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I Spent the Last Month Trying to Become a Morning Person

I fall somewhere in between morning person and night owl, staying up late some nights while still being able to get up if I have an early morning shoot or other commitment. So, when Shape asked me if I wanted to join them and challenge myself to become a morning person as part of their #MyPersonalBest campaign for February, I thought, "This is the push I need."

 

Alright girls- @shape has challenged me for the month of February. My goal: to become a morning person If laying in bed until 9am then starting my day counts, I'm so good Honestly though, we all have different schedules, different routines and different ideas of what "being a morning person" means. . For me, my days start a bit later right now because of my schedule and work load. I stay up late working on different projects which means I can sleep in later. Once I'm up, I'm super productive and get a lot done in a dayThat said, I really would LOVE to get start getting myself back to earlier mornings. . So for the next month I'll be sharing some tips and tricks I'm using to help out and keep you posted on my progress. #mypersonalbest We shall see... . Now- trading in this for and heading to Aspen! . >>> My Workout Guide & Meal Plan {link in bio}

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I used to wake up early, but when my schedule changed and I didn't need to get up early anymore, I stopped. Still, I've always felt more productive in the morning, so I wanted to wake up earlier, even if I didn't need to.

 

OMG yes!!Hahaha Any pigeons out there!? This cold has been ridiculous, but finally getting my energy back! Today's workout was like a turbo version of one from my #lsfhotbody Sweat GuideHave you started it yet!? I'm starting another 4 week DietBet challenge on Valentine's Day & will be giving you a SUPER good discount on the guide & meal plan. It's amazing the difference in energy when your diet and workouts are on Plus it's been wash easier waking up "early" in Hawaii since it's like 9am at home! #mypersonalbest >>>Sign-Up link in bio . The Goal: lose 4% body weight in 4 weeks: Win $ Prizes just for IG posting TONS of support & motivation to reach your goal! . Food in Hawaii is I've been snacking on fresh fruit, fish & salads and couldn't be happier (unless Ryan was with me!!)

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When February 1 rolled around, I didn't really have a set plan (which I came to regret later) for exactly how I was going to become a morning person. But I started going to bed earlier. Seems like a solid first step, right? So if I would normally go to bed at midnight or 1 a.m. after a night of blogging, I'd at least try to be in bed at 11 p.m. instead. Problem was, this didn't make me wake up much earlier at first. Hmm...

That's when I started working on my nighttime routine.

I always sleep with a sleep mask on, but I started ditching it in the hopes that the sunlight would wake me up earlier. That helped a little. But I started to realize that for me, it wasn't necessarily about physically waking up earlier. It was about the action of getting out of bed and starting my day

So partway through the month I decided to get serious. No more setting my alarm for 15 minutes earlier, or trying to will my body to become something it wasn't used to being—an energetic morning riser. Nope, I decided to set my alarm for 7:30 a.m., get up and exercise immediately—even before I had my morning cup of coffee. This was a huge sacrifice for me, but holding off on coffee gave me something to look forward to. I love my coffee.

 

Ok guys- I typically don’t eat “breakfast” until around 11am or so. I like getting up, having my coffee {with MTC oil & collagen peptides} & getting my sweat on first. Maybe that will change as I continue to work toward being more of a morning person, but for now, it’s what works for MY body. . That said, it is SO important to make sure you are getting the right nutrients to fuel your body throughout the day. The right foods give you energy & help in recovery. They're what allow you to continue working towards those goals . My FAVE post workout breakfast is this green smoothie: 1 cup @lovemysilk Almond Milk 1 cup spinach 1 Tbs almond butter 1 scoop collagen whey protein 1 Tbs flax meal 1/2 frozen banana. Healthy fats, proteins & carbs all in one totally yummy treat I have tons of simple recipes on my blog & YouTube @lovesweatfitness . #MyPersonalBest Sponsored by Silk.

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I used to be a morning exerciser, religiously, but I had gotten away from doing it every morning consistently. So my new strategy not only helped me get up earlier but also helped me stick to my morning workouts. I started doing a quick five-minute abs series every morning before I got out of bed too. This really helped set a healthy tone for the day.

I knew something was working when just the other day I had a sleepover with my niece and nephew, but my body naturally woke up at 5:30 in the morning! I can't remember the last time I woke up like that. It was pitch black outside and I was like, 'What is happening?', but I jumped out of bed and was awake. I felt good and did all my normal stuff for the entire day.

I've realized that this kind of transformation doesn't happen overnight. I was a bit naïve in the beginning, thinking that all it would take is telling myself to go to bed earlier and that would be that. A weight-loss transformation takes commitment, time, and most importantly, planning. And if you want to transform your sleep schedule, you'll need to do the same kind of thing. Have a plan and stick to it. It can be really hard to maintain any plan if it's too drastic or if you don't have the things in line to help you get there, so start small.

 

How I started off the month, 100% NOT a morning person - How I'm feeling about mornings now... . They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit, I don’t buy it! Every person and situation is different. We are all in different places in life, have different schedules, goals and struggles along the way. Even after the last month of working on finding #mypersonalbest as a morning person, it isn’t easy. I’m not popping out of bed singing and ready to take on the day, but I am waking up earlier and have found some amazing ways to be a more productive “morning person.” . My mornings don’t start at 5 am, but I don’t think that’s what it takes to be a morning person. To me, it’s all about how you use your time. Getting enough rest, fueling your body and finding ways to make every day count . I'll be sharing a recipe, workout & some tips from what I've leaned on the Shape IG story today too! Thanks @shape for challenging me this month! Xoxo Katie @lovesweatfitness

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Throughout this month I've realized that the definition of a "morning person" can be different for everyone. For some people, it might mean hopping out of bed at 5 a.m. every day. But for me, it's more about making changes to help start the day on a better note. This challenge has proven to me that even if I don't get up earlier or go to bed earlier, I can still be a more productive, alert, and mindful person in the morning. I set my intentions on what I want to accomplish in the first hour or so that I'm awake, and, now, more days than not, I accomplish them.

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