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03-19-2008, 08:16 AM
In effort to fit more exercise in, I am having to par down my morning routine. Way down. Currently, I can get up at 5:30, and still not seem like I have enough time. And then to fit a workout in there, geesh. So I was wondering how everyone makes it out the door in the morning? How do you fit exercise, shower, make-up, getting the lunch together, etc. in to your morning?

Thank you!

03-19-2008, 08:23 AM
My routine is as follows (I have to be in to work at 8am):

5:20am: Wake up and do 30 minutes on the cardio machines in my apartment building (I lay out my clothes and shoes the night before so I don't have to spend any time searching for things).

6:00am: Shower, dry hair, get dressed.

6:45am: Make breakfast (toast, eggbeaters, and fruit)

6:50am: Eat Breakfast and visit 3FC :)

7:15am: Do makeup, put on shoes, put coffee in travel mug, and pack snacks for the day

7:30am: Get in my car and drive to work for 8am arrival.

03-19-2008, 09:05 AM
I guess I'm a little different because I never had trouble getting everything done when i was exercising in the mornings. I would get up, put on my workout clothes, do 30 minutes of a workout DVD in the living room, take a shower (I'm a quick showerer--maybe 10 minutes in the shower--15 if I shave my legs. Wash my hair, wash my body, rinse, and get out!), slap some lotion on my face/elbows/legs, run a comb through my hair, get dressed, grab some breakfast (typically something I can eat in the car--fruit and nuts, smoothie or instant breakfast in a travel mug, toast or English muffin with peanut butter, mini breakfast quiches, etc.), and head out. I would have a light breakfast that early and then something more substantial once I got to work.

I would pack my lunch and snacks for work the night before so I wouldn't have to worry about it in the morning--I would just grab my bag out of the fridge and be done with it. I also don't fuss with my hair, nor do I wear makeup, nor do I drink coffee, but that's just me. I have a coworker who puts her makeup on when she gets to the office.

Maybe you just need to do more the night before to prepare for your morning? What is it that takes you the longest each morning when getting ready? Maybe we can offer additional suggestions more specific for you.

03-19-2008, 10:08 AM
My new routine in the morning includes

- Putting on my workout clothes
- Feeding the cats
- Feeding the dog
- Doing my workout
- Taking a shower
- Getting dressed
- Taking my dog on a walk
- Putting my lunch together (my lunch is basically packed the night before)

What time are you trying to leave at? If I wake up at 6, I generally get it all done.

03-19-2008, 11:13 AM
I don't work out in the mornings! :)

I'm not a morning person. I'm one of those people who hits the snooze 5 times before I get up. I really hate mornings. So I am just better at exercising in the evenings after work. Of course that presents it's own challenges as well.


03-19-2008, 11:31 AM
I work out at night too. When my mother in law was here and could hang with the kids in the morning...it was doable but now...nope....7pm is my time.

03-19-2008, 12:11 PM
My routine is pretty insane, but following it every week day (except on vacation) for 2 years makes it pretty easy. Really, after a month it's not so bad!

Night before: Pack tomorrow's clothes in gym bag, set out work out clothes. Go to bed EARLY!

4:35: Alarm goes off, vitamins, teeth brushed, wash face, dress for gym
4:55: Out the door
5:00: Gym. Either spinning/running/elliptical for 1-1:30, followed by weights and stretching
7:00: In the shower at the gym, then makeup, hair
7:35: Leave gym, go to work
7:45: Get to work early, in time to make myself breakfast at work

Then I make sure I never oversleep on the weekends to ruin my routine. I usually hit a spin class on Saturday or walk my bf's dog and then hike with my best friend on Sunday!

03-19-2008, 08:29 PM
Wow, it seems everyone gets so much more done. Right now I am up at 6, coffee and computer until 6:30, then shower, dress, get lunch together out the door by 7:30.

I am thinking the coffee and computer has to go. I have always been an 8 hour a night sleeper, I go to bed at 10, it really is the earliest I can get to bed at night. I noticed alot of you have stuff done the night before and that may help shave minutes off my time. Like I am roaming around looking for what I want to wear, 10 minutes at least is spent trying to put a lunch together. Alot of messing around I guess.

