Hark, Is That The Sound Of A Morning Person?

Sean had an 8am meeting this morning, which meant we had to leave the house at 6:50am. I'm probably going to get laughed out of town by everyone with kids—"6:50am? You think 6:50am is early? 6:50am is a WEEK IN MAUI WITH GEORGE CLOONEY"—but considering it's an hour later than we normally leave, I thought 6:50am was fairly barbaric. I thought it was so barbaric, in fact, that I didn't wake up until 6:40am, when I grabbed a random assortment of clothes—half workout clothes and half normal ones—and put some of them on my body while stuffing the others into a bag. Then I took a pillow from the couch, trudged to the car, and half-napped all the way down the peninsula until we got to my office.

Have you ever got to the office at 7:30am? My god, but it's the second best way in the world to feel smug. (Well, it would be if you didn't walk in wearing a workout top with a pair of jeans and an eyemask you forgot was still pushed up on your forehead. Oh hey, don't mind me, I always dress this way. Anyway, whatever, LOOK HOW EARLY I AM.) 

The first  best way in the world to feel smug is by exercising in the morning. You all probably discovered this years ago, but I have always been an after-work exerciser, which I find is a much more effective way to dread it all day and then come up with a litany of excuses to put it off until later ("But she needs me to go to happy hour with her! It would be cruel to say no!")

This morning, however, I worked out for an hour, showered and changed at the gym—in a stall, obviously—and then began my normal work day. 

And I have to say, I felt FANTASTIC.

Tired, but fantastic. A little sore, but fantastic. Slightly sheepish not to have done this sooner, but fantastic. At one point in the day, I even got a little crazy and started thinking I'd work out after work as well, like one of those ridiculous stars in Us Weekly who spends six hours in the gym to sculpt a bottom like two tennis balls in a tube sock*, but I came to my senses shortly afterwards and decided my need to get home and fill the extra hour I'd created with couch-sitting and cat-cuddling ultimately trumped my vague desire to one day possess the posterior of Pippa Middleton. (Ooh, do I spy a band name in there? They'd be huge!) (The band, I mean, not the posterior of.....never mind.) 

 * I don't think this is actually a saying, but I hope I'm getting my point across sufficiently. If I'm not, I'd be happy to draw you an illustration. The one thing you don't want to do, however, and I hope you'll trust me on this, is google "butt like tennis balls" in an attempt to clarify what you're trying to say. I just don't think you want to go there, okay? I've been there for both of us, and it wasn't pretty.  

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Jul 12, 2012

Nice work! I always have the best of intentions to work out first thing in the morning. It never happens, save for a brief foray into 6am boot camp post-baby. That did not last long, but I'll tell you, everyone I ever met knew I'd worked out at 6am! In the dark!! 3 days a week!! while it was happening. Also, psst...I have a 2y/o and we now wake up at 9am and it is glorious so I feel your 6:50am pain.

Jul 13, 2012

Ha ha, you are so funny. Will you share more about your new job and what it's like to work there? I know we are curious! And I swear you have a European vacation days allotment:)

Jul 13, 2012

I enjoy working out in the morning because at my gym, it's always senior citizens in the morning who don't blare LMFAO over the stereo. At night, the place is full of obnoxious muscle heads who dramatically drop their weights and blare LMFAO.

I always enjoyed sleeping in but our Great Pyrenees gets up for the day at 6 or 6:30....and once I'm up, he goes back to bed. Ass.

Jul 13, 2012

Oh please, getting up an hour earlier than normal is awful no matter what the time is! I work in a bakery and most days I get up at 1:30am and am in by 2:30am. There are days when I'm not needed until 6am or 7am, so I still have to get up at 5ish, and guess what, it still SUCKS. Probably not as much as going in at 2am, but my mind still knows that 5am is meant for sleeping, not working! I totally sympathize!
I can not for the life of me get up and exercise before work. Even on my days off I can't wake up early to exercise! Good for you :)

Jul 13, 2012

I've been slowly but surely becoming a morning exerciser. I'm aiming for 3 morning workouts a week, which I feel is pretty badass considering I work from home and otherwise don't ACTUALLY have to get out of bed until, like, 8 or so.

And you are ever so right. I hate getting up so early, but I really do love getting the workout done. Although it appears that getting up much BEFORE 6 is my limit; after 6, I'm great. Before 6, I need to schedule a midday meeting with my pillow.

Jul 13, 2012

I have never quite managed to drag myself to the gym first thing in the morning, but I have started to work out over my lunch hour. Which also makes me feel kind of awesome and results in me finding ways to slip it into conversation.

"I always have to bring a lunch, because I eat at my desk. You know, because I need the full hour at the gym."

Or, "I was so stressed in the morning, but then I went to the gym at lunch and the afternoon was so much better."

I'm a delight, truly!

Jul 13, 2012

I have tried to be a Morning Exerciser so many times; alas, my efforts are always thwarted by my true inner person, Right-Away Breakfast Eater. Honestly, I open my eyes, thank Jesus I did, and then my stomach goes bananas (or oatmeal, more accurately): "Breakfast. BReakfast. BREakfast. Don't make me keep capitalizing, woman."

Jul 13, 2012

I am a morning exerciser three days a week and I really prefer it. On the other days I go at noon and have to take another shower and it just sort of complicates things.

It is funny how smug you feel when you get to work early. It happens once about every other year and I find myself sitting there in the office, an hour and a half before I would normally be there, judging all of the slackers who are not there yet.

