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Getting up with the sun?


Goal progress: In bed by somewhere around midnight Jan 6, Up at 8:00 a.m. Jan 7.

Weekly goal recap: Goal – Go to bed by 10 p.m., get up by 6:30 a.m. every weekday for a month.

  • In bed by somewhere around midnight Jan 6, Up at 8:00 a.m. Jan 7.
  • In bed by 10:30 p.m. Jan 5, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 6.
  • In bed by 11:05 p.m. Jan 4, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 5.
  • In bed by 10:26 p.m. Jan 3, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 4.
  • In bed by 10:25 p.m. Jan 2, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 3.

Weekly goal recap: Goal – Be 15 minutes early for everything for an entire month. This means leaving 1/2 hour early to anything around town.

  • Out of 7 appointments, I was on time or early for all except picking up the food for my user group today, and the physical therapy appointment on Tuesday afternoon, for which they fit me in at the last-minute and I didn’t have much prep time for. So I’d say just being more aware of this has been working, and I’ll keep at it.

Today, at the 6:30 alarm, I reset to 7:30, and then to 8:00. Why? Because I could (no early morning appointments or deadlines today). I was already feeling sleep deprived, and I didn’t want to feel like I was dragging all day today, like yesterday. And it felt great: that little bit of sleep and waking up in daylight made all the difference. In spite of the weird dreams I had when I went back to sleep, I actually woke up in a positive mood, which is rare for me. And I felt way better throughout the day than I did yesterday. Of course, this meant that I had less time to myself this morning. I did my PT stretches, and a little reading and meditating, but didn’t have time to write, which is one of my daily habits I’m working on. Additionally, I had to rush in order to get things around for my SharePoint User Group, and I was late picking up the food (which was so good, by the way, vegan potato samosas and a vegan brown rice and cranberry dish from Whole Foods.)

So what have I learned from working on my habits this week? That I can get up for four days in a row prior to 6:30 a.m. That when I do, my get-to-sleep time starts to creep back up, in spite of good intentions. That when my sleep time gets later, and I keep getting up at 6:30 a.m., I get sleep deprived and don’t function well.

What does this mean for next week and the rest of the month? I think what might be more reasonable to work on next week, is getting up somewhere between civil twilight and sunrise, which would be about 7:15. That way I’ll be waking up as it gets lighter, and it won’t be too much later than my original goal. I’ll continue to set my alarm for the target, and will continue to work on getting to bed early enough to get 8.5 hours of sleep, which seems to be my minimum for normal function. And the great thing is, as the month goes on, my wake time will be getting earlier.

I’ll still miss those late night bursts of creativity and productivity, and will be tempted to overcompensate on the weekends. We’ll see how it goes.

Progress, not the “P” word


Goal progress: In bed by 11:05 p.m. Jan 4, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 5.

Hanging in there, barely. Bedtime keeps itching up. Really dragging today. Made it slightly early to another personal meeting (not 15 minutes early, but not late either). As Flylady says, Progress not Perfection.

Plugged our All Things Vegan radio show tonight on Open Air, another KPOV community radio show, then had a planning session. The next show is already just over two weeks away. Can’t wait to start recording: We have some great interviews coming up in the next few weeks!

Does this hurt? No, how ’bout this?


Goal progress: In bed by 10:26 p.m. Jan 3, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 4.

I really wanted to go back to bed this morning, it was so tempting.

Today I went back to the doctor to follow-up on my left leg and knee, which has been hurting since I slipped down a few stairs three weeks ago during another groggy morning. Here’s how it went:

P.A.: Does this hurt? Yes. How about this? Yes. What if I do this. No. Really, what if I twist your leg into this unnatural and awkward position? Uh, yes. Did you feel that little snap? It’s probably this ___ tendon, and your IT band. See it on the diagram, here? The ___ tendon would be pretty rare, but still…

Doctor: Does this hurt? Yes. What about when I do this? Yes. Relax your leg. What if I press here really hard? Uh, Yes. Let’s see if it hurts on the other leg. No. What if I press really, really hard on the other leg with my thumb? OK, yes. It’s this other tendon here, down the left side of your leg. You mean where I was complaining that it hurt? Yes, your biceps femoris. Here, I’ll write it down for you: “biceps femoris tendonitis.” I think you should get PT.

