Wednesday, January 6, 2010

You Have To Actually Get Off The Couch To Exercise

I have the 30 Day Shred DVD and I've had the intention of using it, every second day, with running on my treadmill coming in on the alternate days. I'm also trying to figure out a way to add in some yoga. For me, yoga shouldn't really be just an elective choice. I'm a worrying type of gal, so much so that even as a child my worrying caused sleep issues. I'm also not much of a sleeper, and figure it could help me out in that domain as well. The problem is where to fit it in.

I mean, where to fit it ALL in. I'm not much of a morning person. Why, you ask? Well, the answer to that is probably due to the fact that I only sleep about 5-6 hours a night. If I have someone waiting on me or a workout partner depending on me (Hi Julie!) then I'll make myself get up and go. Otherwise, early morning just ain't happening.

I tell myself, then, that I'll do the workout during nap time. However, that doesn't really work out because A) I don't want to be a sweaty mess when the parents come to pick up their child, and 2) I'm a worrier and I can't hear what's happening in the house when I'm on my treadmill.

That leaves evenings. Well, three evenings a week my children have activities that pretty much consume the whole evening. We eat dinner and we're out the door. We get back in time for their baths and bedtime. I guess I "could" ostensibly do a workout then, but do I really feel like running at like nine o'clock at night? Hell, no. The other days, even without the activities, by the time dinner is finished and tidied and baths and bed are accomplished, hello, nine o'clock again.

So, while I have great intentions and I have the equipment I need, I can't seem to find a good time to actually use it. Trust me when I say, I NEED to use it.

I think, honestly, morning is going to be the only time that makes any sense. Now that I've written that down in print, it seems like a decision. Ugh. Then again, maybe if I have to get up early, it'll creep into other areas in positive ways, like forcing me to go to sleep earlier as well? I can then do the yoga during nap. It doesn't make me sweaty and would be a nice stretch in the middle of the day.

Now, let's just see what happens at the crack of dawn tomorrow, when the world is quiet and dark and the air is frigid. Maybe I'll learn to love that time alone. Or not.

As an aside-made the tabbouleh and falafels last night. My family already like tabbouleh (well, my husband and I anyways. My eldest daughter will eat some but youngest didn't like it.) The falafels? I thought were good. I'd make them again. My husband actually liked them as well and had seconds. Both of my daughters tried them but they were a no go, even with tzaziki! The one thing with the baking though-the falafels don't get the crispy outside you would expect with a falafel. I put them under the broiler for a bit to get a bit of crispiness. They are softer and a different texture then the fried, but I like them and had them again for lunch today. I made them into a patty like shape, as opposed to balls.


  1. Thanks for the review!

    I am so not a morning person...tried doing it for several reasons...exercising, writing...did not work. I cannot get out of bed unless I absolutely have to.

    I'm lucky though...I can get my workouts in during the day. I go when hubby gets home form work and then when I come home, he goes to sleep. He goes when he wakes up and is home in time to get DD off the bus.

  2. Hey Trace! I hear ya! I always think back to those early morning days and I know for a fact I would have bailed on 85% of them without having you waiting for me!! I struggle with timing also. I've been getting out for a walk in the morning before Peter goes to work then do some exercise in the afternoon at nap time. I've been keeping an exercise / food / sleep / mood journal and it's really helped with keeping a schedule and sticking to my plan.

    What time do you go to bed, after 1am?

    Your new meals sound delish!

    Good luck with it all!!!