Jul 13, 2012

6:50? That's nothing! I sometimes get into my silicon valley office at 6:20 am. That means I wake up at 5:15 and leave the house at 5:50! It only takes 30 minutes since the bay bridge is dead at that time of the morning. also, kudos on the morning exercise -- that's not easy, but SO worth it. a great habit to have!

Jul 13, 2012

^ ugh. I kind of sound like a dick. I'm sorry.

Nothing But Bonfires
Jul 13, 2012

Rebecca, I bow down before you. That's hardcore.

Jul 13, 2012

i'm a morning workout person. the first week of getting into the habit sucks but after that i much prefer getting it all done and over with in the morning and enjoying my happy hours/couch sitting/cat cuddling guilt free. the only downside is that my body is so used to getting up early during the week that it's pretty much impossible for me to sleep in on the weekends.

Jul 13, 2012

I feel so much better when I get in activity earlier in the day. It's so hard though! I get up at 5am to see my husband before he goes to bed (opposite work hours) for an hour and get to work about 7:30 every morning. Maybe if he starts going to bed earlier.... Anyway, good for you! And so jealous you have a gym and shower facilities close to work!


I am the world's worst morning person, but on Fridays I wake up (physically drag myself) to go spinning at 5:45AM. And it is FANTASTIC! (Or rather, it's fantastic once the class is actually over and realize I can wear my skinny jeans to work AND beat the line at Starbucks.) Bonus: It opens up Friday afternoon for happy hour, which is obviously better than any gym-related nonsense on a Friday after work. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go have some wine with my co-worker gal pals! TGIF!

Jul 13, 2012

I finally started working out in the mornings about a year ago.....after I gained 20+ pounds from a combination of working from home and snacking all day, spending too many cold winter nights curled up with a plate of carbs....and well...just not noticing how fat I'd gotten.

It took about 3 weeks of waking up earlier before it started to become a habit. Some mornings, getting up at 6am still really sucks, but there is a bit of satisfaction I get from knowing I'm done with my workout before most people I know have even woken up, and I love running the streets when there are few cars or people around. Plus, I have more energy, make better food choices for the rest of the day, and best of all, don't have to worry about trying to motivate myself to do it when I get home.

Jul 13, 2012

I am definitely a morning exerciser. I have been for years, but only because I find myself coming up with excuses all day long if I plan to exercise after work. I spent years getting to the gym at 5:45 to work out. Now I work from home and my workouts start at 8 am. So...still feel great all day but I don't get out of bed before 7. :) Best of both worlds!

Jul 13, 2012

I go to the gym mostly in mornings now, but sometimes only for a 15-20 minute workout. I figure it's better than nothing! Plus my employer pays for my membership, but if I don't go a minimum of 8 times a month I have to reimburse them. Great motivator.

I do miss the 5:30pm classes, but it's so hard to leave work in time to get there and change. But they are a good reason to leave. "oh, I can't stay and finish that, I have to go work out. I'll get to it tomorrow."

Jul 14, 2012

.... two tennis balls in a tube sock ....


Jul 14, 2012

Nice work! I hate mornings too, but boy do I have a good day when I make the effort to (and actually do) get up early. It makes me feel like I own my day rather than speeding through the day constantly behind the eight ball.

Jul 15, 2012

No, 6:50 is early and I have two kids! But then, I am also a lucky parent and have sleeping children. I would love to get back to working out in the mornings, but I have those sleeping kids to snuggle with...

Jul 15, 2012

I live in Berkeley and work in SF. My hubby works in Palo Alto and we share a car so we get up every day at 5 a.m. and my hubby drops me in the city (after a coffee stop) at my office at 6 a.m. I have the office to myself for nearly 3 hours and it is great. I also get a little smug from time to time and I am 100% truthful. Since I don't get picked up until 5-6 p.m. I never feel guilty about taking long lunches, etc. And I love that!

Renee from GA
Jul 16, 2012

Hate early AM workouts HATE THEM. But they give me more energy for the day than a pot of coffee, which really pisses me off. But! Have you tried the smug alert notification known as the Facebook check-in button? Click it once at the gym, and for several days your FB friends will advertise your early workouts for you!

Elizabeth A
Jul 16, 2012

I arrived at work at 6:45 both Friday and today (veeerrryy unusual for me), and spent about 10 minutes today trying to figure out how to turn on all the overhead lights in my office wing -- heh! Additional bonus: rock star parking space!
I also hear you on the smug feeling of having worked out in the morning. When I can motivate to do that, I feel all kinds of proud of myself for the rest of the day.

Jul 17, 2012

I am and always have been a morning person. I get up around 4:30 to go to the gym, come home, make breakfast, shower, and go to work. Am generally at work by 7am. The only day I deviate is Fridays, which is the day I occasionally work from home. And even on Fridays, I generally am up by 6am.

My husband thinks I am nuts, but I like it. I find that, at least in my business (law), getting up early lets me get a lot more done at the office. And going to the gym in the morning means I get it out of the way quickly.

Jul 19, 2012

soo waiting for a bathroom reno post....

Franca Bollo
Jul 20, 2012

Good lord, I'm happy if I get out of bed by 8:30 ...

Lesley Williams
Jul 23, 2012

I have to start work at 5.15. Its a 45 minute drive so its a 4am wake up every day. I work 13 days straight, then get a day off, then work another 7 days straight and get a week off. Its weird. I am 30 and I crave my bed at 8pm most nights! Although most of the time I don't get home until after 6pm so I fight the exhaustion to drink a little red wine and relax! I thought I had it rough until I read S the Bakers comment. That would drive me crazy!

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