Monday, June 14, 2010

An Unexpected Change

Something really weird is happening to me.

I think I am becoming a MORNING PERSON.

I wake up every morning and actually *want* to get out of bed. My eyes naturally open as the light of day enters my bedroom and the birds are singing outside my window. I lie there with the cool morning breeze drifting over my skin and think, "What a great day!" And I GET UP.

This is nothing short of miraculous for me. From the time I was a teen, I was a night owl type of person. If I had my way (and I often did), I'd stay up til 1 or 2am and sleep in til 8:30 or 9 every day.When I grew up and had babies, they totally messed with my sleep schedule. But as they got older I always *wanted* to sleep in, and did whenever I got the chance.

When I was a single mom in college, I'd drag myself out of bed in a fog every morning, get the kids ready for school and daycare, send them off, go to school and work, and come home with the kids between 3 and 6. Make dinner, do homework with the kids, tuck them in by 9, and then it was time to get stuff done. Wash the dishes, clean the kitchen, do a load or two of laundry. And then I'd be up til 2am doing MY homework.

I didn't mind staying up late, but I always just detested having to get up in the morning. When I graduated, remarried, had my last child... that's when I got a little break. I got to be home and be just a Mom for awhile. But yeah, every morning was a drag. My usual morning:

Be awakened by a child by 6am or an alarm by 7am. Wake up feeling like sheer hell. Hobble around trying to figure out what day it is, making coffee, squinting, moaning, wishing I was back in bed. Heck, just getting OUT of bed took me 15 or 20 minutes. I had to convince myself to get up and brace myself for the pain in my feet, knees, and legs when I got up. I had to heave myself and roll myself up and out of bed and try to hobble out to get some pain relievers before I could even BEGIN to cope. Is it any wonder I HATED mornings?

But something has dramatically changed over the last few weeks. Looking back, I see it's been months in the making. As I lost weight, I slept better. I didn't have heartburn or heart palpitations or wake up gasping for air. Oh, I still wake up in the night (thinking) but it isn't terribly unpleasant. I started going to bed earlier... by 11. I noticed that the headaches went away. The pain in my legs and feet eased quite a bit. Getting out of bed became a matter of just sitting up and getting out, with very little effort. And I stopped being SO DARN TIRED.

The last few weeks, I have been waking up in the morning with no kid and no alarm... just naturally waking. I feel GREAT when I wake up. I have energy. I am happy. I am ready to take on the day. I still have a bit of achiness in my feet and knees but not enough to bother me much. It is SO EXCITING to me that when I wake up it only takes me five minutes to have my eyes open and brain turned on! And it is SO nice to get up before anyone else and enjoy the cool, quiet house. It's just lovely!

I feel like I've gained a lot more *life* because of this. Instead of "waking up" for 3 hours every morning, I am up early and enjoying it. This is such an unexpected blessing to me. Life just keeps getting better the more I pay attention to my physical, emotional, and mental health. Who knew?

Have a GREAT day! And remember, never give up! Start now :)


Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Yay for you!! Better sleep, need to get there myself. Yes, every day is a new day!!

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I just wanted to let you know that I love, just LOVE your blog. I've been reading for a while now and it's such a relief knowing that the struggles I face to lose weight are not just mine. It's so good to hear how you struggle and persevere through each issue. I'm so happy for you and blown away by your efforts. I am rooting for you and I have to thank you stating this simple statement: Never give up. That phrase keeps me going. I'm never giving up and I AM going to lose all this weight. Thank you for writing this blog, it helps keep me focused and keeps me hopeful.


Amber said...

I have only been reading your blog for a few weeks now and so I have not been there with you on most of the struggles. I have been here for a lot of successes and to read about your changes and to see your new outlook on life. This has been more than inspiration to me, but that little push I needed to get myself on this journey. I am looking forward to waking up in the morning and feeling ready to embrace the world. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

Jennifer said...

I totally agree. I will also be blogging very soon about how losing weight is changing me as a person. my outlook, my sleep habits, my mood, my parenting, my quality as a wife, etc. Keep up the good work Lyn.


Lori said...

I think of those vitories like hidden treasures. We know they are there someplace, we just need to uncover them.

I'm happy for you.

Karen said...

Good for you, Lyn!!!! Not by choice but I too have become a morning person. But I am also going to bed at a reasonable hour at night now (and not staying up half the night farming...LOL). My next goal is to get the dogs squared away and then using those early mornings for WALKING. Let's just hope it won't continue to be 80 degrees at 7 in the morning!!!!

