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I've got another confession my friend...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

About 2 weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder. It was so bad that it hurt to breathe. It felt like an air bubble trapped in my chest wall, constantly for days. I gave up on trying to do any exercise. About that same time, two different projects I am on at work started having their timelines accelerated and I suddenly got crazy busy. So what's my confession? I haven't worked out in 10 days. Part of it is that I have been working late (I usually work out when I get home) and partly because I have quickly fallen out of the habit (that didn't take long at all!).

I think what I really need is to workout in the mornings, before work. The problem is, I have no idea how to do that. I am the exact opposite of a morning person. I can get up as early as I need to for a commitment to someone else (work, doctor's appointment, meeting someone) or if it's something I've paid for (college, boot-camp classes, a race). I always hit snooze when the commitment is to myself - to get up and work out. I justify it by saying that I'll so it after work, but that doesn't always happen either.

I've read many articles about turning yourself into a morning person, and have been trying to figure it out for years. I just can't wrap my head around it.

I want to be as fit as I was a couple of years ago when I was going to boot camp 3 mornings a week, meeting a friend to swim 2 days a week and lifting with another friend 2 nights a week. I loved being so active. I love how strong I felt. Now I'm in a position where I can't afford a gym, let alone the hard core classes. My work-out buddies have also all moved away. I know, I sound like I am full of excuses, but it's really more about respecting myself enough to keep my commitments to me as staunchly as I do for others.

I don't know the answers and I don't know how to get there, but I am certainly going to keep trying.

Has anyone else overcome this hurdle? Any advice??
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    One tip I read was to gradually get up earlier. It said set your alarm for say 10 minutes earlier than normal and DON'T go exercise - just start waking up. you're first getting yourself used to getting up earlier. Then once you're used to it set your alarm for 10 (or whatever increment works for you) earlier and get used to that. Basically first get used to being awake earlier before you wake earlier AND exercise or however you plan to hit the ground running.
    1600 days ago
    I don't have any advice about the morning exercise! I've only successfully done it temporarily. It just doesn't suit me unless I'm in the mood, which usually is when I have a day off... which won't help your situation! lol I hope you do find something that works for you though! Keep working on it!

    I think with the shoulder thing and the projects, it is TOTALLY understandable that you had a period of time without working out. In fact, you might have needed the break :)
    1601 days ago
    I agree with jenstress. The hardest part for me is getting started. That first morning waking up it's so easy to say....ah...I'll start tomorrow.
    Once I get the streak going I don't want to stop and ruin what I started. I'll feel way more guilty and I view myself as "the boss"
    Days I skip a workout I will actually talk to myself lol.
    "why didn't we run today?"
    "I am so sore from yesterday"
    "oh ok. that's acceptable"

    Or if I was just too lazy I'll guilt myself into a walk haha. It is hard to accomplish things I set for myself though. So easy to do things for others. but myself? ugh so hard! I can relate to that!
    1601 days ago
    Start small. You really don't need a gym, check with SP there are many alternatives.
    Walking of course is a nice basic. I am not the best with consistency either , so I have joined some team challenges.

    I also plan first, then do. I seem to do better when I have it laid out and once I write it down ( use Fitness tracker) it seems easier to do. If I don't do it- I don't delete it, I just change the minutes, reps, etc to ZERO, That is what keeps me motivated.

    You will begin moving, once the need to exercise becomes more important to you. Make that commitment as if you still had the work out buddy- emoticon Log it here so you have the accountability!! WE will be watching emoticon
    1601 days ago
    I sure hope you are feeling better. That sounded like it was super painful and uncomfortable.

    I used to be a morning person and then I met my husband (haha). He is not a morning person at all and hits snooze constantly. Thankfully for us, he has to be into work an hour before me. We only had one car for about 4 months, so I was getting up with him at 0530 and then sitting at work for an hour and a half. Once we got the second car, I made myself a promise that I would still get up with him (since I was already used to it, ya know) and go to the gym before work. So far so good. Only time I haven't gone to the gym before work was yesterday when he had training at 0800 and slept in.

    I hope you are able to figure something out that works for you. Have you tried looking for a workout buddy on SP who is local to you? Maybe finding someone new to workout with would help you get in those dreaded morning workouts. Good luck hun :D
    1601 days ago
    I used to have a harder time getting up in the morning, but now I like it. I think you just have to start. And I HIGHLY recommend investing in a good couple of videos to start you off. Message me if you need suggestions. I'm the queen of them.
    1601 days ago
    I put an appointment time for ME to exercise on my calendar. I agree -- there are tons of wonderful SP videos to work out to -- and others as well.

    I wasn't a morning person, either, but out of necessity, had to become one. Took a long time to get into the habit and even longer to LIKE it, but I did it by staying consistent.
    1602 days ago
    would rewarding yourself monetarily for working out help? every time you work out put $5 in a jar and save it for something you really want? or the opposite, charging yourself money every time you DON'T work out, and donating it to charity?
    1602 days ago
    So many ways to go .......... Like one said ....... set the alarm and just begin to make some habits ............ OR I am a morning person, but I can really understand how a person might not be .......... we are all individuals .............One thing is ......... SP has tons of videos ........... so there are things you can do at home; do not always need a Gym ............ and I have a stationary bike I use too .......... Just vary it .......... Let us know ........ Pulling for you! ............. emoticon
    1602 days ago
    I agree that respecting ourselves is a key. I vary times, but I did make walking 10,000+ steps a habit a few months ago and rarely miss a day. I know I need to make strength training a habit now. It's hit and miss. I do wish you great success as you figure out what is best for you!
    1602 days ago
  • PLAGGE1959
    Just set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and give it a try. If you don't start you never will!
    1602 days ago
    It was really hard for me to get up in the morning Also, what I did was keep telling myself that I had something important to to in the morning , that has helped mw
    1602 days ago
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