I went to bed last night firm in the plans I'd made for today before I go to work tonight: get up, go to the gym, and attempt to run on the treadmill and do a bit of biking. Come home, eat, get cleaned up, and take a nap.
I woke up this morning and rearranged my plans while laying in bed, with "2 o'clock!" flashing in my head. That's the time I have to be at work. I'm not a huge fan of relaxing, then working. I guess I'm one of those Americans that would much rather get up early, get the work over with, then relax. But when I work a 2nd shift, it throws off my day. I will wake up early, because I don't sleep in. I just can't. So I get up early, putter around, and then get sleepy because I realize I'll be up until 11:30 or so tonight. I have to take a short cat nap, or my energy fades by 6pm, just when I really need to be awake to manage the store! It's not good when the Manager working the store that night can't stay awake. Makes my response time very slow...
I decided to skip the gym this morning, and try and get as much done around the house this morning as I can, so when I have my day off tomorrow, I can spend more time at the gym and not feel anxious to get moving and cut my workout short. I haven't been to the gym in two weeks. This Christmas season started much sooner than last year, and for the first time in about 4 years, I am not running every week. I think it's made a big difference in how I feel everyday. I have a distinct lack of sustained energy, and when I get home, it's all I can do to stay awake until 9 pm. It can be a pain to take time to go to the gym, but it really helps burn off stress and give me endurance. I'm so out of shape now, it will take me a while to get back into shape. January cannot come soon enough to help me kick myself into gear. I have plans to run races in 2011!
Today's plans are to finish up making my chocolate vodka (Christmas gift for friends), wrap all my presents, and make date bread. If I can get all of this done before noon, I can take a short cat nap, then get ready for work. Tomorrow is my last day off before Christmas day, and I have to make it count. A friend said "I would just sleep all day", but not only is that not physically possible for me, but what a waste of a day! It will be a day of gym work, cleaning up the house, and delivering presents. And reading my book. I haven't been reading much at all, and it's getting me depressed! So I will get my "chores" done and block out the afternoon for a reading marathon.
How are you doing the week before Christmas? Is everyone finally in the Christmas mood? Cookie dough I have frozen will be pulled out next week and baked, so Bud and I will have fresh cookies for Christmas. I must feed the man something other than Christmas candy from a bowl!