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Not a morning person

So many exercise advice lists say you should get to the gym or exercise in some way first thing in the morning. For the most part, this advice is aimed at people who get up at the same time every day for work, but it can work for other people who don’t have such regular schedules. Whenever I read these types of articles or lists of how to stick with an exercise plan or whatever, I think it makes sense to get your exercise done first thing, shower then you’re ready for the day.

Here’s my problem with implementing that strategy. The few times I’ve been to the gym recently, I’ve noticed something about myself. The days I get to the gym some time in the afternoon, exercising feels good. I can push myself and I’m tired when I’m done, but it’s for the most part a positive experience. The past two Saturday mornings that I’ve woken up and gone right to the gym have felt horrible. My workout is hard and I’ve felt wiped out after both, rather than the strange tired yet energized that I usually feel.

I’m not saying I’m giving up on the idea of exercising first thing in the morning, but at least for now, it’s not for me. I have to wake myself up earlier so I can be awake a bit before getting to the gym. To be honest, this isn’t a new thing for me. When I was in nursing school and had to be at a clinical site very early in the morning, I woke myself up that much earlier so I would be awake enough before I would be able to eat some breakfast before clinical. Even when I worked at Starbucks and opened the store very early in the morning, I would not have been able to help customers right away. It took the half hour or so of doing the opening tasks before the store opened for me to mentally wake up enough to be pleasant to customers.

I have this history of not doing well right when I wake up, so it shouldn’t surprise me that getting to the gym first thing isn’t ideal. I guess this is just a long, drawn out way of saying that week 3 day 1 of couch to 5k, which pushed the running time up to 3 minutes, kicked my ass.

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in mama

 

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Blogging about talking about sleep

What do people mean when they ask you if your baby is sleeping through the night? Do they know that normal baby sleep doesn’t always involve sleeping the entire night for 8-12 hours? Do they want to judge you if your baby isn’t sleeping through the night? Do they want to sympathize if you’re not getting a full night’s sleep? Do they really mean to ask if you’re getting enough sleep but the “normal” question to ask a new parent is about the baby’s sleep?

It doesn’t matter. I’m done caring about the motives behind the question “is your baby sleeping through the night” because I’m done answering it. I’m instituting a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about baby sleep. It may be based in superstition or coincidence or a misunderstanding in the difference between correlation and causation, but that doesn’t really matter. I’m done answering any questions about my children’s sleep.

Why, you might ask, would I do such a thing? I’ll tell you.

Any time someone asks about how well my kid is sleeping, I’ll try to be positive (and part of it is my ability to forget the frustrating times and only remember the successful, restful times) and say something like “oh, she sleeps great. She wakes up a few times to nurse but is right back to sleep, usually.” (See, I even say things like “usually” because I don’t want to jinx it.) Invariably, that very night, something different will happen (difficulty falling asleep, waking more during the night, waking earlier in the morning than usual), and I’ll remember that conversation about sleep, shake my fist and curse talking about sleep.

I’m fully aware that any of those things could happen on any other night and I’d just get frustrated, but deal with it as a variation of normal or developmental/growth spurt or what have you. The fact that I’d just spoken about sleep in a positive way makes the negative that much more negative. Hence, I am not going to talk about sleep anymore (or at least that’s my goal). If you ask me how well my newborn sleeps, well, I haven’t thought of a simple, clever, inoffensive response yet, so I might start ranting about how talking about sleep changes the sleep so I don’t want to talk about it. I guess I should work on that response.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in mama

 

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