For 7 days I’ve committed to getting up before 7AM. 5 minutes earlier every day which, maths fans, should have me up and about at 6:25AM by the end of the 7 days.
I’ve never been a morning person, I hate them. It’s an ill disguised jealousy of the rosey faced chirpy nuggets who are up and about, jogging or fetching the paper. I want to have fuller longer days but I just like my bed too much. With races looming I need to find a way to fit training in without impacting the family and the only extra time I can make is early AM. With the additional bonus of giving the better half a few mornings off of dog duty.
So, 7 reasons, one for each day of this test as to why it’s just too hard and one reason why not.
1. It’s cold. The heating isn’t on, the house is cold and damn if I’m not a sensitive little flower.
2. Clothes. I can’t be bothered to put them out at night so by morning attire is normally inside out pants and a raggy t-shirt.
3. Dog duty. Generally they’re good but traipsing around the garden in pants (point 2) and cold (point 1) with a little black bag of dog poo sucks.
4. It’s boring. I don’t have a routine yet so all I do is gaze at a screen wondering if bed is an option.
5. Breakfast. Let’s face it, it tastes better when someone else cooks it. You know, like McDonalds. Cranberry juice and a bowl of sorry looking granola isn’t worth getting up for.
6. Sunrise isn’t fun rise. Sunrise in the UK Autumn consists of a grey dank night becoming a more grey dank day. Where’s are the mystical sunrises over rolling countryside I see on Facebook?
7. Tired, you don’t know the meaning of the word. I’m predisposed to staying up late, with kids asleep, it’s adult time. Of course I achieve nothing, but if I wanted to I could. Just knowing I’ve stretched the day out makes me feel good!
So there you have it. To counter it all if it’s good enough for Schwarzenegger it’s good enough for me;
I’ve always figured out that there 24 hours a day. You sleep six hours and have 18 hours left. Now, I know there are some of you out there that say well, wait a minute, I sleep eight hours or nine hours. Well, then, just sleep faster, I would recommend.
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