Waking up early has never been my thing. It took my mother at least 45 minutes to coax me out of bed each morning in high school (she is a saint for doing this by the way) and things only escalated in my college and post-college years (my alarm proves to be far less persistent and much easier to shut off and ignore than my mother). However, as much as I hate the waking up part, I LOVE the feeling of being up early once I’m up. Does that make sense? And the opposite goes for sleeping in, I love the feeling of sleeping in while I’m doing it, but once I’m up I usually regret wasting the morning.
While I’ve managed to get away with sleeping in and fitting in work and working out most days, life has just gotten significantly busier with preparation for the big Costa Rican move in January (see this post: https://alohaboston.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/nervous-about-moving-to-a-a-new-country-just-breathe/ if you missed the big update). Between Visa applications, travel clinics, learning Spanish and fitting in 25 hours of ESL volunteering in addition to my normal full time job and workout schedule, I just can’t afford to sleep in. This week I made a vow to change my wile ways of going to bed past midnight, going out too much and watching too much TV, and I must say I totally kicked this week’s ass 🙂
I managed to go to bed at a reasonable hour each night, making and eating dinner at home (Ross was a HUGE help with this) DVRing all my favorite shows (I have quite a fun Saturday night planned, on my couch) and getting up each morning by 6AM . This will also be great preparation for Costa Rica, since I hear they generally go to sleep early and wake up at the crack of dawn, and this will certainly hold true for my new teaching position there!
When I was marathon training I used to really struggle with early morning runs. I have discovered though that yoga early in the morning works a lot better for me! So I’ve been trying a yoga class early most mornings, and its effects seem to be keeping me calm even on the craziest of days. So on days when it’s working out super early, or not working out at all, sunrise yoga it is!
I’ve been pretty tired every night, but I’m feeling really great and productive for the most part. Today I slept in until 7 because I have my workout time set aside for this evening: Core fusion and Yoga at Exhale Boston, can’t wait! Then Ross and I are rewarding ourselves with a fancy schmancy dinner out at Mistral, a French restaurant in Boston’s South End. Happy Weekend and Bon Appetite!
What are YOUR fun weekend plans?