Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The early bird gets the calories burned

I have never ever in my life been a morning person. If you have been reading my blog you know I have problems falling asleep (oh Ambien, am I going to be dependant on you?) And I also have problems waking up in the morning. I have 5 alarms set to go off at approximate 15 minute intervals (2 on my alarm clock and 3 on my cell phone). Despite having 5 alarms signaling the arrival of daybreak I still oversleep. I hit the snooze before I have even registered what is going on (on all 5 alarms) and I roll back over and snuggle deeper into my covers. Before I know it I roll over to look at the clock and it is 7:00 (or worse 7:30) and I am already running late (again).

But I have come to the conclusion I am going to have to force myself to become a morning person. I have tried fitting in my workouts at the end of my day, but something always throws me off track. And with all the dating I am hopefully going to be doing, it would be better to get my workouts out of the way in the wee hours of the early morning so I can be available after work for fun stuff.

This is going to be a difficult process. I have moved all my alarms back one hour and want to be up and moving by 5:30 every morning. But so far that has not worked out. I still hit the snooze and roll over to fall back asleep. Maybe I should set them on the opposite side of the room so I will have to get out of bed to hit the snooze?

I thought about also sleeping in my workout gear so that I will be ready to jump out of bed and hit the gym (or hit the pavement in my neighborhood with Cam if the weather is nice.) I have the best of intentions, so why can’t I get out of bed in the mornings?

I have to figure out how to do this because my pants seem to be getting tighter by the minute and my knees ache from inactivity. I have approximately 18 months to get in the best shape of my life and I have a feeling it is going to take at least that long to accomplish! If I want to head to the water park in a bikini and not feel self-conscious next summer, I need to get crackin! I mean honestly, if I want to wear a bathing suit period this summer I need to do something now.

Maybe I should just hire someone, give him or her a key, and pay them to drag me out of bed every morning? Or better yet, I wish I could just pay someone to go work out for me and transfer those calories burned to me while I get that extra hour of sleep every morning! A girl can dream right?


Jane said...

I loathe exercising. Having been such an active child up until around the time I went to college, I wonder how I have gotten this way. It would be such a wonderful thing to be able to pay someone else to exercise for you, and then have the benefits transferred to you. I would totally do it! :-D

Anonymous said...

Good luck. I know I couldn't do it. It takes me about 20 minutes for me just to get out of bed in the morning!

Sarah said...

I feel the same. It used to be easy for me to hop out of bed and work out but not lately. I'm hoping to get back into it soon in the AM.