Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sleep Less, Sweat More

I've become slightly addicted to setting my alarm for 3:45 AM and going to the gym. Yes, you read that right.

3: 45 in the morning. AKA 0 dark 30.

I blogged before that sometime in January I lost my ability to exercise after work. I started going in the mornings at 5:00 which worked out well. I was tired and only went a few days a week but it worked. Some days, my work day started later so I could go at 6 or even 7. Those days are over. Work starts at 7:30 which means I have to be in the shower by 5:50 a.m. And if I want to lose 15 pounds in 7 weeks, that calls for 90 minute workouts so a wake up time of 3:45 AM it is.

And can I just tell you that working out at 4:00 AM is GLORIOUS. The gym is empty. It is quiet. It is cool. There aren't obnoxious meatheads lifting weights. There aren't chatty airheads on the cardio machines annoying me. I prefer my exercise area to be silent and that is why I get at 4:00 AM. This morning I was the only person there until 5:00. My gym is really small, like the size of a large living room. One space with treadmills, ellipticals, a couple bikes and a decent amount of weights. No frills but I like it. And I LOVE it when I'm in there alone and can workout without worrying about anyone staring at me as I do walking lunges with a medicine ball or as my flabby thighs run sprint intervals.

This was my routine this morning:
3:45-jump out of bed. I wear my workout clothes to sleep so it is easy to get out the door. Put my contacts in, fix my ponytail, shoes on, grab a towel, my keys, headphones and iphone and I'm gone. 3 mile drive to the gym.

4:10: I start with weights because I don't like doing weight training in front of people. If I get it done first, I'm sure no one will be at the gym to see me. I grab the 6 pound medicine ball and do 4-20 ft. long walking lunges. My goal is 30 minutes of the dreadful weight training (seriously hate it, it is boring) so I throw in some additional leg exercises (grabbed some 3 lb dumbbells and had myself a 5 minute step class), some arm stuff and I'm done. 30 minutes.

4:40: Onto my favorite, cardio. I set the treadmill for 20 minutes and select interval training. Run 2 minutes at 5.0, increasing .1 every interval, walk 2 minutes at 5% incline and 3.5 speed. I do that for 10 minutes before I get sick of running because my shorts are crawling up. I switch to manual mode, hike the incline up to 9% and complete 10 minutes of that. Calories burned: 250

5:00: I'm not done yet! Time for the elliptical. There are now two people in the gym. Set to manual mode for 20 minutes at level 8, resistance 8-10. I get to 17 minutes and find that the E! True Hollywood Story: The Kardashians is on so I go for 10 more minutes. 30 minutes, Calories burned: 356

I stretch, drink some water and get in my car to drive home feeling completely satisfied and thrilled that not only is my workout done for the day but that it was a great workout. Feeling happy that I've made the decision to miss out on TWO HOURS of sleep in order to workout in an environment that makes me feel successful.

2 comments:

Amy said...

I am printing this and posting it next to my alarms.
You are my inspiration.
There is a 5:30 am class @ the Y I want to go to.
If you can do it, I can do it.

The Jesse said...

i admire your dedication!!! i loathe doing weights too so i've been doing a weight class on wednesday nights and on mondays & fridays i do a boot camp style workout with my sis-in-law that we created. its a lot of squats and lunges and planks and stuff like that. its really working though. my favorite to do is the elliptical because i can just set it and forget it and then zone out on a book for an hour and the next thing i know my workout it done!