I am looking for tips that will help me get up in the morning. I know the first one will be go to bed earlier, and I am working on this, but I am asking for others.
I would like to get up and work out first thing in the morning, then eat and head to work. As of right now, I rarely make it out of bed in time to grab a drink out of the fridge before rushing to the office. I don't sleep well, and doctor believes it is because of the extra weight I am carrying, so I am hoping as the challenge progresses this will become less and less of an issue. Does anyone have tips for changing sleep schedules? I really need to move wake up time 2 hours earlier (and I suppose bedtime as well).
Any help is appreciated.
For me its a motivation issue. I make sure the last thing I do before going to sleep is look at my before picture to remember what it is I am doing. I have the alarm clock on the far side of the room so I HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off and have my before picture and a motivation picture right beside the clock to again re-enforce why the hell it is I am getting up so damn early.
When you start waking up early and working out fasted in the morning you will be more physically tired at night and have less trouble going to sleep. The night after Upper or lower body day you will be motivated to get 7-8 hours of sleep knowing you don't want to slow down or ruin the progress you have made. Your muscles recover and rebuild while you sleep so not getting enough sleep will not allow enough time to recover. If you are truly motivated waking up early will be no problem and easily become a habit in a week or two. I aim to be laying in bed by 9pm nightly. Sometime I fall alseep right away and sometime I lay there for an hour first but I feel that physically relaxing and being in bed a certain time each night helps setup good habits. Try do atleast do the cardio workouts in the morning before you eat.
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I'm going to be a little blunt here. A year ago one of my best friends decided she wanted to get in shape with me. Well, I showed up at her house every morning at 4:50. I would wait patiently in her driveway for her to turn on her porch light and let me know she was on the way out. We did this for a couple of weeks and then she started leaving me hanging in her driveway and would not come out. After 3 times, I quit going back to her house. Her comment to me "can't you just make me get up?"
The answer is NO. No one can help you do this except you. It's about reprioritzing what's important to you. I don't know what your family situation is, whether you have a wife and kids or what.
If you are not a morning person, then don't force yourself into that mold because BFL cardio works best in the morning.
If you are getting your workouts in later in the day then stick with it and quit beating yourself up and focus on what's working for you. If you are skipping your workouts all together then you've got a problem.
And for the record, my friend and I are back to our morning runs, she's 30 pounds heavier and I'm 15 pounds lighter.
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GregDFW - What worked for me was having motivating music to wake me up. I have an iPod that is connected to an iHome so that worked for me. I also had a routine that I would read the BFL forum because there would surely be someone who posted how well they were doing. I wanted that too so knowing I'm not alone got me going. Some mornings it wasn't so easy, in fact, it's still not always easy. So then I have to tell myself to put one foot in front of the other and make my way to the gym. Once I got used to going to the gym and seeing the same people there at 4:30 a.m. that was another motiviator. If you aren't there, they notice. :-) Don't know if these things would work for you but find something that will motivate you and then just go do it.
I know this may be silly but have you ever seen the holiday puppet like show "Santa Claus is Coming to Town?" What about that song "PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER" check it out, I think it applies. :-)
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My kids always watch that movie during Christmas season and I totally know the song. The lyrics fit wonderfully to a healthy living jumpstart. It begins and ends with us. Thanks!
Greg- What works for me is having a plan. My clothes are picked out the night before and I know what I'm having for breakfast. Since starting BFL I also plan my meals and WO for the next day. If I take "difficult decisions" out the mix it just seems easier for me to rise. I already feel accomplished the minute I open my eyes.
Might sound silly, but I heard of someone who hated getting up early so much that they actually slept in their clean workout gear, so that they could literally just roll out of bed, grab their drink bottle, keys etc and get to the gym!
I don't go to that extreme, but I do lay out all of my clothes and gear each night so that it is easy to wake up, get dressed and just go. It was difficult at first but now I don't even question it, it is just what I do!
