This morning’s blue skies!I often hear people say that they could “never” wake up early to exercise or run. Today on my run I crafted a list of pointers to help motivate wannabe morning people. Never say never!
- Stick with it. At first, it will be really hard to break night owl habits and obey your alarm clock. But every day it should get easier, and eventually your body will develop a morning person rhythm.
- Treat yourself. Make coffee, have breakfast, listen to your favorite band, read the paper, etc. first thing when you get up. Then, your first thought isn’t, “BLEH I have to get up to go run in the cold/rain/heat,” it’s “YAY, I get a hot cup of coffee and get to listen to John Mayer!”
- Go to bed early. Duh. If you’re well-rested, your body is happier when you wake it up at 5 a.m.
- Focus on the positive. Sometimes when I’m laying in bed, debating whether to sleep in or not, I remind myself how good it will feel to have run, showered, and accomplished something in my life before 8 a.m. Going for a morning run puts me in a good mood and helps me be more relaxed and productive for the rest of the day.
- Have accountability partners. Make ridiculously early plans with other morning people who will get mad if you bail.
Which brings me to… these lovely ladies!Miriam, Leah, and I reunited for a humid, yet happy, six miles this morning.Now that I live across the river, it’s a bit more difficult for us to find a meeting point. Luckily I have my trusty ride to help get me get around town with ease! (Except when it comes to hills. Betty weighs about 50 lbs and does not handle inclines well.)
Speaking of ease, Anthony and I are still in love with our new family member:Slow-cooker pork stew was on the menu! Even though reviewers give this recipe 3 stars, we’d give it 4.5.Hearty, cheap, healthy, and easy! If I made it again I would add more tomatoes, but other than that minor change I think it’s pretty perfect as-is.What better way to end this post than with a piece of warm, buttery bread?You have a wonderful morning!
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