New Year's Resolution Fail

After having an extremely successful 2011 New Year’s Resolution, I decided to try it again in 2012. My results were not nearly as earth shattering, though!

Here’s what I was shooting for:

So, my Resolution is to get back into more “normal” hours, as I call them. Eventually I want to be waking up between 11 and noon. I know that’s still really late to most people (lol), but if I don’t have to be awake in the early AM hours, I’m not going to be!

My results? Welp, not much, y’all! In the past month, I’ve been going to bed earlier, but it’s not because I remembered there was a New Year’s Resolution to accomplish. I think I just started getting bored at night (no work related projects), so I just went to bed. What was a 4-4:30AM bedtime at the beginning of the year, has now turned into a 2:30AM bedtime. And the reason I was able to accomplish this was because WGN stopped showing South Park re-runs at 3:30AM. Those kids used to suck me in like none other! I know, very sad.

So, after starting to get to bed 2 hours earlier, am I now getting up 2 hours earlier? Nope, and I’m not even sure how that works, to be perfectly honest! I’ve set my alarm for earlier than I have been getting up, but when you know you don’t have to get up early (for any particular reason), you typically don’t. Well, at least, I don’t. My internal clock may wake me up at a certain time, but I can always fall back asleep with ease.

Now, I don’t know if I’m just going to just roll this over to 2013’s New Year’s Resolution, but I am still going to work on this. How? As follows:

1. Stop reading and listening to music after I get into bed. When you get into bed, you should try to go to sleep. But when you’re reading and/or listening to upbeat music, you brain is still stimulated and it takes longer to fall asleep.

2. Stop working out late at night. On some days, when I’m lazy about my workouts, the clock will strike 11:30PM and I’ll say “Ok, let me just do something today…” And even if it’s a short HIIT workout, that revs up my body for the next few hours, which doesn’t help me wind down for the night.

3. Now that I’ve addressed some things that keep up late, I also need something to force me out of bed. I need to do my workouts when I wake up. Getting up and getting it out of the way will be good for my overall productivity. So, instead of ignoring my alarm clock, I need to respect it and work on my fitness right away!

Can I do this? Well, I’m certainly going to try! We shall see!

And now that I think about it, I don’t really have an idea for a new New Year’s Resolution yet. I’ll think on it a little longer. You never know. It could be 2012 Pt. 2! Stay tuned!