I have borrowed a friends rowing machine. We have it in our room (not ideal) but I don't even have to leave our room to work out. The kids don't know I'm up so I don't get interrupted. It is only 20mins. Having said that - I find those workouts really hard on an empty stomach. When I have a shower I often feel like I'm going to faint!
If you can't borrow a machine, perhaps you could buy a cheap one or hire one just until you are feeling more energetic.
Hope this helps.
I LOVE this! Thank you so much for posting this! I am starting BFL training today and still working on my menu's so I can go shopping. I need motivation to get up early in the morning and this is GREAT! Not only as a motivator in the morning, but maybe even when I'm having a down day. Thank you!
Hello Greg. I just read the thread and there are lots of great ideas, but you may have to do some trial and error to see what works for you. I'll share what's worked for me.
I plan for success. I have my BFL workouts planned each Sunday night for the upcoming week. The night before, I set out my gym bag and the clothes I will be wearing for the next day. I make sure my keys and wallet are where I can find them, and my water bottles have been refilled and in the fridge. Once you get into a habit each night, it's easy. I aim to be in bed by 10:30 or 11 each night for my 5:30 alarm. I find 6 1/2 to 7 hours is enough sleep for me. Especially since BFL (in my 10th week now), I find I sleep better and more soundly. (I recently read somewhere that too much fat in your diet can interfere with your sleep, so the lack of fatty dinners and evening ice creams could be helping me sleep better now.)
I have 3 alarms on my watch. The times are: 5:30, 5:35, and 5:50. Knowing that 3 alarms will go off helps me respond to the first one, because I don't want to wake up my husband who is a night owl and often stays up several hours after I go to bed. I wake up to the first alarm at 5:30. By the 5:35 alarm, I aim to be downstairs, starting to get ready to go. By the 5:50 alarm, I aim to be out the door on the way to the gym.
The gym is only 10 minutes from my house so I get there by 6am. I often see the same people at this time, and they expect to see me, so that helps me stay motivated. The more I go, the more I want to go, and I don't even give myself an option not to go. It works for me.
Good luck with your challenge. Find what works for you and just do it!
Greg - p.s. About trying to go to be 2 hours earlier. I have 3 kids and there are times when we have had to adjust their bedtimes (for example, the week before school starts after a summer of going to bed later). We make the change in 15 minute increments over a week. For example, if the summer bedtime was 10pm and the new one needs to be 9:00, we'd do 10pm Monday, 9:45 Tuesday, 9:30 Wednesday, 9:15 Thursday, 9:00 Friday. This works for kids - maybe it will work for you as well!
i find it harder to get up the longer I hit the snooze / or listen to the radio alarm. A friend told me about the "Magic Minute" When your alarm goes off, your goal is to get out of bed within one minute. It's hard at first, but it really helps.
I just do it :)
It's almost as simple as it sounds. :)
I too have my clothes ready so that I can just roll out of bed and go to the gym. When my alarm goes off and I want to hit the snooze, I yell at myself in my head. That usually works. Another thing I that works is drinking water before going to bed. Yes, I wake up in the middle of the night but then wake up again closer to the time the alarm is set for. I don't have a problem going back to sleep though. I wouldn't suggest it if you do have trouble going to back to sleep :)
It's really mental. Visualize yourself getting out of bed easily the next morning and give yourself a mental slap if you don't get up.
I also agree with Champster though, if you can work out another time go for it :) I personally HAVE to get it done in the morning or it MIGHT not get done. Last week, I decided to sleep in and beat myself up mentally the entire morning that I went as soon as I got off work, although I was tired, with the help of some energy drinks. I don't want to have to do that again though.
Good luck though with whichever time you choose to hit the gym :)
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Own two golden retrievers and give them lots of water at night. You'll be up in no time. Works for me!!!
Okay fine. Or set your alarm clock across the room. Right next to your Before pic....
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