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6 am or bust

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It’s been difficult getting used to work. The stress has made me want to binge eat / get fast food on the way to and from work. Sitting in a chair all day is rough for my back, and by the weekend it’s seriously messed up and I don’t want to do anything but sleep. Work itself is going alright — I’m learning and being a productive member of the team. It’s just draining me physically and mentally to the point that it’s my only focus, and I want to change that. Usually when I get up in the morning (at 7 am), I hit the snooze button 3-4 times before actually getting up to shower... then it’s a mad dash to the car to avoid being late, which usually ends up with either skipping breakfast altogether or stopping at McDonald’s 😕 not to mention setting the mood for a stressful, hectic day. Enough! I recently bought an elliptical and put it in my room so I wouldn’t have any excuses not to exercise ... I want to use it in the morning, to set my mood for the rest of the day as positive and low stress. I want to do 30 min of it, followed by 20 min of stretching / meditation, followed by 10 min of making coffee and breakfast, and THEN take my shower and head to work. To fit all of this into my schedule, I need to wake up at 6 am (which gives me a few minutes to brush my teeth and check my email and generally wake up before I start the workout). That means I need to be asleep by 10 pm. That means I can no longer hit the snooze button in the morning. I do believe that this routine will help with the back pain, help me make better food choices throughout the day, and keep my stress in check. It’s all a matter of how badly I want it, and what my priorities are. My priority is my health. It has to be. 6 am mornings, here I come!
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    You can do it!!! Try setting your alarm a few minutes earlier to see if you can catch a better sleep cycle. Strangely enough, I found myself waking up better at 5:15-5:45 than I did 6-6:30.
    514 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear from you. I'm glad the job is going well for you. I agree it's time to take back control.
    The at home equipment will help you set a routine and new goals. emoticon
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    521 days ago
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    522 days ago
    Well, you have a good start by prioritizing your health. Definitely. Good luck and be kind to yourself. Do give yourself time for this to develop into a habit. You can do this! You'll definitely find that the stress is reduced when you get your exercise in.

    523 days ago
    Walk every two hours for 5-10 mins. To avoid blood clots in your legs. Helps your back as well. Drink water through day and have little snacks. Hope you feel better soon!
    523 days ago
    Great plan. Also try breakfast prep so you skip fast food. Make a big frittata, cut it up and pre pack it. Make oatmeal jars night before, pack cheese cut fruit and grain crackers, yogurt n granola, PB& preserves sandwich. Walk at work for 10 mins.
    523 days ago
    You've got this!!! One day at a time!!
    523 days ago
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