Bringing Back the Early Bird – How to actually become a “Morning Person” via Greatest

With classes in session, there is nothing I can do to prevent the inevitable… I need to start waking up early in the morning. I have always wanted to become a person who could easily wake up at 6 am with a smile on her face but I assure you that in the morning I am nothing short of a beast. I may be the world’s most grumpy person come sun rise and seeing as I do not drink coffee in the morning I have nothing to alter my grumpy state of mind in order to become someone a little more “chipper”. I’ve combined tips from Greatist.com & Youmefit.com to create a no-fail list of ways to get my groggy bum out of bed.

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  1. Lay out the clothes you plan to exercise in the night before and set your socks and shoes in front of your bed
  2. Whether you’re using a phone or alarm clock, put it far away enough so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off [This tip is absolute genius]
  3. Set a bottle of water close to your alarm clock, preferably with some lemon juice in it. While you’re up, grab that bottle of water you set aside the night before and drink a good amount. The lemon juice will kick-start your metabolism and help your body wake up faster. Then eat some breakfast!
  4. Set the alarm for the latest time possible, so you trick your brain into thinking you’re in a hurry, rather than thinking, “I can sleep for 10 more minutes.” That 10 minutes won’t make you less tired and if anything will prevent you from disrupting your REM cycle
  5. Brush your teeth outside. [ You don’t really need to brush them outside, but wake up and head for sunlight – seeing the sun will help kick-start your morning]
  6. Open your blinds at night. [After you change of course.. open them so in the morning your room is flooded with “Good morning!” light]
  7.  It may seem obvious, but getting those recommended seven to nine hours will make getting up earlier easier.
  8. Try to set the alarm clock for the same time every morning — including weekends. A constant wakeup call may make it progressively easier to jump out of bed
  9.  Pick a new wakeup time and gradually work towards it. Want to wake up at 7 am but stuck at 8 am? Start by setting the clock for 7:45, and move down in 15-minute increments until that new time goal is reached
  10. Have a reward waiting in the a.m. to motivate climbing out of the covers. Dive into some freshly baked fruit and nut bars, or slide into a warm bath instead of taking a quick shower
  11. Invest in a house coat. In winter I absolutely hate getting out of my marshmallow duvet and feeling the cold engulf my body. I always place a house coat at the foot of ,y bed just so I know I’ll only be cold for a matter of 5 seconds. Tops.
  12. Suck it Up. When all else fails, tell yourself you will only spend 15 seconds to make it to your kitchen. Sometimes convincing yourself it will only be a matter of seconds that you need to suck it up may be the last possible form of motivation you’ll take in the morning.

Remembers ladies, your day will start with or without you.

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Amped up Abs via Shape

                                   10 Tricks to Amp Up Your Favorite Abs Exercises

You’ve got to love a good ab workout. I love this one from Shape, I find I can feel muscles being used  that I don’t normally activate in my regular ab routine

workin’ it

Journals!

I may have mentioned 8 or 9 times already, but I love pastries and exercise. It seemed fitting then, that I should possess a “Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake” notebook as my fitness journal. I cannot urge you enough to keep some form of journal to track your exercise efforts down. I mean seriously, you won’t see results from your body for a month if not more so you need some motivation to keep you going. I like to think of it as a to-do list that I’ve just completed. After every week I total up all the minutes and see how many hours I’ve spent exercising. You can’t -not- feel good. I used to be able to run 30 minutes no problem. Now I’m back to square one. Why? I lost my journal. I only recently found it and without it – I was helpless. The end of summer is the beginning of a healthy kick. Now that I have a blog, it’s a public journal so now everyone who sees it will know when I give up on my fitness goals.. No pressure.

What a pretty little thing

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