Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Toning and Trash

This morning I got in a great toning workout, and it feels really good. I love how good it feels to exercise! Although I'm in that newly-back-into-exercising sore stage, I can tell that my body is moving a whole lot easier--I just feel better! For that I am truly grateful.

I am trying to make peace with the new changes. My plan this morning was to get up at 4 and go to the gym again. But going to bed at 10:30 and getting up at 4 is really hard, especially when you know your kids will absolutely not give you a moment's peace to rest at all during the day. (Tried that yesterday, didn't work so well for me).

I did try to go to bed earlier last night, but ended up discussing something with my husband about work that really needed to be discussed. So although I went to bed just after 9, I didn't go to sleep until 10:30.

In addition to that, I was just given a pretty heavy duty calling at church (voluntary assignment--they asked, I accepted. I always accept a church calling). It's going to take a lot of my time. I'm excited about it, I think it will be a great opportunity for me to serve others and it will allow me some personal growth that will bless my life. BUT. I still have to make peace with all the things I have to do! Between mothering and homemaking and working and exercising and preparing for Christmas (lots of homemade gifts this year because we're broke and I'm addicted to pinterest) and now some heavy church responsibilities--I really have to get enough sleep!

So anyway, this morning I woke up at 3:45--without the alarm. I seem to have this ability to just tell myself at night what time I'm going to get up, and I will wake up at that time. I still set the alarm just in case, but 99% of the time it never has to go off. At any rate, I just could not get up. I knew that my window of opportunity to go to the gym wouldn't last too long, so I kind of groggily decided that I'd just stay home and get up at 5:30 for an at home toning workout.

And I'm glad I did! It does feel super amazing. I'm still trying to solidify a good exercise schedule. I like the idea of getting cardio every day, but I need the toning really bad, too. And I'm also trying not to exercise more than I'll be able to keep up all the time--that whole avoiding extremes thing, you know? So it's probably good to alternate cardio and toning for now. Ideally, I think I want to work in doing cardio every day and toning 3x a week. But we'll see.

At any rate, I slept in today AND got in a workout, so I can't really complain!

In other news, I did finally throw out all the Halloween candy. Last night I found myself saying "tomorrow morning I'll toss it in the trash," and then I decided I'd better just do it right then before I changed my mind and decided to have one more day of picking through skittles and tootsie rolls and all that other crap. So it's gone. (I think the reason I'm so against Halloween candy is because of me, not because of the kids).

I should also note that although I did have candy yesterday, I had steamed brussels sprouts for breakfast!

Onward and upward. No sugar here anymore to tempt me, and lots and lots of produce around. Tomorrow I should be back at the gym at 4 for some more cardio...

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