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I’ve really been trying to get up early and squeeze in yoga before my day begins, but so far, I’ve epically failed at this task all week.


6:30 class, you taunt me so.


I do all the things I’m ‘supposed’ to do to be successful at AM workouts:


  • Lay out my workout clothes the night before
  • Plan my breakfast
  • Get in bed early (10 PM)
  • Set my alarm with enough time for snoozing


But my plans have been thwarted at every turn!  I had insomnia one night, food poisoning the next, and last night, James woke me up twice by puking all over our (really expensive) jute rug, which meant I was on my hands and knees scrubbing dog vom at 3:00 AM.  Not conducive to a 6:30 AM yoga class.


Maybe next week will be better. 


I still had my yoga breakfast though!  At least that part of my morning went as planned. 🙂


A mixed berry, banana, and rice milk smoothie:


(No four leaf cloves, I checked!)


And two pieces of buttered toast.


Are you an early-morning exerciser?  What tips do you have for successfully getting your booty in gear?



  • Leslie March 24, 2011, 8:29 am

    I psych myself up for it the night before. But the truth is most mornings I just have to make myself get out of bed, which is very hard when my husband is still cozy under the sheets :).

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 24, 2011, 8:31 am

    I put my alarm across the room. If I have to get out of bed to turn it off, it’s 100x easier to stay up and get moving!!

    • caryn March 24, 2011, 11:06 am

      i do this too! it’s a biiiig help!

      i also set multiple alarms (not just 1 + snoozes) and sometimes i sleep in my workout clothes for the next day so all i have to do is roll out of bed and put shoes on. i think the less you have to think about, the less you think in general, the harder it is to reason/talk yourself out of it. don’t think, just do. lol, well it should work in theory anyway. 🙂

      • April @ Grits & Granola Bars March 24, 2011, 1:37 pm

        Sleeping in your workout gear is a great idea! I hadn’t thought of that before. Maybe that will help me get out of bed and out running one morning. 😉

        • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:07 pm

          LOL i can just picture myself with knee sleeves.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 24, 2011, 8:31 am

    I really am not. For me, 10 a.m. is the perfect time to exercise, so I can come home and eat lunch after, but that doesn’t happen because of work! I am OK with the mornings if I’m on a strict schedule but if there’s any chance I can put off working out til later, I will NOT get up!

  • Val @ Balancing Val March 24, 2011, 8:32 am

    Mmmm buttered toast sounds good right now . . .

    Even with all the puke mentions! 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 24, 2011, 8:33 am

    Yep, I always start my day with a workout (except Saturdays.. that’s my sabbath!!) I always lay out my clothes the night before, have my bag packed, and sometimes I even lay my clothes out for work so that I can come home and get ready quickly. New iPod playlists motivate me to hop on cardio equipment, and my sessions with my trainer are usually good motivation to get there (because if I didn’t go it would be a waste of money!)

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 24, 2011, 8:33 am

    I did the SAME thing this morning. I was all ready to go for an AM run but I slept in.

    I blame the hubby. He’s sick with a cold so his snoring kept me up!

  • Kelly March 24, 2011, 8:33 am

    Awww, I hope James is okay. Mine actually threw up AS I was working out yesterday (treadmill). Gotta love them, though! And, I don’t do early morning anything, let alone working out!!

  • Becky March 24, 2011, 8:35 am

    I have never been a very successful morning exerciser. I do much better with an afternoon or evening exercise schedule. I think the earliest I’ve ever made it to a yoga class is 9am.

  • Diana March 24, 2011, 8:35 am

    I have two things that help me: I get myself amped for it the day before (like Leslie), and I have an alarm on my phone that speaks to me. Having the words ‘Go to the gym, don’t be lazy’ read to me instead of annoying beeping really helps!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:07 pm

      That is AWESOME.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 24, 2011, 8:36 am

    I am a get up and get it done kind of gal, but with two kids and a home based business, I know too many things can get in the way of my workout and that would just make me mad for the rest of the day. You have the right idea, you just have to convince yourself that you have no other choice. Sorry about the puking. Those are not good mornings for early workouts though. Love the color of that smoothie! I hope you have a great day anyway!

    • Baking 'n' Books March 24, 2011, 9:21 am

      What’s your business?!

      I hope James is feeling better. What’s Rice Milk like? I’ve only ever had Almond and Soy usually.

      • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:08 pm

        It tastes the same to me!

      • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 25, 2011, 7:34 am

        My husband is an illustrator so we own his business. I do some recipe developing on the side, but mostly I deal with his book keeping and art sales.

  • Zo March 24, 2011, 8:37 am

    I do lay out my clothes the night before…I think part of it is that I’m on tired/automatic so by the time I realize that I’d rather stay in bed, I’m already dressed.
    It probably also helps that my cat expects to be fed around 6:15, and he’s pretty persistent.

  • Freya March 24, 2011, 8:38 am

    I LOVE early morning exercise! I suppose my mantra is ‘just do it’ (or is that Nike!?). Sometimes I wake up tired, but 9times out of 10, I feel a billion times better after 🙂

  • Elin @ and serenity too March 24, 2011, 8:39 am

    I am so not an early morning exerciser… I really admire those who manage to work out in the mornings! I’ve tried a few times getting up to go for a run before I head off for work, but seeing as I have to leave for work before 7 am now, my sleep tends to get priority 🙂
    Hope James is ok!

  • Kim L. March 24, 2011, 8:40 am

    I started working out in the morning when my kids were little. I worked full time and I figured if I worked out when everyone else was still asleep, I wasn’t taking away from our ‘family time’. After the first few weeks of dragging myself out of bed when I still wanted to be sleeping, it became a habit. Now it’s automatic. I love being able to check ‘exercise’ off my list first thing in the day. It jump starts my metabolism and I feel wide awake during the rest of my morning. I try to mix it up now and again (work out in the afternoon or evening) since my kids are older, but exercising first thing in the morning is still my preference.

