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CANES173 Posts: 5
9/9/13 8:20 P

A friend of mine texts me every morning around 4:30 to tell me to get my butt moving. It works because I know she is going to ask me later in the day if I went to the gym.

ARMYHOSS SparkPoints: (15,369)
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9/9/13 6:39 P

I see a lot of good ideas. I really think the alarm clock across the room might be best. No workout buddies to meet up with. Unless there is someone I need to virtually check in with at 4:45. Once I am there, all is good.

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (42,823)
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9/7/13 4:53 P

I have to agree about running buddy as i run with my friend too. I wake up at least twice a week 4.25 to meet with my friend 4.45. Works for me.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
9/7/13 3:21 P

I can sympathize, especially now that it's later getting light.
I get up early to walk the dog, but it's more difficult now that it's not light that early

BUFFLIECE Posts: 512
9/7/13 2:42 P

The key to this for me is getting enough sleep. The bed is not as tempting if I've had at least 7 hrs. If you need more... Go to bed early enough to allow for the sleep you crave.

LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
9/7/13 11:13 A

Yep...like everyone else said, get everything ready the night before. Sometimes I literally have to roll out of my bed and plop on to the floor.

BELLYDOG Posts: 1,038
9/7/13 9:19 A

Sometimes I sleep in my exercise clothes and I stick the alarm clock on the other side of the room so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once I am out of bed, that is it, I am up. Hubby gets his gear ready the night before and sets it all up for quick access. Clothes in the bathroom, pack and gym bag by the front door. Cereal bowl, spoon, coffee mug, banana knife, all out on the counter ready to be used when he hits the kitchen. That feeling of accomplishment first thing in the morning is what keeps us going.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (25,560)
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9/7/13 9:08 A

I found that when I had a gym membership, even if it wasn't true, just thinking that someone there was waiting for me to get a workout in helped motivate me. Even if it meant thinking about one of the other "regulars" and that I didn't want to disappoint them by not showing up.

But think about it this way; you get it done early, then after work you have all that time for anything and everything else!

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (56,213)
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9/6/13 3:23 P

A couple of months ago, I would never have thought I could get up that early, but my running buddy needs to start at 4:30 to be done in time for work, which means I have to be up at 4:15 once a week. It certainly helps my motivation to know that she's there waiting for me, but it also helps to set out my clothes the night before, so I don't have to think about it at all--just get up and get dressed. I've never been a snooze alarm kind of person, so that's not an issue. The main thing, though, is that I've set my mind to the fact that when the alarm goes off, that's what time I get up. No negotiating, no thinking about it, just hearing the alarm and jumping up. I'm bleary-eyed and tired until I start my run, and then I'm energized and glad to be moving.

ARMYHOSS SparkPoints: (15,369)
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9/6/13 1:51 P

I am finding it very hard to stay motivated enough to get out of bed at 4:30AM when my alarm goes off so I have enough time to get to the gym and get a good workout. Anybody have any suggestions?

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