Alarm Clock Blues

What’s better or I suppose, worse? Waking up from a deep sleep at the alarm clock or waking up on your own, seeing you still have an hour or so, then waking up to your alarm a little drowsy? I’ve been living the latter lately I guess because when my alarm went off this morning, it took me a long time to realize what it was. I was actually wondering why someone was calling me. When I realized it was time to wake up, it was a little harsh.

I’ve heard that some people like to set multiple alarms every few minutes until they finally wake up, but I tend to be a one-and-done type of a gal. On the rare occasion, this can backfire as I think I’m just resting my eyes for a moment and I wake up twenty minutes in a panic. It’s best for me just to jump up and get going before I process what’s happening.

No matter how long you’ve slept or how well, if you wake up from an alarm or anything unnatural, it is painful! But usually only for the first few minutes- just like running!

I woke up to another hard-boiled egg and cheesestick combination, along with a tall glass of water and a small cup of coffee. I bundled up nice and warm to step out into the freezing cold!

At the gym, I ran through two quick strength circuits using medicine and stability balls. The first circuit included twists, overhead squats, lunges with arrows, kickbacks, and mermaid raises. The second was rollouts, hip lifts on the stability ball, hundreds, Russian twists, sit ups, and push ups. I had one of those fitness pride moments because for the first time, I did a big girl push up all the way to the ground! I went through three sets of twelve reps and every push up was perfect. I’m not certain how I got there, other than determination and practice. Set fitness goals to keep you motivated! They’re a hell of a lot of fun once you accomplish them!

Today’s workout included a longer bout of cardio as I hopped on the treadmill for a longer run. I fit in 37 minutes- an odd number- and felt invigorated after. Running can sometimes be a hassle to get through, but I always feel great after. I also really like that I reach my steps quota before 7:00 AM!

My tasty breakfast reward was a pre-baked oatmeal I heated up in the microwave. Stuffed with oats, dark chocolate peanut butter, mashed banana, raspberries, and blueberries, it was a healthy indulgence! I topped it with even more peanut butter and a smear of jelly.

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Lunch was an odd assortment of delicacies, each delicious but enjoyed individually. I started with a bowl of wonton soup I picked up from Trader Joes. Very tasty, especially the dumplings and broth, but I definitely think I can make this on my own with a ton more veggies! Knowing the veggie levels in the soup would not meet my standards, I had chopped up some veggie sticks. To top it all off, I toasted a corn English muffin with a tablespoon of peanut butter.

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There was a misdemeanor with the crockpot not being turned on to brew the barbecue pulled chicken that was planned, so we turned to leftovers. I ate the rest of my quesadilla with a small salad, asparagus and peppers, and these green bean fries we found at the supermarket. Not too shabby!

photo 3I’m definitely feeling the end-of-the-week exhaustion. The excess of snow and dreary weather must be getting to me. With the Red Sox truck on its way down to Florida for Spring Training and the day’s growing longer in what sort of looks like sunshine, I’ll just keep dreaming of nicer weather.

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