  • lauren March 24, 2011, 8:43 am

    When I began running (9 years ago!), I always ran in the morning. I was in college & wanted to run prior to my first class. So, that helped jump start my early morning exercising and it’s a habit that’s stuck with me. I now have two german shorthaired pointers who are up at 5:30am each day, ready to run. They are great motivation (and pacers!) as well 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 24, 2011, 8:43 am

    I only became a morning exerciser a few weeks ago and I have been LOVING have it out of the way first thing in the AM! Set not one but two alarms and put it away from your bed.

    Another thing i love – have a reward for yourself afterwards, like a frozen smoothie to look forward to.

    I wrote a post about transitioning into a mostly-morning person:

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 24, 2011, 8:44 am

    Hilarious — I recently got into early morning workouts and I blogged about it this morning — and all of my tips are the same as you listed 🙂

    Sometimes life gets in the way — you getting sick or one of your pets getting sick is more important — you’ll get back into it in no time.

  • Michelle March 24, 2011, 8:45 am

    I have to start my day with a morning workout – there is no other way for me! If I don’t, I feel sluggish and gross all day. My tips? Just wake up and do it. Once I get moving, I am good to go. It’s the initial getting up part that sucks.

  • erin March 24, 2011, 8:46 am

    what is with dogs throwing up on rugs? we’ve got hard wood and only a few rugs but the dogs are always like ‘uh oh, i don’t feel good. better race across the house so i can barf on this soft expensive thing that doesn’t clean easily.’

    i have no a.m. workout advice for you. i leave for work before 6am so a morning workout is *not* happening. but i think your circumstances this week totally warrant a few skip days!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:08 pm

      hahah that is exactly what james thinks…. he dives for the rug and yaks.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 24, 2011, 8:49 am

    it is tough for sure to get up early and workout. i have to do it that way because my job is too busy and once i am home i am toast. i just get up and do it-don’t think too much. however you have had quite a few rough nights. if i was cleaning up vomit at 3am i would not have made it either! don’t worry it will come…….

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 24, 2011, 8:49 am

    I hear you girl I find it so difficult to get up and exercise in the morning (except for long run days). However, I had a DREADFUL run yesterday afternoon when it was 85 degrees here in Florida. So this morning, I HAD to get up and run before my 9:30 class. I was up and out the door by 7:45 and did 3 miles!!!! The furthest I have ran in over a month and a half due to my injury! 😀

  • allison @ thesundayflog March 24, 2011, 8:52 am

    i have no tips, because i suck getting up early to workout. i save mine for after work. making plans with a buddy always use to motivate me if i wanted to go early. you feel bad ditching them!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 24, 2011, 8:52 am

    I’m totally a morning exerciser. It helps that walking to the gym/pool in the dark at 5/5:30 makes me feel hardcore (especially when the temps are in the 20s). Also, since I have to coach a lot of nights, it’s the only time I can exercise.

  • Meaghan March 24, 2011, 8:52 am

    Oh man I would KILL for an early morning hot yoga class at my studio. All our early classes are not heated. I go through stages with the whole waking up thing. Some weeks it is no problem at all, others I just canNOT get out of bed. I think the easiest way is to make it a routine and do it every day, but my schedule does not always allow for morning workouts so that’s not possible for me. So, yeah, I am not helpful at all, haha! I wouldn’t have gotten up for early morning yoga after cleaning up dog vom all night either, if it makes you feel any better 🙂

  • alison March 24, 2011, 8:56 am

    I admire those who can get up and exercise before the sun rises on a regular basis. There are 5:15 am classes at my gym and it amazes me that people go to them. I suppose if I worked, it might be better to get it over with in the morning, because I’d surely talk myself out of if after work.

  • Kristina March 24, 2011, 8:56 am

    I used to be a 6am-er worker outer but lately i’ve been struggling too!!!! Its hard for me to work out at night and “wait all day” but lately i’ve been there at noon or later-yikes!

  • Roberta March 24, 2011, 8:58 am

    I am really lucky to have a training partner waiting for me for our 5:30am swims which means I can’t cancel. I have to be up for 4:00am so I make sure my bags are packed the night before and set two alarms that go off 10 minutes apart. Jump in my clothes, make my smoothie to drink on the drive, pack my lunch and out the door I go. It is early but by 6:30am I am done my workout.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 24, 2011, 8:59 am

    Hey, with nights like that, you’ll be super prepared for kids! Ok, ok, I know, enough with the pregnant talk.

    Hope you get some sound sleep tonight!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Heheh 🙂

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 24, 2011, 9:02 am

    I really want to be an early exerciser! Then I wouldn’t have to worry about cramming it into the evening. I got to bed a little earlier last night. I guess that’s the first step.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) March 24, 2011, 9:02 am

    i’m aiming for 6:30am classes most days of the week. i’ll gladly be your accountability partner!

  • Marci March 24, 2011, 9:04 am

    I turned myself into an early morning exerciser. And wrote about it too.
    Don’t think about it, just do it, no excuses!

  • LindseyAnn March 24, 2011, 9:05 am

    Unless it’s a long run, I can’t do workouts before 8am. Long runs, I get really psyched up for them so it’s easier to get moving, but just a normal workout? Nope. So, sorry, I’m not much help.

  • jen @ taste life March 24, 2011, 9:05 am

    I’m definitely an early riser and workout-er. If I don’t do it first thing, I’m probably not going to do it. It really does become a habit after a while. I can see why you didn’t make it to early yoga this week! I hope next week no one wakes you up puking.

  • LIz March 24, 2011, 9:08 am

    I’m definitely a morning person a morning exerciser! I will second Meaghan’s comment that I would love an early morning yoga class – although frankly, I have to leave the house at 6:55 am to get to work, so it would have to be realllllly early.