The make up at the office things would be nice idea, but I am usually swamped under when I hit the door. (no joke on that...)

get fit in ky
03-19-2008, 08:48 PM
I'm not good at the instant intense thing. I had never exercised in the AM before but I used Jorge Cruise's book "8 Minutes in the Morning" to start exercising a couple years ago. I figured something was better than nothing, and I was certainly worth 8 minutes! It usually took 10 to 15 but that got me in good enough shape to expand my exercise routine. This is weights only. Now that I added cardio (and I try for 60 minutes most days) I can only do it at night. One advantage there is that I frequently have to do it after dinner, so I cannot overeat or I'll have severe indigestion!

03-19-2008, 09:43 PM
I don't exercise in the morning, but I definitely make my lunch and pick out clothes the night before! I'm NOT a morning person at all.

I also have the same breakfast during the week. I make up a big batch of steel cut oats and just reheat it in the mornings. I even set out my oatmeal "additions" the night before. If I can do it before bed time I do! Getting out of bed is hard enough.

I also don't wear makeup except for special occasions. I don't work at a place where it is expected and I really can't be bothered to dry my hair and put on makeup, so I just dry my hair.

03-19-2008, 10:08 PM
When I exercised in the morning, this was the schedule

Night before
Plan clothes for next day, make lunch, snacks, put anything in the car or by the door for the next day unless it needs to be in the fridge.
Had to be in bed by 9:30 pm

4:32 first alarm - hit two 9 minutes snoozes (since I had a walking partner, I couldn't roll over because I didn't feel like getting up, but I could delay it a little.)
4:50-5:10 Get up, brush teeth, Dress in walking clothes appropriate for weather. Clothes were already set out in bathroom. Put on battery powered flashing lights so I could be seen in the dark.
5:10-5:50 Walk - meet halfway to walking partner's house
5:50-6:35 Back home, Shower, dress, do hair, get lunch assembled (pull from fridge and put in bag with rest of lunch), make breakfast for my daughter, get in the car.
6:35 leave home with daughter in car. Daughter eats breakfast in car and puts on her shoes.
7:05 Drop daughter off at school
~7:30 Arrive at work and put on makeup. Eat quick breakfast. On this schedule, breakfast was usually Old fashioned oatmeal made in the microwave. I kept the box of oatmeal in my desk. Or yogurt and Uncle Sam cereal.

03-20-2008, 10:12 AM
I'm bad in the morning :)

6:50 - Relunctantly wake up, throw some food in our WHINING dogs bowl on the way to the bathroom, jump in the shower right away, then I stay in the bathroom until I'm 100% ready to walk out the door, there is no clock in there, but I come out and every morning it's only 7:15, that includes shower, drying, makeup (usually minimal), hair, and clothing (I'm crazy fast lol). I zap waffles in the microwave or something fast and eat it standing up near the front door. Get in my car at 7:20, stop for coffee, and I'm at work by 8am :)

03-20-2008, 11:57 AM
I get EVERYTHING ready the night before: my food including breakfast for the next day, kid's food (including breakfast), my clothes, dinner for the next day assembled. Coffee pot is loaded, so I just flip the switch on my way to the elliptical. I make hot meals from scratch, so this means a lot of chopping, pre-cooking, and egg separating. Once I'm done my cardio (I get up at 5:25 and do 45 minutes on the elliptical before I'm awake enough to talk myself out of it), reheating everything takes about 2-4 minutes. In the shower by 6:50, hari and mak-up done by 7:15, 10 minutes on email and first pass at 3fc. I leave for work at 7:35 and am at my desk by 7:45. A short commutes helps!

I spend a lot of time on the weekends making big meals that can be portion frozen for breakfasts and dinners.

I lift at a nearby gym at lunchtime. Go home at about 5:15- start all over again!


03-20-2008, 12:33 PM
I get up at 5:50 and walk the dog until 6:30
Immeditaley shower, get dressed, do make-up and do something with hair (I have super long super thick hair so it usually goes into a ponytail or something without being dried as it takes over an hour to dry it witht he blower)
Make breakfast at 7:00am
Eat, then brush my teeth and I'm out the door by 7:15 to work by about 7:45

03-20-2008, 12:56 PM
I am NOT a morning exerciser. I do get up and do 20 minutes of yoga, though...it seems to help me make healthier choices all day long (I eat better and I workout harder if my day starts with yoga).

