Whatever it takes

Okay, the exercise thing…here’s the thing: I have been fighting this voice lately that tells me that since I can’t get out of bed early enough in the morning to work out, I must not really be very committed to losing weight. This voice keeps telling me that I am a wuss for not sucking it up and making time to get on the treadmill. This voice…some days I want to tell the voice to shut it already! and ignore whatever it’s whispering to me, but then there are times when I think, is this voice just letting me know what I already know to be true? That is, if I am going to get this working out thing worked out, I need to do it first thing in the morning. I have great intentions of doing it after work ( I’m home by 4 pm everyday) and theoretically I have all evening to do it, but then life gets in the way, as well as kids and dinner and homework and American Idol, etc, and the work out never happens.

Then my BFF, whom I have known since I was 12, calls me and tells me she has been getting up at 4:45 am to go work out. SH*T!! For some reason, this makes me think that since she’s doing it, I should be too. I mean if she can get up at the butt-crack of dawn and drive to a gym, then surely I can get myself out of bed and WALK to the treadmill!! And she swears by it – she is walking taller and feeling like she has accomplished something before she even gets to work in the mornings. Byotch! Just kidding – I love her a lot!!

I am not, nor have I ever been, a morning person. Getting out of bed is emotionally painful for me in the mornings! I love to sleep and to have it interrupted just seems cruel, so to have to get up and then go workout? Double cruel. But I want to be committed to losing weight and I want to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and I want to be fit and healthy and strong and oh yeah, weigh a lot less too.

I figure I have two choices: I can get up in the mornings and work out and yes, it will be hard, but I can just do it and get it done, or I can fight off the things of life and just MAKE myself work out in the afternoons when I get home from work, which yes, will also be hard, but I’ll get to sleep in a little more in the mornings. So I guess it’s a trade off and neither option is going to be easy, but if I want to be committed to losing weight, I have to make a choice. NOT working out is not an option either, so don’t even go there!

Ugh, why can’t we all just be thin and independently wealthy and not have to worry about any of it??!!

7 thoughts on “Whatever it takes

  1. I got nothing for you – I am not a morning person and for years and years set my alarm clock “with good intentions” of getting on the treadmill. Can’t do it.

    I quit fighting it and have no problem working out around 6:00 pm while the hubby and kids eat dinner together (besides I have been home with one child all day and another since he got out of school and it gives me a break). I then eat dinner afterwards.

  2. I work out in the morning sometimes, I don’t mind it but I do mind trying to get ready for work at the gym – yuck!

    I am doing WW also – I found your blog on my “tag surfing” page, lol.

    Good luck to you!!

  3. I’m right there with you. I HATE mornings and getting up to workout just isn’t appealing at all for me. I know that I need to do it, but now I just need the motivation to leave my warm bed and tromp up to my 20-degree attic!!

    I’m doing weight watchers too. I really love the program. I lost 110 lbs on it a few years ago, but gained it all back when I got pregnant last year. So now I’m doing it all over again!

  4. I wasn’t a morning person either but made myself one. I am now up and at the gm every morning at 6. It’s either that or I don’t get to workout cause after work I can come up with all kinds of excuses and reasons why I shouldn’t workout. Doing it in the morning really is life altering. Your mood changes, you are much calmer during the day, you feel like you have all kinds of energy and can take on the world, AND knowing how hard you’ve already worked out, you tend to watch what you eat. So give it serious consideration if at all possible,

  5. Hi again, I kinda hate to admit it, but that description of early morning as “the butt-crack of dawn” is one of the funniest things i’ve heard in a long time! But seriously, I am a morning person, but I am not a morning exerciser, and I felt guilty about it for years. But then I decided almost the same as your title, my phrase being ‘do what works.’ And what works for me is late afternoon, hopefully just before oprah, and then if I am good I will lift my weights during oprah. So try to think creatively, and you will come up with something that works for you.

  6. Count me among the non-morning people. I would LOVE to get up and run in the mornings, and if I ever train for a marathon, I may have to. For now, it’s afternoons or evenings for me.

    Consider– it is a truth that getting up ONE HOUR EARLY every day can CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

    Also consider– if you choose instead to workout instead in the afternoons when your family is around, you are setting a good example for your children. They will see Mom working out and know that exercise is a priority for you, and will eventually become so for them.

    And finally consider– whatever it takes, you know you need to make exercise a priority but it does not have to be every day and you do not have to work out 5 days a week for exercise to count. Try it one day in the morning, see how you feel. Try the afternoon, see how you feel. One success will spur further successes.

    You can do it!!

  7. It’s awesome that you are trying to figure out what works for you exercise-wise! It’s totally a mental battle. But, as much as we can banter back and forth about what will work for you you really just need to try out both options and find out which one is more realistic for your life.

    Maybe challenge yourself to do mornings one week and evenings the next and see which one is less soul crushing and or you are less likely to ditch out on.

    Best of luck with it!

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