This week I started a new work schedule, which has been quite the transition. As I am now starting the work day at 8AM, I have to get up by 5:30AM if I want to workout, shower, get a good breakfast in, and catch the metro train by 7AM.
Monday and Tuesday I struggled to get up when my alarm went off, so working out before work just didn’t happen. I learned the hard way that as tough as it is to get up at 5:30AM to workout, holding off my workout until after work is just too tough! With my new work schedule I’m pretty beat by the time I get home, which has confirmed that I have to fight the urge to snooze in order to get my butt to the gym before work.
A few tactics that help me fight the urge to snooze include:
-Set my alarm for 15-30 minutes before I actually want to get up
-Use an actual alarm clock vs my cell phone
-Place my alarm clock on the other side of my room, forcing myself to get out of bed in order to turn it off
-Don’t get back in bed! Head straight to the bathroom or kitchen.
This morning I used the first tactic, setting multiple alarms prior to my desired wake up call. By 5:15AM I was up and ready to go to the gym. Was I tired?? You bet, but I’m hoping that this week will be the toughest.
Before lifting weights I tackled a 30 minute solo spin ride, which was a lot of fun! Although I love taking spin classes, solo spins can be a good change of pace.
By 6:20AM I was back home, showered, and ready to cook breakfast (scrambled eggs and bell peppers).
It wasn’t the smoothest of mornings, but it’s a start! My hope is that by repeating my new schedule each day, next week will be more comfortable. The key for me is routine!