Ya'll make me VERY glad I work from home - my morning routine is nonexistent compared to most of you! Which is good, because I hate mornings.

03-20-2008, 01:50 PM
At the moment, I don't exercise in the morning but it may change with warmer weather once I can walk the dogs (Canuckstan is still in deep freeze, well, almost).

My usual morning routine is as follows:

6:30 alarm goes off, I crawl out of the bed
Dogs go out to do #1
Dogs come in, eat breakfast
Dogs go out to do one more # 1 and # 2
Dogs come in
I put coffee on, hop in the shower
7:00 I settle in front of TV while I have my coffee (or I read a book)
7:30 I pack my stuff for the day (food is usually already in plastic containers
in the fridge), if not, I prepare food for work
I get dressed, throw some mascara on
My time for important bodily functions (LOL)
8:00 Dogs go out to for another pee
8:10 I leave for work

03-20-2008, 02:07 PM
I am NOT a morning person!!! For years I would try to exercise in the morning and it just never happened.

This time around I got smart. I took a long hard look at what had worked in the past and what hadn't...and why it hadn't. I would use ANY EXCUSE imaginable NOT to exercise in the morning. I have accepted that fact and now I don't even try to work out in the morning. Besides I do an hour of cardio and 30-45 minutes of nautilius. plus drive time to and from the gym...I would have to be out the door at 4:00 AM and that isn't going to happen!!

03-20-2008, 02:13 PM
I'm amazed at this... that people can get up in the am early and exercise, I can't move no matter how much coffee, red bull, etc. I just can't. At times I can get on my bouncer and do 15 min of light exercise and then sit on the couch. I have to work out in the late afternoons, evenings. I tried to change, but I wonder if we all aren't programmed differently. I work at home so mornings are just out for work too. Guess I really work 1/2 days... When I'm exercising and eating right I have more energy in the ams, but NOT 5-6-7 am!

03-20-2008, 03:56 PM
I never used to be a morning person at all. I guess once I got into the routine, I was awake early anyway. And what else am I going to do at 5 am? I found when I tried to work out evenings that I always had things come up to keep me from doing it. I exercise at night with a friend a lot, but the morning workout is just another thing I do like peeing, eating, or sleeping.

And working out in the morning really sets me up for the day: Why would I pig out if I've already worked so hard today?

I do think people are wired differently. It's taken years to change into a morning person, but it's benefited me so much. Ever since I've done it, I've never been over 150 lbs once I reached my goal!

03-20-2008, 03:59 PM
I am totally not a morning person but I find myself more tired in the morning if I workout at night. Also, I don't like eating at night and my current weight workout requires me to eat after my workout. It is also easier to push out working out from your day if you leave it until the end of the day. So I'm working on getting up earlier and going to bed earlier.

03-20-2008, 04:23 PM
Add me to the "not a morning person" list. I agree that it's harder to work evening workouts to your schedule, but I do the best I can.

My schedule now is:
6 am - alarm goes off
6:30 am - get up (I love the person who invented snooze :) ) shower
6:45 ish - get breakfast ready. It's the one sure time DH and I have together in any given day
7:15 - hair, dress, gather lunch and snacks from fridge, as well as anything else I need for the day (I'm another no-makeup person, and I can fix my hair in 5-7 minutes)
7:40 - leave for work
7:50 - arrive at work and hope there's more :coffee: made.

