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On Becoming a Morning Person

Thursday, November 19, 2009


No great revelation here, I know, but I'm finding that, along with morning prayer, morning exercise is a very good thing. As difficult as it is to get up and just do it, I've gotten up on two days this week and gone for a short, early-morning run.

A run in the morning, even if it's only 20 minutes or so, seems to energize me for the whole day and even seems to speed up my metabolism. I've been finding that I'm not so hungry in the evening when I've exercised in the morning. Maybe the best benefit is that happy, happy feeling in the evening when I realize I don't need to do my cardio because it's already been done.

What gave me a push in this direction was a Daily Spark blog post that suggested sleeping in your workout clothes! Now this would NOT work for me - The thought alone of trying to get comfortable enough to go to sleep while in a sports bra makes me cringe! But I CAN lay out my jogging clothes and lay them next to the bed so that I step on them when I get up and put them on while still half asleep, then I'm out the door. When I get back, I make breakfast, do my Bible reading and pray, jump in the shower, dress and then I'm out the door again, headed for work.

This has been working pretty well so far on work days. Today I had no morning lessons scheduled so I slept in ---aaahhh! The plan was to go for a nice long Nordic walk this afternoon which I did. I like to think I walked stronger as a result of doing my ST first thing after getting up instead of waiting till last thing in the evening.

The other key to becoming a morning person is to stop being a night person. Another great revelation! Still working on that one. This is ALL a work in progress. I'm eager to hear what suggestions you folks out there might have, but now I'm off to bed!

  
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DONNELDA22 11/29/2009 2:31PM

    Keep up the good work. You are certainly on the right track.
I have always exercised the the morning in the past although at present I'm having trouble motivating myself to do it. When I do I feel so much better. By evening I'm too tired.
Best of luck to all of us. We will make it. emoticon

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/21/2009 5:37PM

    I hope this continues to work for you. I much enjoy the days I have time and energy to work out in the morning.

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SONJASTWIN 11/20/2009 10:52PM

    You're not alone. I, too, am a nightowl that has recently reluctantly decided that morning is the only time I can really fit in my work outs. For me, it means getting up at 4:30 so I can be at the gym by 5:00. I don't think I'll ever love getting up at that hour, but there is something really nice about getting the workout over and done with and not having to worry about it. I actually have started going to be earlier, mostly because I'm so exhausted from getting up at 4:30! LOL It's still not early enough, but I'm gradually working the time back a bit each week.

Josie

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ANGORA4 11/20/2009 10:51PM

    Sounds like a marvelous work in progress, woo hoo!

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REYNJANET 11/20/2009 8:15AM

    I found especially after having little Caleb around that it was getting harder and harder to get the evening exercise in so I decided to set the alarm a little earlier and get ready for work and go in early. If the weather is nice I walk outside, if not I head for the gym to walk. I found that I LOVED this! It does give you such a great feeling of accomplishment. This past week however has been dreary and rainy and I've had arthritis problems so I have used that as an excuse but no more! I'm back to exercising early!!

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RURAL3 11/20/2009 7:32AM

    Look at all these morning people. I had always been one as I used to start work at 6am. Then I retired and after 1 1/2 years I began to get later and end later. Since beginning SP and being more into the exercise mode I have gotten back to the morning workout and I love it. I will be on my way out the door in a few for 4 mile walk and personal training. It just seems like you got something accomplished for the day and are ready to roll. emoticon

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ANGELLACOLE 11/20/2009 3:35AM

    I too am a recovering night owl! But, like you, I have discovered that it is so much better for me to get up and exercise in the morning. The key to my success has been to make sure I am doing something I enjoy. For me, it's swimming. When the alarm goes off and I am tempted to fall back to sleep I remind myself that I get to swim - and that is enough to tip the scales in favor of getting up.

Congratulations of your success this week! Keep it up!

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SJG1953 11/20/2009 12:13AM

    I am a night person also and I haven't tackled the goal of getting up early to exercise yet. Eventually I might but not now. I admire you though and it looks like you are being successful with your goal. That's wonderful! God bless you, Shirley

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NANJET 11/19/2009 9:51PM

    When I started on sp last Oct I decided I wasn't going to work out much...that I was too old...I had been there/done that...couldn't get up early anymore (in my 30's I was a 5:30 am workout girl)...at 46 I was lucky to drag my butt out of bed by 7:30 am...

I started working out a little in the evenings and then this summer my gym started closing early...so I had to start getting up early...

Now I love my morning workouts...and I sleep so much better in the evenings...

So what a difference a year makes...it shows you can turn yourself around in more ways than one:)

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DDOORN 11/19/2009 9:43PM

    Love my morning workouts...but yeah...have to watch burning the candle at both ends w/ my late night hours...overslept again this morning...argh!

