says

    Julie, I know it’s probably freaking you out that you get a new comment on a post from years ago, but I found this recipe after searching for protein powder + oatmeal on pinterest and this came up! Funny enough, I regularly read your blog, so I’m surprised I didn’t see this recipe sooner. Anyhow, I was curious if you are able to prevent the protein powder from making the texture of the oatmeal gritty…I always seem to have that problem. Is it gritty for you?



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