The New Routine

Last modified on June 8th, 2009

Part of the reason I moved back to Chilliwack was so that I can finally have the proper time to eat decent food and hopefully get some exercise on a regular basis. While my current apartment is the only place I ended up considering, part of the reason I did so was because it’s only about a 5 minute walk from a gym. And while I did my best to go outside and get exercise in Vancouver, I generally worked a lot of hours and didn’t really have a ton of time. I’ve had a gym membership out here since about April, but haven’t really been going more than once or twice a week. My main problem is that I’m not really much of a morning person, and by the time the evening rolled around, I always found myself pretty tired.

Last week I decided to try setting my alarm for 7am to see if I could manage to go to the gym then. The first day was actually surprisingly easy, most likely because I had a really frustrating sleep and was ready to get up anyways. Other than day two (where I actually hit snooze a few times), I’ve gone to the gym at 7am pretty much every day for the last week and a bit. Surprisingly it’s something I actually look forward to in the mornings at this point. I’m generally back home around 8am, at which point I take a shower, cook a decent breakfast, then do a bit of reading with a coffee. Somewhere around 8:45 or so I hop online and sync up with Dale.

At least for the foreseeable future I’m going to try and keep the routine up. In addition, I’ve been trying to also fit in something small in the evenings as well. Tonight I went for a 30 minute rollerblade around my neighborhood, but I’ve also been hitting a tennis court occasionally and practicing a bit. I’m going to keep most of the fitness activities confined to the weekdays I think, since I’m hoping to start doing some road trips and/or camping trips pretty soon on the weekends.

So, with any luck I’ll slowly start wasting away here over the summer.

6 responses to “The New Routine”

  1. Dale says:

    I’ve told you already but it bares repeating: awesome dude, I’m happy to hear it. What’s the point of running your own company if you can’t create space and time for the things that matter, the changes you want to make?

  2. Tyler says:

    So do you guys get more spare time now that you run your own company? Or is there less time?

    It’s cool you’re trying to change your routine, eat healthy, get more exercise etc. The wack should be great for outdoor stuff.

    Since we’ve bought an elliptical machine for our place, I’ve been using it like 30mins a day. I’m impressed with how well it works. We’ve also been doing a hike once a week too, slowly building up to longer/harder hikes as well.

  3. Duane Storey says:

    That’s a good question. We set fairly regular hours — I typically start BNCing around 8:30 – 9am, and usually try to unplug around 5:30 or 6pm for the evening. Sometimes we’ll pull a Saturday to work on our own plugins, or sometimes we’ll work late into the evening on client tasks, but I think for the most part both Dale and I recognize the need to have a life and get outside of the house from time to time, so we both make time for that.

  4. Good for you, Duane! Routines are the best. You basically have my “dream routine”…I have to fit my gym time in after work during the week, which isn’t ideal. I so wish that I didn’t have to be at the office everyday…sounds like life is good for you out in the Wack…that’s awesome!

  5. I’d be curious to see if sticking to a solid routine like that would help you out with your sleep patterns. Nothing like a good workout in the morning, full day of work, and then passing out at the end of the day with a solid sleep. If anything, that alone forces me to have better sleep patterns and going to bed early so I don’t waste away on the computer or watching TV all night.

  6. Duane Storey says:

    That’s a good question. I think it’s helping me feel more tired in the evenings for sure. I’ve had a few other things on my mind lately, so that hasn’t helped. But I think in general it’s going to be a good thing. I just got back from the gym actually!

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