Time For Alarm

I have continued to go to the gym at least twice a week, but it is starting to slip down the priority list a bit.  I think it is time to step up again and deliberately make some time and space to get to the gym.

Sleeping patterns in our house are a tenuous thing at best given the demand that two small people put on their parents, one can never take any sleep for granted.  Things have been changing here and Miss Squid is finally letting us sleep beyond 5am.  It has only taken 3 years!  The sleep has been wonderful but I do miss being able to get stuff done before the day gets started.  I think it is time to start setting an alarm again to get some much needed quiet time for writing before the girls wake up, and to get to the gym to start my day nicely, and get it “done” whilst I still have the energy. I find that while “after dinner” or “once the girls are in bed” sounds like a good time to get things done, it is in fact, not. I am way too tired and I just want to sit down and relax or just plain sleep.

The good news is that my weight has been relatively stable for the last month or so, which whilst I’d love to see it decreasing, stable is excellent too.  My weight is tantalisingly floating around the 70kg-ish mark.  I would love to drop to 68kgs and stabilise the weight there as I think that would be a good sign I won’t go back to the 70s again – and I’d love to be able to say that!

So, my next mini goals are:

  • to set an alarm to go to the gym every second day and write on the others
  • to lose 2 kg to get to 68kg and commit to never get to 70kgs again
  • to aim to have enough quality posts on hand to be able to post regularly without having to worry about the ebb and flow of life



7 Responses to Time For Alarm

  1. AnkeB says:

    I still don’t know how you even manage two mornings a week at the gym. My life is so unpredictable that each day there’d be a very good reason why it wasn’t going to happen that morning.

    My goals for the new year – personal and professional – have been tried out and will need to be evaluated.
    * The aim to post 3 new posts a week on each of my two blogs is unrealistic and is going to be toned down to 3 all up instead of the six.
    * Catching up with real people in the real world (away from the computer) has happened but needs to be more than just special occasions.
    * I have not caught up with the new business alliances due to pestering anxiety. That will need to be addressed.
    * The dreaded book needs mega work – haven’t followed my set schedule at all.
    * One on one time with husband hasnt happened yet but concrete plans have been made by booking cinema tickets and dinner out.

    It’s a work in progress.

    • Renée says:

      Progress is a good goal! Part of the reason I write these kinds of “check in” posts is to keep myself accountable (if only to myself), and to track progress as it is (hopefully) made.

      Each morning there is usually a good reason to not do a lot of things, and um *cough* cleaning seems to be what is falling by the wayside. The gym is a selfish pleasure of time to myself to think about things, to listen to music or podcasts or to watch what is playing on the TV. Mostly it is a space where I get to literally walk away from what is happening at home and decide when I am ready to come back (within reason). I usually do about 30-40 minutes as I get guilty after that, but I know Steve will understand if I need 60 minutes or a bit more one day.

      The blog too is a bit selfish as well. It is lovely to have a creative outlet and again, a reason to make time for expressing myself. There is also a bit of guilt driving it too, wondering if I let there be too much space between post now, how will I go when the “newness” has waned. As I said to Rhianna above, I am keenly aware of the inertia at the moment, and trying to capitalise on it. If you ask Steve, he might think I should be spending a bit more time on other things too, which is life. I have to find my balance. Hopefully by setting an alarm I can make some time for what I enjoy at this time, so that I can share the love to other spots that i don’t enjoy so much.

      I hope that things can move forward positively for both of us, and that we can find ways to help keep the inertia especially when we want to slow down.

      If you work out how to fit everything we want to do into our waking hours (and not just the “needs”), please let me know!

      Good luck, I hope you find your balance to reach your goals.

  2. Rhianna says:

    I admire your drive.

  3. Renée says:

    Thanks Rhianna, I think if I let up on the “go” button then I tend to slow down too much. I find it best to keep momentum going than restart all the time.

  4. Caroline says:

    I would like to stick to my goals, this year is the year for self improvement. Much like you Renée, fitness and weight loss is a goal of mine. However, this last week the treadmill has been collecting dust due to the excessive heat (no aircon or fans in the back room don’t make for a happy Caroline).

    I am pleased to say that the quitting smoking is coming along nicely, I’ve only had a couple of slip ups but am generally feeling more confident about this attempt than I have about any other.

    I’m hoping I can find the drive that I had to make 2012 a good year for me health wise. 🙂

    Good luck finding a renewed sense of drive Renée!

    • Renée says:

      Go go go Caroline! Quitting smoking was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. I really hope that you can get through it and come out the other side a non-smoker. It is a bummer that the heat not only saps energy but makes it hard to commit to regular exercise – that is one definite advantage to our nice air conditioned gym – yesterday my glasses steamed up as soon as I stepped outside!

      I hope the drive can hold to the other side of your shocking heat wave and is there when the weather cools a bit (as well as the cheer leading skills of MisterT).

      Thanks for commenting, it is lovely to know people are reading.

  5. Caroline says:

    I have been really enjoying your blog, I’m glad you’re taking the time out to write it. It’s been good to have others perspectives on things.

    Mr T just wants to get on the treadmill and “just have a quick go”, I’m thinking this Monday I may go and buy the biggest fan I can find within budget. This heat wave is bad for exercise but good for not smoking, it’s way too hot to go stand outside and light up (I think today is looking to get to 41).

    It does make one feel bad by spending the money on a piece of exercise equipment only to not use it, but dying on a treadmill isn’t too appealing.

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