Early Rising

Since I went back to work after the break, I haven’t been ready to face the full gym experience just yet. At the same time, I’m not willing to let myself fall back the old habit of doing nothing. So I’ve made a deal with myself – I don’t have to go back to my full gym routine until next week as long as I go for a swim every morning before work. 
Of course this unfortunately means getting up in and around the 6.30 mark. The whole point is to leave for the pool early enough so I have enough time to get there, get changed, swim at least 40 lengths and be up on campus in UCC by 8.15 so that I can get parking. So far so good on that front. But the early waking is a bit of a trial, it has to be said. Of course, there is an added advantage of being guaranteed to be at my desk before the official start of the day, but it doesn’t make that first alarm any easier. I’m kind of looking forward to going back to gym actually so that I can manage to have a small bit more of a lie in on the days I’m not swimming!

Not taken this year, but the mornings feel like this sometimes…
Not that I’m really complaining. I’m just happy I didn’t put on too much weight over the holiday period. I think overall, I’m up about 5 pounds. After two weeks of being particularly good to myself, it could have been more. Even though I had exceeded last year’s target weightloss, I didn’t want to completely do the dog on it. And I’m ready to move up a gear next week. So a few early mornings will be worth it in the large scheme of things. 
And as a reminder as to why I am doing all this, before Christmas, I had some blood tests done to check my numbers and see how my diabetes is going. The main indicator of Type II diabetes is your HbA1c number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycated_hemoglobin) which gives an indication of the amount of sugar in your blood stream. The blood tests are done while you are fasting so a high number after this test is something to be taken seriously. Back in May, my HbA1c number was 56. Non diabetic is anything under 40 (healthy range is 20-40). My number before Christmas was 36. So, simply put, I am now back in the non-diabetic range. I don’t want to declare myself fully non-diabetic just yet – I need to see if I can maintain that number when I come off the medication. But it is certainly heartening. 
2013 is off to a good start. Just gotta keep it going.