In Training…To Become A Morning Person

In Friday’s post I mentioned I’m not a morning person.

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I have the mug to prove it.

Increasingly, I keep being told that early morning is the best part of the day.

Who am I to disagree as I rarely see an early morning?

Now the term “early” is subjective. I currently get up at 7am. I’m guessing this isn’t classed as early by true early-risers? So, therefore, I’m curious as to what I’m missing pre-7am?

My aim therefore is to get up consistently at 6am. I have high hopes of magical rainbows and flying unicorns during this rarely seen hour.

To tempt my subconscious from its slumber, I’ve designed a proverbial carrot dangling from a stick.

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Or rather a bowl of muesli, Greek yoghurt and honey.

I’m back on my 6&6, although the regime has evolved considerably since I last posted about it.  After doing a considerable amount of reading on nutrition I have decided that my last meal of the day at 5pm will be carb-free.

The theory goes, by 6am, I will be;

a) Very hungry

b) Craving carbs

This is a combination I have been craving ever since this advert was shown on UK TV. I’m hoping the craving will be forceful enough to to motivate me from my dreams.

The advert did the trick in getting me to try this delicious combo, but didn’t work so well in tempting me back to my previous supermarket.

750g of fruit and nut muesli, 454g of pure honey and 500g of natural greek yoghurt;

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Costs: At Sainsburys – £5.78 and at Aldi – £3.97 – Just over 30% less.

Day 3 of my training and going well so far.

Not seen any rainbows or unicorns yet, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled,

Any top tips on how to keep on track from the early-risers among you?

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  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring July 2, 2013, 12:40 pm

    I’m been working on this since my birthday in April when I decided it was about time I became more of a morning person, (although it’s not going so well at the moment as I’ve got a nasty cold/sore throat bug). Observations so far: it’s not as hard as I thought, and I really enjoy that morning time, I get to sleep much more easily at night as a result, and I mostly wake naturally now by 6.15 (that’s only 25 minutes earlier than I was getting up on a work day but it’s early enough for me) regardless of bed time. The main thing is to just get out of bed when the alarm goes. Just do it (as you and Nike say) and then keep on doing it!

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Hope you feel better soon Sarah. There’s no trick to it – is there. Just get on and do it, and slowly and surely you succeed!

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring July 2, 2013, 12:40 pm

    I’m been working on this since my birthday in April when I decided it was about time I became more of a morning person, (although it’s not going so well at the moment as I’ve got a nasty cold/sore throat bug). Observations so far: it’s not as hard as I thought, and I really enjoy that morning time, I get to sleep much more easily at night as a result, and I mostly wake naturally now by 6.15 (that’s only 25 minutes earlier than I was getting up on a work day but it’s early enough for me) regardless of bed time. The main thing is to just get out of bed when the alarm goes. Just do it (as you and Nike say) and then keep on doing it!

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Hope you feel better soon Sarah. There’s no trick to it – is there. Just get on and do it, and slowly and surely you succeed!

  • Rachel Jonat (@racheljonat) July 2, 2013, 2:34 pm

    I love early mornings. Currently the big draw for getting up early is to do something I otherwise can’t if the rest of the household is awake: like go for a run or enjoy a cup of coffee in silence.
    My only tip is the obvious: early mornings and early bed times go hand in hand.
    Oh, I think the other reason I am a morning person is that I am USELESS after 7pm. Never been a night owl.

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

      I’m following the good advice at bringing bedtime forward. I am a night-owl and will happily stay up, but as a consequence struggle to rise early. A case of forming a new routine!Thanks!

  • Rachel Jonat (@racheljonat) July 2, 2013, 2:34 pm

    I love early mornings. Currently the big draw for getting up early is to do something I otherwise can’t if the rest of the household is awake: like go for a run or enjoy a cup of coffee in silence.
    My only tip is the obvious: early mornings and early bed times go hand in hand.
    Oh, I think the other reason I am a morning person is that I am USELESS after 7pm. Never been a night owl.

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

      I’m following the good advice at bringing bedtime forward. I am a night-owl and will happily stay up, but as a consequence struggle to rise early. A case of forming a new routine!Thanks!

