I’m Absolutely Positive!

Morning Workout

I’m Absolutely Positive!

My morning strength and conditioning class is quite early, so we get up early.  It is easier for some than others.   Believe it or not, I struggle to get up that early as well, so I understand.  When I started this class almost 6 years ago, I thought it was going to last 6 weeks. Telling myself that it was only for 6 weeks is how I worked through the struggle of waking up early.

Then everyone decided they wanted to keep going and the class grew…here I am almost 6 years later and I’m still getting up early. I can’t say that I love getting up early, but after doing it for this long, it is definitely easier than it used to be.  One of the reasons it has become easier is because I have accepted it with a positive attitude.

Getting up early with a positive attitude, not only reduces the struggle of getting out of bed, but it has an impact on the rest of your day.  Using a positive attitude with any task you have to take makes a difference, even if you have to fake it.  I read about a suggestion recently that really helped me.  I was hesitant to try it because I thought it was a little hoaky, but I did it anyway.  The suggestion was to smile whenever you are doing something that is difficult or that you dislike.  Your brain begins to believe whatever you tell it.  Smiling tells your brain that you are happy, positive thoughts and positive talk tells your brain that you have a good attitude toward something.  So when my alarm goes off, I started smiling.  It actually made a difference, partly because, in the beginning, I would laugh at myself because I felt so ridiculous smiling to myself at 4:45am.  It started working. After a while, when my alarm would go off, instead of smiling or in addition to smiling, I started telling myself that I couldn’t wait to get up.  Again it really has helped me.

This works with exercise and even eating healthy.  Tell yourself you are excited about it.  Tell yourself that you are going to have a great workout today or that you are going to really enjoy eating healthy meals today.  There is a lot of research that backs this method up.  I’m not saying that you will automatically enjoy waking up early or enjoy eating carrot sticks instead of cookies (I still struggle with both :-)), but it does make these things more tolerable and easier to tackle.  And sometimes, you will find that you do enjoy it.

So put a smile on that face and drop and give me 20!

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