Planning: Morning Exercise

Good morning! The Exercise Train on Bariatric Eating todday was all about how to get going in the morning. Because I’m an early morning exerciser it is important that I plan to get in my exercise session. I’ve tried exercising after work but no matter how many times I say that I’ll get in a workout later if I miss my morning routine, it so rarely happens. Mornings are also my writing and blogging time, so there are several things that I do to make sure I hit my goal to exercise 6 or more hours a week:
1. Get to bed early enough the night before. If I stay up until 1am, I can’t get up at 6 to write or work out
2. Set my alarm for 6. I often wake up earlier, but I want to make sure I’m up and at it by 6am
3. I also put out my clothes, because my husband is a night owl and I don’t want to be stumbling around in the dark, trying not to wake him up!
4. I have “bagitus” a workout back for every activity that I do: swimming, biking, running, kickboxing, yoga, weightlifting/circuit training
These bags are hanging on the hook in the kitchen and I have a tag on them so I can quickly gear up for the sport I am going to do. (If you are interested, you can check out the lists I made on a previous post.

5. Options! I always have a plan for what I’m going to do this week but sometimes when I wake up, I just don’t FEEL like it. Sometimes I push through that and sometimes I say “Okay, don’t want to do that, what are you going to do? Swim? Bike? Run? Lift Weights? Yoga? Kickboxing? Walk? Hike? Pick one!” And I have made it clear to the remnants of my obese self that NOT exercising, is just NOT an option!

6: Keep an eye on the clock while I’m writing. I could easily write for 10 hours straight if I didn’t watch the clock and make sure I get out the door on time. In fact, I’ve got 6 minutes now to finish this post, check my email and my buddies on Facebook!

Yesterday I did the Moe Explodes class at the Knuckle Up Fitness in Sandy Springs. HOLY COW! First – it was an evening class and I don’t normally do those. Second – it was so hot! And much harder than the biking, swimming and running I’ve been doing! At one point I was sweating so much and my face was so red, that I think they were concerned I was going to die.  But I didn’t and I’m not even very sore today. I can do so much more than I could before –  even 6 months ago. It is good that I am kicking it up a notch and getting to my maximum Melting Point again. I have a goal and I’m going to reach it. I just have to keep reaching for it.

Today’s exercise option? Another session of the Couch to 5K program. Then off to see my nutritionist, Alisa Winters at Laureate Medical Group, for my quarterly visit. Maybe I’ll bike over there…hmmm

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