4:50 a.m.

This post’s title refers to the obscenely early hour at which my alarm clock will now start blaring. Any time that begins with a four and ends with an a.m. is just not meant for humans to witness. But alas.

The reason for my earlier wake-up time is that evening workouts are just not doing it for me. I feel like I wake up, go to work, do housework (cooking and light cleaning), work out, shower and go to bed. Notice a theme? Work, work, work. And all work and no play makes Kristen a dull girl.

It got to the point that I was so burned out during Insanity tonight, that I just could not do it anymore. I kept bargaining with myself to just go one more minute….until I just couldn’t anymore. Now, I will be waking up at 4:50, leaving for the gym at 5, working out until 5:30 and coming home to get in the shower by 5:45 and out the door by 7. When I get home at night, I’ll still make dinner, but now I’ll have another hour-and-a-half to do whatever I’d like. A few nights a week, this will probably include a second workout, but it won’t be an obligation: it will be a choice.

On the alternate nights, I will take the dogs for a walk, read a great library book, chat on the phone with friends, blog and watch trashy reality TV. Still not terribly exciting…but much more relaxing when I know the nights are more flexible and I don’t have to cram everything in.

Another reason I’m switching the workouts to the morning is that I think it will inspire me to eat better. When I start the day with a workout, I’m not going to want to waste it by eating like a pig afterward. And I’ll have more time after work to cook a decent dinner because I won’t have to rush so I have time to exercise.

I do love Insanity, so I will try to do those tapes at least two to three times a week, with the gym at least three more times per week. Those gym workouts will include some running since I have to start training for my second 5K.

On that note, I better go so I can make the most of the next hour. I have to hit the hay by 10 if I want to be conscious on my drive to the gym!

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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2 Responses to 4:50 a.m.

  1. Nota says:

    How’s the 4:50 wake-up call going?

    Have you considered running in the morning before work instead of hitting the gym? I say this because if you’re leaving for the gym at 5 & working out until 5:30 – how long is the commute? That’s shaving time off your workout. If you run in the morning, then that commute time becomes additional workout time – and you can focus on resistance in the daytime workout hours knowing you’ve got the cardio in already. Just a thought.

  2. Sara says:

    I work at 7am 3-4 days a week so I started getting up around 445 to workout also. I am doing the workouts at home though so I don’t have to worry about commute time. I usually get in a good half hour and it makes me feel great! I was getting burned out by afternoon workouts too so I know how you feel! Keep up the good work and I hope you start seeing progress again soon.

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