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A Morning Issue

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

When I was in shape, I always worked out in the mornings. By starting the day so smart, it was easy to maintain that healthy pattern throughout the day. In college, I organized my schedule so that my earliest class started at 10:30am. That way, I could get up, work out hard, and still have enough time to shower, straighten my hair, and eat a great breakfast. Oh, and go on Facebook, of course.

But those days are long gone. Since junior year, I’ve regained all the weight lost and then a lot more!

Ultimately, I screwed up big-time during the summer after junior year. I even remember the exact day. I was working a BET celebrity event in Manhattan. (I'm in the media industry...well, I just graduated college, so I guess I'm not there yet.) That day I skipped my morning workout. I thought I would go to the gym later. But when later came, I didn't feel like it.

I never really felt like it again.

For the past two years, I've tried to motivate myself to work out as soon as I wake up. But when senior year came, I fell apart. Because of personal struggles, I became deeply depressed. All I did was cry, eat, sleep, eat, go on the internet, eat and watch t.v. I kept trying to get back in shape, but I failed miserably. I could barely make it to my morning classes, let alone the gym at 6:00am.

And it continues. I’m now more than 200 pounds. And I need your help to get it all off by January 1, 2011. For good.

I’m unemployed now, but eventually, I will find a job. Chances are, it will be a 9-5. I need to start a habit that allows me to work out, shower, get dressed, style my hair, eat breakfast and sit on the subway by 8:00am. From Sunday through Thursday, my bedtime is 10:00pm. If you see me online during that time, tell me to GO TO SLEEP!!! You can send me an instant message, or write it on my wall.

I enjoy the wonderful community at Spark People. I love to read about your goals and accomplishments, and I'm just as excited about your progress as I am about mine. But I also joined for a reality check. I need to be held accountable. I choose to work out in the mornings. And that’s final.
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    I hear you girl! I HAVE to work out in the morning too! I am not a morning person AT ALL. I love to sleep in (which hardly ever happens anymore)and I'm a total night owl (which sometimes makes it hard to get up in the AM, and I average around 6 hours of sleep each night). I wish you the best of luck. You can do it!!!
    3085 days ago
    Here's what I've learned since I've been unemployed, in between looking for a job there are plenty of opportunities to work out. For awhile I tried different times of the day to see what time worked best for me to work out. And I discovered regardless of not having a paying job I actually had a very important one... I had to schedule one standing appointment 6 days a week and that was my "me time". That's my time to work out and think of nothing but my health. Try different times, see what works for you and keep me posted. Oh and set your bedtime the same way, you need a steady 8 hours to recharge your mind.
    Hope this helps.
    3086 days ago
    Its so hard to work out in the mornings for me too. I'm constantly saying I'll do it but I never do. Luckily I've been on a war path with myself to work out EVERY DAY!!! for 80 days in a row. I'm on day 48. Only worked out once in the morning.

    I guess for me I just realized that a.m.'s are not going to work for me so I must find the time elsewhere in the day. It works for me to get home and go straight to working out. But I work out at home so that helps tremendously. Do you work out at home or at the gym?

    If possible try to work out at home, a skipping rope and some great work out DVD's are my best friend in the world.
    3087 days ago
    Sounds like you're on the right track!! I agree about morning workouts. My schedule has changed so I can't make it out every morning anymore, but I can't wait to get back to that. Even if it means waking up at 5am. I'm ready for that regular routine again, including regular healthy meals. I think we both have the resolve right now to be serious, so here's to motivating each other!!!
    3087 days ago
  • LAURT02
    Welcome!!! And thanks for visiting my page :o)
    YOU CAN DO THIS!! Keep cruising around this website. Its very motivating and very addicting! Support will definitely help you reach your goals.
    I'm here if you ever want to talk! I had a rough day at work today and should technically be at the gym, but I figured I blow off steam in the form of yoga instead of the elliptical tonight.
    Hope you had a better day!! :o) Keep that body moving girl!
    3087 days ago
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    3088 days ago
    Welcome!!!! loved the blog, see my self there in many thoughts of my past. SOmething that helped me during my unemployed time was to definitely get up and get going do your work out, clean your house, sit down w the paper or the internet to do your job search while eating to replenish what you just burned the time I had submitted resumes ran to put in applications scheduled interviews etc, I had time to go to the gym or fit in a work out dvd to get more cardio in. After two weeks it was habit. So now I get my work out out of the way first thing in the morning, i feel better, I have more energy, I look forward to the day and I sleep fantastic!!!! As a previous user of sleep aids for as long as I can remember that was a huge change for me just to be able to quit taking pills to sleep!!!! Keep us updated and we will all be here through out your journey! emoticon
    3088 days ago
    I have to workout in the morning also. I have 4 kids, so it is really my only free time. And I feel SO much better when I get my morning workout in. I know it's crazy, but I get up @ 4:15 to do my workout. I have to leave my house by 6:30 to get to work. I tried getting up a little later, and just couldn't find enough time to get a good workout. Of course, I am usually in bed no later than 9 so that makes it a little easier to get up so early. Hope this helps!
    3088 days ago
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