The Early Bird catches the Worm!
Welcome back, in the last episode Stephen had come to the realization things need to change, In this week’s episode…….
I might have already mentioned that this was not my first attempt to lose some weight, get fit, change my life around, but it was the first time I was disgusted with myself, who I was becoming, what I looked like and my overall attitude towards life!
I am not a particularly introspective person, those who know me might say, intelligent, confident, capable maybe even arrogant. No one would say I am Introspective. But when you realize you don’t like yourself much it is time to do some serious looking inward. I know me, I would jump on this track and follow it until……
Wait, what, the new season of Diablo 3 is about to start….
I really don’t want to get out of bed, I was watching Man in the High castle, Wayward Pines, Game of Thrones until 3 this morning……
BTW Game of Throne is awesome and responsible for many hours of behind time in my life!
You see I am fairly easily distracted, ADD/ADHD! It makes me great at solving the first 80%-90% of any problem put in front of me. That last 10-20% is ……
So I knew I was going to have to go big if this was to stick. I had to change my lifestyle not just the day to day choice I made.
“The Boy” being 12, goes to bed at 8PM on School nights, sometimes it chafes him and sometimes he struggles to make it that long. I would then use the time from 8 until whenever to do something that involved sitting on my behind. TV, iPad, computer, novel, it really didn’t matter.
So my day looked a lot like
6:45 AM – Get Up
7:30 AM – “The Boy” goes to school, I walk the 12 steps to my office
12:30 PM– head down stairs for lunch, Maybe!
1:00 PM – head back upstairs to office
5:00 PM – head downstairs to make dinner
6:00 PM – Eat Dinner
6:30 PM – Sit on behind some more because 2 flights of stairs and 23 steps is tiring man!
Sometime PM/AM wander upstairs to bed!
RINSE and REPEAT
There is one other factor we should consider. I LIKE FOOD! There are lots of foods I don’t like, but the food I do enjoy I eat a lot of! For someone who likes food as much as I do, I wasn’t very good at eating on a regular schedule. I skipped breakfast most days, I skipped lunch many days and I made up for it by eating a huge dinner of calorie dense food.
On the one hand we have lots of calories in and on the other very few calories out. I guess I was like a Calorie Bank and like most banks became fat and slovenly.
Anyone see any reason for me to get fat? Anyone? No I didn’t think so.
If I was going to affect change in my life I was going to have to shock my system. Not just eat less and exercise more. So I made the choice, I was going to set my Alarm for 4:30 in the morning!
Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzt, Chimey Music, tra-la-la ….Ugh!
I installed of those smart alarm clock apps for my iPhone a while back, those are the sounds it made at 4:30 the next morning, with the exception of the Ugh, that was me. These smart alarms are meant to wake you when you are in a light sleep, you set a time window and the app will do its best! So you wake feeling more refreshed and ready to seize the day. That morning the only thing I wanted to seize was more sleep. See there was no point in the 30 mins prior to 4:30 when the app detected I was sleeping lightly, so when time ran out it woke me anyway!
Ugh! Did I already say that? Ugh, that is how I felt, I fell out of bed, and stumbled my way downstairs, Made Coffee, ate breakfast and wandered out to the lounge to watch TV!
I had managed to make my butt sitting hours start earlier and I hadn’t skipped the “most important meal of the day”. This life change was going to need more thought.
I did manage to get through work that day. I even got on my bike and rode a whole 5 miles. I ate 3 decent meals. Come 8pm when it was “the Boys” bedtime, I could barely keep my eyes open. I think he tucked me in that night!
Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzzt, Bzzzzzt, Chimey Music, tra-la-la – Good Morning! 4:03 am. Hmm! I feel good! Roll out of bed, head downstairs…. Coffee On, Breakfast done! Now what???
I know I will walk down to the beach… It is too early for sunrises photos but it will be a nice walk, and I will be back before “the Boy” wakes up. It is approximately a mile to the beach if you go the “long” way, so that’s exactly what I did, there and back, with a fair exploration of the beach front as well. It felt great to watch the world get lighter, to see color seep into the world, to hear the birds awaken, I felt the planet come alive from the mini death that is sleep. It was exhilarating.
The rest of the day passed in a much more pleasant way. 3 square meals, some good work, a happy apple watch telling me I was filling in my circles, I could get used to this. I even managed to tuck my son into bed that night, just!
I still didn’t have a clear picture of the changes I was going to make, but I knew I was not going to skip meals anymore, I was going to try fill in my apple watch fitness circles, and most importantly I was going to get up early and go to bed when the boy did, the rest I would continue to figure out.
My Alarm app on the iPhone, soon classified me as a “lark”, which was appropriate as now every morning I am out before the birds begin their day. I am the early bird, and that worm is all mine!