Early Rising – Week 3

Conclusion:
So I didn’t get my baseline wake up time to waking up at 6:00AM this week. I am going to try that out next week once again and aim to break the threshold into the 5AM mark by my 30th day.  I am very excited for that.  I will make a more conscious effort to sleep earlier also.  If you want to take a gander as to how I felt each day click on the “continue reading” link!

Day 15

WOOT. I’m slowly getting back on track. I woke up at 6:20AM today. My alarm woke me up at 5:59AM and I was about to get up but I slept a bit late last night and I didn’t want to feel groggy and grumpy in the afternoon since I’ll be at Anime Expo again today.   Slowly but surely getting back on track to early rising.  I’m in such a good mood right now, I found this song remix by Sunglasses Kid to Futurecop! – Lost Love. This tune is going to go on repeat for awhile, it’s the perfect song to drive down PCH to on a sunny day in a convertible.  I’m not sure but I think I took 200mg – 5-HTP last night, I felt like I had good sleep.

Bedtime: 11:52PM
Wake up time: 6:20AM

Supplements:
1. 7:00AM – 8oz of Green Tea
2. 11:00AM – Sea salt cream Jasmine Tea
3. 11:30PM – 200mg 5-HTP

Things I’d like to improve:
1. Finish up blogpost first thing in the morning without getting distracted
2. Go to bed by 10:30PM

Things I feel good about:
1. The song Lost Love (Sunglasses Remix) by Futurecop!
2. Waking up at 6:20AM in the morning
3. Going to AX again today, I’m going to take a bunch more video selfies with amazing cosplayers


Day 16

I stayed up late ’til around 1AM or so learning how to use After Effects and editing this video of me cosplaying as Jacket from Hotline Miami. I woke up at 7:40AM and ate breakfast and then went straight to pole fitness class! I felt good waking up though, I didn’t feel tired or anything.

Bedtime: 1:30AM
Wake up time: 7:40AM

Supplements:
1. 200mg 5-HTP

Things I’d like to improve:
1. I’m very proud of the video I edited and all the time I put into it, but I shall try editing early in the morning instead of late at night!

Things I feel good about:
1. How my video came out. I recently told myself not to half-ass anything anymore in my life and to take the time to really do the best of my best.  I haven’t ever been so proud of a creation of mine ever until this video!! I cannot wait to learn how to do even cooler things in After Effects!!!

Day 17

I slept REALLY early last night, at around 10AM and I was so excited to wake up at at least 5:30 in the morning, but my alarm clock froze on me and I had overslept and woke up at 7:40AM yet again!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!! I did wake up to go to the bathroom at around 4:50AM, perhaps I should’ve stayed awake….. Next time!! Today I will sleep early again and try my best to wake up before 6! IT WILL BE DONE!!!!

Bedtime: 10:00PM
Wake up time: 7:40AM

Supplements:
1. 1:30pM – 400mg Magnesium
2. 9:30PM – 100mg 5-HTP

Things I shall improve:
1. Wake up earlier and make sure alarm doesn’t freeze.
2. Wake up the first time the alarm goes off

Things I feel good about:
1. Sleeping so damn early yesterday, fuck yeah

Day 18

I think my serotonin levels are fucked. I’ve been eating non-stop lately like 6 times or so a day. Yesterday I had a bowl of spaghetti and then an hour later I had sashimi and tempura ice cream and then 2 hours later I was hungry again and had some eggs.  I just keep on eating and eating. Along with that I’ve been feeling more sleepy but then I sleep like 8-9 hours and I feel so tired and groggy not even a shot of espresso can wake me up.  I was feeling all down yesterday too.  Serotonin is what regulates your mood, appetite and sleep.  Alrighty, back to taking the 5-HTP with Green Tea Extract for me!  I know this is just temporary feels, but it just doesn’t feel good while it lasts.

COME ON DAN-TAM, WE MUST START WAKING UP REGULARLY AT 6AM THIS WEEK. WE GOT THIS.

Bedtime: 10:30AM
Wake up time: 6:45AM

Supplements:
1. 9:30AM – Half of a regular drink size of Vietnamese Coffee
2. 1:30PM – 1 shot of espresso

Things I shall improve:
1. Not feeling like shit and waking up earlier. I’ve been going to bed early but waking up the same time, which is quite strange.
2. I start exercising regularly again, I haven’t for a couple weeks now

Things I feel good about:
1. Being alive
2. Going on a date with myself last night, eating sashimi and tempura ice cream and watching the movie A Coffee in Berlin

Day 19

MUCH SUCCESS!!! I broke a new record this morning!!!! I woke up at 5:54AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so so proud of myself. First thing I did this morning was a 15 minute yoga session on my Yoga Studio app! Wow, I am superrrrr stiff this morning I can barely do my forward bends. But that’s alright, I’m just happy I’m getting back into yoga again in what feels like forever!!

Supplements:
1. 12:30PM – shot of espresso
2. 5:30PM – Jasmine Milk Tea
3. 10:30PM – 100mg of 5-HTP
4. 10:30PM – 400mg of Magnesium
5. 10:30PM – 5mg of Melatonin

Things I shall improve:
1. Better sleep quality

Things I feel good about:
1. Breaking a new record FINALLY
2. Doing yoga first thing in the morning

Update: After yoga at around 6:30AM I felt like I needed a nap so I took a 1.5 hour nap until 8. It was much needed tho, felt good to nap.  After that I proceeded to work out, and that felt sooo damn good.  Makes me feel so much better whenever I work out. Those natural endorphins though.

Day 20

I woke up in the middle of the night at around 2:00AM because Mike had a migraine and I stayed up for a bit to take care of him.  Man, I really hope we figure out what these triggers are.  The wake up really screwed up with my sleeping schedule though so I gave myself time to sleep in because I know I wouldn’t have had enough sleep if I woke up at 6:15AM today.  I woke up at around 7:40AM instead.  About to go to some body combat kickboxing exercise class thing with Thi (damn girl, you a strong preggo lady) at 10AM today.  Then later on in the evening I’ll be taking my polefitness class.

Supplements:
N/A

Things I shall improve:
1. Waking up at 6:00AM, COME ON, THIS IS THE LAST DAY
2. Friends came over yesterday and we watched the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul and then went to bed a little late (around 11:30PM)

Things I feel good about:
1. Being alive
2. Chatting with Cherry for a bit over Skype

Day 21

I didn’t post first thing in the morning (I’m catching up on my posts, havent posted for 2 days) that day but I woke up at around 7:40AM once again but I gave myself permission to do so that day because I felt like my sleep quality wasn’t as great.   I’m hypothesizing that my body was focusing more on recovering from all the torn muscles and soreness I got from all the exercise I did the day before so my sleep wasn’t as great.   It felt good to actually be okay and not mad at myself for not waking up as early as I’d like.  I usually get pretty down on myself when I find myself not accomplishing the goals I had set for myself and that’s not the most healthy habit to carry.  I think it is much healthier to let myself feel okay and tell myself that I will do better tomorrow instead of kicking myself while I’m already down on the ground for feeling like a “failure”.  It’s not failure unless you give up.  I have not given up yet.

Bedtime: Around 11PM (I forgot)
Wake up time: Around 7:40AM

Supplements: N/A (forgot)

Things I shall improve:
1) Waking up earlier

Things I feel good about today:
1) Being able to feel okay about giving myself permission to consciously sleep in

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