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SANDSURFGIRL SparkPoints: (1,035)
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12/22/12 12:14 A

Maybe I misread the post. My experience on message boards hasn't been too great. I wasn't going to join this one, but doing this is hard and I need support from others badly. Recovering from lengthy illness sucks and takes so much out of you. I was sick off and on for 3 years and then last year was very bad. Now I'm healthy, healed, and ready to get back to being an athlete like I was before all this happened to me.

Sorry if I misunderstood.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
12/21/12 11:56 P

Nope, no set schedule. I can finish work at 3.30pm or 7.30pm or anywhere in between. I have friends who want to hang out, classes that get cancelled, I do boot camps to mix things up... My timetable changes week to week. I go to the gym straight from work, no matter what time I finish. I arrange everything for after my workout time.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
12/21/12 11:53 P

No one is arguing with you. In fact, those are some of the nicest replies I've ever seen from Zorbs ( emoticon ). You asked for advice, you have gotten it. Just because you don't agree with it do not mean anyone is arguing. Zorbs can survive on little sleep and look amazing. That is one experience and opinion. Neither of you is wrong or right.

Take the advice you want, ignore the advice you don't and you will be fine.

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12/21/12 11:53 P

Jess, do you have a set schedule? I would love to just keep at the afternoon or evening workouts and not rearrange my whole schedule in the mornings, but things change for me all the time. Having been so sick and trying to get my strength and fitness back makes it easier for me to skip it if things get hectic because working out is so challenging now. It's my mental attitude that's my problem I suppose.

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12/21/12 11:48 P

This is my first time posting on this board. I was concerned because generally message boards are argumentative and I don't go on them. I'm not trying to start a debate about sleep. You can look up the research if you want. There are volumes of it. I thought that was common knowledge. It's all over the news, articles in every magazine I've ever read, all over the internet. You can choose not to sleep and that's fine,but facts are facts and the facts about sleep are widely accepted and proven through science in multiple disciplines. Even if you don't "look old" your body only produces anti aging hormones after around 7 hours of sleep. Your cells repair during sleep. On the outside you may look fine, but lack of sleep is taking its toll whether you see it or not. Don't listen to me. Look it up. You can find hours of reading on it.

I hope this isn't the type of online community where people argue about stuff like this because I'd really like the support but I have no use for internet drama or arguments. I had enough of that on the Weight Watchers boards and the mom boards. Ugh,.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
12/21/12 11:46 P

Getting up earlier will change your timetable, and you will be tired earlier and can go to bed earlier. Or you, could continue with afternoon workouts and be more consistent with them. I almost never skip my afternoon workouts because they are an appointment that I have to keep. That is my attitude. I write them on my calendar and I go, no matter what.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,415)
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12/21/12 11:38 P

I already look at least 10 years younger than my actual age and I have maintained my weight for over 5 years...if lack of sleep ages you and causes you to gain weight, I don't believe it for one second. pretty much everyone I know barely sleeps and works out a lot and NO ONE looks old or is overweight.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 12/21/2012 (23:38)
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12/21/12 11:24 P

I don't want to sacrifice sleep. There is too much research about lack of sleep causing weight gain and shortening your life, aging you and all that bad stuff.

I like my schedule the way it is, but I had to admit to myself that I'm getting sidetracked too easily and skipping workouts because life gets in the way. I do well for a few weeks, then fall off schedule for a week or two, get back on schedule. Starting and stopping really stinks.

I was extremely ill a year ago, had a very long hospital stay and was so weak I had to be in a wheelchair for anything more than walking to the corner for months. Now I'm healed and strong and it's crucial that I stick to my workout schedule for full recovery and losing the weight I gained from being so sick. But when you are this out of shape it is SO hard to work out. I used to be an athlete and I feel so awful when I huff and puff through what would have been an easy routine for me before all of this stuff happened. So it's easy for me to make excuses in the afternoons and evening.

I'm just hoping that changing my schedule will make it easier to be consistent. But I am really struggling with actually doing it instead of just thinking about it.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,415)
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12/21/12 11:06 P

I just drink coffee and do it..I also have an afternoon nap almost every day. My running partner sleeps even less than I do (I average about 4 hours a night) and doesn't nap..you do what you have to do to get your exercise in if you really want it.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
12/21/12 10:51 P

I didn't start waking up early to exercise (I am a dedicated afternoon exerciser and I love it), but I had to change my sleep schedule for work. For the first few weeks it sucked, but after that it was OK. When I don't have to work I go back to my usual sleep pattern, but it isn't too hard to get back into it.

So, bottom line, bite the bullet and do it. Start slow, maybe 10 minutes at a time?

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12/21/12 10:09 P

I really want to start working out in the morning, but it is so hard to change my sleep schedule. How do you get up and hour or more earlier than usual without being exhausted? Or do I just have to bite the bullet and deal with it until my body adjusts?

Working out the afternoon or evening is just too sketchy. It's too easy to make excuses that I'm tired and had a busy day... because usually I am and I have. Or I just plain run out of time.

I'd love to hear experiences from those who made the switch to early morning workouts. Are you glad you did it and was it hard at first? How long until you adjusted?


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