We Are What We Repeatedly Do

I get up at 4:30 am every morning.

The first time I woke up at 4:30 am I thought the world was coming to an end. I felt like death, did not want to get up, and wondered what the heck was I was doing.

I promptly decided that no one in their right mind would be awake at this god-forsaken hour and went back to bed.

After all, I am TOTALLY sane…or not….

Luckily I tried again and again and AGAIN. I finally devised a plan that involved putting my iPhone across the room. After lurching across my bedroom in the pitch black and awkwardly fumbling to turn off the most annoying noise imaginable, I was awake.

The only cognizant thought at this point in the morning is COFFEE.

I used to have the worst habits on the planet.

  • Pressing snooze 8 to 12 times a morning
  • Filling my grocery cart with ‘easy’ food that was less than real
  • Thinking lazy thoughts
  • Shoving 6 cookies into my mouth before I even thought about it
  • Grabbing a bottle of wine on the way home and consuming most of it in one evening
  • Seeing only what is and never what is possible
  • Working out only when forced to by social situations
  • Avoiding all scenarios that stretched me

I don’t even know who that woman is anymore.

Nearly a whole year after my first early morning attempt, I wake up at 4:30 every single day quite painlessly. In fact, if I don’t wake up at 4:30 and start my day with coffee, planning my day, setting goals, and tweeting with some of the best people on the planet, my whole day is completely amiss.

I have become a habitual early bird.

People constantly ask me how I do what I do. How I eat clean 95% of the time, get up early, go to bed at a decent time, train on days when I am less than motivated, and choose a positive attitude.

I wish there was some fancy answer, but the honest answer is ‘It’s just habit.’

Habits aren’t bad, its just the kind of habits you have that make a difference.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

I want to be excellent!

What excellent habits do you have?

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  1. Curious what time do you go to bed most nights to wake up at that time?
    I love that you can wake up so early! I need to find a way to do it without feeling like death.

  2. I accomplish more between 4:30 and 7:00am most days than most people do all day. Not just exercise either, though that takes up a lot of that time. It’s when I do my best writing, organizing, and even just mindful preparation for the day ahead. If I sleep past 5:00am, I always feel as though I have wasted the meat of the day. My stair-stepper and treadmill are the guardians of the hour…

  3. I can think about you when I get up at 4:30am now, as I used to wonder…”is anyone else getting up at this hour??” lol! I train clients starting at 5:30am and then have to find energy to train myself in the afternoon….BUT, I love what I can accomplish when I get up and get going!!

    • bikiniorbust says

      I am up with you!! 🙂 What happens first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.

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