- Are you a morning person? or a night owl? Is your partner the same?
- Do you wake up with an alarm? What time do you get up?
- What’s your morning routine?
- Do you keep the same general routine on the weekends? when you travel?
- What’s your favorite thing about the morning?
Morning person or night owl?
I am definitely a morning person now, although I’m not sure I always was. I think early on when I was in school I was good at staying up late studying (I was/is a terrible procrastinator), but then in college I went to work early (5:30AM) at Starbucks or teaching pre-school and took classes at night, so I got better about getting up early and it stuck.
Now, honestly, I’m useless after 7 PM. I’m grouchy and lazy and can be a real bitch. I’d like to work on that though, because it’s very frustrating for me, and for Leo. I need a jolt, a change in routine I think, which I am trying to figure out now. It’s so hard though…messing with a routine! But it’s not really working for me anymore, I’m not happy with how I feel in the evenings.
Leo is definitely more of a night owl, he goes to bed hours after I do, usually around 1 or 2 in the morning.
How do you wake up?
Before my accident I was getting up to an alarm at 5:30 AM, but would generally wake up around that time anyway. Now, I wake up and get up when I’m ready. I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6 but in the winter it’s hard to get out of bed so I hang out there for a while and get up closer to 7. Sometimes I fall back asleep, which I don’t like, because that’s when I have the CRAZIEST dreams.
Lay in bed for a couple minutes, I check email, read some news, etc., and then get up. Pee immediately (I love that I’m not getting up in the middle of the night anymore to pee, I was doing that for a while and it was a real pain! I’ve really tried to avoid drinking much an hour before I go to bed, and that helps).
I throw my sweater on top of my pajamas now, and get up to let Dagny outside. I usually empty the dishwasher while she’s outside, and then feed her when she comes back in. I start working on my coffee: I use a chemex, so I grind my beans, and set the water in my electric kettle to heat up to 200 degrees and stay there while I go and use the foam roller upstairs.
(I used to meditate for 20 minutes in the mornings but haven’t done that in FOREVER)
I roll for about 10 minutes or so, then I go back downstairs to prepare my coffee. I fiddle around a bit in the kitchen while it brews; I open the blinds in the living room, wander around a bit straightening up, etc. When the coffee’s done, I pour some in a thermos and some in my mug and go upstairs to work. I like to be upstairs working by no later than 7:30.
I work until I leave for Pure Barre at around 9:30 or earlier if I have packages to drop off at the post office. Class is at 10 and I get home around 11:15, which is when I prepare my vitamin/protein smoothie for “breakfast” – or at least my first meal of the day. I take a probiotic right before I drink my smoothie.
(I’ve been “fasting” for 16 hours the last several months – I restrict my eating to 8 hours a day between 11:30 and 7:30 roughly. There are supposed to be tremendous long-term benefits to your body doing this, and I do notice it helps keep my weight in check, but I think it might also be why I tend to eat more in the evenings. I’m working on tweaking my routine, like I said…)
I don’t vary my routine much at all, except on the weekends instead of going upstairs to work, I sit in the kitchen area and read with my coffee. I don’t normally attend Pure Barre on the weekends either, so it’s a more leisurely morning. I’m still up early though, and doing stuff!
I DO NOT like to lay around in bed at all, either in the mornings or at night. I have been uncomfortable (waking up with an aching back) when I wake up lately, so that’s a big impetus to just get up, but I’ve never liked lounging in bed anyway. Probably because we were definitely NOT allowed to do that as kids. Up and at ’em was the rule at my house. Beds made, and don’t get in them or sit on them again until bedtime 😉
Sometimes when Leo and I travel together I’ll allow myself to lounge around a bit in bed, because he LOVES to do that…
Favorite thing about the morning?
There’s a sense of promise and hope about a new day that I love. And also, COFFEE. I look forward to my two (very large) cups of strong black coffee EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING. I really only drink coffee in the early morning; I can’t drink it all day or after noon because then I don’t sleep. It’s just a really enjoyable routine by now, although I have gone through periods where I try to quit coffee. I did that a while ago, and was able to wean myself off of coffee for a month or so, but I couldn’t tell any significant benefit. I don’t like being addicted to something, and I am addicted, but there are worse things. I think.
I also like to watch the sunrise from my office window if it’s sunny, and I am up in time.
I especially love Monday mornings – I really like my weekday routine! And my work gives me purpose…I sometimes feel a little lost on the weekends, although I do work quite a bit still. More stuff I need to work on haha! I’d like to cultivate more hobbies and interests to do on the weekends.