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People, let me just tell you it's cold. I know some of you live in much colder climes, but seriously, the cold we are having usually doesn't hit here until the end of January and through February. This morning it was 18. The garage has now reached the point where it is NOT warmer in there than outside. It's the same temperature. Cold on that treadmill so early in the morning, but I got it done. Ran 3.15 miles today.
Ellen from Fat Girl Wearing Thin made a comment on yesterday's blog about how she couldn't believe that I run at o'dark thirty. Truth be told, it's one of the things I do to be successful. I have tried waiting until after work and about 99.9% of the time, I won't run. In fact, the only way I'll work out at 5 p.m. or later is to have someone
Another thing I do to be successful at o'dark thirty is that I lay my clothes out the night before. See, when in the midst of the winter doldrums, where I know that even the garage is going to be 18 degrees, it would be quite easy to get up, throw on a robe, turn on our gas fireplace, and drink coffee until shower time. By putting my clothes out, I don't even let the robe be an option. I go straight from PJ's to running gear, then I head downstairs and get my coffee. This simple step has been especially important over the last month or so as I've dealt with my hip/butt injury. Ironically, the time when I'm most sore and stiff is after laying in bed all night. I feel like a creaky old lady these days and while I don't want to lay in bed since it actually feels better to get up and walk around, I could definitely see talking myself out of running.
I actually use that same tactic for Muay Thai. Before I left the house this morning, I laid out my uniform. I only have a few minutes after I get home to get ready and get back out the door. With it all laid out like that I find I'm much more likely to just change as soon as I get home. Once the clothes are on, I know I will get back into the car and go to the dojo.
There are other things I do too, like make a healthy lunch and bring it to work. This is probably not a big deal to many but my old boss would have taken me out for lunch every single day if I would have gone. He hated eating alone so he always grabbed someone in the office for company. Additionally there is a large percentage of the office that gets take out every single day. Never mind the calories, I just don't want to spend that sort of money! By bringing my lunch I generally stick to what I've brought and avoid the take-out or vending machine temptation.
Some years ago, I read that if you are trying to improve your water drinking or fruit eating, you should make those items easily available, which is why I generally keep fruit on my desk within my eyesight. I have an especially hard time in winter eating fruit because I much prefer summer fruits. I also have a (very) old weight watchers mug that holds 32 oz. I fill that up and try to get through at least one of them over the course of the day. Lots of days I drink one and half or even two. Because it's there! Here are today's featured selections.
All that cooking I do on weekends? It's so we'll have healthy, easily accessible meals during the week when we are running around like crazy. If there's something good at home, I have absolutely no desire to whip through a drive through.
These are super simple things that set me up to be successfull in my health and fitness journey. So tell me, what is it that you do?