Dear Morning People...


Oh dear! Lately, I am such a sleepy girl!
I'm not sure what is going on. I want to start my new "exercise in the morning every day" life plan. But I wake up ready for a nap instead of a run!
Any suggestions? I get between 7 and 8 hours a night lately so that isn't the problem.

How do you "wake up with pep" in the morning?
I used to TOTALLY be a morning person and loved it; I want to be a morning person again starting tomorrow.

All suggestions immensely appreciated!


  1. Having a very outgoing and friendly kitty who also wants his breakfast RIGHT AWAY certainly helps! I have always been a morning person though--I feel guilty for sleeping later than 9 AM. It helps me to think about all the things I want to accomplish early in the day so I can have chill time for the rest of the day. Maybe make a list the night before so you know what needs to be done the next morning?

    I am also a big believer in morning rituals to get you going. Get in the shower as soon as you can after waking up. Use body wash or shampoo that has citrus or spicy smells--they will wake you up! Put on NPR or the tv news to give you something to listen to. And always have breakfast! :)

  2. Natural light. The light comes in my window and wakes me up before my alarm EVERY morning. If you don't have access to a Eastward facing window, they have these alarm clocks that use light to wake you up. Look on amazon.

  3. Music?? I'm not a morning person either but maybe would help?

  4. Having to be at work at 6:45am have MADE me a morning person, but there are several things that help me wake up on sleepy mornings:

    -Since it's still dark when I wake up, I got a fancy-schmancy "natural" light that supposed to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but it also definitely helps me wake up when I eat breakfast in front of it.

    -I mix my oatmeal the night before (old-fashioned oats, milk, blueberries or banana) and cover the bowl in foil and put it in the fridge. Then when I wake up, I just stir and microwave for 2 minutes!

    -Avoid/limit caffeine and naps

    Finally, last winter I learned that it's hard to just decide to wake up and work out. Practice waking up first and just read or linger over breakfast with that extra time. Once your body is used to waking up earlier, THEN it might be easier to get out of bed when you know you want to work out.

  5. Ladies! These tips are SUPER helpful; thank you so much.

  6. Music?? I'm not a morning person either but maybe would help?