    Anyway, my tip is to just making getting up early a habit…even if you’re not working out at first. Just get up, read blogs, read the news, walk around, just do some stretching, whatever. Once you’re able to get up and get the day started, you can move into doing yoga/exercising.

    It’s worked for me!

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable March 24, 2011, 9:09 am

    I suck at getting up early to workout. The only time I can do it is if I ABSOLUTELY 100% have to and have no other choice. Usually I find an excuse though 🙂

  • Emily March 24, 2011, 9:09 am

    For me, it’s either work out in the morning or battle the crowds after work. Hence getting to the gym at 5am in the mornings. Also, I love knowing that I’ve accomplished so much before the hour of 6:30am when most are still snoozing. But I go to bed early (9pm), lay out my clothes, and have my coffee pot ready to go (yep, I drink a small cup on the way to the gym at 4:40 in the morning). But I’ve also gotten to know the other “5am regulars” and if I’m not there, I feel guilty.

  • Amber March 24, 2011, 9:11 am

    I want to be an earlier exerciser! This morning was a fail for the third attempt in a row. I just can’t seem to want to get out of bed. Maybe if the workout was only an hour and not two it wouldn’t be so bad.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:12 pm

      Do a one hour 🙂

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 24, 2011, 9:12 am

    I wish I could say I was that early bird exerciser but it just doesn’t happen. I think 8 hours of sleep from 10-6 feels like less than 12-8 if that makes sense. Don’t know why!

    Anyway, I hope James is feeling better, hey it’s good practice for parenthood right?:)

  • Julia @ Brides Up North March 24, 2011, 9:12 am

    You will get there!!

    Early mornign runs were very much a part of my pre wedding diet (which I actually just blogged about with scary before and after pictures on Brides Up North) – but once you are up and out – you love it!

    Julia x

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 24, 2011, 9:12 am

    I’ve found, and this may sound a little crazy, that if I give myself a little pep talk the night before on why I’m going to get up at 5:15 to workout I am 99% successful. Like I said, “talking to yourself” sounds a little crazy, but hey, it works!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef March 24, 2011, 9:14 am

    i think having a schedule/appointment/etc at a relatively early time after you workout (i.e. if you want to workout from 6:30-7:30, then plan a meeting at 9, so you know that you need to get up & get going or you’ll have to take 2 showers that day really helps me.

  • Nikki @ BareFootPrint March 24, 2011, 9:19 am

    I envy those who can get to the gym at 6am. One day when I “grow up” maybe I can do it.. but for now I am just too happy snoozing for a half an hour.

  • kate March 24, 2011, 9:23 am

    I have to get up at 530 am to workout because i row and that’s when my team practices…i’ve been doing it for so many years that it’s become a habit so now when i’m on break or on vacation my body still gets up early…but i will sleep in until about 630…

    a think what helps me be able to get out of bed so early every day is one, i LOVE rowing and wouldn’t miss it for anything and two, i have an entire team of people that I don’t want to let down…maybe if you had a yoga partner it would help?? another thing is that I always know how good it feels to know that i have been up and done so much then most people do in a day…and most of them are still asleep! ego boost! haha

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) March 24, 2011, 9:26 am

    I want to be an early morning exerciser in the worst way, but no matter what I do I can’t get out of bed to do it!!!!!

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run March 24, 2011, 9:29 am

    I’m definitely an early morning exerciser. My advice is to just get it done the first time. That’s the hardest time! Once it becomes part of your regular routine, waking up early to exercise is second nature.

  • Kim March 24, 2011, 9:32 am

    My favorite workouts are in the morning, in fact for the past two springs and summers, I was up everyday around 4:30 am to get ready/hit the gym by 5 or 5:15. Lately, it’s hit or miss and my alarm has ALWAYS been set for 4:30. Last week I was only able to get up on Friday, so I’m hoping that tomorrow will be my lucky day. Yes, I hit snooze until about 6:45 :/ It’s just been so hard lately!

  • Tami March 24, 2011, 9:32 am

    I think it’s hard to get up early just one morning a week (830 is “late”) I think you just need to prepare for a few days fs the night before

  • Fallon March 24, 2011, 9:33 am

    Since the new year I’ve had no choice but to learn how to wake up before the sun rises. I live with my boyfriend who is in the Army. Where we moved (El Paso) does not have a 24 Hour Fitness (my gym membership that I could use across the US where available). So my boyfriend lets me use his car to use the gym on fort. Well he has to be at work by 8am. So I wake up at 5am and by 6am I’m at the gym. They offer a spin class 3 times a week at 6am, that I try to do at least once. The other times I do my own thing. Sometimes I’ll stay home and do a workout DVD or yoga, but it feels good to consistently get up around the same time Monday-Friday. I found a new routine that I enjoy and by 7am my workout is done and my day is just starting!

    Oh and when that alarm goes off.. I don’t press snooze. I just quickly roll out of bed and wake up. Sometimes you gotta rough it out 😉

  • Kelly March 24, 2011, 9:34 am

    Oh my…I completely feel your pain! We have a jute rug as well and those dog stains are a nightmare to remove!

  • Stephanie March 24, 2011, 9:38 am

    I am so not a morning workout person. I’ve tried so many times, and it just doesn’t happen, so I’ve resigned myself to after-work gym sessions and weekend yoga classes.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 24, 2011, 9:42 am

    I used to be an early morning exerciser but now that I have to be up at 530 for work I cant do any earlier than that! The best way for me to wake up was to be in bed on time and then not even question it when my alarm went off. Snoozing is what always kills me!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 24, 2011, 9:43 am

    I have to go right to work from the gym so I pack up my gym bag. Put all my food together for the day. And I actually sleep in my gym clothes (probably gross, but whatev). That way I legit roll out of bed, brush my teeth, throw back my hair, quick breakfast and am out the door!

