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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I need to learn to maximize my time a little better. Health is so important, and lately it's been nagging at me that I can do more. I NEED to do MORE.

Planning is part of it, and in that respect I'm definitely doing MUCH better than in years past. My diet hasn't really suffered too much since Spring chaos has tornadoed into my house - but exercise is still hovering slightly above non-existent.

I know I could fit in a better workout (or just a workout - period) if I just got up earlier and stayed up a little later. I think if I could just get into the swing, the exercise would give me more energy and I could break the cycle.

It's just so HARD. I tend to be a lazy person by nature, and I take relaxation VERY seriously. :) I know there's gotta be at least 16-17 useable hours in a day, and right now I probably only use about 14 or 15 of them. In my case, a lot of that is sleep (maybe like 9 or ten hours of it, I know I know!).

Do any of you busy bees have advice on getting into the habit of becoming an (even earlier) morning riser? How do you push yourself when all you're thinking is "my joints hurt, the baby kept me up last night, work is so stressful..." - insert excuse here?
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KABMPH 4/12/2013 7:23PM

    To get up early, I think you need to WANT to do it. If I have a flight to catch, I have no problem getting up early. But if I set my alarm to wake up early? Rarely do I actually do it.

But in terms of advice, could you try getting up early 1 day a week and see how that feels? And then when that starts to feel OK, add in another day? Or on the days you plan to get up early, can you go to bed earlier? Let us know how it goes!!

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JESSIHOVER2 4/10/2013 6:48PM

    One day I just decided to start waking up before everyone in the house and getting my workout in then. It was hard but I just had to. For the past almost year I have been waking up between 4-5 am to get my workout in before my husband leaves for work. There are days I would rather not do it, but I just make myself do it anyways.

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CC3833 4/10/2013 11:50AM

    I know what you mean. I feel the same way. During the week I use up about 12-13 hours for work and 7-8 for sleep so there is definitely time to be used if done wisely. Unfortunately, I can't help you with the early riser thing. I've tried it and it just doesn't happen. I am notorious for the snooze button. I did make a plan to get up early on weekends which I have been sticking to... but that's 8am not 4:30am... All I can say is just do it. When I get home from work I'm tired and all I want to do it lay in bed. But lately I've been telling myself that if I really want this I have to put the work in... and whenever I feel like I'm too tired or don't have time I think about the people with busier schedules than me or my SP friends who are disabled but they still work out. You can do this! It's just getting back into the groove that's hard.

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