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Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's time to become a morning person!

The bf and I both hold our fitness as a high priority, but our current system of evening workouts just isn't cutting it; our energy levels fluctuate too much from day to day, and it's really hit or miss ... so we have both agreed to start going first thing in the morning, before our classes this fall semester.

Classes don't begin for another week and a half, but this schedule begins at 6:30 AM starting TOMORROW, just to get in the habit, and to KICK THIS PLATEAU'S BUTT.

Weekday Schedule (Mon-Fri)
Early Morning:
6:30 AM - Wake Up
6:35 AM - Breakfast (1/4 cup steel cut oats with berries & almond milk)
6:40 AM -
*Pack Post-Workout Snack (Protein-Shake + Fruit/Veg),
*Grab Pre-Packed Lunch + Afternoon Snack from the Fridge,
*Fill Water Bottle
6:45 AM - Leave Apartment, Drive to the Gym

At the Gym:
7:00 AM - 7:10 AM - Warmup (Brisk Cardio)
7:10 AM - 7:30 AM - Workouts (more details to come in WUB)
7:30 AM - 7:40 AM - Stretch
7:40 AM - 8:25 AM - Shower at gym, Get Dressed, Hair and Makeup
8:25 AM - Leave Gym, Drive to Apartment, Eat Protein Shake and Fruit

8:40 AM - 9:05 AM - Walk to Class (1.5 mile)
9:10 AM - 11:20 AM - Class
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM - Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:50 PM - Study
1:50 PM - 5:20 PM - Class / Study / Afternoon Snack
5:20 PM - Ride Home

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Cook Dinner and Pack Lunch
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Quality Time w/ Boyfriend
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Study
10:00 PM - Sleep

Wed: Aquatic Yoga class in the evening. We will probably eat out (healthy) this day to accomodate.

Sat: Running intervals outside if I am up to it. I may need to use this as a rest day for a while to start, but I will build back up to it as my fitness improves.

Sun: Rest and Stretch. Clean one thing in the apartment. Study.


This schedule is somewhat rough, but doable... I am positive that this will be great for my workout consistency once I am used to it: this way there will be NO excuses and it is DONE and out of my mind for the rest of the day so I can focus on school. It also keeps me from overtraining, since I need to be able to walk to class and around campus after my workout.

Starting tonight I am going to begin sleeping in my workout clothes (as Coach Nicole suggests!) and I will need to pre-pack my gym bags, lunches, and breakfasts. Also, I am going to use a permanent locker at the gym to store shampoo, straightening iron, makeup, etc for easy access, so I don't need to worry about items melting or freezing in the back of my car.

So excited!!!! I am going to make so much progress this fall!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KIKKI-G 8/27/2012 5:21PM

    My boyfriend & I were doing the same as far as working out in the evening & feeling overwhelmed. Glad you guys have found your groove as we're still working on finding ours together. emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/12/2012 10:15PM

    Good for you - and I love your attitude about 'getting it done'

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DATMAMA4 8/12/2012 6:07PM

    Sounds very organized! I hope it all works out as well in reality as it looks on paper -- I really need to sit down and write out some concrete goals from day-to-day or week-to-week so I can get a little boost.

You CAN do it!

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SHANSHE 8/12/2012 5:44PM


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BETHIEBOOPS 8/12/2012 2:26PM

    You totally inspired me to better lay out my plans. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't fitting in all my junk into one day- but putting it in a format like this I was able to be smarter about it! Thank you!! AND PS. Your plans sound foolproof! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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HABROWN 8/12/2012 12:40PM

    emoticon I think it is a great idea for morning workouts. I find that if I get it out of the way in the morning then I can get on with my day and not worry that I'll be too tired or that something will come up to derail in, or sit around dreading it cause that happened once in a while - can't lie about that.

Your plan seems manageable, and I think that you and bf will make this change work for you folks. Wish you the best in this first week of morning work outs.

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KANOE10 8/12/2012 9:10AM

    My classes start soon also..and I am going to do the same thing as you..morning workouts.

Great healthy plan. You can do it.


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    I love how organized you are!!

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KIPPER15 8/12/2012 7:26AM

    Great game plan. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKINGSD 8/12/2012 7:01AM


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OPTIMIST1948 8/12/2012 5:17AM

    I like morning workouts. Better than coffee for starting your day.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/12/2012 4:59AM

    you know what they say fail to plan,plan to fail.looks like you donīt plan to fail. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/12/2012 1:57AM

    All the best !
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WINDSONG27 8/11/2012 9:19PM

    It's my personal opinion that morning workouts are best. Get something done that's good for you before the crap gets a chance to hit the fan for the day, lol. Good for you!

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NEWLEAF16 8/11/2012 8:56PM

    Impressive! I am not a morning person at all, but seeing how you laid your schedule out to fit exercise in the morning makes me think....maybe?? At any rate, it is great that you are making a solid plan to do what it takes to get the workout in - awesome!

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HALINHALF 8/11/2012 8:45PM

    Good luck! One thing I realized is that I'm not a morning person... sometimes I'm not even an afternoon person. However, I do understand wanting to get a workout before classes, when I took classes I was always so warn out after. Mental exhaustion is always worse than physical.

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STLADEE 8/11/2012 7:28PM

    Great way to put it down to make some changes and know what needs to be done get throught the plateau.


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NYMERIAV 8/11/2012 7:19PM

    I wish I was able to lay down a plan as well as you do~ With my three kiddos, it would be pretty nice to know what's coming up next all the time. *sigh*

Good luck with your plans, although I sincerely doubt you'll need it!


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K_CHRISTER 8/11/2012 7:06PM


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ELLENBERRY 8/11/2012 6:52PM


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EMMYLOU010409 8/11/2012 6:47PM

    Yay! Way to get the jump start!

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MIRAGE727 8/11/2012 6:36PM

    Damn, I'm excited for you both! Seriously rockin' it! I love what I'm reading. It's filled with commitment, persistence, and a desire to really experience life to the fullest! Stay strong!

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TBARBOUR0322 8/11/2012 6:33PM

    Great plan and good that you committed it to paper.

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