03-20-2008, 04:31 PM
I really *want* to be a morning exerciser. I was starting to get a little teeny bit in the hang of it and then I had my daughter and it's been crazy since. She's 9 months old now and I should be able to get it back together. I think I waste too much time in the mornings.
I also have 3 different schedules - commute days (wake 4:45), telecommute days (wake 6:00) and weekends (wake when kids do - usually 7ish).
I'm thinking I should try to condense my mornings as much as possible and then start getting up at a consistent time - like 5 am. I still have to:

*make coffee, begin to function, take thyroid meds - 15 mins
*brush teeth, wash face, get dressed (usually shower at night) - 20 mins
*nurse DD or pump - 20-30 mins but may be weaning in the next couple months
*pack lunch, take vitamins, etc - 10-15 mins
*wake DS, dress him and get him ready for daycare - 15-20 mins
*Sometimes check email/3fc - 10-15 mins

Days I work I have to be out the door by 6:30 to have any hope of making it on time.
I usually don't get to sleep until 10 or 10:30, so you can see I can't move my wake-up time much earlier and still survive. I have cut down to only watching TBL and 1-2 other shows - currently Canterbury's Law and 2 1/2 Men.
Maybe once I wean and then I should be laid off in Aug or Sept. Gosh, it felt good to write this all out though - thanks!

03-20-2008, 08:28 PM
I too really want to be a morning workout person because soon (If I ever tackle the GRE) I will being going to school at night, then it will be mornings or not at all, so I want to prepare now. I can see some commonalities, such as those that do workout in the morning make it the first thing they do, before they think too much about it. It seems everyone prepares alot more then I do, alot of my morning is spent rummaging around for clothes, shoes, keys and such. I have been trying to get up early enough to wake up and have some coffee before I workout and I see most of you go straight to workout. THAT may be what I have to change. Quit thinking about it so much and just wake up, put the time in. This is interesting, isn't it?

03-21-2008, 12:46 AM
I lay out mine and my son's clothes the night before. I get up around 4 a.m. and exercise until 4:45 or 5. Then hit the shower. I get my son awake while I'm getting ready then I get his clothes on him and we're out by 6:15 so I can get him to pre-school by 6:45 and me to work by 7:30. It's quite a drive. This means I get to bed by 8 p.m....9 latest in order to get my rest. This means I got a DVR so I can watch American Idol. LOL

03-21-2008, 02:03 AM
Yep. Also not a morning person. When I was in college, I used to workout in the mornings... but then morning meant 8 AM. I'm slowly trying to get back into it, because it's so easy for something to come up at night and keep you from doing it.

However, I am awake and to work in an hour or less everyday. Then again, I also live a mile from work. (I'll start walking when the weather gets better.)
Some of my get ready quick tips:
- I cook a big breakfast on the weekends and dole it out over the course of the week. I'f I'm not coming home for lunch, I make sure to do my lunches the night before.
-Hot rollers! I have really long (probably 4 inches longer than in my avatar) hair, that's very thick. I was my hair the night before so that it's mostly dry by morning. Then, roll it up and it's much faster that actually doing my hair.
- I switched my makeup. I never wore a lot, and still don't. But, I switched form liquid foundation to Bareminerals, and the powder is so much easier for me to do quickly. And, I don't mess with eye makeup much, just liner and two different shadows to choose from (I only wear one at a time)
- I use a key hook and purse hook and shoe rack to keep everything organized. And, I only rotate through a few work outfits- probably mainly because I don't have an immense amount that fit, but it works out great for convenience.

03-21-2008, 08:11 AM
This morning, inspired by everyone I managed to get up at 5:30 and workout


Granted I only did 20 mins, but hey, it's a start!

03-21-2008, 09:26 AM
Hey ladies,
This thread has inspired me to come out of lurkdom and participate. I'm definitely a part of the not a morning person club but for the past year I've had to get up at 5 am every day. My fiance and I live about an hour to an hour and a half (depending on traffic) from our jobs and he works in construction. In the morning, on average we leave around 5:15, get coffee at Tim Horton's (coffee for him, diet coke for me) and I'm at my office by 6:30.

My office "technically" doesn't open until 9 or 9:30 so I have most of the early morning to be miserable by myself. There have been times when I've gone so far as to lay under my desk and nap from 6:30-8-my cube has a door so this is possible.

Our wedding date is May 22, 2009 and I really want to look fantastic in my dress. I've got the dress picked out, but I want to try to get my weight loss started before I order it so I can order a more appropriate size. I'm not talking about ordering a 6 with the hopes of being a 6 in a year. Right now I'm at a 10 in the dress I want (10/12 street size) which I'm happy with. I just want to order what's appropriate.