Don

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KATELJM 11/19/2009 6:31PM

    I'm with you! I'm naturally a night owl, but I have to exercise in the morning or I come up with a million excuses later. So I have to get up early to exercise. And to get up early, I need to go to bed earlier. Duh!

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WATERMELLEN 11/19/2009 5:47PM

    First think in the morning is my preferred exercise time too -- makes all the rest of the day go better. But: if I'm getting up at 5, gotta be in bed by 9 at the latest . . . and sometimes that IS tough. Read an article about Michelle Obama getting up at 4:30 am to exercise: clearly it's working for her!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/19/2009 5:21PM

    It's certainly great to get the walks, hikes, runs in first thing and then the rest of the day is free. Well done.

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CTEMPLE 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Dear Michelle what a great post I will pass it on. I am a morning person, but have many sp friends that are night owls.
Claudia

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JENARAGON 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Way to go, changing one's routine like this is not easy!!Morning workouts are one of my recent goals. I am soooo not a morning person, but I am determined to change this and get outside to run in the mornings. A little bit at a time, I think, is the way to go for me - 20 minutes a day at first and then slowly increase the time as my body adapts.

Keep up the great work!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/19/2009 4:24PM

    Since I retired last May, I've been able to become a morning exerciser because morning can "happen" at a much more reasonable hour now. I agree that morning exercise is best, but I don't think I will ever succeed in not being a night person.
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HEATHIELAUREN 11/19/2009 4:16PM

    You and I are very much alike! I've been on the "get up and workout" bandwagon since Saturday. I get up, do my bible study first, then workout and the day just seems to go better. I'm going to be adding a jog in the evenings tho, but that's just to help get some of this weight off. Keep up the great work!

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Sparking my Boojay

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Haven't blogged in awhile. Been busy elsewhere! :)

This is my first month really working the budget (Germans pronounce it "boojay") plan at Dave Ramsey's site and it's a daily challenge, very much like tracking calories and exercise. I've tried to budget in detail in the past and always gave up after awhile. I'm confident I'll be able to stick to it now, helped by what I've learned about discipline and consistency by being involved here at SP. On the site, they give you great tools and the people on the forums are super supportive and helpful. They're also not afraid to play hardball when it comes to finding weaknesses in your spending plans. I like that.

On the homefront: Mom came home from rehab on Tuesday and is settling in well with primary caregiver Dad and new part-time caregiver Cathy. She also qualified for hospice under Medicare at the last possible minute and is under their care. That's a big relief! I've been very concerned about Mom's safety and Dad's ability to care for her at home without much assistance. Finances are apparently not there for nursing home costs, so this is the best alternative at present.

I was also very happy to speak to Cathy and find out she's a Christian. Two big answers to prayer in one week!

Back to tweaking the boojay...

Have a great weekend!

  
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RURAL3 11/16/2009 8:21AM

    God answers prayer. Aren't we thankful. Love the boojay.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/16/2009 8:12AM

    I lkie that Boojay, will check out the site you mentioned. Hope you have a good week.


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SJG1953 11/16/2009 12:01AM

    That's great news about your mom and dad getting the extra help they needed. God always makes a way!! He is so good.

It's nice that you are managing your budget. That is not an easy job!

God bless you friend, Shirley

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DDOORN 11/14/2009 10:34PM

    Super to hear of some R-E-L-I-E-F coming your way!

I'm sure your parents must enjoy the extra support as well!

Good going on the budget...bet some folks could think of even MORE creative words to describe THEIR boojay...lol!

Don

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2009 5:31PM

    Hi Michelle glad that there were options!
Claudia

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/14/2009 3:07PM

    that's great news on all fronts Michelle.

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SKISINCO 11/14/2009 11:14AM

    Good news about your mom Michelle. I too am trying to work our boojay. Love that word! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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ANGELLACOLE 11/14/2009 10:41AM

    Great news about your mom! I know what a relief it is to know that things are taken care of when you are so far away.

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REYNJANET 11/14/2009 9:03AM

    You certainly sparked my interest in your title! I need to spark my boojay today too!

Very good news about your mother! I'm glad that she was able to get the help and that your dad doesn't have all the responsibility himself. I know you can rest a lot easier now too! It's so hard isn't it watching our parents age!

Prays and hugs!

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Just a rainbow...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

...photo. The view from my balcony today...
That's all :)

  
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CTEMPLE 11/5/2009 5:02PM

    what else!

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CGDINASIA 11/4/2009 11:40PM

    What a gorgeous photo Michelle. I always love rainbows as they remind me of one of God's promises to us.
Carol

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SJG1953 11/4/2009 10:33PM

    So beautiful. I love rainbows.

