Morning People

Maybe once a month I get the bright idea to go to the gym before work instead of after. After is ok in the cooler months because what I do is change in the bathroom at work (luckily, the office nearly empty by 6pm) and wear my coat so no one sees my ugly workout clothes. Ugly white running shoes? I have no solution. Why are all running shoes in light colors and covered in plastic crap like children's shoes?

But now that it's no longer long coat weather, I can't hide my oversized t-shirt and baggy black stretchy boot cut pants (I wear the XLs even though they are too big and the pants start to fall off when I run because I think it's less egregious than the Ls I also own but are fitted and clingy. I like to believe that in my XLs I look like a woman who had recently given birth and trying to get rid of her baby weight. That would be more acceptable in my gym, low key as it is, than looking bulgy).

Also, if I want to go out after work to eat and/or drink, I become negative in the hole for not working out that evening. And really, burning like 250-300 calories is instantly offset by having two drinks, which is sad if you think about it too much. The rule I'm trying to adopt is if I'm going out at night during the week, I must go to the gym Before work. It's only a matter of getting up at 7:30am instead of 8:30am (which is really 7:20—my clock is accidentally 10 minutes fast and I keep it that way to trick myself into getting up earlier).

Every time I do the before work, as I said, maybe once a month, I am all "never again." So good of an idea in theory, so miserable and tiring in practice because it's not just 20 minutes of jogging, 20 minutes of fast walking or some similar 40 minute combination that might involve an elliptical trainer or weights. Seven blocks to the gym, seven blocks back home, five blocks to the subway, get out and go one block to transfer to a different train, then one block to my office. So, I've already walked 21 blocks and performed some type of cardio activity for 40 minutes on one less hour of sleep before I sit down at my desk. And no, I'm not going to go to bed any earlier than midnight.

I'm not alert, full of energy and ready to take on the world. I am hungry, exhausted and cranky the rest of the day. How do other people go exercise in the morning? Also of importance, how do women go to the gym during lunch? There can't possibly be time in one hour to get to a gym, do your thing, shower and re-do makeup (I don't really do anything to my hair).

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