I've only been here eleven days, but I am working hard to establish a healthy routine. Sleep is a constant struggle in my life, which I have written about from time to time. In DC, my schedule is so unpredictable--out very late some nights, up very early some days. For the last several months I have been taking antihistamines to help me sleep, which I know is not the best idea. I vowed when I got to Maine I would get on a better sleep schedule. I know from experience that, despite not being a morning person at all, if I force myself to get up early every day, and get some movement in, I'll be able to sleep at night. That has been the case so far, and I have been working very hard to establish a schedule that has me up at 6:00 am and in bed by 11:00.
My plan for the summer is to run in the mornings three times a week. I started that last week, and it feels good to have some physical activity out of the way before I do anything else. On the days I'm not running, I am working on getting in the habit of taking a walk right after work. It gives me the chance for a little quiet time outdoors and provides an energy boost that carries me into my evening chores of cooking and cleaning.
I also joined a gym last week and met with a personal trainer. I’m planning to do strength training twice a week in addition to the workout I’m getting cleaning out the house. To give you some idea of the physical demands of the cleanup, on Saturday I worked on cleaning out the second floor of the barn. This involved throwing trash out the window and onto the roof of a one story addition on the back of the barn, then climbing up a ladder and throwing the trash off the roof into a construction dumpster. I also made many trips down the stairs carrying out boxes for Goodwill. It’s basically Crossfit, only dirtier.