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SKISINCO 11/4/2009 9:21PM

    Very pretty!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/4/2009 8:28PM

    Thank you for sharing that! You got a great picture of it.

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COOKIEBAKERCAT 11/4/2009 5:26PM

    What a beautiful sight!!

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ANGELLACOLE 11/4/2009 4:12PM

    Love it!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/4/2009 3:13PM

    Just a delight - great photograph.

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LEEDZ09 11/4/2009 1:27PM

    So pretty emoticon

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DDOORN 11/4/2009 12:55PM

    A DOUBLE one, at that! Always feels like my lucky day when I see those... :-)

Don

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/4/2009 12:17PM

    Michelle...I'm always blessed to see a rainbow. Now you know why I chose one for our team!! Thanks for sharing yours!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/4/2009 12:08PM

    FANTASTIC. What a great view to see today. I love rainbows...another message of God's love and promise of more for us. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SONRIDGE 11/4/2009 11:23AM

    What a neat reminder of God's promises! emoticon

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BLUEGOOSE2 11/4/2009 10:47AM

  Wow, spectacular !! now where is the emoticon. LOL

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REYNJANET 11/4/2009 10:35AM

    There is just something about rainbows! Makes the heart smile!
Thanks!!

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November Goals

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Having just gone over my October list, I'm seeing a need to scale down this month! Although I felt like a accomplished a lot in October, there were a lot of things on the list that didn't get any attention. I think I spread myself too thin and will try to focus on fewer goals in November. Especially with Christmas approaching, I want to be focussed on the "reason for the season"!

Progress, not perfection!

Personal:

Daily MORNING prayer - continue to work on making this a habit so it will no longer be a goal!

Home and Org:

TMMO baby step #2 - in progress. Snowflake goal: $250
Stick to November budget!
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - ongoing
Put in order for junk pick-up

Study:

Plot out next year's course plan
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
Contact German adviser
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons
Make appt. with German admin

Ministry:

International Worship Service
Senior visitation/Caroling - organize, recruit
TYs to TOR donors
Draft newsletter
Continue info search for worship team retreat

Health and Fitness Goals:

1200 Cardio minutes
3 x 20 minutes ST per week
Make OB/GYN appointment
Strovak vaccination series
Track food 5x week, Fitness daily

Other:

Book flight for January/February 2010

  
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SKISINCO 11/4/2009 9:20PM

    Great goals Michelle, it can be so easy to spread ourselves too thin. I too am ready to focus on the reason for the season!

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SJG1953 11/3/2009 8:48PM

    Sounds like a plan to me! I need to be more like you on my goal setting. Great job! Hugs, Shirley

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LADY_DONKEY 11/3/2009 4:43PM

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October Goals Update

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Progress not perfection!

Personal:

Daily MORNING prayer - continuing to work on making this a habit
Daily journaling - at least food, for Spark Mindful Eating Team challenge - started the month off well, but have slacked off
Support parents during Momís rehab stay (ends first week in Nov) and concerning future care decisions - ongoing
Daily visit to sparkpeople.com - except during my 5-day vacation, goal met

Home and Org:

TMMO baby step #2 - in progress
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - in progress, but have made big strides here!
Repaper and paint entry hall - not done
Put in order for junk pick-up - not done
Post some stuff on Ebay - not done
Finish changing out summer - winter clothes - pretty much done

Study: no progress in this area at all

Plot out next year's course plan
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
Contact German adviser
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons
Make appt. with German admin

Ministry:

Rehearsals for Flea Market project (Takes place Oct. 13) - done
Orientation workshop for new worship team members (Takes place Oct. 7) - done
Christmas Choir project? - likely won't be happening
Senior visitation - have ordered gift calendars, need to talk to volunteers
New home group/Bible study - talk to Silvan - not done

Language school:

Apply for LIS position? - prayed about it, not going to do this

Health and Fitness Goals:

Walk every day on trip to Switzerland and practice portion control! - done, except for the desserts and chocolate!
Possible run dates (pick 1!)
Oct 17: Musberger Dorflauf 8.7 K - nope
Oct 24: Nellinger Kirbe-Lauf 7.6 K - nope
Oct. 31: Geislinger Volkslauf 10.5 K - nope
1200 Cardio minutes - met and passed
More consistency in ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes - probably got in 60 per week
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise - goal met
Make OB/GYN appointment - not done
Lose 3 pounds - 1.5 total loss

Other:
Book train ticket for retreat - done
Book flight for January/February 2010 - not done

  
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DDOORN 11/3/2009 3:38PM

    Whew! As organized, focused and SPARKIN' as ever! :-)

Don

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/3/2009 3:37PM

    I am in awe at your organization. You have a very busy life but can still get your exercise in. Well done.

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