All Boxed Up

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We are all boxed up….well…not fully (I wish!)….but wow do I hate moving! So much work. As soon as we got home from work we started packing. We are bringing another car load to the new house tonight and tomorrow and probably won’t be home until late tonight. I can’t wait until this is over!

On top of it, work was absolutely crazy today! ahhhgh. :S

I thought it would be timely to put together a ‘gratitute’ list of what put a smile on my face today :D

1) Sketchie sitting on all the boxes before work this morning. :D

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2) Kath featuring my lunch on her blog www.katheats.com! :D

3) My workout this morning:

  • 10 mins. Elliptical (resistance 9, incline 13-14)
  • 30 mins Treadmill (easy jogging at incline 2.5 and speed 6.0 mph) also walking intervals in there
  • 24 flights of stairs
  • Duration: 44 mins.
  • Max heart rate: 158 bpm (81% of max)
  • Avg heart rate: 145 bpm (74% of max)

4) Eric brought me home some raw almond butter (Mara Natha brand) Will be having lots of this this week! :D

5) I get to see my family for Christmas in 24 days!!!

It felt good! No better way to start the day. I love working out in the morning because I know I have my entire night free to do what I want after work! It’s just too bad tonight is packing!

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Ever wondered how you can transition into becoming an early riser ?

(I sure have- especially lately)

I found this great article from Zen Habits:

How I Became an Early Riser

I know, Steve Pavlina has done this already, but I’ve found that waking early has been one of the best things I’ve done in the last year, and I thought I’d share my tips. I just posted about my morning routine, and thought you might like to know how I get up at 4:30 a.m.

For many years, I was a late riser. I loved to sleep in. Then things changed, because I had to wake up between 6-6:30 a.m. to fix my kids’ lunches and get them ready for school. But last year, when I decided to train for my first marathon, I decided that I needed to start running in the mornings if I was to have any time left for my family.

So, I set out to make waking up early a habit. I started by getting up at 5:30 a.m., then at 5 a.m. When that became a habit, and I had to wake up at 4 a.m. or 3:30 a.m. for an early long run, it wasn’t a problem. And last November, when I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo, I decided to get up at 4 a.m. to write for at least an hour a day. Now that I completed that novel-writing goal, I don’t need to wake that early anymore, but have settled on a happy compromise of waking at 4:30 a.m. Some days, when I’m really tired (if I go to sleep late), I’ll wake at 5:00 or 5:30, but that’s still earlier than I used to wake up.

Here are my tips for becoming an early riser:

Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.

Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.

Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.

Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I’ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands and looked at my ugly mug in the mirror, I’m awake enough to face the day.

Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back in bed an option.

Allow yourself to sleep in once in awhile. Despite what I just said in the previous point, once in awhile it’s nice to sleep in. As long as it’s not a regular thing. I do it maybe once a week or so.

Make waking up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. My reward used to be to make a hot cup of coffee and read a book. I’ve recently cut out coffee, but I still enjoy reading my book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast (smoothies! yum!) or watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.

Take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that’s a major goal of yours. Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! I like to use that time to get a head start on preparing my kids’ lunches, on planning for the rest of the day (when I set my MITs), on exercising or meditating, and on reading. By the time 6:30 rolls around, I’ve done more than many people do the entire day.

Enjoy the break of dawn! As much as you can, look outside (or better yet, get outside!) and watch the sky turn light. It’s beautiful. And it’s quiet and peaceful. It’s now my favorite time of day. Getting up early is a reward in itself for me.

GREAT tips!!!

Are you currently an early riser? How were you able to achieve this? Is your life more peaceful as a result?
Do you have goals to start going to bed earlier and rising early?

One of my goals on my ‘to-do’ list is to start going to bed earlier and rising earlier! I also need to get more sleep. I love staying up late so it has been hard.

Although, there is nothing better to me than waking up fully rested at 5:30am.

After my honeymoon, I was on Barcelona time, and I was going to bed around 8-9pm (once home in Toronto) and geting up around 5am. It was woooonderful. I loved it so much.

I was so rested and I got so much done in the mornings before work! I am truly my most productive in the morning. After lunch it is downhhill from there. haha.

When are you most productive?

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Ok, we are off to our new house to empty another load! Wish us luck :D Hope you enjoy your night and find time to relax and unwind.

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1 Maggie November 26, 2008

I loooove going to bed early and waking up early. I’m an early riser but I have a lot of trouble going to bed early enough to get enough sleep!

I’m the most productive in the mornings I think.

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2 Krista November 26, 2008

Hi! I caught your lunch post of Kath Eats and noticed that you are from T.O. I’m from Guelph!

Your cat is too cute and I enjoyed reading the info on becoming an early riser. One of my goals is to get up earlier and get my workout done for the day. I’m not doing so hot yet, but I’ll get there!!

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3 Lindsay November 26, 2008

Thanks for the sleep article – I am also much more productive in the a.m. but I struggle in the winter when it is so dark out. Good luck with the moving – I usually get rid of half the things I own every time I move because I hate moving! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow :)

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4 AGS November 26, 2008

Best of luck with your move. . . and the settling in. I’m sure you will very much enjoy your new home (particularly the kitchen!).

On the topic of rising early, my husband always asks me how I get out of bed by 6:00 (or earlier) to go to the gym, or do work. He also always asks why I crawl into bed and turn out the lights by 10:30 (I’m about to do that now). The answers are connected. I think that for me, committing to going to bed by a certain time each evening, signals to myself that’s I’m also committing to getting up at a certain time. So, I guess that’s how I do it — one commitment reinforces the other.

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5 Leah November 27, 2008

That challenge picture is up in the studio that I do the spin class in!

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