Anyway, that was long. So my company's building is in downtown Boston and we have a gym in the basement. I've always had an aversion to exercise and the gym so I was resistant to joining. I just joined about 2 weeks ago and started going consistently (4 days) this week. I get there around 6:45 or 7:00 and work out until 8. I get ready for work in the locker room. So my schedule is now:

Night before-get gym clothes together (I keep a big bag with my shower stuff, sneakers, etc at my office and just bring fresh clothes with me.) and pack a lunch.

To bed between 8 and 10-usually around 9 (I LOVE MY DRV!!!)

Get up at 5:00-no snooze button allowed here, I have a sadistic fiance who likes to turn the light on and pull the covers off me to get me out of bed.

Throw on clothes while still asleep and out the door by 5:15

Coffee and breakfast on the way-I just have something little so I'm not starving when I'm at the gym

Between 6:30-76:45 at the office, drop purse and lunch, grab gym bag and head downstairs.

Gym time from 6:45-8:00 (including shower and getting ready)

8:00 back at office, breakfast time (usually egg white and fruit or cottage cheese and fruit).

That's what seems to work for me at the moment. I'm a HUGE procrastinator and I'm lazy so it's easy for me to push off going to the gym. That's why I'm making myself go in the morning.

03-21-2008, 10:51 AM
Congrats ckatgo! That's awesome!

03-22-2008, 10:48 AM
I've never been a morning person much. I tried to go out for walks in the morning before going to work when I first started this...didn't take. However, I know how much I NEED my exercise now, and I know how it wakes me up and makes me feel so much better/stronger for the rest of the day. So I MAKE myself get up and do it. I have about an hour drive to work, plus the time it takes to go the back road to my son's daycare and get him checked in. And with getting him AND me ready in the morning, that means I gotta get up at a really awful early time. But knowing how so worth it it is, I just had to adjust my sleeping and go to bed a lot early, prepare myself for it, and argue with myself to do it. Since I only work 3 days a week out of the house, I just have to muddle through those 3 mornings, then I can exercise later in the day the rest of the time. ;)

03-22-2008, 12:10 PM
I'm impressed that so many of you can get up easily in the morning and have the energy to exercise! You all rock!

I am not a morning person and don't think I ever have been. I don't sleep in, even on weekends, but I have no brains or energy until mid-morning, and I simply have to eat breakfast.

6:00--mechanical alarm clock goes off
6:05--TV on timer goes off
6:10--Blackberry phone goes off
6:15--both cats are on the bed, demanding breakfast
6:30-6:50ish--get dressed, do hair/makeup, wake up kids
6:50-7:00--feed cats, start breakfast, kids get dressed
7:00-7:30--eat breakfast, clear table, load car, get kids to brush teeth and collect backpacks
7:30-7:40--leave for work/school

03-23-2008, 07:49 AM
Wow, a lot of you are really motivated. I'm another of the morning haters, but I'm lucky enough to live a 10 minute walk from work and I don't have to be in until 9. This routine's been working since I started my new job and moved here almost a month ago.

7:00 Alarm goes off for the first time
7:15 Get up and change into exercise clothes and put the shoes on because my sweet Luna needs her walks. I'm currently trying to get motivated to do that Couch to 5K thing
8:15 get back to the apartment
8:15-8:25 Do one of my quick 10 minute workouts.
8:25-8:45 5 minute shower(I try to only wash my hair when in really needs it because it is pretty damaged and has a tendancy to become superfrizzy if I wash it too often and so if I'm going to wash it, I usually do that in the night so there's time to dry it) and change into work clothes and some quick makeup since as a preschool teacher I've little reason to impress the little ones and usually just apply some mineral makeup, concealer, neutral eye shadow, and an eyebrow pencil (bad skin + invisible eyebrows).
8:45-8:50 Eat a yogurt as I get everything together for work. The kids arrive at 9:30 and they immediately get a snack that the teachers share. It's usually fruit or yogurt, sometimes it's pastry or jello(which is weird because I can't find it in any of the stores here).
8:50 Leave the apartment

Hmm, this is working so far well enough, but I need to do a longer workout, but can never seem to get up any earlier.