I managed to get up early on Wednesday and went for a walk. It was quite nice. Then, I came down with a cold/flu bug on Thursday night. I still managed to get a decent walk in on Friday afternoon though.
Now that it’s dark in the morning, I don’t feel okay with riding my bike on the road — even if I had lights and was covered in reflective tape. I just don’t trust drivers around here that much. However, walking works because I’m on the sidewalk. So, my plan is to continue with that, and even amp it up a bit and start the Couch-to-5-K plan (I even downloaded an app for my iPhone that will give me sound cues on when to change between walking/running).
I completely fell off the wagon this week. I didn’t wake up early once to exercise. The most I did was buy an exercise DVD and yoga mat.
I have a lot of excuses why I didn’t do anything – but no good reason, really. It came down to wanting to sleep longer.
I realize that it would have been easier to start this kind of thing in the spring when the mornings are getting lighter and warmer, not the other way around. I did find that I missed it though – I like getting the fresh air and just being with myself. So, that’s a positive, right?
Tuesday: 30 minute bike ride
Wednesday: 30 minute bike ride
Saturday: 30 minute bike ride
This week was a bit hectic at home and work. I think the first time I took a breath was at 3:15pm on Friday afternoon. Thankfully, I did get in my three workouts, just not when I was supposed too.
I missed Monday’s workout because I felt awful the night before with terrible allergies (which I rarely have) and a middle-of-the-night headache. I made up for it on Tuesday morning. Friday I missed because I had Evan in the bed with me after a rather rough night. I made up for this one on Saturday morning.
It works, though! I’m still finding it very easy to motivate myself in the morning…much easier than in the evening. For example, I was going to make up the Monday morning missed workout in the evening, but I couldn’t convince myself when the time came — but Tuesday morning was no problem.
Tuesday and Saturday morning were cool enough that I needed to wear gloves. I’m also getting a bit bored going on a bike ride each time. So, definitely need to find some other options for weather and other reasons.
Sunday: 30 minute bike ride
Tuesday: 30 minutes of yoga
Thursday: 30 minute bike ride
Saturday: 30 minute bike ride, in the pouring rain
This week was pretty easy, since 3 out of the 4 days I actually didn’t have to wake up early. Thursday was the only day I had to set my alarm. I pressed the snooze alarm once, but woke myself up before it went off again and was out the door on time.
I don’t know if I’m just more positive in the morning, or I just don’t have the energy to talk myself out of things, but I’ve been surprised how easy it has been to motivate myself. I mean, I even went for a bike ride this morning in the rain. If you know me, that is a huge accomplishment. It would have been a perfect excuse to let it slide, but it was easy to talk myself into it.
The rain this morning is making me think about what I’ll do come the time where it’s too dark and cold to exercise outside. I’m contemplating buying a spin bike and/or fitness videos. My one big problem is where will I exercise? We only have one TV, which is in the living room where DH and Evan start their morning (there’s no way Evan will let me workout if he’s up and in the same room). So, doing exercise videos there won’t work. There’s no way I’m ugly-ing our living room up with exercise equipment (all the toys are bad enough). Our basement is awful…maybe the office?
Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!
Earlier this week, I wrote about how I was inspired to take advantage of early morning hours, when I tend to be more motivated and positive about trying new things. My main goal is to re-introduce exercise into my life.
Each week, I’ll update how I’m doing. This will be more for my own benefit than for my readers, because writing it down for people to see might keep my motivation up.
Week 1 goal: actually waking up early and getting my butt moving somehow.
Monday: 35 minute walk
Wednesday: 30 minute bike-ride
Friday: 30 minute walk
Yay for achieving my weekly goal! I think I’ll keep this goal for the next week as well, to keep things realistic. Some thoughts on the process so far:
– It’s getting darker each morning, so I need to get a jacket with reflective tape – or buy reflective tape to put on a jacket I already have.
– I need a digital watch so I don’t have to bring my iPhone.
– Even if I’m feeling crappy in the morning, getting out makes me feel better (this happened on Friday morning)