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!