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5/23/16 9:43 A

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Tomorrow will be my first attempt at morning workouts. I bought an extra brush, toothbrush, etc this weekend so I can have a separate bag with all that stuff in it. That way I don't have to pack every night. The only thing I will have to pack are my clothes I will wear to work for the day. I only plan on doing this 2 days a week since I can walk at lunch on Mondays, off on Wednesdays and get off at noon on Fridays. Wish me luck!!

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5/23/16 7:18 A

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Earlier this spring I tried morning workouts. I thought it would be easier since I am such a morning person anyway. Not a fan. My early mornings are when I enjoy my coffee and computer. I work 7am to 4pm usually. I do my workouts anytime between 5 and 7 after work. Just works for me. I'm currently using Leslie Sansone's Walk it off in 30, alternating 30 min cardio and strength training. I could push for more, but I find I haven't been dreading it, and I haven't quit in the middle, like I was when I was trying her 45 min workouts.

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5/22/16 12:28 P

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Nyteryder, that 45 minute commute would drive me nuts, but I live in a small city where I can get anywhere in 20 minutes. It makes life easier. At least your gym is nearby. Maybe you'll be able to squeeze a walk in at lunch when the weather's nice.

Tammy, it's tough if you don't have a private space to work out at home. It sounds like evening workouts would be better for your schedule but if there's no space to do it that won't work. I hope you figure something out!

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5/22/16 11:13 A

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Joy, just as he said, I am currently laid off as well so it's not an issue presently.

When I return to work, I am usually up no later than 6am to be sure that my daughter is out the door for her bus at 7. Once she is gone I get my shower and get ready for work. My commute is roughly 20 minutes depending on the traffic, so I leave my home no later than 8:10am. I could try to squeeze something in while my daughter is getting ready for school, but then I will have to get up earlier to get my butt in gear to actually move. I am not the type to jump out of bed, lace up my shoes and go. That being said, I also have to remember that if my daughter works until 10pm (and I always have to pick her up), I will not be asleep myself until 10:30 at the earliest. If I'm lucky enough to get into bed that quickly, then I might manage 7 hours of sleep if I get up at 5:30 (which would be fantastic if I could ever actually sleep straight through the night).

I am extremely self conscious about my size and fear being judged, so I usually get my workouts done while there's nobody around to see me. There is no area in my home that I can do it privately. I do my workouts in my living room. I cannot afford a gym membership at the moment, and the nearest one to me is 20 minutes away. All of my cardio and ST are done here at home unless I go out walking. All of my workouts at home are 15-45 minutes of cardio, and 10-20 minutes of ST.

Sadly, I do not have the option to work from home. I am required to do my work at the office. My lunches are always packed the night before, and I rarely eat breakfast on days that I work (which will probably change now that I'm doing all of this).

For the record, I am just stating the facts and not trying to make excuses. If I'm going to do a workout in the morning, I will just have to deal with less sleep than I already get and we'll see how it works for me. Of course, this is just the winter months I'm talking about. At least during Autumn and Spring I can walk during my breaks. I'll figure it all out, but it's a bit scary thinking I won't be able to work as hard as I am right now and how that will affect my weight loss efforts.

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5/22/16 10:53 A

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Tammy, I've heard that being as active and mobile as you can throughout the day makes a difference too, so even just having to shovel in the winter or dance while you're making dinner/doing housework, ect. may help get in some exercise when you can't get in an actual workout in. I don't know. I know one of my biggest problems since working at home now is sitting so much of the time and not being active enough. Good luck in finding what will work for you. emoticon

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5/22/16 10:37 A

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JOYTENNIS,

I am currently unemployed so there is no commute at the moment and I can workout whenever I want to. My gym is less than 5 minutes from me, so that's not really a problem. My workout consists of about 30 minutes of cardio and about 15-20 minutes of strength training.

On Friday I had a final interview for a position that would give me a 45 minute commute, so that would definitely put a time pressure on morning workouts.

