I don’t find myself to be an “expert” at anything, but rather know a little about lots of things. At the end of this month, I will celebrate a 2 year anniversary of a health & fitness journey that has dramatically changed my life for the better. I can say with certainty that I am the healthiest and most fit that I have ever been in my entire life.
As part of this journey, I make it fitness a priority and make sure to “sweat everyday.” Being a stay at home mom to two little boys and a busy schedule of carpooling them all over town, early morning workouts were the way to go for me. I originally worked out in the evenings after the kids went to bed, but going into the gym at 8-9 pm just became too late. At first, getting up really early was tough and definitely in the winter months, staying under the covers often sounds better than getting up and going into 20 degree weather to drive to the gym. So what am I good at?
This is no joke. The times you see listed on my alarm are my daily wake up time and I am on the spin bike by 2:50 am…EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!
I can say that I am good at it, because it’s nothing for me to get up that early anymore. I just do it. Even if I don’t set my alarm or if the weather is bad (snow) and I know I am not going out that early to drive, my internal clock still goes off and I will wake up that early. At first I used to feel extremely sluggish by 2 in the afternoon (doesn’t everyone), but it’s very rare now. I’m sure you also wonder, what time I go to sleep…that would be very shortly after the kids are in bed. I’m usually asleep by 9:00 every night (5-6 hrs average for sleep).
It’s important for me to workout daily. I feel better the rest of the day and I feel ready to tackle the day. The additional bonus of coming home, taking a shower, having my morning coffee & breakfast and watching the news quietly and alone is wonderful. It’s the one time during the day that the rest of the world (and everyone in this house) is still happily asleep and I can have those few hours alone to myself.