Why Does a Good Day Have to Start So Damned Early?

I went back to the doctor today to talk about my blood test results. The news was almost all good. My blood sugar and cholesterol are fine, and my thyroid’s fine. The only issue is that I’m a little anemic, so I’m going to get a few more tests, and I’m under doctor’s orders to eat more steak. Bummer. 🙂

I’ve been doing really well the last couple of days. I’m getting up at 5am again (yep, still sucks) and going through my morning routine–walk, water, meditation, stretching, breakfast, and reading. If I get those things done, it seems so much easier to stick to the plan for the rest of the day. And if, for whatever reasons I don’t stick to the plan, at least I’ve achieved those things early in the day. One thing I realized after getting up early yesterday is that as much as it sucks to get up at 5am, once I am up and moving, by 5:15 it doesn’t really feel much  different to being up at 6:15 or 7:15 if I’ve only been awake for 15 minutes.

Once I’m out there putting one foot in front of the other, it’s all pretty much the same. If anything, it’s cooler at the earlier hour, and it means that I’m much more likely to have the time to get everything done in the morning, even when I have extra things like a doctor’s appointment. I just have to get through those first few horrible minutes when the alarm goes off and I have to drag my sad, sorry arse out of bed. And once I get going, there are things I really enjoy on my morning walks that I don’t get on the treadmill. Not least the sense of accomplishment I feel every single time I get back home.

I went a little bit off the plan with my meals today, but it’s worked out pretty well, anyway. I wasn’t feeling hungry at all this morning, but didn’t want to skip breakfast completely, so I ate some fruit. I think that’s a first. I finished the day on 47 points, with 9 left to spare, 4 of which will roll over to my weeklies. Which I will probably be using when my wife takes me to the local Vegan Market this weekend (my wife is vegan, I am definitely not, but I enjoy trying new things).

So all in all, it was a pretty good day. I hope you all had a good day, too.

4 thoughts on “Why Does a Good Day Have to Start So Damned Early?

  1. That’s awesome that you’ve gotten into this type of morning routine. I’m jealous. I’m thinking maybe I need to do something similar. I am a high school teacher so I get up around 5:45 every morning. The idea of getting up 45 minutes earlier to get in a workout sounds miserable. But maybe it’s what I need. I know, just like you said, that after I do I’ll likely feel great about it and it will likely lead to a better day.
    I know NOTHING about meditation. Is that something you’ve done for a long time? If it’s new to you, how do you feel about it?
    Congrats on your hard work. You’ve been an inspiration to me this morning.

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    1. Two things I’m finding to really increase the chance of me actually doing something are 1) pick a specific time to do it, and put it in my calendar, and 2) for routine things, the earlier in the day I schedule it, the more likely it is to happen.

      Meditation is a pretty new thing for me, and if you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be doing it regularly, I would’ve laughed. But after reading and hearing a number of people recommend it, I decided to give it a try. I downloaded a couple of free apps, found one I liked, did it a few times, then forgot about it. Occasionally, I’d see it on my phone, give it another shot, and then forget about it again. Then last March, I decided to make a real effort to do it every day, and it took a few months (I was usually doing it about 4-5 days a week), but even when I was missing a few days here and there, I could tell that it was helping.

      Now I do at least one 10-minute session a day, and it helps with motivation and focus, and with reducing and controlling anxiety, moderating and controlling my emotions, and more. Most importantly, it helps me quiet the voice in my head that, before meditation, never seemed to shut up. One of the first benefits I noticed was that it was easier for me to go to sleep. In the past, I couldn’t seem to fall asleep until I was just so exhausted that I couldn’t even think any more. Now, if my body is tired but my brain is still going, I just use the techniques I learned through meditation practice, focus on my breathing, and I’m usually asleep within minutes.

      The meditation practice I do has nothing mystical about it–no aligning my chakras, brightening my aura, or focusing my chi. It’s mostly just learning to relax my body and focus my mind, with a little positive thinking and compassion for myself and others thrown in. It’s helped me so much I now look at it as just as important to my overall health as eating healthier and exercising more.

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  2. Glad to hear that nothing serious came up from your medical report! I’ve been trying to get into meditation, but I’m really bad at making quiet time for myself, there always seems to be something to do. That’s something I need to work on.

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    1. The thing that has worked for me is making the meditation a part of my morning routine. I try to get it done early, before life has time to get in the way. As much as I dislike getting up so early, it gives me that quiet time, and I’m appreciating it more and more. In terms of doing things for myself, I often get more done in the first two hours (before I have to wake the kids up for school) than I do all the rest of the day.

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