  • Amy March 24, 2011, 9:47 am

    I have a REALLY hard time getting out of bed to workout, but if I know it’s the only time that will work for me, I sleep in my gym clothes so I will have no choice!

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy March 24, 2011, 9:51 am

    Yep! I run with my fiance 3 days/week in the morning. We talk about it all throughout the week like it’s an upcoming date so we’re all excited about it.

  • Courtney March 24, 2011, 9:53 am

    i am such a morning exerciser. I’m totally bummed because I have a lab Thursday mornings at 8 so I really dont have time to get a good quality swim in (the pool opens at 630 and I’d have to be out by 730). And hey, I get an extra 30 min of sleep (I get up at 615 to swim all the other mornings). I have a group that I workout with so I really look forward to it. Get yourself a yoga partner! And I also love my peanut butter and banana pre workout snack!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:12 pm

      I am jealous of your ability to rise early.

  • Amy March 24, 2011, 9:56 am

    I am definitely an early morning exerciser – in fact, if I don’t work out first thing it’s significantly more likely that I’ll ditch my workout – or at least that I won’t look forward to it. It makes for early early early mornings but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel amazing all day if I run before work.

    Can you do yoga at home this morning?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:14 pm

      I hate at home yoga – I pay so much for the studio!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) March 24, 2011, 10:01 am

    The morning is really the only time I have to workout, so I HAVE to! Also, I know how good it feels to start my day out with exercise so I’m able to pull myself out of bed most of the time. (But then there are always times like today when 6am hot yoga is just TOO early!)

  • Amanda March 24, 2011, 10:03 am

    I am 100% an afternoon exerciser! My BF is really supportive and understands this so after work I take off for my run. I find I have the most energy and the most WANT to workout at that time. Morning for me is torture.

  • Nicole March 24, 2011, 10:05 am

    I have been doing the exact same thing. I set everything out, set my alarm for 4:45am and go to bed early. For some reason, something keeps happening, whether the dog needs to go out in the middle of the night or I just can’t fall asleep, I have missed every workout this week.

  • Marla @ 180turning30 March 24, 2011, 10:06 am

    I am definitely a morning person, so I’ve been doing AM workouts for years – I love the feeling of heading to the gym or running outside in the peace and quiet when most people are still asleep. That being said, I have plenty of mornings when the alarm goes off at 5:45am and I am NOT feeling it… I tell myself then that even if I sleep for another hour, I’ll probably STILL feel cranky about getting up then, so I might as well just go work out because I know I’ll feel good after that!

  • Christine March 24, 2011, 10:09 am

    I have pretty much accepted I’m not a morning workout person. Occasionally I park my car at a donut store, run 4-6 miles of a nearby hilly area and reward myself with a donut. Not exactly a good habbit!

  • Tracy March 24, 2011, 10:10 am

    Gah – it’s the 3rd time I’ve noticed you using “suppose to” instead of “supposed to” and it makes me want to spork my eyes out! Is it a typo (because I realize there’s no difference between the two in the spoken word)? Does it not come up during a spell or grammar check?

    Not at all trying to be jerky! We all make mistakes! But seeing it 3 times (in about a month) makes me think it’s not a mistake.

  • Khushboo March 24, 2011, 10:21 am

    I much prefer working out first thing! Puts me on a high all day and I love hearty breakfasts post-workout! My main tips are:
    – lay out all your shiz the night before
    – make a good playlist
    – sleep at a reasonable hour

  • Emily March 24, 2011, 10:21 am

    Totally a morning sweat girl. I hate working out at night and find myself seriously lacking motivation to hit the gym after work. I try and chant that to myself if I’m struggling to get out bed in the morning: “you will never regret a morning workout…you will never regret a morning workout.”

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 24, 2011, 10:25 am

    I’m terrible at forcing myself up. I really like working out in the morning better than the afternoon, so I schedule something (class, appointment, etc.) really early then leave a huge block of time to do my workout.
    For really early workouts I don’t have a problem. Waking up before or at 6 is easier than trying to get up at 7 for some reason.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal March 24, 2011, 10:25 am

    I know this isn’t much help, but you just have to DO it. I’m naturally a morning person though…I thrive in the morning hours, so I love waking up and starting the day fresh with a workout.
    Other more helpful tips:
    -even if you miss your 6:30 am class, still get your work out in first thing in the morning.
    -plan as small a breakfast as you can, and eat a real breakfast after. Sometimes I’ll eat a banana with PB before my workout, and then some toast or yogurt + cereal after!

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 24, 2011, 10:26 am

    still working on being an early morning person.. i’ll let you know once i get it figured out 😉

  • Ashley March 24, 2011, 10:27 am

    sigh…i so badly wish i could work out in the mornings, even just to go run, but i already wake up at 4:30 just to get to work, so my attempts at morning workouts have not once been successful.

  • McKenzie March 24, 2011, 10:30 am

    I take early morning workout classes at my gym. These classes have what I call “the regulars”. They are there rain or shine every day. I try and think about how I want “the regulars” to think I am one of them. I want them to miss me if I am not there. This helps me get my butt to the gym.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:15 pm

      I love this comment.

  • Jess March 24, 2011, 10:35 am

    I work 830-530 as a scientist and teach dance 6-9:30 every day. There is NO OPTION for me other than work out in the morning. I have done it every day (save 2 surgeries and H1N1 flu) for 8 years now.

    The Key: JUST DO IT. Skip one day and its so hard to start back up. You will be so tired you can go to bed early and get up early….its a cycle you can’t stop!

  • Lesley March 24, 2011, 10:35 am

    I actually enjoy early morning, pre work exercise, but it is very hard to do. My best success comes when I’m not the only one in the house getting up early. If the alarm goes off and my sweetie is also getting up for work, I can drag myself up. Or, if I know I’m meeting someone else for a run. I need camaraderie to get up early!

