Ten months in I am almost two weeks late in even announcing what my focus for this month is. All I can say is, life happens and so here we are.
My husband absolutely freaking hates this by the way.
This is despite the fact that I have told him all the many reasons experts say that morning workouts are better for you - better mood, revved up metabolism, deeper sleep, more energy, more consistency, fewer scheduling conflicts. I could go on.
He doesn't care. All he notices is the lack of sleep.
To be honest, I do feel a little weird creeping around the house in the pre-dawn darkness in order to get what is admittedly a half-hearted work out in. However, it does feel much better to close out my day knowing that I did something, instead of having just worked, looked after small children, drunk wine, worked some more, and then collapsed into bed exhausted.
So far what I have found to be helpful in making the morning workout thing doable is the following:
1. Making a plan. When I go to bed I already know what time I am going to get up and what I am going to do. In the morning no arguing with myself is allowed.
2. Getting ready the night before. My clothes and shoes are laid out; the coffee is prepped; my contact stuff and toothbrush are organized in the bathroom farthest from the lightest sleeper (aka the husband).
3. Being realistic. My morning workouts do not consist of 10 mile runs. I do not get in a car to drive somewhere. Rather they are 30 minute strength sessions; or 30 minutes running, elliptical-ling or on the spin bike; or the yoga I can't otherwise seem too fit in. And then the rest of the morning is dedicated to getting myself and the two kids ready and out the door by 7:45 AM - WHICH IS NO SMALL FEAT, THANK YOU.
The most successful people I know and read about credit part of their success to the discipline of early morning exercise. While my aspirations are not of greatness, I do have a strong desire to maintain my fitness despite the constant time and life pressures I am facing at the moment. Shoehorning my workouts into the early daylight hours presents a small sliver of possibility, assuming my marriage can withstand it.
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