The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

Way to go, me! — January 15, 2015

Way to go, me!

So last night, I couldn’t sleep. It took me awhile to fall asleep and then a couple of hours later I woke up and could NOT get back to sleep (I may have been replaying Zumba songs in my head, ahem). I think I finally drifted off around 3 am and got up to get ready for work at 6am.

So yeah…tired today.

I got suuuuper sleepy around 4pm and was beginning to talk myself out of going to Zumba tonight:

I’m so tired, I just have no energy for dancing tonight. I probably don’t even have enough energy to make it through the whole hour. I should probably stay home and rest. Yes, I think I’ll just go home and take a nap and skip Zumba tonight. 

Except that once I got home, I started to debate the pros and cons of going:

If I go, I’ll probably feel better afterward. If I stay home, I’ll just end up laying around all evening doing nothing and then I’ll feel even more like crap. I should just go. If I don’t go, I’ll be disappointed in myself. I’ve never been disappointed in myself when I’ve gone before. Okay fine. I’ll go

So even though I really wanted to stay home and veg on the couch while watching American Idol, I suited up and went to shake my groove thang. It was fun and sweaty and I’m glad I went.

So…yay me! I’m kinda proud of myself for winning this round. I don’t always win, but this time I did and I’m happy about it.

This is me high fiving myself.
This is me high fiving myself.
Early mornings with Liz Lemon — March 12, 2014

Early mornings with Liz Lemon

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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