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.


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!