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I Feel Like A Farmer


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So, today was weird. If you know me well, you might know that I have a thing where my body kind of naturally wakes up between 3am & 4am every morning. I generally lay there wide awake for a bit and then fall back asleep.

This morning, I woke up at 4am and my mind started racing. I started to worry about things and the stress of this next week or so started to creep in...and, well, I was AWAKE. I had originally planned on going to the Y to swim at 7am this morning. But, I switched up my routine and decided to just get up and go. Doors open at 5am and I figured I could maybe sneak an extra 1/2 hour on the elliptical (because it's less crowded so early). There's a 30 minute limit.

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In case you wondered, there IS a line of people waiting outside the YMCA at 4:45am waiting for the doors to open. I counted 14. Geez....FREAKS.

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Got in, got on the elliptical. Did my hour. All done before 6am. I was feeling GREAT! At the same time, I was driving away and thought, "It feels like I didn't even work out. It feels like it didn't even count."

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That's when Inner Jillian (IJ) shouted at me, "LIKE IT DOESN'T EVEN COUNT????? Wait a second...wait. Remember the first time you used the elliptical?"

ME: Yeah.

IJ: How long did you last that first time?

ME: Uhh...5 minutes.

IJ: Yeah...you're right. Doesn't even count. Psssh.

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Well, you know...the day went on and work happened, etc etc etc. Legs started to feel this morning's workout eventually. Feeling awful stiff now. Definitely going to eat my words now! Haha. Definitely counted!!!!

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And around 3pm, as I was doing the most awful tedious website proofing work (click a link, document the result....read EVERY single word of a 50 page website and scan for typos...omg....it's AWFUL!!!!!), I started to feel pretty darn exhausted.

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It was then that I second-guessed my choice to get up at 4am! Haha.

Luckily, my little boy JUST came by and said he is getting sleepy and is ready for bed (it's only 7:45 and he had a nap today!) THANK GOD!!! I am more than happy to take him to bed (and get to go to sleep early).

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Plus....you know...I wanna be in the pool no later than 6am tomorrow.

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KARRENLYNN 10/11/2012 9:36PM

    Change is good. I've always preferred excercising at night, but lately I've been doing it in the morning. Now I like it better.

Have a great day!


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DIANNEMT 10/11/2012 8:54PM

    Glad you really enjoyed the elliptical!

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Loved this little look at things. (And it is SOOOOO funny how fitness does that to us - feeling "easy" when we're doing more than we even DREAMED of being able to do a year or two ago.)

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SJKENT1 10/11/2012 4:21PM

    What a great way to handle that wide-awake into stress mode -- get your exercise in early!



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FARIS71 10/11/2012 3:20PM

    You go girl! Way to get a jump on things!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/11/2012 1:29PM

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LINDAKAY228 10/11/2012 12:22PM

    I tend to have the same sleep pattern. I keep saying I'm going to get up and go to the gym before I get sleepy again but keep putting it off. My gym doesn't have a pool but does have 24 hour access with a key card and 24 hour video security. I could be there really early but instead I fall back asleep eventually then wake up feeling rushed. Glad you got the chance to go to bed early!

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LYNSEY723 10/11/2012 11:49AM

    Wow - even if I am awake that early I would still refuse to get up. Way to attack the day!

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GALINAZ 10/11/2012 11:40AM

    Your stamina is impressive!

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JOANNKW 10/11/2012 11:32AM

    Yay to sleepy little boys! I have so been there with the wake up, get up, feel it later!

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NEWTINK 10/11/2012 11:29AM

    You sound more like the Marines than a farmer ... We do more before 6am than most people do all day long ... You Rock emoticon

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DATMAMA4 10/11/2012 11:02AM

    There's something about getting up super-early and accomplishing things that inexplicably makes me feel like I didn't get anything done. Ironic, isn't it?

I think it's just that early accomplishments don't eat up the "best" parts of the day, so we don't notice the time loss as much.

That said, yeah...those 14 people waiting outside...freaks. lol

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ROCKYCPA 10/11/2012 10:31AM

    Good for you - that's awesome!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/11/2012 10:20AM

    I sometimes wake up 3-4 am and I remember when I used to go to Curves at 5:45 am, there were quite a few of these other "freakish" women waiting to be the "firsts" - some were first in the door, some were first on a station, some were first to use the loo , etc...

And yes, it does count. Inner Jillian can hush up and go back to sleep and let you work out in peace...

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SEATTLE58 10/11/2012 10:04AM

    Yes, you're doing it and you know just what it feels like to be a farmer! My husband especially knows Up before dawn and yes, the exhausted feeling can certainly set in. If he can have the time, he'll take a good nap and then he feels all better! Those good nights of sleep really help too! Good job girl!!

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MIMIDOT 10/11/2012 9:28AM

    You're doing great! I love your blogs. Thanks for sharing.

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PENOWOK 10/11/2012 9:17AM

    It counts!!! Awesome, girl!!

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GINGERHAWK 10/11/2012 8:58AM

    Good for you and, wow, I can't believe there is a line for the gym at the awful hour of the day. It always impresses me to see how committed people are to a healthy lifestyle. I ride my bike to work every day when it's still dark out and I see LOTS of people on the trails getting in their morning exercise. It's awesome!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/11/2012 8:52AM

    Gooooo Inner Jillian!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 10/11/2012 8:45AM

  Stay motivated!

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/11/2012 8:37AM

    I never used to be a morning person, but since I started going to the Y, I find that I enjoy those early morning hours. Besides, it is nice to get the workout in before your body wakes up enough to recognize what you are doing to it. Off to the Y for my workout! Have a great day!

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MARGARITTM 10/11/2012 8:35AM

    I wish I could get myself up and out that early! Hate getting up when it's dark and cold!

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DNRAE1 10/11/2012 8:32AM

    Cool!!! Morning people RULE!!! Yup, we're freaks! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/11/2012 8:11AM

    Good for you.

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KANDOLAKER 10/11/2012 7:29AM

    Way to "make hay"!! Excellent.

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ANNESYLVIA 10/11/2012 7:17AM

    Yep! It counted.

Way to go, with using your time wisely.

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TRYINGHARD54 10/11/2012 5:47AM

    you go girl

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NCSUE0514 10/11/2012 5:23AM

    WOO HOO

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JMARIES51 10/11/2012 12:52AM

    Wow, that is so awesome. I have gotten up and worked out early, but then I want to go back to bed instead of going to work.

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/10/2012 11:10PM

    Your comment about the "freaks" is hillarious. I wonder how many of them couldn't sleep either. Ha. Well you made the best out of the awake hours. Way to go.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/10/2012 10:49PM

    LOVE it and your IJ
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COCK-ROBIN 10/10/2012 10:16PM

    Thanks for the motivational blog. I love it.

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I wonder...since you woke up and stayed up so early, whether you'll wake up again at the usual time, or if you'll sleep through to 5 am, or whenever you set your alarm to. I usually wake up around 3, but that's to go piddle, and I have no problem falling back to sleep! Very rarely have I woken up at 4 on my own and not been able to fall back to sleep. Hope you get a solid nights sleep!
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MS0669 10/10/2012 9:45PM

    Way to go ! Thanks for the motivation, I needed it !

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Enjoy your slumber.

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