I am pretty proud of myself and just want to take a moment to share a little something...
I just survived my first week of hitting the gym at 0530 every weekday for an hour before work and I have lost 1 pound for my efforts.
As a reward, I have given myself the day off from the gym tomorrow. My abdominal muscles are grateful for that particular reward. ;-)
Since this venture hasn't killed me yet, I plan to continue with the early morning gym sessions on the weekdays. Weekends will be dependent on my performance during the week - if I behave, I will get a day off. If I miss behave, both Saturday and Sunday will be extra-long torture sessions.
The cool thing is, after keeping an early up, early to bed schedule for a few days, I have already noticed an improvement in the quality of my sleep. It's only a slight improvement that started last night, but it is early days yet and will only get better if I keep at it. I so long for a great night's sleep every night that the promise of that alone will keep me motivated.
The health conscious diet hasn't really taken off yet, but I have been eating a little better just by bringing lunch with me to work rather than going out. It will get better this weekend after the much needed trip to the grocery store.