Well…that may be a bit broad because I am pretty sure that this blog won’t reach the entire world so maybe I should just say Hello Peeps.
Yesterday I was speaking with a co-worker at the gym about work-life-balance and she asked me how I do it? She is not the first person who has asked me this. She told me that she got up to go to the gym, then got side tracked by work email and then even stopped on the way to the gym to check her email again on her phone. What? You are not on work time so why are you working I asked her? I told her that she needs to have work life balance. I started telling her that she would get a routine of it if she really wanted to. She asked me really do you think?
So, I thought I could maybe I could share what motivates me to get up at Kyla o’clock and start my day off with coffee and a workout all before 8:28am.
Each day is kinda the same but I like routine. I start my day at 4:00am. Well, majority of the days I am awake around 3:20am because that is when one of our cats (kiddo’s to us) decides she would like to be fed. We close the door and hope we can put her off for a bit but she likes to paw at the door and remind us that she is there waiting. So, even though my alarm is set for 4:00am I am up before it goes off.
Two of the main reasons I get up in the morning are for the hot coffee I have had set to be brewed in time for me to come downstairs and the other is to get to the gym and get my sweat done for the day. Once I have my coffee poured I start getting our lunch ready for the day and Warren’s breakfast ready for when he gets up at 5:00am. We both like to ease into the morning.
I like to try and leave the house between 5:30am-6:00am to head to the gym. Some days I could be riding my cruiser Huli, or I could be going for a ride on Lily, my road bike. And then there are days when I venture out with my backpack full of the things I need for the day and my sneakers and go for a run to get to the gym. Either way you will find me Royal Roads Recreation Centre.
I get asked a lot how I can get up so early and why do I get up so early? Well, I enjoy the mornings and I like getting my workout done at the start of my day because I know after work I am tired, hungry and feel ‘heavy’. Exercising in the evening is not my thing. My body doesn’t like it. So, I start my day with it when I feel ‘light’, energized (could be the coffee) and I have no excuse not to do it. It’s not like I have an appointment at 6:00am or I have to be at a Strata meeting or I have to go to do something with a friend or family member. It is my time for me to make me feel better and start my day off feeling good.
Since moving to Victoria four years ago I have changed my workout habits. I have become more dedicated to doing it and it has helped me learn more about myself and what makes me tick. I have found that if I don’t workout or do some sort of activity after a few days I get moody and I will feel like I am crawling in my own skin. This isn’t good for me, for friends or Warren.
So, when is your time to workout? What excuses do you make to not do it? How can you have work life balance? Figure out what makes you tick and set small goals to make it work. That is what is so important.