talk to me!

February 17, 2009

i don’t get too many comments on this blog. unlike my blog-friends kath and heather, i’m just not all that widely read. the truth is — i wish i got more! i love hearing the voices full of reason that are out there, and it just makes blogging more fun. i think that my readership is limited for three reasons:

1) i don’t really have a niche, like running or food or what have you. it’s kind of a hodge-podge in here.

2) the name of my blog is sad and not very catchy

3) i could use some better artwork/photography.

while i’m working on #2, there is little chance that #1 is going to change, and #3 is not really one of my strong points, although i will work on it.

so anyway, i was excited to see a comment from michelle last night, and even with a question. since — let’s face it — it’s not like i have to divide my time between many queries, without further adieu i will provide an answer to the best of my abilities.

michelle wrote: how do you manage to get up early to work out? I always have the habit of sleeping as late as I can (until i have to get ready for work) despite the workout ambitions I have the night before.

this comment was posted at 10:34 pm, which sort of answers the question! i used to be an after-work runner until i realized that i find it so much more pleasant to come home and just relaaaaaax. also, i love the jump-start that a workout brings to the beginning of the work day — it may be an artificial energy, but it works! however, the only way a commitment to wake up early is really going to work is if you commit to going to bed early, as well.

in our house, this is pretty easy. being married to a surgery resident (and being a resident myself) means that our bodies are adjusted to a freakishly early schedule — up around 5 AM, to bed around 9. lame? YES! but i don’t really care. obviously, on the weekends, sometimes we’re up later, but usually it’s easy to get back to this schedule on monday.

my typical AM routine is to eat breakfast (including a giant mug of black coffee — MMM), blog, and then head to the gym around 6 AM so that i can be at work by 8. of course, there are many months in my residency where i have to be at work much earlier — 6 or 7 — so i really savor the days i can have this morning time to enjoy and get my workout done.

hope that helped! and if anyone else wants to come out of the comment box closet, do it! i know you’re out there!



workout: 35 minutes (4 ‘miles’) elliptical + 20 minutes weights
– pushups, 2 x 10
– squats with ball, 10 lbs, 2 x 12
– bicep curls on bosu, 12 lbs, 2 x 12
– walking lunges, 8 lbs, 2 x 10 doubles
– forward/lateral raises, 6 lbs, 2 x 10
– plank ball tucks, 2 x 12

doin’ time: martha is back IN THE HIZZLE! and oh, how i have missed healthy home-cooked food. i definitely needed a break, but i was definitely completely sick of takeout (and ready to cook) by the time last week was up.
chicken curry with potatoes and whole grain pilaf. recipe is in the sidebar . . . plus i added peas!

reading: 1 hour spent polishing thursday’s presentation!