  • Liz March 24, 2011, 10:41 am

    I water walk every morning from 7:15 – 8:30 and the only thing that gets me there is the fact that I walk with a friend. I know if I was doing it by myself, I’d talk myself right out of going. Knowing that there is someone waiting for me, keeps me accountable.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 24, 2011, 10:42 am

    I never “snooze,” because I find it makes me feel worse. I fall back in deeper sleeps after my initial wake-up call. =/

    I work out in the mornings and find it hard psychologically sometimes, plus my legs are always so sluggish. I try to do other things before running, like walking, or even just doing mat work before helps my body wake up.

  • Crazy Grammar Person March 24, 2011, 10:43 am

    Okay, so I tried to let this go, but I either keep noticing this on your blog or other people are doing it too.

    “I do all the things you’re ‘suppose’ to do.”

    NO! First of all, you switch from ‘I’ to ‘you,’ which does not match. Second of all, “to suppose” is a verb and you are using the past participle. You are SUPPOSED to do things. For example, “I am SUPPOSED to go to the store today.” Not SUPPOSE! That’s like saying “I am tire of bad grammar.” Agh!

  • Katie @ peacebeme March 24, 2011, 10:46 am

    Oh dogs! They are always making messes!!!

    I have to work out in the morning, but I prefer not to do it before 7am. 8-9 is best for me.

  • Leanne March 24, 2011, 10:47 am

    I would say you need to go to bed even earlier! It’ll make it easier to wake up in the morning 🙂

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) March 24, 2011, 10:49 am

    I am the furthest thing from an AM worker-outer… working out at 630 makes me sick just thinking about it! Plus, it’s too hard for me to get in bed early enough.

  • D March 24, 2011, 10:49 am

    Girl, just get out of bed! Don’t think – just do! Act like you’re going to do it instead of hoping, because it’s the only way to make a habit. And think of how lucky you are that you can get up early and then come home for a nice breakfast and your own shower! I get up at 6, go to the gym, then have to shower/dress in a locker room and eat my breakfast as I drive to work (and pack all my meals to last me until 9pm after classes or second job). You are super lucky to be ABLE to have the luxury of 6am yoga classes and a nice shower to return to! Think of the positives and that should make it easier! Or, think of it as practice for having kids when you will have to squeeze in exercise! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:16 pm

      Oh I so admire your ability to move so early, D….

      • D March 24, 2011, 9:18 pm

        You can doooooo it! And I read your previous comment about knee sleeves. You can do that too! I have slept in literally everything but my running shoes before…including garmin and chest strap. Until you’ve had the imprint of a watch on your face during your morning run, you’re not dedicated 🙂

  • Clarissa March 24, 2011, 10:54 am

    Cleaning up pet vom is the least favorite activity. I feel your pain, especially at 3 am!

  • ashleigh March 24, 2011, 10:54 am

    I workout in the AM 2-3 times a week. I’m sure it would be easier for me to wake up if it was every day but there are certain days I prefer the night classes to the AM gym things! What works for me is doing everything you said, and making plans for after work. I’m away from home from 730-6 every day and if I have plans after work then I can’t get a workout in unless I’m up early!

  • Clarissa March 24, 2011, 10:54 am

    Cleaning up pet vom is my LEAST favorite activity. Especially at 3am. I feel your pain!

  • Crystal March 24, 2011, 10:59 am

    I would really like to exercise in the morning, but when I plan to do that, I can’t relax enough to get to sleep the night before. Maybe I’m afraid of sleeping through the alarm? I don’t know. Any advice?

    • Amy March 24, 2011, 12:35 pm

      Get up and do it – then by the evening you’ll be so tired from getting up early you’ll fall right asleep! 🙂

      • Crystal March 24, 2011, 12:38 pm

        True. I guess it’s just the first night that’s hard : )

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:17 pm

      I also have this problem – AM workouts give me anxiety.

      • Lindsay March 24, 2011, 5:24 pm

        Totally. When I had to swim for triathlon training, I would be so nervous the night before about having to get up early and get in the pool. I hated both those things! I love swimming, but not in indoor pools and I hate cold water 🙁

    • Crystal March 25, 2011, 1:04 pm

      Awhile back,I read about one couple who exercised at night Mon-Thursday and in the morning on Fridays so they could have their evenings free to do whatever they wanted. I don’t remember if I read it in a magazine or on a blog, but that sounds like a fantastic idea (if it’s possible due to work schedules, classes, kids, etc)

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats March 24, 2011, 11:08 am

    I really want to be a morning exerciser. I got up at 6am on Tuesday and went and it was awesome! I slept in my gym clothes and had everything else packed. I’m trying to start slowly 1-2 days a week vs getting mad that I can’t get up every day. I make sure I have my gym bag with me and have everything I need so I don’t forget.

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment March 24, 2011, 11:11 am

    Absolutely not — like you, I’ve tried EVERYTHING to turn myself into an earlybird exerciser, but I just can’t drag my a- um, bum– out of bed any earlier than I absolutely HAVE to to get to work on time. I go to bed by 10, eat a relatively healthy diet, lay out my workout clothes — heck, I’ve even had the DVD running so all I had to do was turn on the tv and press “play” in the morning — NOTHING works!

    I think I know what my problem is, though… I live RIGHT above trolley tracks, and the T runs from 5:30a-1a. I’m probably only getting 4.5 hours of quality sleep! It sounds like you’re stuck in the same boat the past few days, with all the random disturbances :(. I hope James feels better!

  • Bridget March 24, 2011, 11:12 am

    I work out near my office, so I just shower and get ready at the gym (if I run outside, the better parks are by the gym anyway). All of my “getting-ready supplies” (even make-up) are already in my locker. This way, I have no choice but to go the gym, since I can’t get ready at home anyway! Has worked for me for three years now!

