Better Sleep & More Fitness

Ever since I've had kids, I have not been much of a morning person.

I wouldn't label myself as a co-sleeping mom, but ultimately, I think it's undeniable. Neither of my sons have been good sleepers, and I've spent much of the past 6 years hopping from bed to bed every night. My 6 year old finally started sleeping by himself through the night when he started Kindergarten, so the bed hopping has decreased dramatically since then. My other son very rarely sleeps by himself through the night, but only having one 'bad sleeper' is making it so much easier to become a morning person.

Back in March, I wrote about early morning exercise, but, up until now, I haven't dedicated myself to a fitness routine. Staying healthy and getting fit is a huge priority for me, so if that means waking up at 5:30am in the morning to excercise, then I'm going to do it.  See that photo of me wearing my Sweaty Band (fitness head band) and my favorite jacket from Jockey Person to Person? That photo was taken after a 6am workout with a friend.

That's right! By 7am, my workout was DONE and I was ready to start the day!

Another thing that is really making a difference for me is having a strong support system.  My dad is committed to getting fit and so are a lot of my friends. Scheduling work outs with friends is helping me stay accountable and makes exercise much more fun.

In the past three weeks, I've lost almost 4 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers and exercise.  After speaking with a dietitian from Optum Health, I realized that I am on the right track, I just need to be patient. The dietitian emphasized that it's important to take one step at a time when it comes to changing your lifestyle . She suggested that I set a goal to lose 20 pounds within the next 4 months. I can accomplish this by writing down what I eat (counting calories or WW points) and committing to work out at least 3 days a week. 

Easy Peasy.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson