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Friday, January 18, 2013

When I re-started my journey (again), I made two resolutions that were a pretty big deal for me.
The first one was to get up on my days off by 9am. I worked Night Shift, either 7pm to 7am or 11pm to 7am, for years. It was a good shift for me, and I had no problem sleeping during the day. Once my oldest moved out after graduation, on my days off I usually woke at 1pm. When I changed jobs, I changed shifts. I now work 6:30am to 5pm. The problem was, on my days off, I was still staying up very late and getting up late (11am or later). When my work days rolled around, I was having a hard time getting to bed early and waking up was so hard! So I set my alarm clock for 8 am on my days off, whack the snooze a couple of times, and I am usually dressed and loading the DVD player for my morning workout.
The second resolution was exercise before anything else! In the past, I would get up (again after 11), eat “breakfast”, and then putter around on the computer, do some housekeeping chores, and/or watch TV. I didn’t want to exercise on a full stomach. Sometimes I would lose track of time, and many times I made excuses to not exercise. By making exercise come first, I have been able to be more consistent, even if it means getting up at 3 am to do my Carido and then shower and get ready for work. My one exception is Saturday. Because of the bus schedule, I have to leave the house at 4am instead of 4:45 on Saturdays and Sundays. I don’t want to get up at 2am, so I do my Strength on Saturday as soon as I get home. (Sunday is my rest day, except for a 10 min. bike ride)
Now the reason I mention this is I forgot to turn on my alarm clock Wednesday night, and woke up just before 11! I was not happy with myself. Exercising first would be hard, since I hadn’t eaten anything for over 12 hours. Looking at my day, and what I had to do, I decided to eat, and the go for a Bike ride by 2pm, since it was a cardio only day. I ate, tracked, did chores, got my hydration pack ready, and went for a ride. I haven’t done any distance riding since September, and boy could I tell! I rode for just over 30 minutes, plus a 10 minute cool down walk after. So I salvaged my day, and by eating several higher calorie (but healthy) snacks, I made my nutritional goals. I did need a little help to get to sleep early, but a Benedryl capsule did the trick.
I really want this to be the year I make it to my goal weight. I feel proud of myself that I didn’t give in, and I kept my exercise streak going. As of today, I have exercised for at least 10 minutes, 18 days in a row!
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    SO proud of you!!!
    It must be such a challenge to make that kind of sleep/work schedule work!! I give you a lot of credit.
    Keep on putting you first - this WILL be the year you achieve your goal weight with those small, consistent GOOD choices!
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    3026 days ago

    I hear you on the day off sleeping. I too have been trying to get up earlier on my days off so I have a more consistent schedule (hard to do on rotating shifts), and that I put myself first.

    Congratulations on getting into a routine that puts you first!

    Keep it up!

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    3030 days ago
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    Your consistent attitude toward your goals is inspiring forme. I am trying so hard to begin an exercise program but things constantly get in the way. I had not thought of exercising early in the day as a way to get it done before everything else happens. Thank you for the ideas,

    3030 days ago
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