The Early Rising Challenge

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 11, 2010

It was COLD on our walk yesterday!!

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It was a bone chilling -13C/8.5F with a windchill of -23C! And boy was it windy.

Here I am with my father in law whom I love so dearly! We put a brave face on…

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But not for long!

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Thanks to this huge collar on this Lululemon sweater I got several years back, I was able to cover half my face!

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We walked for over an hour in the blistery cold and came across these beauts:

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I wanted to go riding!!!

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Sketchie and Finnegan continued to fight for Alpha male.

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Sketchie plotting…

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I think there is a wire in his brain stuck on ‘clean mode’.

POOPED on the car ride home (not literally!)

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It was a great getaway, but not long enough! We had to leave around 3pm because I had a lot of Glo Bakery work to be done Sunday night.

We came home to NO WATER in the house. Not a drip. We feared that our water pipes froze up. Around 9pm, there was a huge loud boom coming from our water pump and then we had running water again!

Eric and I managed to squeeze in Whittle My Middle and I had a 15 min treadmill run/walk workout.

I also made some overnight Banana Bread Baked Breakfast Cake:

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This time I doubled the oats, cut the nuts in half, and added dark chocolate chips with the bananas. Sooooo heavenly!!!

My Early Rising Challenge

I’ve always been a night owl for as long as I can remember. I have never been one for going to bed very early because I always have trouble falling asleep. I am certainly not one of those lucky people (e.g., Eric) that falls asleep within a few minutes of hitting the pillow!

However, I also love mornings. A lot. I love getting up early, getting a good workout in, and getting a few tasks crossed off my to-do list.

The only problem with my love for both late nights and early mornings is that they don’t really work well in tandem!

Eric also happens to be a night owl, so our schedules just sort of worked well together. I love spending time with my husband at night. I only get to see him a few hours each day.

Last year, I came across this fabulous article by Zen Habits called ‘10 Benefits of Rising Early‘. When I first came across it I knew it was something that I wanted to try out, however I never ended up committing to it. Leo, a former night owl himself, tells his tips on how he switched to rising early- at 5am every day. He claims that his entire life has changed for the better since he became an early riser. Not only does he feel more at peace in his life, he also gets much more accomplished.

Some of Leo’s tips for learning how to rise early are:

1) Start slow. Wake up just 15-30 minutes earlier for several days until you are used to it. Then get up earlier the next week, etc.

2) This seems obvious but you need to go to bed earlier if you are to function the next day. Leo says even if you don’t think you will fall asleep, go to bed and read. Often you will fall asleep faster than you thought.

3) Have a reason to get out of bed in the morning! Make a morning ritual that you look forward to. Maybe it is a delicious bowl of baked breakfast cake after your morning workout or maybe it is a favourite TV show or 30 minutes of your favourite book. Have a fun reward for getting up early!

4) Be productive. Make your early mornings productive and you will have a reason to stay committed to it. If you get good results, you are likely to stick with it!

For the rest of Leos tips and benefits to rising early, see the full article here. It is a must read!!

In case you haven’t guessed, I am challenging myself to rising early!

Over the next several weeks, I am going to slowly adjust my sleep-wake schedule.

I am going to monitor my progress andwill report back how it is going.

Are you a night owl or early bird? If you live with a boyfriend or husband, are you on the same sleep-wake schedules?

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UPDATES:

  • After 7 trials over the past several months, I was finally able to perfect my first Gluten-free Glo Bar!!!! Stay tuned for details in the upcoming weeks for the release.
  • My Recipes Page is all up to date now, including reader’s favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes!
  • Eric was able to fix my Windows Live Writer hyperlinking error. Eric found an error in my linkglossary.xml file (which is located in the WLW folder). Thank God it is now fixed. This will cut down my blogging time in half!

Enjoy your Moan-day! I have a full Gmail Calendar again and I am trying Day 2 of not multitasking (as much!). For a tutorial on how to use Gmail calendar see here.

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Trail January 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

We have the exact same problem! Irish and I both tend to be night owls, but I would love to get up early to get more done. Often when I do try, all I get is sleep deprivation. I’m on board for this challenge! Oh, and I think if I could wake up to that breakfast cake, I’d get up early :) Thanks for sharing this info!

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brittany January 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Your banana bread looks amazing!

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Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) January 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Uh oh… those alpha male competitions can get fierce!

I’m a night owl all the way! I love mornings when I’m up, but it’s always so hard for me to get going. I’m slowly trying to start my day earlier, but it’s been a struggle, lol. I’m hoping it’ll be easier when the long summer days are here. I’d really rather just stay in my bed when it’s cold and dark out.

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Heidi January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I AM SUPER SUPER SUPER EXCITED FOR THE GF GLO BAR! Please keep us posted. I cannot wait to order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers. Love the lulu hoodie collar

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Total Fit Girl January 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

I’ve always been an early riser and I love getting up early to work out, but lately I’ve been going to bed later so I can hang out with my husband at night, which makes me exhausted the next day and makes it much harder to get up early. My goal is to go to bed earlier so I can get back on track and wake up early.

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SarahWalnuts January 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

So excited for the GF Glo Bar! Please keep me posted so I can order!

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One Healthy Apple January 12, 2010 at 1:20 am

Ack! Soooo cold! I am a major night owl, but not by choice. I have a hard time falling asleep because I worry at night and nothing seems to help!

I hope I can start going to bed earlier soon and will give the challenge a mini try!

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[email protected] January 12, 2010 at 2:24 am

Oh man…looks like everyone on the Mainland is getting hammered by a cold snap! So sorry!!! Sending you lots of sunshine and aloha from Hawaii :-)A

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Miz January 12, 2010 at 6:57 am

HOLY CRAP THAT LOOKS COLD

Ive grown really wimpy since we moved to Texas.

as far as the rising thing Ive simply learned if I want ME TIME in the day I need to get up at 4am ish to have it.

and I want me some ME TIME *otherwise* I find I resent the childtime worktime husbandtime housecraptime that can jampack my day.

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Courtney January 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

What a great challenge and a great article! I am on my way to try it out! :]

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Ricki January 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm

You are such a brave soul for walking out in that cold weather! I am naturally an early riser, but since my honey is a late to bed and late to rise, I have altered my schedule over the past few years. And he also falls asleep within 30 seconds of hitting the pillow–men! ;)

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Jenny January 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

Our pipes froze too, and we probably won’t have water for the rest of the week! It’s insane.

I’m definitely more of a morning person than a night owl. I think better in the mornings. But still, I think these are great tips for anyone to implement. Especially having a “reason to get up” and “making your mornings productive” so the habit will stick. Things we could all find helpful!

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Jackie @ TriToLose January 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I love the earlier riser challenge. I have to start getting up A LOT earlier than I’m used to because I start student teaching in two weeks. (I’m still in the college student mode) Thanks for the tips! :)

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