(Cross-posted from my blog: l2r.squarespace.c
I can't sleep, so instead of just tossing and turning for a few hours, getting annoyed, I started to do some positive visualization, like SparkPeople.com teaches. Then, I thought that it would help me even more to get all of this down in writing (that's just how I process a lot of my thoughts), and figured this would make a good blog post.
What was on my mind was how I wish my days started. I have never been much of a morning person, at least, when I wake up alone. For some reason, when I wake up with Stephanie, I am full of energy. She has threatened to kill me more than once for being too hyper, but I like to tell myself she is just kidding. Anyway, the truth is that, even when I was at the height of my kick-ass-take-no-prisoners fitness days, I would still wake up tired every morning, have to force myself to get up, wander upstairs to the bathroom and/or kitchen, and get my day started. I have never been one for breakfast, and at best my idea of morning nutrition was Jack3d pre-workout stacks and a protein shake.
During the good days, I would then go off to the gym and kick ass. These days, I spend about 2 hours just trying to wake up and get together enough motivation to spend an hour at the gym, usually sticking to just the elliptical.
OK, so that's the reality. Now, here's how I would like things to be, but realistic.
First of all, what I have to work around. My work schedule is 1:45-10:15pm, with Sundays and Mondays off. No matter how hard I've tried, the aboslute best I've ever been able to manage is being in bed by midnight and up and 8. I actually held to this pretty well, until I got off of it. So, let's assume I can get it back.
Wake up and text Stephanie good morning. All my best days start off with being able to tell her good morning and getting a good morning back. Spend 5-10 minutes waking up peacefully, checking email, facebook, all that sort of thing. Pet Penzey, as when I'm getting up is one of the few times she'll actually lay on my chest and purr while I pet her. Most of the time she won't stand for being touched.
Get up, go upstairs to take care of morning necessities, and drink some water. Actually make some breakfast. I'm thinking oatmeal most mornings, with the omelet or turkey bacon and egg on toast to keep things changing. Something to fill me up, but doesn't take too long to make.
One of the things I loved about the YMCA, that I would like to be able to duplicate, was that they had this kiosk where I could print out what workouts I should do for the day. I'd like to have something like that. As I let my food settle, figure out what weights I will be lifting at the gym.
I'd like to make it to the gym by 9. Early enough that I can do both cardio and alternating upper body, lower body, and core strenght workouts. I used to love doing an hour of cardio, and then spending usually 30-45 minutes hitting the wieghts, and then finish off with 15 minutes in the hot tub. I'd like to do that again. Though at Genesis I wouldn't be soaking in a whirlpool, but instead relaxing in the eucalyptus steam room.
I would clean up and change (another thing I'd like to do is be able to be up early enough and have enough energy to pack my gym bag, so that I didn't have to drive back in sweaty gym clothes), and hit the cafeteria for a healthy lunch, and still be home by noon. This would give me plenty of time to get ready for work, catch up on Facebook and SparkPeople, write a blog, and even take a nap if I felt like it.
That's my realistic view. Crazy me pictures mornings waking up to doing P.E. style calisthenics in my basement living room - situps, pushups, jumping jacks, etc before doing everything above.
So how does this sound? Is it realistic? Any hints, tips, suggestions?
Edit: After writing this, I created an Excel file to plan and track my workouts. I used the SparkPeople.com workout planner to get 30-45 minute workouts for Upper Body, Lower Body, and Core. Then I created the spreadsheet and put in little thumbnail pics of the machines to make them easier to fine. The thumbnails didn't survive the upload to Google Docs, but you can use spreadsheet if you like. You can find it at bit.ly/Qc0Bd4