My morning started out like every other day. I woke up with a smile on my face; every hair perfect in place; stretched my arms over my head and skipped humming to the window. Flew the window open to feel the prefect breeze and the hum of the birds. Oh wait… that was a Disney princess movie. My mornings go a little bit more like this. I wake up to an ear-shattering ring that tears me out of my sleep. Flailing around for my snooze button as I smack my dog in the face who, by the way, has placed his head on the pillow next to me snoring loudly. Once I have found my phone I hit snooze not once but up to six times (it turns out I am part of the 3% of people that hit snooze that many times). I now groggily roll, literally, out of bed because I have overslept and have a short window of time to get ready for my first meeting.
That was the past though. On my new journey, these mornings will just not fly. Although I know that I’ll never have a Disney princess morning (my hair is always a mess), I can work on getting my day started at an earlier time and maybe not injure my dog. Not be rushed, and even though it may take some getting used to, make waking up not feel as painful.
In order to make this a reality I came up with 5 things to help my morning be a little more like a Disney movie and a little less like a Jersey Shore episode.
- Go to sleep earlier- This is not rocket science. If I want to wake up earlier, and feel ok about it, I need to go to bed earlier. Setting a new bedtime will not be easy but day-by-day my body will adjust.
- Preparation- No matter what time I get up or how much sleep I have the night before I am always groggy the next morning. This means in order to have a successful start to my day I need to prepare for it the night before.
- Find something to be excited about in the morning- I started thinking about the mornings that I was able without issue: Christmas morning; vacation mornings; and my birthday. These were all days that I was excited about what the day held for in store for me. I need to figure out a way to make getting out of bed everyday feel the same. Well, maybe not the same, but at least close.
- Hydrate- Medical studies show that a warm glass of lemon water in the morning help all systems of your body.
- Stretch- Nothing does a better job of getting the kinks out of your body than taking a few minutes every morning to stretch. It’s a great way to wake up and get the juices flowing.
Now time to put my “getting up” plans into motion. I started with deciding the night before what my plan was going to be for the morning; something that I would look forward to waking up to. So for my first day, I decided I would go for a run in the harbor and then go to the beach with my dogs, something that I love to do. Now time to prepare. I laid out my clothes for the morning as well as the beach bag. Made up some crockpot oatmeal (recipe listed below), set the coffee timer and made my playlist to listen to while running (playlist listed below). I got into bed at a much earlier time and laid there not able to fall asleep for a bit (this new bed time will take some getting used to). In the morning the awful shrill of my alarm wrenched me from my sleep (note to self find a better alarm) but instead of hitting the snooze for 6 times, as I mentioned I typically do, I remembered my fun plans and got myself up. As expected I was very groggy and was happy that everything was laid out for me. I walked into my kitchen to the smell of my pre-prepared oatmeal and had a glass of lemon water (definitely not amazing but did seem to wake me up a little). Had half of a banana because I read that it’s important to have something small to eat before working out in the morning. Your main breakfast can wait until later in the morning. Then did a few stretches and felt almost, if not completely, awake! Doing the run that early was actually invigorating; instead of dying from the heat had I run later, the cool morning air felt great. The harbor, that is usually too packed to run without bumping into people, was actually completely empty minus one individual. With the aid of the beautiful views and my jamming playlist I ran my best time for three miles! Following the run I grabbed my fiancé, dogs, cup of coffee and headed to the beach for a gorgeous morning. I finished the morning with a long shower a yummy breakfast and a still had a little extra time to pamper my pups! With all that done, I was still in front of my computer working by 9:00 AM and ready to be productive!
But….now I know the hard part is about to start. It takes 21 days to develop a new habit. That means I need to be dedicated to my new life and take one day at a time! So with day one down I have only 20 more days to go until this miraculously becomes a part of my life. Stay tuned to hear how it goes!
Recipe of the Week: Cinnamon, Banana Crock Pot Oatmeal
1 Cup of Steel Cut Oats
1 Ripe Banana- Mashed
¼ Cup Of Chopped Walnuts
2 Cups of Cashew Milk
4 Tbsp of Ground Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp of Flax Seed Meal
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Nutmeg
– Combine all ingredients and cook in crockpot on low for 8 hours. When finished feel free to add sliced bananas, walnuts or honey to it.
Playlist to Get Your Morning Jamming:
While fast runners can run 3 miles in 15-21 minutes and moderate runners can run in 21- 33 minutes I am none of the above. My goal is to run under 36 minutes. So therefore I made a playlist for that amount of time with songs that fire me up in the morning. You should create your own list with songs that get you going. As I get faster I will create playlists with fewer songs.
(4:51) We Didn’t Start the Fire- Billy Joel
(3:26) Happy Girl- Martina McBride
(4:07) Work B**ch- Britney Spears
(3:23) Fight Song- Rachel Platten
(3:16) I’m Alright- Jo Dee Messina
(3:31) Black Magic- Little Mix
(3:04) Dear Future Husband- Meghan Trainer
(3:19) Shut up and Dance- Walk the Moon
(3:45) Country Girl (Shake It for Me)- Luke Bryan
(3:20) Bye Bye Bye- N’Sync- Bringing it home with an oldie but goodie
What to look forward to on my next Blog: 15 Minute Meal Preparation For When You Don’t Have Time For More, Which Lately Seems To Be Everyday.