  • Gena July 2, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Aloha Jo!! I don’t know if you remember Jeff and I from our blog; (currently being revamped 🙂 Ha Nui Loa; we took a huge sabbatical/hiatus after our son’s birth and are just finally coming back around to wanting to blog again; I am by default now a morning person due to the above mentioned little guy… I’m getting there but seriously have been a night owl since childhood so it’s been a process! I’m so glad I stayed subscribed to your blog! I’ve read many a no waste post bleary eyed before the crack of dawn Hawaiian time while feeding Samuel! ? Another reason I’m glad is I’m really interested in your current theme of health and diet. I’ve been getting baby weight off and taking charge of my health with Body by Vi shakes, clean eating and walking/running. But I just realized a few days ago (fuzzy night owl brain operating on early morning hours!) that the company we work with now just launched in your country last month! Please check out my website when you have a chance!! My health and vitality have been restored and a woman who never thought she could run is now training for a 10K!! Anyways, much delayed aloha and love your always pithy, real posts! ???

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:57 pm

      Once again many congratulations on the birth of Samuel. Great news you are getting back to exercise etc… You really do have the location for it. I will pop by and say Hi.

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn July 2, 2013, 9:21 pm

    I’m not a morning person, but I do get up early. The key for me is to keep moving until I really wake up. I have always been like this even when I have a good amount of sleep. Some people’s bodies wake up quickly and peoples don’t. Mine doesn’t.

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:59 pm

      You are spot on. My body doesn’t work quite right early morning. I cant focus and even struggle to walk without bumping into door-frames etc… Conversations can be had and I won’t remember them. I don’t like to eat when I first wake, and exercising is completely out. Perseverance is required!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn July 2, 2013, 9:21 pm

    I’m not a morning person, but I do get up early. The key for me is to keep moving until I really wake up. I have always been like this even when I have a good amount of sleep. Some people’s bodies wake up quickly and peoples don’t. Mine doesn’t.

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:59 pm

      You are spot on. My body doesn’t work quite right early morning. I cant focus and even struggle to walk without bumping into door-frames etc… Conversations can be had and I won’t remember them. I don’t like to eat when I first wake, and exercising is completely out. Perseverance is required!

  • sarahn July 3, 2013, 12:22 am

    I’m at work at 7am. At my desk – ideally functioning! On non work days, the best way to maintain this ‘earliness’ is to be busy (and not sipping tea/blogging sort of busy, cause that quickly becomes snuggle in bed!). Also agree with Live and Learn – enough sleep is the key. I try to be in bed by 9.30pm (but then read a while, or chat) and then awake between 5.45-6.15am depending on which house I’m at (mine of bf’s)

  • sarahn July 3, 2013, 12:22 am

    I’m at work at 7am. At my desk – ideally functioning! On non work days, the best way to maintain this ‘earliness’ is to be busy (and not sipping tea/blogging sort of busy, cause that quickly becomes snuggle in bed!). Also agree with Live and Learn – enough sleep is the key. I try to be in bed by 9.30pm (but then read a while, or chat) and then awake between 5.45-6.15am depending on which house I’m at (mine of bf’s)

  • Lisa July 3, 2013, 10:59 am

    I have a sliding glass door in my bedroom that looks over a beautiful bay. I do not cove the glass as to allow the rising sun to beam in and wake me. Granted this doesn’t happen to well in the winter months but the habit stays through the winter. Also, I save my favorite cup of Chai for that time for added inspiration. This works well for me and I truly do get rainbows over the bay after a morning rain!
    God Bless
    And good luck

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 1:01 pm

      Lisa it sounds to me as though you have everything to get up for. I knew there’d be rainbows somewhere out there! I’ll think of yours when I don’t see mine 😉

  • Lisa July 3, 2013, 10:59 am

    I have a sliding glass door in my bedroom that looks over a beautiful bay. I do not cove the glass as to allow the rising sun to beam in and wake me. Granted this doesn’t happen to well in the winter months but the habit stays through the winter. Also, I save my favorite cup of Chai for that time for added inspiration. This works well for me and I truly do get rainbows over the bay after a morning rain!
    God Bless
    And good luck

    • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 1:01 pm

      Lisa it sounds to me as though you have everything to get up for. I knew there’d be rainbows somewhere out there! I’ll think of yours when I don’t see mine 😉

  • simplybeingmum July 4, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Once again many congratulations on the birth of Samuel. Great news you are getting back to exercise etc… You really do have the location for it. I will pop by and say Hi.

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