8 Tips to Become a Morning Person {Guest Post}

Happy Feeling Fit Friday everyone!

I am BEYOND excited to be featuring one of my favorite ladies, the fabulous Jill Conyers!

 Honestly, I can’t remember when I actually met Jill via the interwebs, because it feels like we’ve been blends all along. Jill is so inspiring, encouraging and just an all around awesome person!

Today, Jill is sharing some tips for becoming a morning person. A couple months ago, I decided to start waking up at 5:00am during the week…and around 6am or 7am on the weekends (I haven’t tried awaking up as early as Jill yet, though!). It was tough to start, but quickly became a routine. I love to work on my todo list, workout and just take the morning slow. And I often see tweets or comments from Jill in the wee morning hours, which I love – and which I saw this morning, of course!

If you’ve been in need of some motivation to start waking up early, this post is for you. Enjoy!

Morning Person

Are you an early riser or a night owl? If you’re not already, have you ever considered being a morning person?

I haven’t always a morning person. I started working out with a trainer and 5:00 a.m. was the only time we could meet. 5:00 a.m. workouts 3 days a week became routine and I never slept in again.

My favorite time of day is 4:00 a.m. I wake up feeling rested and I’m immediately ready to get out of bed. I haven’t hit snooze in years.

Sleeping in is 4:30 a.m.

Morning Person

I have time to enjoy my morning coffee and time to workout, journal, blog, email, or whatever I want or need to do.

8 Tips to Become a Morning Person

Know Your Why. Know why you’re going to wake up early. Come up with a meaningful goal you’ll be able to achieve by starting the day earlier, whether that’s a morning workout or checking off an item or 2 on your to-do list.

Prep the Night Before. Whatever you plan to accomplish do whatever you can the night before to prep. Maybe set out workout clothes or set the DVD ready to play.

Seize the Day. When you wake up start thinking about the things you’re looking forward to accomplishing with a little extra morning time.

Move the Clock. Move your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off especially if you’re a frequent snooze button user. This might (will probably) be annoying at first but stick with it. Feeling annoyed will pass

Workout. Early morning has fewer interruptions and you’ll get an energy boost to start your day.

Up Early on Weekends Too. You have a new early morning schedule. Keep the same schedule even on weekends. You’ll have the bonus of extra me time and the consistency will make it easier throughout the week.

Adjust Your Bedtime. This will be a tough one for night owls. Adjust your bedtime so you’re not cutting back on the number of hours you sleep by waking up earlier. Cutting back will catch up with you physically and mentally.

Don’t expect to like it immediately. It’s going to be tough at first. Resist the urge to give up and sleep in. Stick with it. It gets easier and with a little time you might become a morning person too.

Is getting up early worth it?

Consider the benefits of a morning workout or run:

  • interruptions are rare because everyone is sleeping
  • energized for the day ahead of you
  • start the day with a clear mind and relaxed
  • exercising in the morning is more likely to stay consistent
  • a slow and unrushed start to the day
  • the coveted “me” time

Are you an early riser or night owl? What would you do with extra time in the morning?

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Want to connect with Jill?
Blog: www.jillconyers.com
Facebook: Fitness, Health and Happiness
Twitter: @jillconyers
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- Jen.

Who is going to get up early next week?!

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Wiaw: random (non-pumpkin) October eats

It’s been a little too long since I’ve shared a What I Ate Wednesday post, am I right?

Well, never fear, I’m linking up with Jenn again this week to bring you some random October eats.

One of these days I’ll get a full day of food and share it with you. Add it to my todo list maybe?

Until then, enjoy some photos of food.

When it was still warm enough for shorts in October, I had a purple (green) smoothie.

When it was still warm enough for shorts in October, I had a purple (green) smoothie.

All the veggies and squash. Plus an egg for protein. And homemade kimchi made a comeback.

All the veggies and squash. Plus an egg for protein. And homemade kimchi made a comeback.

All the avocados.

All the avocados. Perfect in sushi and eggs.

dates + chunky pb for a pre-workout snack. #obsessed.

dates + chunky pb for a pre-workout snack. #obsessed.

All. the cashews. Serious, my favorite. I eat them like candy.

All. the cashews. Serious, my favorite. I eat them like candy.

