As you already know if you follow me on Twitter (and why WOULDN'T you, since that is where I give updates on how irritated I am by the high price of shipping a few rolls of address labels?) (NINE DOLLARS WTF!!!), I'm bored with my usual exercise routine and looking for a change. I don't usually talk about exercise here because it doesn't occur to me as a topic of interest (but SHIPPING costs! THAT'S entertainment!), but I wonder if that's why whenever I write on the topic of fatness I get some "Fine, don't exercise or eat right, BE fat" feedback---as if that's the natural opposite of "Everyone can have the same results with the same effort."
So. Fine. I will try to remember to talk about exercise more. (Also on the syllabus: how much broccoli and spinach I eat, and how little red meat.) Currently I exercise in the evening, right after the kids go to bed, because that's when it's been working best: the kids wake us up around 5:30, and I know I COULD get up earlier but so far haven't been motivated to. In the evening I'm less likely to be interrupted, and some of my routines let me watch a movie while exercising which makes it not quite so "ack I'm cutting into my limited slice of free time."
BUT. That's not working for me now. I used to get a second wind in the evening, but now I feel worn out. I used to be willing to cut into that limited slice of free time, but now the idea makes me feel sullen. Also, I'm bored with both the Wii Fit and with running, so that makes me feel even MORE sullen: not only am I using up free time, I'm doing something I HATE.
Well, so clearly that means an adjustment is in order. I asked for suggestions on Twitter, and 30 Day Shred is now on its way to me (hey, I finally read Twilight, this is the next natural step), despite the fact that the mere FACIAL EXPRESSIONS of Jillian Michaels make me want to punch her in the teeth, and this is without ever hearing her voice, which reportedly is unpleasant and mean. I also have several other people's suggestions on my Netflix queue, and I wish I'd thought of Netflix before I paid money for 30 Day Shred, but there it is and I can always donate it to the library if I don't like it.
The other adjustment, and to me this is far more radical, is I'm going to try exercising in the morning, before and while Paul is showering. Aaaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkkk. But if it WORKS, it means it'll cut into my sleep time instead of into my free time, and may make it easier for me to get to sleep at night in which case it would in fact be cutting into my lying-awake-wishing-I-could-sleep time, which would be awesome. ALSO, it would mean I could shower right after, which would mean a reduction in the part of exercising I hate most, which is the part where I have to change clothes! and take ANOTHER shower! and change clothes! which seems like no big deal but can add another big chunk of free time to the process. ALSO-also, it would mean getting it over with first-thing rather than dreading it and/or making it dependent on what kind of day I have.
BUT, it also means I can't go running (because if a child needed something, which is likely, Paul would be in the shower and I'd be out of the house). And it means an increase in the possibility of a hugely annoying mid-exercise interruption (such as child waking up soaked). And it means I'll have to argue with my half-asleep self, and she's even more sullen than my evening self.
Another potential problem is this: Evening exercising significantly decreased EATING, because I didn't want to exercise on a full stomach and afterward my appetite was suppressed. I'd do ZERO snacking all evening, and by the time I started feeling hungry it was too close to bedtime to eat anything. If I'm exercising in the morning, though, it opens the evening up for snacking, and it also may mean I'll have a mid-morning eat-everything-in-sight time.
So we will SEE, is what I am saying.
I tried it for the first time this morning and it went okay. The novelty of the situation made it easier to get out of bed, and it was very pleasant to be able to take a chilly shower afterward and know it could be the ONLY shower of the day. My new workout DVDs haven't arrived yet so I did one of my old Tae Bo DVDs. Gosh, I'd forgotten how much I hate the girl who acts like she's about to fall to the ground and start twitching with bliss. Yes, we all know you find this workout so INCREDIBLY STIMULATING it makes you want to SHOUT WITH JOY, but the rest of us are sweating and counting minutes so could you please shut your Teacher's Pet trap, kthanx. Hey, I just thought of a new awesome product: a workout DVD in which NONE of the participants make you want to smack them! Imagine such a world!
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