Early Mornings and a CONTEST

This is what it looks like in our back yard at 6 am. The sun isn’t quite up yet, but it’s on its way. How do I know this? Because I’ve finally decided that there is hardly ever going to be a time when I feel like exercising after I get home from work at night. I tried fooling myself into thinking that after work was the best time for me to do it (since I am so not a morning person), but it just meant that I’d come home, not exercise, and feel slightly guilty the rest of the evening.

So, I heard about the Fitbit and thought maybe that would help. If someone says I’m supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day and do 10 flights of stairs, then those are the numbers I try to hit. And since I started getting up early in the morning to walk for an hour, it has been working. I do like getting it out of the way before work. And I get to see pretty scenes like this (finally – the sun is up above the horizon.):

 

And this (I love seeing mountains first thing every morning.):

 

These things have helped me stick to this routine for a couple of months now:

1. Personally, I need to do it every single day of the week. I do take Saturdays and Sundays off, but I’m just about ready to throw at least Saturday into the mix, too. Mondays are a bugger when 6 am rolls around again.
2. I listen to audiobooks. It makes the hour of walking pass by really quickly.
3. I fool my brain. I tell myself that I’m going to walk for 30 minutes (in one direction, away from my house) and then I’ll just walk home. That equals an hour, but the last part of it is just “walking home”. :-)

The downside? I am tired too early in the evening. It’s affecting my knitting, FPS. Somehow I need to learn to be a morning person AND a night person. Is that possible?? I need to finish my Camp Loopy Project Three this weekend. (I’m making a Derecho out of the Loopy Solid Series. So many fun colors to choose from.)

Today’s blog contest question: Are you a night person or a morning person? (And while we’re at it, do you have any tips about sticking to an exercise routine?) Leave a comment below and I’ll draw names for two more skeins of Wollmeise Lace next week.

We do have winners from last week’s blog contest! I’m sending a skein of Wollmeise Lace to Linda in IL and Amber in IN. Congratulations to you two!

Sheri 9162stepssofarfortoday.
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556 comments on “Early Mornings and a CONTEST

  1. I’m definitely a morning person! I have no problems getting up and heading out the door for a run early so sorry, no tips or tricks needed to get me going – it’s the farm girl in me. :)

  2. I am definitely … both. I tend to wake up early and go to sleep far too late. I walk 4+ miles every day all year round. I listen to audio books and that keeps me motivated. Sometimes I knit while I walk as well – OK, I’m weird. During the summer, I either walk early morning or evening so the sun isn’t that bad.

  3. I am so much a night person. Hate to go to bed. Especially when I’m knitting a project I’m enjoying.
    And only get up early when absolutely necessary.
    My exercise is to do some time on my stationary bike in the morning as long as I have a good book to read – if I could knit on the bike I’d probably do it much longer.

  4. I’m a late night person. People can’t stand to be around me when I first wake up.
    Stick to an exercise routine by joining a gym with another person. Carpool every day. That way you know that you have to go because the other person is depending on you to get there.

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