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.