-J.Darling said...

Way to break free from the lbs! It really DOES sap a lot of energy out of your life when you're bound to a binging addiction and dragging around all those excess lbs. I feel ya! I'm pretty restless now!

KyokoCake said...

I loved reading this - I just thought that this very morning!! I had a good workout last night and then just got right up, before I had to! Nice :)

Grace said...

Yay, Lyn! I used to be a total night owl, too, usually going to bed around 3 a.m.. I could sleep in later than you, though. Took me years, literally, to slowly turn things around! I prayed for a more instantaneous turnaround like you had, but it never came. hehe!

Congratulations, dear Lyn!

Love, Gracie-kins

Dani @ WRW said...

I dream of becoming a morning person. Perhaps there is hope yet! =)

Paula Rodriguez said...

that is great Lynn. Staying up late, homework, studying sounded very much like my life as a single mom going to school and working a full time job. Whew... glad that's behindme.

Isn't it amazing how well we feel now that our bodies have the right fuel to energize our bodies. On weekends, I'm up, dressed by 7 a.m., and out the door. It's an amazing feeling when 10 a.m. rolls around and I've already went for a 45 minute jog, made breakfast and cleaned the kitchen. Yea, life is pretty darn great.

I often refer to you as "Lynn everywoman" we identify with you so much.

Keep rockin your program girl!!!

Christie said...

What an amazing change! I hope that happens to me too. I'm dead in the mornings, and alive in the evenings, and could really do with it being the other way round!
My own unexpected change is that I'm suddenly feeling excited about life again - which hasn't happened for a long time.

Gina said...

I am SO excited to hear you say that. I wake up feeling terrible every morning... no matter how much sleep I should have to rejuvenate me I still feel horrible.
I'm hoping as my body gets healthier so will my sleep.
I'd love to wake up and not feel like someone just ran me over!

gingersnapper said...

What a great change! Good for you.

I'm glad you wrote this, it reminds me of when getting out of bed was physically unpleasant for me. It was hard to walk for several minutes, and my knees ached so much! This is a nice reminder and motivator for me.

Katie J said...

I have never been a morning person either and now I am getting up at 5:45 a.m. to walk with my BF and it is without the alarm most mornings. Never thought it would happen but it is a pleasant surprise!

Glad you are enjoying your mornings too :)

South Beach Steve said...

Lyn, I know what you mean. I was always a night owl, but over the last few years I changed, and now I am certainly an early bird. That being said, I still enjoy a late night every once in a while.

georgiabe said...

This is great! I find that if I get to bed by 11pm I can get up early and start my day right!
Too bad I haven't been doing that for the past few weeks! :(

Have you noticed that sleeping better is actually helping you with the weight loss?

Anonymous said...

I have just started reading your blog and am inspired, as I am right there with you. 203.5 pounds today and hoping to get below 200 finally. It IS a struggle every day, but I really want to be healthier - for me, but also for my daughter and my husband! Keep going... we will get there!!!

Steelers6 said...

I can relate too. As I continue to discipline myself with my eating, exercise, taking vitamins, etc., I am also trying to get myself to bed by 11pm. I feel all of this is part of my health picture, ya know? Which means I'm almost out of time tonight!

It is still a little hard to imagine me enjoying the morning...hopping out of bed, or anything like that, but I know it is improving.

Fun read, since I am working on so many similar things. Love, Chrissy

D said...

That's great! Just another healthy perk of losing weight! <3

Lanie Painie said...

I've been experiencing much of the same thing. I wake up in the morning, and I realize. If I want to use the Wii fit, I'd better get on it before the kid gets up and wants to use the television. This way, I can do my weigh-in and morning exercises without an audience. Then I can sit and sip some ice water and listen to the birds. This is my meditation. I'm really starting to love mornings because they are mine all mine!

Hanlie said...

Funny you should mention that... I've found that when my diet is clean I sleep better and wake up refreshed. I used to be a real night-owl, but that has also changed in the last few years. Who says we can't change?

luckiest1 said...

How wonderful! Your story is truly inspiring. It's funny, I just blogged about being a morning person, and then I saw this. Isn't it wonderful to get up early, before anyone else, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink (mine is chai tea latte made with skim milk) and just enjoy the birds and the sun? Ah, heaven.