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The dark days of ... Autumn?

Friday, September 16, 2011

I've had a problem getting up this week. I told myself that after the flooding I'd get back on track--waking up early, going for a run, starting my day right.
But the darkness is killing my "get up and go-itiveness."
I've barely even noticed myself turning off my alarm, rolling over, and drifting back to sleep.
On top of that, the cold is creeping in.
Anyone else having this issue?
How do you combat it? Sheer willpower?
it's something I've never had much of, but I'm trying to strengthen my resolve.

On a seperate note, my diet has been much improved this week, save for a couple of missteps. I'm testing the waters of the Men's Health Abs Diet--trying some recipes, bagging proper portions for lunch and snacks.
If I like it (and feel up to it) I'll go full bore on the plan in two weeks, and post progress pics.
We'll see!
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    either set your alarm louder or do something to make it louder, like setting a tin pan under it.......or put it across the room so you actually have to get up to turn it off....the dark mornings always make it harder to rise and shine....we should all move to someplace warm and sunny...........see you on Crazy 8s
    3229 days ago
    I am glad your diet is improved this week. That's a plus.

    I deal with the same problem. When it is cold and dark, it is hard to roll out of bed. I want to be warm and cozy, and sleeping in becomes more appealing. My diet suffers when it gets colder as I crave heavier food. I guess, for me at least, it IS sheer will power that gets me out of bed and keeps me from stuffing myself with comfort foods. I am seriously considering getting a full spectrum light box for this winter to see if it helps.
    3248 days ago
    I have the same problem. I just remind myself when the alarm goes off that if I don't get up and get my workout over with now, then I will have to do it after work. Usually I get up but times that I don't I just hit the gym after work. Good luck!!!
    3248 days ago
  • JCP1979
    I know, when its dark out when you're suppose to be getting up to go workout or run in the morning during the fall/winter it seems so much harder to motivate yourself not to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. My only possible suggestion would be to have two alarms: one next to the bed and another in the bathroom or somewhere else where you know that when the bedroom one goes off you have to get up to go turn the other one off. If I can get my feet out of the bed, I usually will make it the rest of the way.

    Congrats on getting the diet back on track and I'll be excited to here what you think of the men's health diet! Good luck and you can do it!!
    3248 days ago
    I can so relate!! When I dont have people to meet up with its so easy to 'bag and bail' out of the early morning exercise. Then I find it more challegning to get it in later in the day. I know that if I were to get up and get it done, I would feel so much better, even if I go at it alone.
    3248 days ago
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