(Doctor leaves)

I don’t think he liked your theory. P.A.: Yes, well, I said it would be rare.

P.T.: Does this hurt? Yes. What about this? Yes. Turn on your back. What if I bend your knee really far this way? Yes. What if I bend your knee while simultaneously pushing it to the side and also drilling my thumb into your ankle ? Lord, yes. Try to resist this. Now try the other leg. Well that leg is weak too in the glutes. If only I had kept doing yoga, this injury probably never would have happened. Hmm. Turn on your side and raise your thigh, but not your hip, but keep your ankles together. No, not like that. Does that hurt? Yes. Now do calf raises. Does that hurt? Yes, a lot. Well I think not only have you stressed your tendon but you’ve injured your calf muscle as well. Would this have gotten better on its own? Well, yes, probably in a few months. These things tend to scar up over time, though, so it may always bother you a little. But we should have you feeling better in about three weeks.

Assistant: Don’t worry, this falls under your deductible but that will only take a couple of visits. Sigh.

And now, to bed, late, with a leg that feels like somebody beat it with a baseball bat. And every time my leg hurts in the next few days weeks, I’ll try to use the opportunity to be mindful of and grateful for the rest of my healthy body.

1 appointment with my self down, 20 to go


Goal progress: In bed by 10:25 p.m. Jan 2, Up at 6:25 a.m. Jan 3. (Bonus: Was 5 minutes or so early for an evening meeting, even though last minute work emails made me leave a little later than I’d planned.)

It is so hard for me to get up in the dark. Seems so completely unnatural; In the summer, it’s much easier. I’d like to try one of those light lamps—you know, the happy lights for seasonal affective disorder?

There is nowhere to sit in this house to enjoy the sunrise, but my home office faces west. I was rewarded this morning by a soft luminescent pink sunrise reflected off the snow drenched mountains. Took a few minutes just to enjoy it.

Time for bed, already?


So I’m getting ready to go to bed ridiculously early in order to work on one of my habits for 2011: Go to bed by 10 p.m. and get up by 6:30 a.m. on weekdays for all of January. My night owl insomniac hubby is not happy, because he likes my company (we are both here, doing completely different things, but yet, we’re here, awake, together). I’m not happy, because I was up until around 2:30 last night and didn’t get up until noon today. So the day has gone by way too quickly. Anyway, it helps that I’m feeling a little slow today. Hope that nap earlier didn’t screw things up.

It’s not that I can’t get up if I need to for work, an appointment, or a meeting: I spent one entire summer during college working the first shift at a wood mill. I can’t remember what time we started, but it was damn early. Plus, I’ve gotten up plenty of times at 4 a.m. or so to get ready to drive to the airport. And I’ve had many jobs over the years with the requisite 8-5 schedule. It’s those times when I don’t have an appointment, or somewhere that I need to be, though, that are tough. To remedy this, I’ve made twenty-one 6:30 a.m. appointments with myself. I’m going to put them in my calendar.

The last time I tried to do this, by the way, I lasted about two days. If I don’t succeed every weekday this month, I’ll try not to beat myself up and just try again the next day. I need to reward myself for each small victory. Any ideas? It can’t be financial; although I’d love to reward myself with some new clothes or that Vitamix I’ve been craving, there’s just no wiggle room in the budget.

Food for thought: Benjamin Franklin and the Night Owls: Or, the Importance of Getting the Time that You Need To Do What You Need to Do! This post helps me to keep in perspective why I’m working on this habit—to have uninterrupted time to exercise and write—two things that are important to me.