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Saturday, August 17, 2013

My great plan of getting up at 4:30am did not make it to reality. For some reason I was really tired all week so I "slept in until 5:00am" each day. In reading back through my plan, the 4:30am wake-up is really what I need in order to consistenly fit the exercise into my daily routine. Last night I went to bed at 10:00pm so a weekly 9:30pm lights-0ut routine would not be too hard to follow (that would give me 7 hours of sleep).

Exercise truly makes me happy - it helps me stick to my healthy eating - and it helps me prioritize in other areas of my life. I know I need to make exercise happen and the morning is the time I need to do it. If 4:30am is what I need to do - than that is what I will do - starting Monday!!
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    GMONDELLO - thanks for the post! Now that you mention it. I recall going camping in the middle of nowhere. When the sun goes down, it gets so dark that you think, "Well, we might as well go to sleep" and then waking up with the sunrise. It does feel great! We should do that more often! That is a great story about your friend Wanda - thanks for sharing it with me :)
    1711 days ago
    Just read your blog and want to share with you this.

    I have/had a friend/neighbor down the Jersey Shore who is 88 this year ( I think) and up until last year was still running on all 8 cylinders. (Hurricane Sandy victim).
    Wanda until then rode her indoor bike,went crabbing off of her own bulkhead almost every summer day, did and still does all of her own cooking,pays her own bills etc etc etc.
    When I stopped in for one of my visits one day I joked with her about her strength and being in shape and she shared this very simple advise. "We should always begin our day with the rising sun" . Keep our bodies and minds moving and eat right.
    "As simple as that" says my sweet friend : )
    She also goes "down" early and loves a good glass of wine.
    Hope this helps you to level off your plan and make it work.
    I'm still working on the "down with the sun" part but most of the time I'm in bed before the clock strikes "12:00"

    As I mentioned she still does her own cooking and none of it comes out of a box : )
    Ginny emoticon and my friend Wanda
    1712 days ago
    Thank you both for your comments. FIFIFRIZZLE, I thought about your comment throughout the day yesterday as I know you are right. Sleep is very important, I guess I am trying to see if I can change my circadian rhythms a tad. I use to think getting up at 5am was just terrible and now I do it without too much difficulty. I really don't want to get up too early, but I have a long commute so I have to get on the train early. I tried the lunchtime workout, but something always seems to get in the way. I will give the 4:30am workout a try for three weeks and see how it goes - how I feel. I will let you know!
    1712 days ago
    I wish you all the best! I'm naturally up that early -- I haven't used an alarm clock in many years. Give yourself time to get used to the shift. I hope you can make it work for you.
    1712 days ago
    That is an early start. You know the body has processes that happen at different times of the night? If you disrupt your circadian rhythms too much you can interfere with these essential processes. So do take care that you don't unwittingly do yourself harm by being active when your body needs quiet.
    1713 days ago
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