Me? A Morning Person?

17 Nov

As many of my regular readers probably already know… I am NOT a morning person. In fact, I am not even really an “awake” person. I love sleep. I adore sleep. I like falling asleep, staying asleep, going back to sleep, talking about sleep, writing about sleep, planning for my next sleep and finding extra time in my schedule for… you guessed it… sleep.

But, you see… I started something this week. It was kind of an accident and now it has snowballed into this whole “morning person” thing. And well, let’s be honest… mornings interfere with sleep… So I have what you might call a bit of a dilemma on my hands.

While trying to make an important deadline for work, I stayed up one night until I just hit the wall. It was only midnight, but I could go no further. So… as much as I HATED the thought of it… I had but one choice. Go to bed right then, set the alarm for an hour and a half earlier and get up and go to the office in the wee hours so as to meet said deadline.

And you know what? I got up, I ate a healthier, low-calorie breakfast, I encountered little traffic on my commute and the time alone at my desk proved to be quite productive. By the time my co-workers began to arrive, my early-morning-I-hate-everyone-and-am-bitter-because-I-am-awake fog had begun to lift. I felt alert and ready to tackle whatever challenges the day had to offer.

However, as with anything worthwhile… there is a price. By 5 p.m., though there was definitely still work to be done, I was done. I could work no more. I was tired and cranky and ready to hit the couch in my favorite baggy t-shirt and sweats. Well, I thought… I guess I’ll get up early again tomorrow and finish up this work before the real day begins.

This time, I went to bed one hour earlier and set the alarm for two hours earlier than usual. I got up, ate the healthy, fiber-packed breakfast, sped to work like a demon, got the best parking spot and finished several projects before anyone else dared darken the doorway.

By today—the third day—co-workers and Facebook friends have begun to wonder what the hell I’m doing up so early. (Like I’m not wondering the same exact thing…) “What are you doing up so early? What are you doing up so early?” everyone keeps asking me. And I tell them that I’ve just been finding the mornings to be a great time to get work done…

Not to mention that (as an aside) I’m secretly hoping the uber-early, super-healthy, low-calorie breakfast of champions combined with multiple cups of coffee may help me shed these unwanted pounds in time to break out my sweater dresses. Because, let’s face it… no amount of Spanx or control-top panty hose is going to hide an extra 10 pounds when it comes to body-hugging knits.

Anyway… back to mornings. So I guess what I’m saying is that there may be hope for me yet. Perhaps I can finally make peace with my alarm clock and stop abusing the snooze button after all. Maybe I can be a morning person! Maybe one day I’ll even get up and do one of the five different yoga DVDs currently collecting dust in a basket by my bed! Or go for a walk in the brisk, morning air… or take up kickboxing again…

But hear this… Morning person or no morning person… Nothing… and NO ONE is going to TOUCH my 12-hours-at-a-time-weekend-sleep-marathons.

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10 Responses to “Me? A Morning Person?”

  1. JT November 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

    I figure I will get all the sleep I need when I’m dirt napping ;-)

  2. paigefussell November 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    Amen! I am slowly adapting to my new “roomate’s” schedule and am finding that mornings do not exist in the ninth circle of hell … that is, if you go to bed at a reasonable hour. Imagine, going to bed earlier and waking up earlier (and feeling rested). Could it be that simple?????

  3. Booksphotographsandartwork November 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

    So glad that someone is able to escape this morning person curse.

  4. Deb Shields November 17, 2011 at 1:17 PM #

    Sweetheart, we will ALWAYS be owls and not larks. But you are doing the best thing possible to make peace with it. Great “balance” plan. We do what we gotta do when we gotta do it. (said with Italian accent for full effect)

  5. cravesadventure November 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    You are such a stitch – I see you used your hammer in the pic above;) I am a morning person (not a workout morning person) and have had people tell me that I am almost scary cheery in the morning – ha! I cannot remember the last time I stayed up past Midnight – been awhile. Hang in There and Keep Keepin On!

    • Woman In Thrisis November 17, 2011 at 6:42 PM #

      Thanks Renee :) I actually chose the alarm clock picture because I saw it and immediately thought of you!

      • Renee November 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM #

        Too Funny – Ha:)

  6. lee November 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM #

    You a morning person? Now this is a great work of fiction.

  7. Bailey Mikell December 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM #

    You are awesome. I love your blog. xoxo

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