Early mornings with Liz Lemon

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Most of my working out (and when I say working out, know that I mean walking on the treadmill) has been done in the evenings during this long cold dark cold winter, because who wants to climb out of a warm snuggly bed to workout in a cold gray garage at 5 in the morning? Certainly not me. So it only seemed natural to workout in the evenings, but I found that I spent most of my evening dreading my walk.

I would procrastinate.

I would complain.

I would purposely make myself so comfy on the couch that getting up to walk seemed absurd. “Sorry, I can’t walk tonight. I’m completely submerged in blankets and my Kindle needs me right now.”

But eventually, guilt would get the best of me and I would begrudgingly head to the garage where my treadmill waited unenthusiastically. Some days, I would do a slow 2mph walk for only 20 minutes while watching an episode of 30 Rock on Netflix. Then I realized that I could watch TWO episodes if I increased my walk to 40 minutes. Liz Lemon FTW! Sometimes this strategy worked at getting me to look forward to my walk and sometimes it didn’t. But no matter what, I knew that at the end of each evening, the big question would have to be answered: Will I Walk Tonight?

After several days in a row of that answer being Heck No I’m Not Going to Walk Tonight, I decided that I probably need to just get up early and get it over with while I’m still half asleep and before my brain knows what I am doing. Today I got up early and it was so much easier to get up and do it this morning versus waiting until tonight. Here are the obstacles I have to contend with when I work out in the evenings:

  • Do I have to go to the store after work? If so, that means I’m going to be late getting home which pushes everything back an hour
  • I have to cook dinner
  • I have to eat dinner
  • I have to clean up dinner or make my kids do it (usually it ends being a hybrid of the two)
  • I have to help with homework
  • I have to start laundry
  • There’s a riveting episode of Counting Cars on tv
  • There’s a riveting episode of Downton Abbey on tv
  • There’s a riveting episode of something I have no interest in whatsoever, but it’s the most riveting thing I’ve ever seen
  • I MUST read the next 4 chapters of my book
  • Etc etc etc

And here are the obstacles I have to deal with when I work out in the mornings:

  • I have to get out of bed

See? Forty obstacles vs one obstacle – it’s a no brainer. Granted, that one obstacle is huge, but it’s easier to dodge one big bullet than 10 small ones.

So for now I’m back to being the early bird. As long as I can get to bed at a reasonable hour, all should be well. Spring has come back to Oklahoma (finally!!) and the warm breezes alone are motivation to start working out regularly again. I may throw in a few outdoor walks in the evenings once the weather warms up (and once the winds aren’t blowing at hurricane force. There’s a reason the line “where the winds come sweeping down the plain” exists in our state song). But for now you can find me in my garage at approximately 5:15 in the morning, just me and Liz Lemon,  walking it out.

 

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7 thoughts on “Early mornings with Liz Lemon

  1. I am a morning exercise person too. Totally agree, easier to just get up and get it done. Very hard to get around to it in evening. We are back to snowed in again today.

  2. debby

    I admire you for getting up early to exercise. Not only do I not get up early to exercise, I can’t make myself get out the door until usually the afternoon. Although, this week, I’ve already gotten two morning walks in. Its this spring weather!

  3. Kyra

    I’m early morning for the same reason. Also, finding an addictive TV series helped get me out of bed in the mornings, if I made it so the only time I can watch it is then. 🙂 Nice job Jill!

  4. the other Gina

    I, by chance, woke up an hour early this morning. I briefly thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk, get started on my day, etc. Briefly.

    But you are so right that mornings are better.

  5. Are you saying that song “Oklahoma” from the musical is your state song? How cool. Which came first, the musical or the official song?
    “Every night my honey lamb and I …
    Sit alone and talk
    And watch a hawk
    Making lazy circles in the sky!!”
    (Do hawks fly at night?)
    Now I’m singing it.

    • LOL!! I think the musical came first and then we made it our official song because we are completely original like that. 🙂
      I’m not sure if hawks fly at night, and even if they did, how would you see them? Haha!!

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