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My Cold Weather Rut

It’s happening again – it’s becoming that time of year when it’s too cold to get out from under the covers in the morning, the time when I would rather grab an extra hour of sleep than get up and work out, and the time when general laziness seems to win over, well, anything else. I’m pretty sure I’ve dealt with this every year since college, but for this year in particular, it seems so difficult to overcome. On some occasions, I trick myself into thinking that I’ve gotten a grip on it by popping up at 6:00 a.m., putting my contacts in and brushing my teeth, and then… crawling back into bed. It’s never been THIS bad.lazy morning

Let’s put this into perspective:

The Bad – when I crawl back into bed, I miss my workout (I have even less motivation to work out in the evenings, so it’s not an option) and wind up feeling guilty. Eight times out of ten, I reset the alarm clock, ignore it when it goes off, oversleep and either rush through my morning routine or wind up being late to work.

The Good – when I get out of bed (and stay out of bed) when my alarm clock goes off, I work out, which sets the pace for my day. I’m energized, feeling motivated and generally satisfied with myself because by 7:00 a.m. my workout for the day is done.

So, I’m on a mission. Drew Tarvin at Brazen Careerist offered tips on how to wake up early, and I was inspired. Well, until about 6:00 a.m. the next morning. But, since I’m putting it out there by blogging about it, I’m officially commiting. I don’t intend to follow EVERY rule he offers up, but there are a few I’m going to try out, including:

  1. Set an alarm you’re happy to wake up to. When I first got my Blackberry, I settled on a cute little video game-sounding ringtone. The ringtone is still peppy; I am not. I’m torn between Cascada’s “Evacuate the Dance Floor” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. Okay, probably Glee’s “Don’t Stop Believing”, but a good song no matter who sings it.
  2. Set a short goal. Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a little hard on myself. Actually, someone once told me that I am so hard on myself, that I must be paying penance for something I did in a past life. Well, I’m going to try to ease up on this by setting more attainable goals for myself, starting with: I will get up and work out 4 mornings this week.
  3. Drink some water. I have no reason not to try this one. I have water, I have a nightstand to put it on so that it’s ready for me first thing in the morning. We’ll see if it works.

Any suggestions for powering through this week? My willpower’s still on vacation from the summer, so I’m ready to put it into full gear with any of your tips!

October 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

My One & Only Diet Tip

Most people who know me are aware that I work out pretty regularly. When it comes to food, however, I have less self control. Though I tend to eat healthy, or at least choose healthier options of the crappy stuff, I don’t beat myself up when I give in to a couple (orrr ten) indulgences. But, since we moved out of my dad’s house, we’ve been much better about eating healthier.

Why? We don’t have a microwave. That’s it! You want to instantly start eating healthier? Get rid of your microwave.antimicrowaveAt first we had no microwave because 1. the condo didn’t come with one over the stove/range, and 2. we had have very little counterspace. We always assumed we’d buy a microwave to go over the stove, but when we realized that our 1986 kitchen didn’t allow enough space for one, we just never got around to figuring out an alternative. Now it’s become a strategy. At first it was hard to get used to reheating leftovers in the oven, but food tastes just as good as when it was first made, so it’s worth the extra few minutes of preparation. And while I miss the ease of the new Steamfresh veggie bags, it’s really just as easy to pour the bag out and steam it on the stove.

A big weakness for us used to be frozen dinners and paninis; we’d always choose an inconvenience-free sodium-filled side over something we’d make ourselves. I know, it’s easy to eat like crap even without a microwave, but it has really made a difference considering how lazy I am when it comes to food preparation. I used to just pop in a bag of popcorn or nachos with melted cheese when I had a craving for something crunchy, but now it’s too much of a pain to make either without a microwave, so I usually just grab a handful of Wheat Thins or go entirely without.

Any other unusual, non-obvious tips for eating better?

August 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm 1 comment


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