Becoming a Morning Person

I am NOT a morning person. In fact, when you take a mental image of what a morning person consists of, I am pretty much the exact opposite. I always joke that my internal alarm is set for 10am, but it’s true. When waking up, unprompted, by my own free-will, I will get up at almost exactly 10am every single time. Sometimes getting up at 7:30am for work is a serious struggle…I’m a big-time snoozer-till-8 kind of girl. I’ve been like this my whole life, and I just can’t kick the habit.

Typically, it’s not a huge problem. But lately…it has been. Why do you ask? Because of THIS:

It’s SO effing hot.

This weather has been seriously hindering my running schedule. The only time it’s even remotely bearable to step outside is at 6am, and even then it’s already 80 degrees! Personally, I think it would be unsafe and irresponsible for me to try to run after work in 97 degree heat. It’s just too hot and I’d risk exhaustion! Seriously, who decided to sign me up for a fall marathon? Why didn’t I think about the fact that I’d have to train for it in the dead heat of summer? Marine Corps Marathon, you will be the death of me!

So anyway, here’s my question to all of you morning people:

HOW do you turn yourself into a morning person?

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I get the whole go to bed early, wake up early concept. But in reality, that just doesn’t work for me. I go to bed at 9pm and STILL have trouble waking up at 8am. There was a stint in college where I actually did wake up every morning at 6am and go to the gym. I loved it, but I also hated it at the same time. When I graduated, that plan went totally out the window because I had to leave my house at 7am, which meant I had to get up at 4:45am to exercise, and that just wasn’t happening. I honestly feel like I could (and SHOULD) start getting up early now to exercise before work. But how?

Here’s exactly what happens when I try to wake up early:

  • At 10pm I set my alarm for 6am and get SUPER pumped about waking up early to run.
  • At 6am my alarm goes off and I feel groggy and far too comfortable in my bed.
  • Most of the time my stomach hurts (I’m probably just hungry) and I mentally decide that I’m just not ready to get up and move.
  • Reset my alarm for 7:30am.
  • Alarm goes off at 7:30am, but I could probably get another 30 minutes of sleep if I don’t dry my hair.
  • Decide that’s a great plan and reset my alarm for 8am.
  • Alarm goes off at 8am, snooze until 8:09. Sometimes even 8:18.
  • Reluctantly¬†get out of bed.

I just don’t understand you morning people. Teach me your ways!

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Things I’m Digging: January Edition

It’s hard to believe that January is coming to a close. It feels like just the other day we were all ringing in 2012 and now we’re almost 1/12 done with it! I know I say it all the time, but seriously, time flies!

I haven’t done one of these since October, so I think we’re due for another now that the winter months are here. Here are some things I’m totally into this month:

Afternoon Runs

As part of my quest to “get fit”, I’ve inducted the daily afternoon run into my lifestyle. And I totally love it! I get an hour lunch break, so instead of stuffing my face with Chipotle (like I usually do), I’ve started to go on runs. Reasons why I love the afternoon run:

  • It’s light outside and I hate running in the dark
  • It’s the perfect temperature. Not too hot (obviously, it’s January) and not too cold yet either
  • Prevents me from going out to eat for lunch everyday
  • Gives me SOOO much more energy to make it through the rest of the afternoon

Those are just a few reasons. I’m hoping to continue this trend well through the spring. Summer may get questionable as I don’t want to return to work a sweaty mess, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

The Weather

January, hey January, where the heck are you? It feels more like spring out there and I am seriously digging it! I am loving the sun and the 50-something degree temperatures lately. Especially during my afternoon runs. In fact, I would be totally fine if winter decided to skip the DC area completely. Snow = a pain. Ah, I probably just jinxed it by posting this!

Kindle Fire

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I got myself a Kindle Fire. Why? Because I wanted it! Since I had accumulated some Amazon gift cards recently, I didn’t even have to pay a cent of my own money. Worth it! While I don’t think it’s as cool as the iPad in terms of functionality, I do think it’s worth the price for what I will use it for. I can access the internet, download apps, watch Netflix, and best of all…READ BOOKS! I’m really trying to read more lately. I just finished The Help with the help (hah, pun unintended) of my Kindle and I’m loving it. I’ve put a few more books on there that I’ve been wanting to read, so I should be set for awhile. Next up, The Hunger Games!

Pizza

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I know I said I was going to make a conscious effort to cut down on my pizza intake. And honestly, I have! I only had pizza one time in the month of January. And that one time was last night. And yep, I still dig it!

Daydreaming

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It’s right around this time every year that my mind starts to wander to sunny places and warmer temperatures. I’ve already posted about having the travel bug again, but I haven’t made any big plans for vacations yet. My most recent daydreams have taken me to Florida. For some reason, I am having these huge urges to hit up Disney World, the beach, and Harry Potter World. I still haven’t been to the new Harry Potter World and it’s on my list of things to see. Maybe, possibly this year? At least I can always escape there in my mind!

What are you digging lately?

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