The 5 Stages of Grieving a Lost Workout.

Yesterday I didn’t work out in the morning. It wasn’t by choice and it doesn’t happen too often, but somehow I mis-set, turned off, or PM-AM’d my alarm and it didn’t go off at the usual 4:55am. Instead, I woke up, looked at my clock, and had a minor heart attack when my clock read “6:30am.” I wasn’t late for school and although initially I was mad at myself for not making sure my alarm was set, it ended up being the best thing that could have happened. I realized as I was eating my breakfast that in about 15 minutes I went through the 5 stages of grief over my lost workout.

1. DENIAL: My clock can’t be right? Obviously I am perfect and set my alarm to the correct day and time every day no matter what, I clearly have not slept in nor would ever sleep in on arm strength day at the gym. If I blink a few times my clock is bound to turn back two hours. This can’t be happening!


2. ANGER: “HOW COULD I MISS THE GYM?” I am so mad at myself, how could I let this happen? I am mad at Apple iPhones, I am mad at technology, I am mad at the people at my gym for not calling me to ask why I wasn’t there when the doors opened. I am mad at my comfy bed for holding me hostage.


3. BARGAINING: I might have time to run downstairs and hop on my bike for a quick 20 or 30 minute cycling session. Where are my cycling shorts? Maybe I could do Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred, that’s only 20 minutes. How much time is left? Do I need to do my hair today, how can I fit in a workout before I shower?! I’ll do the Core Challenge because that counts for something. If I have lots of pent up energy after school and after my seminar this evening I will do cardio.


4. DEPRESSION: It’s lost. My workout is over. I can’t go back in time and change that. How do I even shower without sweat all over me? Do I even need to shower? Can I inject myself with some endorphins, is that a thing?


5. ACCEPTANCE: So you missed a workout. Big deal. Kris, you went to bed at 11:30pm last night and had your alarm set for 4:55am… that is like 5 hours of sleep. Your body clearly needed the rest and got a solid 7 hours of sleep which was better than a tired workout anyway. You haven’t had a rest day since December 16. It’ll be ok, there is always tomorrow morning to rock a workout and just think how well rested you will be for it.


Ok, maybe all of my posts are in the format of “Thinking Out Loud Thursday” but this was exactly how my morning played out yesterday and looking back it is hilarious. I was so upset I had slept in but then I realized I had just slept the most amazing 7 solid hours and I probably needed the sleep more than the treadmill. Even though I JUST posted about being a morning person and getting up early to get the job done, I regret nothing 😉 .

Have you ever grieved a lost workout?


  1. HAHAHA! Oh I can completely relate to this! I’ve done the AM/PM thing, forgotten to set it and hit snooze so many times it stopped going off. I am usually disappointed but try and just focus on when I can plan my next workout 🙂

    Thanks for the laugh!

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