Confession: I have really struggled to get all of my planned workouts in these past few weeks… ok, few months. Sure I’ve worked out a lot, but I’ve also missed a lot of planned workouts and have struggled to find a time to make them up.
Before having my daughter I lived a really flexible life. I went for runs before work, lifted weights after work, took spin classes throughout the week, and made adjustments as needed. If I missed a morning workout I’d just move it to the evening. Sure I missed workouts, but my life allowed for me to easily make them up.
When I transitioned back into workouts postpartum, my daughter’s sleep schedule was fairly consistent. She went to bed between 8PM and 9PM and woke up around 4AM for a feeding. I went to bed when she went to bed, woke up for her 4AM feeding, and then heading to the gym right after she went back to sleep. Sure it was early, but because I was going to bed so early it worked.
A few months ago my daughter dropped her 4AM feeding, which was awesome, but I started to struggle with my 5AM workouts. She wasn’t waking up, so neither was I. This also coincided with me returning to work full time, so I didn’t complain about the extra sleep since I had started staying up extremely late in order to get things done around the house.
It’s really a viscous cycle. You stay up late, sleep through your workout alarm, skip your workout, feel bad about it, stay up late, repeat. Staying up too late, at least for me, is my workout killer. If I don’t get enough sleep, I talk myself out of the gym when my alarm goes off at 4:30AM. Most days I was able to fit my 5AM workout into the work day, but I won’t be able to do that moving forward.
Working out at 5AM has become my only option, so I need to quit fighting it. As much as I love sleep, my workouts keep me sane! After missing this Monday’s workout I realized that it was time to break the cycle I had gotten myself into. It isn’t easy to break the “stay up late and snooze through your workout alarm cycle”, but once you do, it’s amazing. I may only be one day in, but here are the steps I took.
1. Set aside my workout clothes (some nights I’ll wear them to bed)
2. Set up my coffeemaker (this momma needs her coffee and/or Spark to get going)
3. Set 3 alarms in my phone (just in case)
4. Go to bed on time!!!
1. When my alarm went off I got right up! I did not allow myself to snooze
2. I headed straight to the bathroom to get ready
3. Made myself a cup of coffee
4. Headed to the gym
Wednesday morning I got an awesome workout in!! My personal goal is to lift weights 3 days a week and then to take spin 2 days a week. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit running in, but for now, I’m focused on weight lifting and spin. Here’s what I did Wednesday morning
Squats (5×5) – 125, 130, 135, 145, 155
Russian twists (2×25) – 45lb plate
Bench (5×5) – 95, 105, 110, 115, 120
Triceps (3×10) – 40lb bar
Bicep curls (3×10) – 30lb Dumbbells
Calf raises (3×15) – 180lbs on leg press machine
5AM workouts are worth it, but I have to set myself up for success! Staying up too late often leads to missed workouts, so I’m working hard to get to bed earlier. My goal moving forward is to workout at 5AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and to take spin classes on Sundays and either Saturday or Thursday.