The last few weeks, I’ve carved out a nice little routine for myself that goes something like this:
- Mondays: visit parents
- Tuesdays: Body Pump
- Wednesdays: 5 – 6 mile run
- Thursdays: Body Pump
- Fridays: 5 – 6 mile run
It’s keeping me busy and it’s keeping me TIRED! I wake up at 5am on Tuesdays – Thursdays to squeeze in a workout before work. I have it all sorted out. It takes me exactly 30 minutes to go from my Body Pump class on the 3rd floor of YMCA, slip out of my sweaty workout clothes and into my workwear, brush on some makeup, and power walk a few blocks to the office, grabbing 2 hard-boiled eggs with a dash of salt for breakfast along the way. Every minute counts, people!
Mondays and Fridays, I’m “sleeping in” by waking up at 6am. What does this all mean? I need to get to sleep earlier. Sleep is so essential, and I definitely feel the effects on my mood when I don’t get enough rest. This next week, my goal is to consistently get into bed by 9pm, so I can have 8 hours of sleep a night.
Another thing I’m learning about myself: I’m 100x more likely to do what I set out to do, if it’s in the morning. There’s something about waking up before the rest of the world and getting some time to yourself to work on what you want to do. You’re choosing to forgo the sleep; don’t waste the opportunity! If I schedule my workout in the afternoon, dozens of reasons (aka excuses) can spring up:
- I’m tired.
- I have too much work to do.
- I “deserve” a break.
- Friends want to go out.
I’m taking this lesson and seeing if I can apply it to other goals. For instance, I want to spend more time working on my blog and I’m wondering if I should add that to my morning routine as well. That would mean… waking up at 4am?! Haha, I will have to think hard about this schedule and how realistic that will be.
In the meantime, happy Friday! :)