The Morning Person Experiment

alarm clock

My alarm clock doesn't look like this -- it looks like an iPhone. But have you ever woken up to one of these? Frightening.

Good morning!! I promise, I haven’t been *completely* absent — last week, I posted about a diet/health book I’m test-driving with my best friend only to find WordPress had cut off half of my text. (Seriously? What gives?) Anyway, I didn’t have time at the time fix it, so closed my laptop and vowed to do it tomorrow . . . except tomorrow kept getting pushed back.

But here I am, already jumpstarting November’s experiment — being a morning person. Yesterday, without rhyme or reason, I got up around 5 am. I wasn’t “up” up, but the alarm went off at 5:05, and without fail, I flipped on my bedside lamp, rolled over and dozed for another ten minutes, when I got up and turned on the tea kettle to boil water for coffee (I use a French press), and then snuggled in bed for a few minutes more until the water was ready — hey, it was Monday.

I’ve never really been a ‘morning person,’ someone who rises before dawn and manages to accomplish half of their day’s to-do list before they even hit work or something else like that. I’m usually in bed until 7, when I finally decide that I *have* to get up because I *have* to go to work (a girl’s gotta pay bills, people… plus I really like my job — that helps).  I stumble about my day, caffeinating as necessary and find that when I get home, I have little energy to work out so I cook some dinner, work out a bit if I can muster it and collapse in bed later.

Yesterday, I took my new-found early riser status slowly — making coffee and toast, fixin’ my hair (oh yeah! I gotta post pics soon — I got it cut… reeeeeally cut), and ticking things off of my morning routine.

This morning, the alarm went off at 5:05, I snoozed for 1o minutes with the lights on and got up to make coffee. This is the part where I feel like my body’s been snatched — I put on a Core Fusion DVD. And then I did it — just a couple of segments (start small, Robyn, start small).

I am so confused. Who is this person inside me??? Why is she waking up so damn early? There’s something seriously the matter… isn’t there?

Obviously, the rest of the week hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll keep you posted. Last night, I was surprisingly defensive of my sleep — on the phone, I told Alex I’d catch him tomorrow right at 10 pm. Tonight, the goal is to be asleep by 9:30 — which will require some more complex maneuvering as I’m planning on taking a yoga class that goes from 7:30 to 9:00ish (they usually end a few minutes late).

For now, though, I think I’ll finish my coffee.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you have a hard time getting out of bed first thing in the morning? Do you work out in the morning?

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5 responses to “The Morning Person Experiment

  1. I used to be a morning person. That’s definitely changed, mostly being in love with and living with a fella who loves to sleep in. So now I love to sleep in (most days). Excited to see how your experiment works and also excited to see the new ‘do!

  2. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to set the goal of getting up early to workout or do whatever, but I cannot last for more than week (or few days). I’m neither a night or morning person. I’m in bed at 10:30 and up at 7 – I think I’m just a “I need lots of sleep person”.

  3. Ugh…I want to be a morning person so. badly. If not just for working out in the AM. I cannot WAIT for the time change!

  4. I’m a cranky morning person. I lack the ability to sleep in, but I do enjoy getting up & getting stuff done.
    It’s tough to make the transition into being a morning person. Stick with coffee and a positive attitude, you’ll get there!

  5. I would love to be a morning person. I work at night, so it’s hard. I’ve found that I need less sleep the earlier I go to bed, but unfortunately, I can’t go to bed until at least midnight (if not later — I have to make myself wind down for a while). Good luck!

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