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We’ve switched up our gym routine a bit, which I’m very pleased about. We’ve been going at night for many months now, but we weren’t going as often as I would have wished. Finally, about two weeks ago, I realized that I couldn’t base my gym attendance on Bart’s attendance. I needed to go, whether or not he was going to go. I’d been using him as an excuse for not going – if he said he was too tired or too full or not in the mood to run, I’d figure I might as well not go either.

Shortly thereafter, Bart voiced his feelings about going to the gym in the evenings (namely, he hates it, apparently). He’s too tired, he’d rather stay at home and relax, and he’s often still full from dinner. He would rather go in the morning, because he’s more motivated to go then and it starts his day off in a way that he enjoys.

As for me, I’d rather die than go to the gym or exercise in any form in the morning. It sounds all well and good on Sunday night to think “this week I’ll go every morning at six a.m.” but when Monday morning rolls around, I realize there is nothing in the world I’d like less than to leap from my warm bed and dash out to exercise. I struggle with morning nauseousness (and I have since high school, where I would routinely stop brushing my teeth and abruptly lie on the bathroom floor until I felt like I could stand up without passing out or throwing up – it’s a very pleasant way to start the morning, let me tell you). Even if I don’t feel terrible in the morning, I do feel too dizzy or lousy to actually do very much rigorous exercising. But night – it’s fantastic. Since I’ve started working out at night (last last fall), I’ve been a more consistent exerciser than I’ve ever been in my life. It’s a great way for me to end the day – my body feels up to it, it helps me unwind, and I sleep like a rock. I know that I will not follow-through if I try to run in the mornings, which leads to much self-loathing and unhappiness. But night? Everyone wins! I’m so pleased to have finally found something that works for me.

My goal is to go to the gym four to five times a week. It’s Wednesday, and I’ve already been twice. THAT is a good feeling (I didn’t go tonight because I fell asleep while Bart was gone and when I woke up I felt like my brain had turned into pudding, so I figured tonight was as good a night as any to skip). I’ve been going a little earlier so that I have a full hour to run for 30-35 minutes, do some various sit-ups/push-ups/stretching, and then weight lift until the gym closes at ten.

It’s a good way to live.

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  • Reply Terri B. May 24, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Do you find that exercising at night keeps you awake longer or do you find it to help you go to sleep at night?

    I’ve struggled with the morning vs evening workout for years. I know that I MUST exercise or all manner of problems show up — not the least of which is that I’m always more tired! I’m not a morning person and HATE getting up in the mornings to exercise. It is a great way to start my day and if I do it I feel good all day. The problem is the IF, since most times I don’t and then hate myself for not being more disciplined.

    I like evening workouts since I can ditch all the work cares of the day and am a lot less stressed out. The problem I run into with that though is that hubby and I are both early dinner eaters (5:30 – 6-ish). Then after eating its about 8pm before I’m ready to exercise. I’ve never done it since I worried about it amping me up just before bedtime.

    Anyway, it sounds like this works for you. Maybe I’ll try the late evening routine and see what happens!

  • Reply Terri B. May 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm


    I’ve been reading your archives and wanted to say “thanks” for your reviews and comments on the Shannon Hale books. I do a lot of reading and am a librarian, but my reading revolves mostly around adult books and I work in an academic library so don’t have much to do with children’s and young adult titles.

    Anyway, one of my granddaughters is 12 and apparently no one is monitoring her reading habits (I’ve seen her with some very questionable titles and will be talking to her mother about this). She has loved all of the books I’ve chosen and sent to her (Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, Anne of Green Gables, etc.) but I’ve needed some more titles appropriate for her age. The Shannon Hale books sound perfect! I’ve got 2 on hold at the public library and will be going by tonight to pick them up and preview them. The timing couldn’t be more perfect since I’ll have some air travel time next week to fill with reading :o)

  • Reply Kristy May 27, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Ah, I love being a stay-at-home mom–I exercise whenever I feel like it. Last week we (Thomas and I) went walking some mornings, we went swimming some afternoons, and Jared and I took a bike ride this evening. But I definitely agree that nothing motivates me less to get out of bed in the morning than the prospect of being even more tired and sweaty besides.

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