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!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Early morning workouts

This morning, I finally decided to do something I've been thinking about for weeks. I got up early and went to the gym at 6:30am. For me, this is huge because I am not an early riser. I would sleep until 8am everyday if I could. In fact, before my baby arrived I usually did sleep until 8am. Things have changed, though, and I no longer have the ability to sleep in as late as I want and I can no longer work out whenever I feel like it. My gym time has to be planned in advance and it also has to be coordinated with Carl in such a way that allows him to hit some classes, too. We were alternating evenings for a while, but that really limits both of us in terms of how often we can work out. So, mornings it is! For the time being, I'll go Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, as well as Thursdays at noon (I have a babysitter for a few hours every Thursday). Carl will go after work.

I know this is going to be tough for the first couple of weeks, but I'm pretty confident that once it becomes a habit I'll actually like our new schedule. In fact, I felt really great this morning after my hour-long TRX class and I'm thinking that getting up with the roosters is a really good move in terms of making the most of my time at the gym. I mean, if I am going to get up that early I am going to make sure every push-up counts! 

What types of changes did you make to your workout schedule when your children were born? 

Monday, April 2, 2012

If I could turn back the clock, part two

Thanks for all the great comments in response to last Monday's diaper do-over post. Lots of fabulous ideas and feedback, that's for sure. I still don't know what we're going to do, but we will definitely take all of your thoughts into consideration. Thank you, thank you!!

Anyway, moving on to the next installment of things I would do differently if I had the opportunity to turn back the clock ...

If I could do it all over again, I would hire someone to clean my house. I would make the arrangements before the baby's arrival and I would have the cleaning person start a couple of weeks after her birth. With a newborn, there simply isn't time to vacuum every other day or clean the bathroom once a week. The baby takes up most, if not all, of your time. So, even if you yearn for a clean house (like I did) it probably isn't going to happen unless someone does it for you. Looking back, the idea of hiring someone to clean seems like a such no-brainer. I'm not sure why I didn't think about it ahead of time. All I know is it would have made my life so much easier.

I finally got a clue and hired someone about six weeks ago. She spent six hours one Sunday getting our place all spic-and-span, and I cannot even tell you how happy it made me. The next day, I was able to relax during the baby's naps. I didn't have to stress over (or even think about ) finding time to clean. Of course, now the place is a mess again. I hope to have her back within the week.

How did you keep up on household chores when your baby was an infant? Did you hire a cleaning crew, did you somehow manage to DIY or did you just overlook the mess?