Fitting into my new life – mornings

5:40 AM I’m sitting at the computer, sipping my first glass of water and WRITING! I have an hour and then I need to be on my way to the gym. Today is the first day of summer camp, so our schedule is changing.

Spoiled For the last 9 months, I have been really spoiled. My husband quit his job in September to homeschool our son. He’s really taken to the stay-at-home-Dad role. He shops, cooks, does laundry, dishes and errands in addition to taking care of Jacob. Whenever I’ve volunteered to help, he’s always pushed me to focus on just exercising, eating right and getting in my hours at work.

Reality Check But the reality is, he can’t do it all himself and I should be helping (Face it – if I was staying at home, you better believe I’d make him help!). Plus, I’ve got all this new energy.

The Problem The hard part is planning it all and fitting in everything. As a project manager, I believe in having a plan and scheduling. But while I do that consistently at work, I don’t always use my super powers to manage the rest of my life.

My Plan In the next 60 minutes I have to:

  • Finish this post
  • Drink 20 ounces of water (don’t forget to wait 15 minutes before eating)
  • Make lunch and snacks for work, mix up a protein drink for later
  • Eat breakfast
  • Get dressed
  • Get all my gear
  • Get into the car and get to the gym (5 minutes away)

After I work out for an hour and a half (today is a class at the gym, followed by a swim) it should be 8:15 and then I need to:

  • Drive home
  • See my family for the first time all day, as I pick up my son
  • Grab my post-workout protein drink
  • Drive my son to summer camp (today’s the first day)
  • Make it to carpool by 8:45 (again, only 5 minutes away)
  • Then I get to spend a measly 20-30 minutes talking to my son

After carpool, I drive home and get here by 9:15 and have 30 minutes to:

  • Shower and turn myself from grunge girl into professional girl
  • Spend a few minutes talking to my husband while I
  • Pack up my lunch and snacks for the day
  • Grab some paperwork I need to do at lunchtime
  • Leave for work at 9:45 to drive to work at 10 (15 minutes away)

Lucky I’m fortunate that I work in an office that is based in Seattle. Since I live on the East Coast, I work 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (or later) so I have a lot of time in the mornings. I also try my best to find a job close by, so I’m not wasting time in traffic. When I worked at an Atlanta based company (last year, after my surgery, until I got laid off) I had to get up a little earlier, didn’t have school drop off, so I could still get to work by 9am with a little pre-planning, dressing at the gym and lots of help from my husband.

Know Yourself Some days when I slack off and don’t get my morning workout, I will tell myself (and others) that I’ll get it in the evening. But I can count on one hand the times I’ve actually managed to work out at night. It is so easy to come home and eat dinner and sink into the sofa. Which is okay if I’ve worked out already. If not, it takes a major effort (and a lot of nagging from my husband and son) to get me off my butt and out the door or even onto the treadmill next to my bed!

Danger Time That’s why it’s so important to me to have a plan. On Wednesday it will be exactly 9 months since my surgery. The honeymoon period is pretty much over and I know I have to crank up the exercise and focus on what I’m eating if I want to keep losing weight. This is the time when people who have had GBS/WLS start to slide. First they stop losing – hitting a plateau they call it; a stall.  But a stall at this point can turn into a stop and then a slide back towards morbid obesity.

I’m not done yet. I still want to feel good in my body. I’m proud of what I’ve done so far, but there is a lot of fat left that needs to go. And the only way to do that is to “plan my work and work my plan”. So I’m finished with my water, finished with my post – gotta get to the gym!

3 thoughts on “Fitting into my new life – mornings

  1. Karen, I have been wondering how you were doing all this exercising in the am. I figured that you were getting up at 4 am. In order for me to workout in the am when I have to go the office, I have to get up at 4;30 am. That is a killer for me!
    I am so proud of you! And Fred! what a great support he is.

  2. Pingback: My Daily Routine « Get Smart Get Strong

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