    • Rachel March 24, 2011, 11:19 am

      That is a GREAT method for making sure your workouts get done in the morning! I may have to borrow that idea 🙂

  • Rachel March 24, 2011, 11:18 am

    It is hard even if you do all the right things (lay out your clothes, go to bed early, etc.).

    I sometimes have to talk out loud to myself in the mornings. “Its okay. I know this is hard. Don’t go back to bed.”

    For about 20 minutes (waking up through the first few minutes of working out) it SUCKS, but the whole rest of the day you get to enjoy knowing your workout has already been completed, so if you can get through that little while that is SUPER UNGODLY unpleasant, you get to benefit from it for the next 23 hours and 40 minutes. Its worth it!

    • Rachel March 24, 2011, 11:20 am

      I also have to go to bed REALLY early to make it work. Between 8:45 and 9 PM is the golden time.

      • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:17 pm

        So early!!!! I don’t know if I can wind down that early… Guess I just need to transition slowly.

        • Rachel March 24, 2011, 4:21 pm

          I don’t always fall asleep right away (or always make it to bed quite that early), but at least I am resting and starting the winding down process.

  • Michelle March 24, 2011, 11:23 am

    I’m a morning exerciser…it never gets easier when the alarm clock goes off, but I just force myself out of bed. I always have the same conversation in my head: you’ll never regret it afterwards, and being tired is not a good excuse because i’m tired every day. Most mornings I’m half asleep still on my walk to the gym 😉

    Another factor that always gets me going is the fact that if I work out after work, I tend to have problems sleeping that night, so if I don’t go in the morning I probably won’t go at all.

  • Ashley March 24, 2011, 11:28 am

    Ugh! Sorry about the vom 2 nights in a row! Ugh! I’m a morning exerciser. Sometimes what I’ll do is set 2 alarms. One right next to my bed that I can snooze, then another (set for a little later – like when I gotta get up) that’s in the bathroom. The first one wakes me up (otherwise I might sleep thru the bathroom alarm), then the second one forces me to get up to turn off the annoying beep….and then I’m in the bathroom ready to get ready!

  • monicanelsonfitness March 24, 2011, 11:29 am

    no, not an early morning excerciser!

  • Jennifer March 24, 2011, 11:39 am

    I must have something on my mind, because at first glance I read a post title of, “Best Plans to get Laid”. Oops!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:18 pm

      Hahah YES. That post would’ve been more fun.

  • Kate March 24, 2011, 11:42 am

    Up at 4:30, at the gym when it opens at 5. No snooze alarm! I’d be late if I did. Like a couple of the others, I take work clothes/make-up/whatever with me and get ready for work at the gym after the work out. Three years later, it is now a habit. Except not quite so early in the summer (I’m a teacher). MAKE yourself get up. It gets easier.

  • Meg March 24, 2011, 11:45 am

    I am a morning exerciser about 75% of the time. Having busy afternoons and evenings is the best motivation because if I don’t get up, I miss my work out for the day! I used to go to work at 8, so I was up at 6 to work out and thought that would be the earliest I’d attempt, but now that I have to be at work at 6:45, I’m up before 5. It’s all what you get used to and it’s a great habit to have!

  • Kacy March 24, 2011, 11:47 am

    I am a highly unsuccessful early morning exerciser. In order to be to work on time I have to be up before 4:30 a.m. to get a morning workout in and that just isn’t how I roll. It happens maybe once every other month.
    Sorry about the dog vom, that’s always the worst!

  • Christina March 24, 2011, 11:47 am

    I am definitely a morning exerciser, though I had to get into that routine — it’s so hard when it’s freezing and dark out and you’re super comfy in your bed. I lay everything out the night before so I can snooze as long as possible!

    I know if I don’t get to the gym first thing in the morning, I won’t have any time to get a workout in later. So that is pretty much the motivation to get me out of bed and to the gym! Now, even on the weekends I try to get my workout done first thing.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 24, 2011, 11:53 am

    Exercising in the morning took a while to get used to. My body was so tired for a couple of weeks, but now I actually wake up before my alarm! Even on days when I don’t sleep well, my body wakes up so I might as well get to the gym. If I don’t have tons of energy I just do a lighter work out. It’s kind of like a built-in motivator…I’m up anyway!

  • Nicole March 24, 2011, 11:59 am

    I wish I could be a morning exerciser again. It’s just so hard for me to think about getting up at 6am when I know I’ll be at work, exhausted, until 7pm.

  • Amy Ramos March 24, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Ha! I am not going to lie, this week has been hard to get to the gym in the morning. I blame it on the rain we are having. I have made it to the gym in the evening.
    I have three 3 alarms set-all within 5 minutes of each other that requires me to get out of bed. I lay my clothes

    I set the coffee brew to around the same time. Most of the time that smell some fresh coffee in the morning.

    GL! It is easier in the summer to get up in the morning than it does in winter!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:18 pm

      I think the Husband would murder me if I set 3 alarmas, LO>. He’s always like “TURN THAT THING OFFFFF”

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 24, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Augh, sorry about all the mishaps this week! You definitely made an effort, and that truly counts for something. Hope you can fit yoga in around your plans for next week!

  • Sherry March 24, 2011, 12:21 pm

    For me to workout in the morning I have to know that I have no other opportunity to workout during the day because if I know I can squeeze it in any other time of the day I will. I love my quiet relaxing mornings and just am not awake enough to workout hardcore like I like to do. I think consistency is the key to working out in the am since it takes some getting use to. Just like anything else. Sounds like you could just use a rest week anyway. Hope you enjoy your day!

    Off subject, I love the color of your nails, what color/brand nail polish is that?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:19 pm

      Sally Hanson Insta Dry Lilac! It’s great.

  • Kara March 24, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Cleaning up dog vomit at 3am? You are now officially ready to procreate 🙂

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 24, 2011, 12:28 pm

    I just straight up refuse to work out in the morning. Maybe it would make me have more energy for the rest of the day, I don’t know…but I am SO not a morning person that I don’t even want to make myself try it! I’d probably end up dropping a weight on my groggy face!

