Well, as some of you know, I have been getting up earlier to get in some kind of routine. So far, I am getting up BY 5:30, immediately getting dressed, fixing the coffee pot and then doing my WATP video to walk one mile. Then, I get my cup of coffee, sit down and that's it. By the time I catch up on spark and facebook, I am sleepy and ready to go back to sleep! So, I have been taking a nap the last three days. I haven't really been eating breakfast and am wondering if that is part of my problem... however, I want to work out BEFORE eating because if I stop long enough to eat, I might not get back up to workout. So, I looked up how quickly you should eat breakfast after getting up in the am and this is the answer I found...
"Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism in the morning, so eating soon after you wake up can raise your energy level right away and encourage you to be more active throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Your blood sugar levels are naturally low when you wake, so eating within about 60 minutes of getting up can help prevent a complete blood sugar crash. If you wait until almost lunchtime to eat, however, your energy may be dragging and you could end up overeating during the first meal of the day."
Read more: www.livestrong.com/artic
So, I would be tempted to jump in shower after my walk, BUT... I think, for now, breakfast should be my next step to make sure that I am eating within 60 minutes of getting up.
I was trying to take babysteps in this routine thing in order to not burn out or get overwhelmed or whatever, but I am feeling "unaccomplished", so I NEED more than just getting up and exercising, because then I just sit down and procrastinate everything until I am too tired to do it. I THINK I am experiencing those "sugar crashes".
SO, I pledge not to beat myself up if the routine I am creating right now does not work for me! Instead, I will evaluate and go from there. Besides, when I start subbing, it might need to be tweaked anyway! :)
Here is what I propose for the next few mornings to see if it might work better for me:
~ Get up no later than 5:30, but earlier is fine if I wake up on my own (like I did this morning)... I will set alarm for 5 or 5:15 starting Monday.
~ Get dressed to work out
~ Make sure coffee pot is on brewing
~ WATP (about 15 min)
~ Fix and eat breakfast (normal size servings and TRY for protein)! - drink coffee while eating and spend time with God
~ Shower and dress appropriately for the day (work/home/school)
~ Computer break! - facebook and sparkpeople
~ Go through any mail from the day before if needed, fill out forms, paperwork, etc.. right then
~ If home and no appointments, pick at least one chore to do
~ Check off list and re-evaluate
That's all I can think of right now... let's see how it works!