I woke up at 4:50 AM today. I can’t remember the last time I did that by choice. This is the next habit I am looking to build—rising by 5:00 each day.
Historically, I have been very bad about getting up early. Having pretty much always worked retail and restaurant jobs for most of my adult life, I’ve had a very inconsistent schedule—which really means my days had no proper structure at all. More often than not, I’d go to bed anywhere from 12:00-3:00 AM, and wake up anywhere from 7:00-10:00 AM, sometimes even later. Since I usually worked afternoons and evenings, I started my days slowly, taking longer than necessary to make and eat breakfast, and then I would just kind of lounge around wasting time on the internet until it was time to take a shower and go to work. Sometimes I’d do a half-hearted workout or go for a run, but there was nothing consistent or habitual about my exercise, or really anything else in my life.
A couple of weeks ago, for a multitude of reasons, I left my retail sales job in the telecom industry and hit the reset button on my life. I’ve begun studying for some IT certifications to change fields to something that really interests and excites me (I’ve always dug computers). More importantly, I’m focusing very intently on building good habits. While I’d never been particularly fit or thin, and have been overweight or clinically obese my entire adulthood, there have been times in which I’ve been in better shape than others, and they are typically when I have changed my habitual behaviors. So that’s what I am doing.
This blog will be a personal journal where I will document the changes I am making, the habits I am building, and my thoughts and experiences while embarking on this journey. And while I am the opposite of an expert, as I am just now learning and experimenting with these changes in my own life, perhaps you may find some value in what I share here. If you do, drop me a line! I’d love to know about your own efforts, struggles, and what has/hasn’t worked for you.