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5/22/16 10:01 A

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You don't say what your workout routine is or how long your commute is.

I work out at home, so there's no travel time to the gym. I have time to do either a 30-minute yoga and strength routine, or to go on a 30-minute run.

I usually get up at 6:15. I start work at 8:30, but my short commute means I don't have to leave the house until 8:10.

In the winter I try to swim two mornings a week. I try to get to the pool when it opens at 6, which means getting up at 5:45 (which is rough). I'm back home by 7 to get ready for work.

Time-consuming things like tennis and long bike rides are saved for the evenings and weekends.

Maybe you can save some time by packing all your lunches and breakfasts on Sunday? Do you have the option to work at home at all, even one morning or day a week could trim some commute time.

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5/20/16 8:27 P

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I'm actually concerned about the same thing! I'm laid off until the end of September/early October. Once I return, I won't be able to do my morning workouts anymore. I work 8:30-5, but I have two 15 minute breaks and an hour lunch. I plan to do plenty of walking during those times, but my strength training might suffer.

I'm also worried about how I'm going to handle the winter months. People around here don't exactly see clearing their sidewalks as a priority!

Once I get home I have to cook dinner and do housework, and then I have to pick my daughter up from work (McDonald's... go figure). She usually doesn't get out of work until between 9pm and 10pm. I hope I'm able to squeeze something in somewhere!!!

~Tammy

Edited by: IMASILLYMOMMA3 at: 5/20/2016 (20:28)
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"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans."--Peter Drucker
Start date & weight: 11/8/2018--233
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5/19/16 7:50 P

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Yes, that's why I would love to work out in the mornings, I think it would give me a huge energy boost since I really am a morning person. lol I don't know if I need that much sleep, I get about 71/2 hours, but I am always tired too. Don't know if its the sleep or just needing to loose weight. I will most likely keep trying to work out after work as well, but maybe I can get to the gym in the mornings once or twice a week. Thanks for replying! :)

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5/19/16 1:02 P

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Jenny,

I am decidedly NOT a morning person, but I do find that my workouts do boost my energy levels. My biggest problem would be going to bed so early. I realistically need more like 9 hours of sleep than 8, and that would put me in bed too early. I pretty much plan to workout after work when I return to work.

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5/19/16 12:12 P

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I am new to this group but I was just thinking this same thing about trying to work out in the mornings. I have a home daycare and I am SO exhausted by the end of the day that it's so hard to workout then, but I am a morning person and I have all my energy in the morning so it would be a lot easier in that respect. The problem is I would have to wake up around 4:30 to get to the gym for 5 and be back by 6:15 to get ready for the daycare kids. It's doable but would be hard. Right now I am forcing myself to get to the gym a soon as the daycare kids leave, but I've only been averaging once or twice a week doing it that way.

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5/9/16 11:59 A

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I'm going to try to do this when the kids get out of school in a couple of weeks. I may try to do this at home in the beginning. My goal is 2 days during the work week. We'll see how it goes!!

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5/9/16 9:50 A

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I work those hours plus have a long commute, so long morning workouts are not an option for me either, except on the weekends. I break my routine up throughout the day. 20 minutes before work, a walk at lunch, and then 30-45 minutes of cardio/strength training after work if I don't have errands to run. I also try to get mini walks and stretching done throughout the work day.

Some days it doesn't work out like this because I have too many meetings or too much to do, but I do the best I can.

Great job thinking about what your challenges might be so you can have a plan!

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5/9/16 9:26 A

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I am currently unemployed, so I figured it would be a good idea to see how long it takes me to go through a morning routine with a workout. My findings: 2.5 hours. When I am working, I work an 8-5 job and I don't see how a morning workout is really feasible. I would have to get up at 4:30AM in order to have a morning workout session. Worse, that would mean being in bed by 8:30PM in order to get in 8 hours of sleep. I don't see how I can possibly go to bed that early.

I'd like to hear from other 8-5 workers on how they deal with a morning workout routine. Thanks!

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