  • Amber K March 24, 2011, 12:30 pm

    I have to eat first thing in the morning. I don’t understand how people can just get up and out there! I’d fall over clutching my grumbling tummy. And a little breakfast does not work. So I am usually a breakfast at 8 workout at 11 girl.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I am an early morning exerciser on the weekdays. I have to be! My Husband works later than me, and I feel bad going home to let the dog out only to put him back in his crate.

  • Stace March 24, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I am not an AM excersizer i have tried, but its hard enough to get up at 6 to be to work by 8, any earlier is sooo hard.

  • Erica March 24, 2011, 12:48 pm

    With 3 kids, a hubby, and a home-based business, if I don’t get my workouts done first thing in the morning then they probably won’t happen! I just remind myself how great it makes me feel when I’m done and how that feeling tends to last throughout the day [I’m even more productive!]. After awhile it has just become a habit for me. If you can just MAKE yourself do it for a little while it will become easier and just the normal routine.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 24, 2011, 12:49 pm

    I always lay out my clothes the night before- and that always helps! Workouts in the a.m. are crucial to my energy levels and eating habits throughout the day 🙂 Good luck for next week!!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset March 24, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Two nights in a row of puking incidences!? Lady, you need a break!
    I always workout in the morning! I know I won’t do it after classes later in the day, and that feeling you get once you’re done with your workout for the day is priceless 🙂

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life March 24, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I wish I was a morning exerciser! It seems that even with the best intentions, my bed always lures me back in. Maybe I need to make my bed less plush…

  • Kelly March 24, 2011, 1:14 pm

    If I want to workout I have to do it in the morning. There is no way I can do it after working all day and commuting. Because of the hour I have to workout in order to make it to work on time (my commute is an hour) I workout at home. My alarm goes off at 3:50am. This winter I have been doing P90X and you need anywhere from 45 minutes to 93 minutes for those workouts. I’m in the shower by 5:30am to catch my 7:30 train. You just do what has to be done if you really want to workout. I love working out so it’s my #1 priority. Do I feel like it every day? No, but after I do it I’m so thankful I did. Over time it becomes a habit that is so hard to break (even on the weekends).

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 4:19 pm

      This gives me hope that I can become an AM exerciser, too!! Thank you.

  • Jennifer March 24, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I must admit I’m an early morning runner. On my running days, I’m up at 5am to either be out the door or to the gym by no later than 5:30am. I have to be home for 6:30am before the hubby leaves for work, and the kids or I have activities almost every evening, so if I don’t get my run in early, it usually doesn’t happen. I always have everything set out the morning before, which helps a lot. But I find you really have to commit in your mind that you are going to get up early and exercise in order for it to work. If I’m humming and hawing because of the weather, it’s harder to get up and going. Once you’ve done it for a while, it gets to be a habit. Most days now I wake up before my alarm!

  • Lee March 24, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I can’t do it either. Without fail, I reset my alarm. Although, it’s actually easier for me to do on weekends because I know that I can take a nap later in the day.

  • Kristen March 24, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I like to exercise around 8 or 9 in the morning, sometimes if its too late I make A LOT of excuses (like im too tired)

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 24, 2011, 1:57 pm

    I used to wake up a 4:30 every morning to work out…and I honestly have no idea how I did it. I’m still very much so a morning worker-outer, but it’s moved back a few hours!

  • Meghann @ Meghann on the Move March 24, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I’ve just started with early workouts and I am really loving it! the gym is so lovely at 6 am – my choice of weights, treadmills, TV shows. plus it’s amazing to be done for the day before it really even starts! the thing that gets me out of bed, though, is knowing that I’ll feel fine after 5 minutes of being up – it’s just that initial hump I have to get past.

  • Heather March 24, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I find getting up early for running..weight training to be the most difficult…but even with yoga…I feel like a sloth…it takes me a while to get going. I prefer exercising at noon!

  • Dee March 24, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Well, not sure what qualifies as early morning, but I need to get rolling on my workout by 7:30 in order to get to work by 10:30. I have a lot of trouble getting up- not a morning person, and am often running a half-hour late, which often turns into missing breakfast- not good. I’m trying to figure out how to have breakfast pre-made and in my lunch bag so I can just eat when I get to work.

  • Jess March 24, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I used to force myself to work out in the mornings, but I don’t feel I got the most out of myself because I was tired and cranky and needed more sleep. I’m now an afternoon exerciser! I go to the gym after uni and I don’t stop at home, I go straight there. If I stop at home I’ll get sucked into all the traps, like my comfy couch and assignments

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) March 24, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I’m a morning exerciser, and for me it’s honestly really just faking it til you make it. Once you get in the habit of doing it, it stops being hard to do. So, I just try not to think about it as much as possible, I just put one foot in front of the other and DO it. And if I need a little help, I’ll just think about 3 hours from then when I’m sitting at my desk wishing I had worked out!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 24, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I used to get up crazy early to workout and I LOVED it.. it gave me so much energy for the rest of the day! But now that I’m a waitress, I tend to stay up later and sleep later in the morning, making those AM workouts very hard. But today I forced myself to get up (reminding myself how good I would feel afterwards) and I don’t regret it one bit.. it starts your day off on the right foot!

  • Joanne March 24, 2011, 2:52 pm

    It will be easier when it becomes a routine (I think it takes about 2 weeks). Then you’ll curse yourself because on the days you want to sleep in, you’ll wake up early or the dogs won’t like it, or the phone will ring…get the pic?!

