Change can be good

They say it takes six weeks to form a habit.  Well, I guess I have broken my habit of drinking caffeine.  I haven’t had any caffeine since December 31st, 2010.  It is CRAZY! This is the longest that I’ve gone without caffeine for quite some time.

Another “new thing” that I am trying is working out in the early hours of the morning. As a friend said, “oh you are joining that 5am club.”  Believe me, I am not a morning person.  But I know that I am a much nicer person when I work out.  Ok, maybe my husband told me that I am a nicer person when I work out.  I literally have NO TIME the rest of the day.

I realized that this is about me and my health, and that I need to make time.  I work a mid-day schedule full time.  On my days off, I have Angry Kid, t-ball, and family time of course.  It is really hard to leave for the gym or a workout when everyone is home, having fun.  My friend, Kelly is quite the early workout queen lately, with 5:30am bootcamps, and if she can do it with three kids, well I can make the time too.  I can barely get up, but I drag myself to the gym most days.  It is freezing when I walk from the parking structure to the gym with the rest of the early morning people.  We all give each other that “what the hell are we thinking” looks.

I’m happy to have my iPhone, because I caught up with Twitter and my e-mails while on the elliptical.  It is all about multi-tasking.  I have around 30-50 new e-mails every morning when I wake up.  I don’t have to respond to all of them, but I do check and organize the priority e-mails.  This is also something new that I am trying.  I’m trying to stay on top of my e-mails because it is so easy to get behind.

My view while walking into the gym this morning. I'm soo not a morning person, fyi

But I pretty much love this.  I took this photo on my way out of the gym last week.  It was a beautiful sunrise, and I was able to view it as a I was skipping to my car…skipping might not be the right word. How about dragging myself, which was a hot sweaty mess.  I think my hour long workout at the crack of dawn was well worth it.

I have learned that I can try and embrace new things but not all at once.  Change is good, and it can be done.  I am always skeptical to try new things, but in the end, I always know that it is worth it.

Have you tried anything new lately? Are you sticking to it? Whether it be fitness, or a hobby, let me know what you’ve tried.

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9 comments
Making It Work Mom
Making It Work Mom

I always wonder why people give up caffeine? I mean I have cut back, but to give it up seems so so so... I don't know. I am also committed to working out again. Started this week. Fingers crossed I can keep up the early morning wake up calls.

Nicole
Nicole

I only drink maybe one cup of coffee a day but I'm pretty sure I could never give it up. I look forward to it too much lol I am not a morning person, not even a little bit and not even when my 3 year old tries to drag my ass out of bed. I have however gotten into the habit of getting up and getting to the gym with one of my girlfriends the minute the daycare opens in the morning! If I don't get up and do it in the morning I know I'm not going to get around to do it any other time during the day. Makes me feel great though :)

Kristina
Kristina

6 months is quite the accomplishment! At one time I used to drink as much as 4 cups a day but I cut it down to 1. I still need my morning cup lol.

Sarahviz
Sarahviz

Welcome to the 5am club!

AdrienneMay
AdrienneMay

I am the opposite of a morning person but once upon a time I woke up at 5 am and did work outs too. I actually wound up having more energy throughout the day when i did that.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I'm seriously impressed that you've been able to give up caffeine. That rocks! I think you will feel so much better in the long run. I'm also impressed that you are working out so early...and you soooo deserved to see that sky in the morning because of it. And it's March and you're still going! Keep going!

Ruthanne
Ruthanne

Ugh. You gave up caffeine? How in the world are you getting up at 5 AM without caffeine?! I just can't go there. I love my coffee too much. I would be a really nasty person without it. Something new . . . something new . . . Hmmmmm. Well, this is just pathetic. I can't think of one single new thing I'm doing.