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I’m No Rooster

I’m No Rooster

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Lisa, I guess I’m a rooster, because morning workouts work best for me. I do early yoga (my class is at 6:00am, so I have to get up at 5:00) twice a week, and my gym is looking at expanding to other 6:00am classes, and I’m excited. 🙂 Rooster Roz, siging off… silly!! Have a great day!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You’re lucky! Do you feel better working out in the morning?

  2. Jill

    I like to workout in the morning. NOT 5am morning though!! 🙂 One of the benefits of being a full time mom is that I can work out in the morning (8:30 or later)
    When I do strength training I am STARVING the next day. When I do aerobics I am not more hungry- but sometimes I feel like I am “entitled” to eat more. BAD way of thinking!!!
    I am glad to hear about your thyroid! I have an overactive thyroid- and it is a PAIN to regulate!!!
    Jill recently posted..Thumbing My Nose at the Scale

    1. Lisa Eirene

      If I worked from home, or had a different schedule I would definitely change to a morning workout–but it wouldn’t be 6am workouts. It would be more like 8am. 🙂

      That’s interesting that you are hungrier after weight lifting. I’ve found the same thing, too. Yet running–which is cardio–made me REALLY hungry and other cardio doesn’t really do that.

  3. sugarmagnolia70

    Interesting! I never count calories, so I can’t relate that way, but I much, much, MUCH prefer to work out in the mornings. I’d say 90% of my workouts are first thing, and the other 10% is mid-morning. I rarely workout at night. I don’t have time, being a busy mom. So if I want to squeeze it in, the morning it is. That said, this week I went to my first evening yoga class, after the kids were in bed—and it was nice!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      If you do workout at night, do you feel like your body doesn’t cooperate? Like you are lethargic or slow?

  4. Deb

    Lisa, if I had my way, I’d go to the gym about 2pm, right in the middle of the day. But my gym partner can only go after 830pm, and she doesn’t drive so I go then. There are two good things that comes out of going so late- I tend to be better on my eating because there’s always the chance I won’t make it to the gym, and because by the time we get back its late, I might have some fruit when I get home, but I don’t eat anything substantial.
    Deb recently posted..Day 115

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You nailed it–the “being good just in case I don’t make it to the gym”. That’s how I was for a long time. Then I got used to the workout schedule and realized that I was almost always going to make it to the gym!

  5. Christa

    I’m older than you, and I’ve never been a morning person, either. But? I’ve been getting up at 5am to work out for almost two years. For me, it’s the only thing that works–I have a husband, kids and a job, and if I didn’t do it in the morning it wouldn’t happen. I’m addicted enough to the benefits of it that I suck it up and almost never blow off a workout. I’m pretty sure, though, that if I was starting from zero now I’d never make it–I got addicted to exercise when I was a SAHM and just wasn’t willing to give it up when I went back to work. So…I guess I’d encourage you that it’s possible to overcome night-owlness with the right motivation, but it sounds to me like evening workouts are working for you at this point in your life. It’s always good to re-examine, but whatever works, works!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s inspiring, Christa! Maybe someday I CAN switch to a morning person. I do like having evenings free. And I do feel pretty good the rest of the day. The one good thing about exercising at night is that it keeps me from snacking at night when I’m bored or watching tv!

      Thanks for you input. It’s definitely something I think about.

  6. Lori

    I never used to be a morning person. I hated exercising in the morning. Then I had to do it in the morning in order to fit it in – and after a while of bitching and moaning about it, I began to enjoy it. I love how refreshed I feel and it feels great to start the day with exercise! I can’t believe I wrote that.

    I think it is all about attitude. You have to change the attitude or ‘fake it til you make it’. That does work, dorky as it sounds.I never used to be a morning person. I hated exercising in the morning. Then I had to do it in the morning in order to fit it in – and after a while of bitching and moaning about it, I began to enjoy it. I love how refreshed I feel and it feels great to start the day with exercise! I can’t believe I wrote that.

    I think it is all about attitude. You have to change the attitude or ‘fake it til you make it’. That does work, dorky as it sounds.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think you are onto something about the attitude thing. Faking it til it works, actually does work. That’s pretty much what I did when I was trying to lose the weight. I took it one day at a time. I could possibly change my routine. I’ve thought about doing it in the summers, so that it’s easier to get up early and workout, then I’d have long summer nights free!

  7. Beth

    I give so much credit to those 5 a.m. workout people – that is not me. I do like to workout in the morning right after I drop my son off at school. I don’t talk myself out of it usually because I get up and put on my workout clothes and sneakers – that helps a lot! But then it is out of the way and done. However because that schedule doesn’t always work out, I sometimes do a home workout before dinner either a DVD or on the treadmill – I don’t like that as much but it is what it is! I think planning ahead makes a difference too – like looking at your week and knowing which days are going to be workout days (I know you workout every day!)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree, Beth. I am in awe of people that workout in the morning. I had a coworker who got up at 5am Monday-Friday to workout before getting to work at 8am. I was always so impressed!

  8. Katie Squires

    ughhh I hate early am workouts, if I had to rely on them I am not so sure I would have been as committed to the gym as I am….I usually go at 9:30am…perfect time for me….I’m up at 7 with the kids…I laze about drinking coffee and surfing the net till 8, make a smoothie…get the kids ready and we all hit the gym (my kids go to the gym daycare). Its PERFECT…I get my ease into the day time, yet I still go in the morning so its sets a great tone for the day. A healthy, endorphin filled day, where I am much more apt to keep eating healthy.

    The only time I got up really early was in the summer when training for the half marathon and I ONCE got up at 6am to drink my shake and go back to bed, so that when I got up at 7am to run I had fuel in my belly…and I only ran that early because it was horribly hot out if I waited any later. I DID IT ONCE! LOL

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Agreed! Getting that endorphin rush in the morning helps me too.

      I think where we live makes a difference too, that’s a great point. When I went on vacation to Tucson last year I got up early to go for runs before breakfast because it was in the 90’s by noon!

  9. Melissa

    I would prefer to workout in the morning, but I have to be on the road to work by 6:30 am, so there is no way I am getting up any earlier to add a workout in. I get up early enough already! So, I workout after work. On the weekends however, I like to get my workouts out of the way as early as possible – before the couch and Netflix get ahold of me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes, you make an excellent point. On the weekends I prefer to get the workout done first because friends, and Netflix and chores and stuff can distract me to the point that I wouldn’t get to it. You are so right.

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