  • Katie G. March 24, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I lay everything out and set for the next day- workout clothes,work clothes, lunch made in fridge, coffee pot set, etc. so all I have to do is get up and put my clothes/shoes on and hit the road. It was hard at first but now it’s part of my routine and I feel blah if I don’t work out in the mornings. It also helps that it’s my only guaranteed time to work out, so if I miss it, chances are that’s it for the day. I think this alone is the motivation that makes me get out of bed (after 2 alarms) while my bf is still soundly sleeping.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 24, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I have 8:30 am classes every day and there is absolutely nothing in this world that could get me up early enough to go to the gym before then. 😛

    These past few nights sound like they’ve been rough! I hope you get a killer sleep tonight!

  • Nacho Lindsay March 24, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Just have your SO whip you up some breakfast nachos! The smell will make you leap out of bed!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes March 24, 2011, 3:22 pm

    I do the same thing! I think I’ve only managed to successfully wake up for an early workout ONE time! I have no good advice…I like to sleep too much right now.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 24, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I’m on spring break and it’s so hard to get motivated to workout in the morning!

  • Anna March 24, 2011, 4:20 pm

    I SO WISH I was an early-AM exerciser… but I’m just not. It’s funny because I’m definitely a morning person: I like to get up early and I’m always chipper (and I do’t even drink coffee). Yet even though my mind is awake, my body is not. I have the most exercise energy right before dinner.

  • Amanda March 24, 2011, 4:29 pm

    I would love to workout in the morning, but I live with my boyfriend who works until 830 or 9 every night. We stay up hanging out until about 1030 or 11 and I’m able to do my workout after work without missing out on time together. For now, it makes sense … but when a happy hour or something comes up, I wish I were a morning exerciser!!

  • Rosi March 24, 2011, 4:31 pm

    There is no way I could drag my butt out of bed early enough to workout before work. I wake up at 350a as it is to be to work on time. :/ I do a split shift though, so typically I work out in between shifts.

  • Allie March 24, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Aww, the feet necklace is such a cute idea! Your soup looks sooo good!

  • Jen March 24, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I’m definitely a morning exerciser! I do the things you mentioned, like set my clothes out, get into bed early, and set an alarm. But I think the sooner you actually get dressed in the morning, the better. Less time to contemplate in your pajamas! Once I’m dressed for the gym, that’s it. I’m going. And also, don’t do too much beforehand aside from getting ready and eating. Make your workout the first thing on your to-do list so that it doesn’t get bumped to the back burner.

  • LauraJayne March 24, 2011, 6:04 pm

    I am totally a morning exerciser! I like to get it done and out of the way – on the days that I have to wait, it totally affects my mood and stress level! I need my early-morning “me” time!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats March 24, 2011, 6:12 pm

    I wish I could get up in the morning and exercise. When I do , randomly, I always feel SO much better. Plus, my day is pretty much done after work!

  • Cara March 24, 2011, 7:32 pm

    I love early morning workouts! It is my favorite time to workout, it is so peaceful and great boost to your day! I always lay my clothes out the night before and I get up on time. Sometimes I’m still half a sleep when I start working out, but I feel better by the end and I’m refreshed for the day!

  • lisa March 24, 2011, 9:02 pm

    i am failing miserably at making smoothies. They are either too runny or too icy. Actually I can almost never get the ice to blend in my blender. That one looks so delicious. Mind sharing the recipe and some tips?

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:06 pm

      Here’s what I do, step by step for that recipe:

      Night before, put a sliced (SLICED) banana in freezer. The banana is very important because it makes everything creamy.

      I also used a package frozen mixed berries. Or try a peach or strawberries.

      When the fruit is frozen, put 1 cup rice milk in blender. Top with frozen banana slices. Blend for a few minutes. Add mixed berries until they are blended. Add protein powder, chia seeds, or flax at the end.

      I had a crappy blender and the whole thing takes at least 3 minutes.

      • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 9:07 pm

        Oh about 1/2 cup mixed berries.

  • Gina March 24, 2011, 9:26 pm

    I used to be an early morning work out person when I lived within a mile of work and the gym. Now I have an hour plus commute so unless I want to get up at 4 am, that ain’t happenin! My commute also makes it hard to work out in the evening…;)

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 24, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I usually get up early, but I think I’m just born that way!

  • caitie March 25, 2011, 7:29 am

    I used to love to get up and workout before I had to be at work at 9. Now, I moved and obviously got a new job where I have to leave at 7. My workouts are now after work and I actually dont dread them all day like i thought I would.
    About that 630 am yoga class. I woke up once to go to a 630 class (and was gonna be so happy to do it early!!). But when I was making toast I started to feel really nauseous..then dizzy. Then I just flat out passed out! No idea why but kinda scary. Needless to say, 630 yoga did not happen haha

  • Becky March 25, 2011, 11:23 am

    Yes, I workout in the morning before anyone else gets up because evenings are too short and I’m too tired to do it. I usually decide what workout I’m doing the night before. And my workout clothes and water are ready to go. The biggest thing for me at 5:15 a.m. is to tell myself “NO excuses.” That gets me off my keister and into my workout room.

  • kate March 25, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Free mysore ashtanga?! Such a fantastic offering that I would drag my anti-AM ass out of bed!

  • Shayla March 25, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I wake up at 5am Mon-Fri to take 6am classes, either it be spin or bootcamp, and whenever I really don’t feel like getting out of bed, I always remind myself that I’ll feel amazing afterward and will be ready to tackle the work day ahead. It always works for me!!

    I also set a timer on my coffee maker for 5am so that the smell of coffee is wafting up to our bedroom…that always helps and makes me feel like I’m in a Folgers commercial 😉

  • Erin March 26, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Great question! Two things that help me: 1. Never hit snooze–just get out if bed and turn a light on to wake your body up. 2. Start fueling your body and wake it up with a small morning snack. I recently started doing this and my am workouts have vastly improved.

    Also, I allow myself one day to sleep in and rest in the middle of the week (usually weds) one day to sleep in on the weekend and do an afternoon workout (Saturday).

    I love morning workouts but find them easier to execute if I give myself a break now and then. 🙂

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