Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Early morning workout success



I am now two weeks into my new, early morning workout schedule. I love it! I'm so glad I made this switch. As much as I am not a morning person, evening workouts have always been the toughest for me because I like being at home in the evening and I'm not a fan of go-go-go schedules. With Carl's busy workdays, the two of us trying to trade-off/coordinate gym time, healthy meal preparation and the baby's bedtime routine (which starts at about 6:45pm) everything felt too crazy for me.

Now, my alarm goes off at 6am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (I did miss last Friday, though, because Carl had to travel out of town for work). I get up and leave the house at 6:15am. Carl gets up with the baby at approximately 7am and they get some time together before he has to get ready to head into the office. I am home by 7:45am, just in time to feed her. It is a perfect scenario -- I get some me time and he gets some dad-and-baby time (which is hard to come by as he is gone all day and she goes to bed so early).

I love how morning workouts give me whole day to hang out with the baby and get things accomplished without the constraint of knowing I need to be somewhere by 6pm. I also know that (barring a scheduling conflict, which is rare) I can always make it in. Plus, it just feels good to get moving early in the morning. I've also experienced the added bonus of working out with a new group of people, which is fun!

The only downside is the aforementioned alarm. I am personally opposed to alarms -- I just don't think it is natural or healthy to be jolted out of bed by a jarring noise (even the pleasant alarm sounds my phone offers sound jarring at 6am). I suspect that in time I'll wake-up on my own, without help from an alarm. I don't see this happening, though, until the baby drops her 3am feeding. I'm not sure when that will happen, but I hope it won't be too much longer. It will be soooo nice to someday sleep through the night again!

1 comment:

  1. Good for you for sticking to it!! I have been talking with J about trying to do the same thing, maybe three mornings per week, now that Oliver is consistently and predictably sleeping until 7:30-8:00 and no longer in the habit of being fed immediately upon waking. But oh, that extra hour of sleep... I'm just not sure if I can sacrifice it right now. We are usually getting the lights out around midnight (Oliver still has a dream feed at 11:00), and I am finding myself surprisingly exhausted and sleep deprived with this schedule, despite having uninterrupted nights. But I'm just not sure where else I can find a guaranteed block of time for the gym that won't get pre-empted by other things...

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