How Finding a Good Alarm Clock Has Helped Me Get Going in the Morning
I am not a morning person. There is nothing I like about mornings. I hate them. For as long as I can remember I have had trouble waking up. I am very fortunate that I have a job with a very flexible work schedule that allows me to work from home quite often. This allows me to spend more time with my family, less time on the road, and of course, more time in bed.
Recently, however, I had an awakening (rim shot please). I began to look in the mirror. I had gradually been putting on a lot of weight. I've never been a heavy person, but I was well on my way to becoming one. I have a gym membership which I enjoy using, but due to various reasons, I stopped going. One reason was somewhat legitimate, having a change in the family dynamic. Mostly, though, I only had excuses as to why I stopped going to the gym.
I then made up my mind that I would start getting up early and going to the gym. The rest of the world is up at 6:00, why couldn't I do it? But since I am not a morning person it was much harder to put into practice than I imagined. Gladly, I stuck with it. Helping me was the telephone alarm clock I received for Christmas. When I got the clock (which I use with my iPhone) I was delighted simply because it was a good brand and would give me a speaker to play my music on. But I found out that a good song combined with some good old-fashioned will power can get even me up in the morning.
Since I'm not a morning person I find typical alarm clocks to be of the devil. With their annoying buzzers and tones, I'll hit snooze every seven minutes for an hour. I once had a clock that clicked before buzzing and I soon learned to hit snooze between the click and the buzzer. It wasn't quite doing its job. You know the whole trick of putting the clock on the other side of the room? Didn't work either. But with the telephone alarm clock, I can set the iPod on my phone to just the right song that allows me to smoothly wake up. It's a song that doesn't jolt me awake, but it's also not a song that I can sleep through. For once, I happily (ok, that might be a stretch) began to roll out of bed at 5:30 am.
This discovery has changed my life. I am now getting up between 5:30 and 6 every weekday that I go into the office. I've lost 20 pounds to get back to where I need to be. I have found out that once I'm up I really enjoy being up in the morning. It's great to have been through a tough workout by 7:30. It gives me energy when I start my work day. I am not a morning person still, but I don't give in to the excuses that I used to. And it's mostly thanks to a great telephone alarm clock.