Chicken. Avocado. Peas. Purple Carrot Noodles. Nutritional Yeast. Black Sesame Seeds....whenever I look at the noodles, it always looks like stripes of bacon! If only....

Chicken. Avocado. Peas. Purple Carrot Noodles. Nutritional Yeast. Black Sesame Seeds….whenever I look at the noodles, it always looks like stripes of bacon! If only….

My FAVORITE cereal in CINNAMON (my other favorite!)!

My FAVORITE cereal in CINNAMON (my other favorite!)!

A real espresso (ie. from an keurig type espresso maker...)

A real espresso (ie. from an keurig type espresso maker…)

Tasty, right?!

Make sure to head over to Peas and Crayons and check out some other #wiaw eats.

What are you eating today? What are you favorite non-pumpkin October eats?!

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WELL, HELLO MONDAY…

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Well, hello!
Notice a little change?!
After lots of work on Saturday and with help from the workout bud, the blog is now self-hosted! See how excited he is…

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How was your weekend?!

Friday – worked from home and FINALLY started feeling better. I had to teach bootcamp all morning and my first two classes were full of coughing. I wanted to sneak in my own workout since I had been off all week, but since my final class only had one participant, I ended up doing the core workout I planned for the day with her, rather than my ‘All About That Bass‘ workout. Still a good one! I did some Christmas crafting with my mom and sisters after work, where I had a few bites of THIS popcorn! Whey is one of the ingredients and since my stomach hates whey, I only ate a few pieces, just to try it out.  Then I made some homemade sushi for dinner.

Sweet potato mash. Avocado. BACON. and Smoked Salmon. #todiefor

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Saturday, I slept in a bit, showered, got ready, which means I put on jeans and perfume and made myself look presentable, rather than putting on workout clothes, and went off to start moving the blog. I drove to Starbucks, but the parking lot was so full and the line out of the lot. I turned around and drove to my favorite coffee shop. I ordered a coffee and tried to connect to the wi-fi, literally, 10-15 times, to no avail. So, since I knew I’d need his help, I drove to the workout bud’s house. After lots of fenagling, chats with the Dreamhost support team (thanks, Nick!), and 404 + 500 errors, we got the blog moved from wordpress.com to wordpress.org! And after 3+ hours, we went on a walk outside.

IMG_0449.JPGWhen I got home, I watched my first episode of Scandal…might need to start watching that show for real. And then I spent many a hours tweaking my theme and getting things set up. I did some html and css courses through CodeAcademy earlier in the summer, and luckily, I remembered a little bit. Definitely going to do a refresher and make more tweaks and updates to the blog in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!

Sunday, I finally worked out! I started off with a mile run and then did the ‘All About That Bass‘ workout – which was awesome. I rushed to make it to church on time and then had some lunch with a friend after. I made a few shopping stops: World Market (LOVE THIS PLACE), the grocery store, and Target. Leave it to Target to make a pair of knock-off earrings that were cheaper than the one’s I’ve been eyeing for months. #score

IMG_0464.JPGI also decided to skip the Urbanathon. I’m pretty bummed, but I think it’s a good decision. With the black lung, I was basically out of workout commission for 2 weeks. And the workout bud was sick last week too. So, rather than spend lots of money to drive up to Chicago for the race, we decided to hold off. Just gives me more time to train for another race later. Maybe the Drumstick Dash again.

Here’s to another Monday

on monopoly: a body image monopoly

on rest: taking time for yourself

on productivity: set a timer

on life: embracing the interim

on cellulite: a letter

on weightlifting: what it does for the brain

on the weight room: building confidence

on functional fitness: focus + routines

on my ‘must try workouts’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘maybe i should try and make these recipes this week’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six. <– gah. i want. right. now.

on my ‘reasons i love fall fashion’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘future home inspiration’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six.

on fall tables: i want a party with this table

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So. True.

What’s on deck for you this week? Today, even. I don’t have a super busy week ahead and now I have a free Friday and Saturday, so I need to find some fun fall things to do. This week is a good week for me to organize my todo list and get a few this done. Probably also a good week to start my SAQ Training course I received (for free!!) from NASM a few weeks ago…

Tell me about your weekend! And what’s on deck for this week!

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