I have some idiosyncrasies… we all do.
For me, with regards to exercise, at least, I need to exercise either in the morning when my family isn’t up, or as part of a larger group.
I don’t want to exercise in public, alone.
Its irrational, its unreasonable, its a bit odd. I know this. And I’m trying towork with this.
On the surface, this doesn’t seem to be a major problem. After all, just set the alarm earlier than anyone else, get up, and exercise. Right?
The first part of the puzzle is that I’m a night owl. I like to stay up and watch the 11pm news. I like to see the weather with Wayne Cox. And I like to read before I fall asleep.
The second piece of this puzzle is that I need a minimum of 7 hours sleep to be fully functional. Most people do, but for me – its necessary, not just a luxury. I can and do have days where I get less and I function well for that day, but the couple days after I’m a walking zombie until I’ve gotten my requisite 7 hours for a couple days in a row. Preferably I’ve slept at least 9 hours one of those nights.
So combine the night owl, with the need for 7 hours sleep and the 5.45am wake up to get my exercise in before the family gets up and you have a seriously mismatched puzzle.
When the alarm goes off, I argue with myself. I whine at myself. I make promises to myself about how I will workout later. I usually go back to sleep.
Not today. I whined, I argued, I promised. I ignored myself and got up.
Don’t get me wrong – 5.45am REALLY sucks. But derby is more important to me than maintaining an unworkable routine. And I can’t get better at derby with just the 1 or 2 practices a week – I need to add dryland training as well.
So Jillian Michaels and I had a date this morning. Yoga Meltdown is a 30 minute workout – I did 12 mins of it. Baby steps.
But I got up this morning. Now to make it a habit.