Sweating at 4:30am

Francisco woke up this morning at 3:45. He usually wakes up between 3:30am and 4:30am – sometimes he goes back to sleep with little effort, other times he goes back to sleep after a bottle. This morning, like every other morning for the last 6.5 months, I waited a few minutes to see if he would go back to sleep. He didn’t. So I got up and tried rocking him. Didn’t work. I gave him a bottle at about 4 a.m. And then I did something I’ve never done before.

I went to the gym.


At 4:20 in the morning I left the cozy place I call home, went outside and walked a half a block to the gym. Then I got on the elliptical. It felt goooooooodddd. Oh Lord, it felt good. I mean, yes I was tired. But it felt so good to wake up and go to the gym.

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did about 20 minutes of chest/tricep weights.  By 5:20am I was back home. Got the coffee maker started (it’s auto-set to start at 5:45am) and took Iggy for a quick walk. And by 5:35am I was in the shower. I had enough time to wash a few dishes from the night before, sip coffee, make eggs, get Francisco ready for daycare and most importantly, NOT RUSH through the morning.

I’ll likely be asleep under my desk at 2pm this afternoon however this morning, I made it to the gym.

Small victories. Jen-white-1-300x106



  1. Yeah buddy!!!! WTG!

  2. BJ Souders says:

    I get up early every morning and your body DOES get used to it. Now I can’t sleep past 6. Happy you had a productive morning. 🙂

  3. Katie Graham says:

    So proud of you!
    Maybe this will help you get to bed early and start a whole new routine.
    Praying for you & your success! ♡

  4. I’ve loved your blog forever.. I started reading it back when you were on your journey and then followed Liz and would occasionally check back to see if you were writing again… I’m happy you are back and sharing your struggles because we have all been there. I recently lost 65lbs and have watched in horror as 20 of those crept back on this summer. I’m ashamed but hell bent on getting them back off! We all struggle but it makes it easier to know we aren’t alone. Thank you for sharing your life and your journey.. Supporting one another is what we need to get through.

  5. YAY Jen!! I love starting the day this way, it really sets the tone and my mindset. Due to some injuries recently, I’ve had to stop my routine, but I plan on jumping back in just as soon I can. Maybe little Francisco was doing you a favor at 3:45 🙂

  6. Melinda Wolff says:

    Woooo hooo u can be my 4:30am wake up buddy!!!! 1st time back in the gym for the past week!!! Felt great!!!

  7. That’s awesome! It’s the small steps…. you may not be able to do it everyday but the days you can is a win 🙂
    As long as you keep going forward it’s always a win right ?

  8. I really cannot make it. 4.30am!!

  9. My kids were like that but I didn’t make it out to the gym the way you did. KUDOS!

  10. I’m in a similar boat. I have to get up at 4:45am to fit a work out in. There isn’t any other option. Not in terms of my kids (are 2 and 4) my career, household responsibilities etc….but at the end of the day it’s what I’ve had to do to try and get my health on track. Its a process and I hope I come out reaching my goals. So good luck to you! Its not easy!

  11. Yeah… it is good to see you back! The good thing is that you are not starting all over again, but rather you have a full knowledge and skills already at your disposal. I just stepped on the scale today after a LONG time and did not know what to expect with how I have been eating. A 4.9 lbs loss is what faced me and I was floored. Now I have only 150 or so pounds to lose – a whole person – but it will come off a couple pounds at a time.

  12. WOW! you are dedicated , AT 4:30 am I am dead top the world!

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