Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Using that definition, my morning workouts have become a little insane, and it’s time to make a change.
In September, I will have been at Doctors Wellness Center for three years. Most every week during that time, I have been there early three to five days a week. Early like the alarm goes off at 4:24 a.m. so I can get there close to 5 a.m. early. And until recently, it’s worked for me. But now, not so much.
Over the past four months, getting up early has been more difficult. For a lot of reasons.
- My sister/roommate has a new job, one that has some crazy hours. Many days, she’s just getting a good start on her job about the time I get home and start winding down. On the flip side, when I leave at dark o’thirty, she’s just starting to hit REM zzzzz. I wake up when she comes home, and she wakes up when I get up for the gym. That and I really miss chatting with her during the week.
- My sweet Moon Pie has become an anxious dog. She’s been barking a lot lately. Hears an owl, barks for 30 minutes. Hears cicadas and frogs? Barks til they stop. (Which is never.) Every ten minutes I’m up past 9 p.m., I stress about getting to sleep so I can get up. And anxiety only begets anxiety, and I’m often awake longer than I sleep.
- My schedule has changed. I’m lucky enough to have a pretty constant work schedule, but these days, it’s more than just the gym and work. There’s the gym. Again. A few evenings a week, I’ve been helping out at Doctors Wellness Center. I love it. It’s my happy place. I see friends, meet others making positive changes in their lives and get to listen to non-stop 70s and 80s satellite radio. But with a few evenings a week away from home, combined with early mornings and 40 hour work weeks, I’m feeling a little spread thin.
Starting today, I’m testing a new work out schedule. On Mondays and Fridays, I’m still planning to go in early and train with Daniel. But the rest of the week, I’m going to do my cardio while I’m at the gym after work. Either 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after my front desk gig. It makes sense. If I’m going to be at the gym those evenings anyway, I may as well kill two birds with one stone. The new schedule gives me a little more flexibility in the evenings. I can watch Under the Dome without worrying about sleeping in on Tuesday. I can join friends at Thirsty Fellow Trivia Night, like I am tonight. And when Sister comes in at midnight, I can still chat with her a bit before we both turn in.
Arnold Bennett said that any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. I’m excited about a more flexible schedule, but I’m also nervous about committing to evening cardio. I also love the early morning peeps at Doctors Wellness Center, and I’ll miss seeing them. I REALLY love having my cardio done and over by the time many of you get up. And I love the energy of a morning workout.
Nothing is set in stone, but I figure it’s at least worth a shot. If it doesn’t work, it’s easy enough to change. If it works, I may get a little more done and have a little more fun.
Stay tuned! This could be interesting.