Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Walking around in the dark?

Does anyone wake up early to walk? Even when its dark outside? And cold?

I know SOMEONE out there HAS to do this... I think it may just be my new exercise routine? The walk I took on Monday has my WHOLE body hurting - which means it was a good walk! There were several big hills, and the intermittent running was great. I was brainstorming today, trying to come up with ideas of a fitness routine that would a. fit my busy schedule and b. I would be able to live with... I remember having a friend that got up every morning at 5 a.m. and went for a walk. Didn't matter if it was dark, raining, snowing - whatever - she would walk. Along with Weight Watchers, she lost a ton of weight and as far as I know has kept it off. I think I could just do it! I live in a rural suburban town, in a decent neighborhood - so I wouldn't be that concerned with safety. I would have to bundle up on cold mornings, but once I got moving it shouldn't be so bad, right?

So... then I was also thinking that my fall semester will be over in 4 weeks. After that, I can go to the gym 4 days a week instead of just 2 days. And if I actually start staying home one the weekends instead of going out, I can open up 3 MORE days to work out...

Speaking of going out... I know my good times are gonna have to stop. For a while, at least. I do so well during the week, but after a night of drinking and partying every Friday, Saturday is wasted on recovery (and maybe going out again). By Sunday I'm trying to get it together to go back to work. My weekends are fun, but not helping my weight loss efforts AT ALL. I can feel the party train coming to a stop - for a while at least. Maybe I'm getting it out of my system? Maybe the cold weather has me wanting to stick closer to home? Maybe I'm ready to start practicing some discipline and do what I KNOW I need to do to lose weight?

That also has a lot to do with why I want to move back to Nashville. I am so far away from everything where I live now, that when I do drive down to Nashville on Fridays to spend the weekend, its almost like I'm "out of town" for real. I'm staying somewhere that I don't have my normal food, I don't have an exercise plan...etc. But if I actually LIVED in Nashville, I could go out on Friday night and come back home and get right back on plan Saturday morning. I would be close to my bestie so we could walk every day (or most days). I would basically be able to have friends and still be able to have "normal" weekends at home.

My friends and our weekend outings have been an escape for me throughout this ordeal with my divorce. Not only does it allow me to have fun and have time out away from my kids, but its so much fun to dress up and feel good about myself when I go out. When I was married, I was so isolated from EVERYONE. That's why we live out in the country, because my ex wouldn't have it any other way. So since me AND my kids have a blast on our weekends away from home, I haven't really tried to change anything. But now, I know deep down its time to get back to reality. I really have to step up my game and get back into weight loss mode.


  1. Hollie - I am going to TRY to start doing this on workdays. It is SUCH a good idea. I am not a morning person at all, but I know how much my body and mind would appreciate some early morning exercise every day. Thanks for the inspiration! Friday is my next teaching day, so I'll give it a shot then and let you know what happens.

  2. I am so not a morning person, so I don't get up early and walk. However, I used to, and during that time I lost more weight than I ever have in my life. There really is something to the morning workouts.

  3. morning walks, no matter the weather or how dark are awesome! I miss doing it. BUT since hubby isn't home until later in the mornings, I can not go walking before the day starts unless I wake the kiddo up, and lets face it... who wants to do that. Can we say cranky kid an hour later. :) LOL
    Good luck. walking is really good for you, and even if you use it as a way to wake up and get your day going... you can still go to the gym in the evening for a more intense workout of different muscles. :)

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  5. Hey, hollie

    Thanks for this blog it makes it so much easy at the end of the day to destress my self. When I read your post I just get happlier weight loss has been a problem for me.. Even tho I am a man I still find comfort in your blog.

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  6. Getting a handle on the weekends in hugely important in enjoying any real weight-loss success. When you spend the first couple of days making up for poor choices over the weekend, it doesn't leave much time to make any headway.

    Good luck, Hollie.



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