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My excessive energy, extreme narcissism, and intense love of neon-colored spandex is both managed and fueled by my addiction to fitness. I push myself to extremes and I push other people's buttons. Obviously I needed my own blog.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Alarm Clock Accountability

I understand that it is difficult to wake up early to work out. And when I say early, I mean you need to be out of bed before 6 AM and if you get up 15 minutes later, you can no longer complete the workout you intended.

Today I fully intended on getting up to go to 6:30 AM Bikram and my alarm went off at 5:15 AM. I felt pretty wide awake, but decided 15 minutes more in bed would be perfect. Then I decided that I might not make the class in time now that it was 5:30 AM (can anyone explain the bus schedule to me so that it actually makes sense?), and so I better cancel. I proceeded to use Siri to change my alarm by a half an hour until 6:50 AM, when I executive decisioned that I would get out of bed at 8. Had I been thinking clearly, I would've realized Wednesday is the day I work from home in the morning and I didn't need to be at the office until this afternoon anyway.

We have had to read this book called Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey for work. Pretty worthless book, but there is a section about setting your alarm clock to get up to workout. If you set your alarm early every day (or many times a week), but always hit snooze until it's too late to workout, you no longer trust yourself to get up. It's futile to bother because you expect yourself to stay in bed. It is better to be honest with yourself and not set the alarm unless you really are getting up. The worst thing you can do is ruin 2 hours of potentially good sleep by having to hit the alarm every 9 or 15 minutes.

I have fallen to this trap many times, but now I try to be more conscious of my early alarms. I would really like to make it to 6:30 AM Bikram tomorrow so if anyone wants to call me at about 5:15 AM, it would be much appreciated.


  1. i wish i lived in the city.. i would totally be your wakeup support and hit bikram with you! :(

    1. I would LOVE for you to live in Manhattan for many reasons. We could wake up early and get our sweat on and be happy campers. I'm really into this Bikram studio near my office and I'm also excited to try CrossFit when my equinox membership expires.

      Have you signed up for this bike race yet?


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