I will wake up at 6:30am tomorrow

Tomorrow, on the first day of the new year, I will wake up at 6:30am. It will be the first day of my attempt to turn myself into an early riser.

I have never been an early riser. This is because I’m a very late sleeper. As early as 12 years old, I didn’t go to bed until midnight. That remained steady until college and graduate school. In my late twenties my normal bedtime was about between midnight and 12:30am. These days, the lights go off around 1am.

I don’t mind staying up late, but I don’t like the fact that it makes me wake up late. I also have a really hard time getting out of bed after I wake up, so the result is getting out of bed really late. In effect, I’ll start my day really late. That means I don’t get things done until really late in the day, which results in sleeping really late. It’s a vicious cycle I would really life to break.

I think my productivity will greatly improve if I can address my sleeping habits. And from a health standpoint, getting enough sleep is necessary. We’ve all been told the trifecta of good health- exercise, good nutrition, and sleep. I’ve been working on the first two, it’s high time I attempted to do something about the last one.

I’m also convinced that becoming a early riser will make me happier and more centered. Probably because I’ll be more productive and organized. And more zen.

I’ve always wanted to change my sleeping habits, but a blog post I read recently about how waking up early changed this guy’s life gave me the impetus to make a serious attempt at this waking up early thing. It was clear, simple, and direct. It made me want to do this thing.

I also got inspiration from Leo Babauta of zen habits, who wrote about his morning routine.

There’s a lot of stuff written about how to get out of bed, and I’m sure I’ll have to tackle that in the coming days here. But I want to get to the good stuff, so here’s what I plan to do tomorrow after I get up at 6:30am:

  1. Do some stretches
  2. Make a carrot-apple juice
  3. Write resolutions and intentions for the year
  4. Straighten up the living room and my office
  5. Watch the sunrise at 8:10am

I’m actually looking forward to waking up an hour and half before sunrise! I’m hoping that 2015 will be the year I become a morning person.

Happy New Year!

Food Log, Day 2

So here is yesterday’s food log (Day 1). I talk about why I’m doing this food log in this post.

December 19, 2014

Meal 1

Around 11am

Got up around 10:30am, and made a green juice with kale, spinach, 2 granny smith apples, a little celery and lemon.

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For some reason I kept thinking about last night’s tostada, so I made another one for my breakfast. I threw the spelt tortilla in the oven, and made it with black beans, tomatoes, spinach, and topped with avocado.

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After a while I decided to heat up the one chicken breakfast sausage leftover from yesterday’s breakfast.

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Meal 2

Around 3:30pm?

Maple glazed porkchop with roasted broccoli and spinach salad tossed in balsamic vinaigrette

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I got the maple glazed pork chop recipe from superstar blogger Roni Noone. It is super easy to make and it turns out super tasty each time. Seriously, it doesn’t look pretty but it is sooo good.

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Believe me on this peeps.

Had a couple more squares of dark chocolate.

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6:00pm

Tall soy latte right before taekwondo.

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Meal 2:

9:30pm

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Chickpea curry with basmati rice that Kory made. I had to run errands after Taekwondo so I got home super late.

Thoughts:

I think I did pretty well. Definitely ate a bunch of veggies. Protein-wise, definitely had a lot of that today..but that pork loin was delicious.

I do realize that waking up so late (and sleeping so late too) pushes my dinnertime really late. That’s always been a struggle. The earliest we go to bed in this house is like 12:15am. It’s bad. I really would like to go to bed earlier, but Kory is a total night owl and I’ve gone to bed past midnight since I can remember.

Anyway, taking pictures of what I eat isn’t so bad. It’s a lot less tedious IMHO than typing it into a food tracker like MyFitnessPal.