gotta get up | week of health & fitness


What gets you up and out the door in the morning for your early workout?

I know not everyone does their exercise in the morning, but for me if I don’t get it done before I go to work, chances are pretty slim that I’ll get it done later in the day. Exercise guru Michelle Bridges always says that it doesn’t really matter when you workout, as long as you do it, but it’s better to do it first thing in the morning before “life” gets in the way. I agree!

I get up in the morning for 2 reasons;

  1. because my love of food means I have to workout.
  2. because I have a little dog named Harley who needs to go for a run before we leave him for the day, otherwise we’d come home to a house destroyed!

I’m lucky that I live in a beautiful suburb where my morning jog is along the gorgeous Sydney harbour. I don’t take my iPod because I love the early morning quiet. It’s just a time to detox from the busy city life.

Here are my top tips to make getting up at the crack of dawn just a little bit easier:

  • go to bed early. It’s almost impossible to get up at 5.30am if you’ve only had 6 hours sleep. I make sure I’m tucked away in bed by 10.30pm. That means that the TV is off by 9.30pm!
  • layout your workout gear before going to bed. It’s way easier to fumble around in the dark (and the cold in winter) when your stuff is on the floor next to your bed.
  • prep your breakfast and lunch the night before. That way your when your workout is over, you’ve had a shower and gotten ready for work, your breakfast is easily prepared and you can grab your lunch and head out the door. On schedule!
  • have a backup plan so if it’s raining you can still workout; at the gym, with a workout DVD in your lounge room or like me, out the door in a raincoat!

Hope this helps you on your workout tomorrow!!! And I’ll leave you with a few photos of the views I enjoy on my early morning workout adventures… 

chasing pavements
chasing pavements


nothing but fog....winter settles in around the harbour
nothing but fog….winter settles in around the harbour
before sunrise; a view of the city
before sunrise; a view of the city
after sunrise; a view of the city
after sunrise; a view of the city
welcome sailors! a cruise liner on it's way into port
welcome sailors! a cruise liner on it’s way into port


view from Barrangaroo
view from Barrangaroo
my little workout buddy; Harley
my little workout buddy; Harley & his stick

Happy Monday!

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Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

14 thoughts on “gotta get up | week of health & fitness

  1. Donna taught me two good tips for getting up and getting it done. The first one is that when your alarm goes off, you need to instantly throw the covers back. That way, even if you lie in bed a bit longer, you aren’t going to feel warm and snuggly and just want to stay there!

    Also, at times when she’s struggling with exercise for one reason or another, she will actually go to bed in track pants, socks and a hoodie. Then when you get up, all you gotta do is whack on a bra and your shoes! A few months ago I went and bought trackies that could be slept in AND exercised in and it did work! I’d wake up and literally have not a single excuse to bull shit myself with. Not a very glam way to go to bed though!

    1. Haha, I have heard about people going to sleep in their workout clothes. I couldnt do it though, too much clothing to wear to bed!!! But whatever works for you I reckon, and you have the kickarse 100 calorie hill to look forward to!!!

  2. Love this! Like you, my alarm goes off at 5:30am – so I know the struggle you can have with dragging yourself out of bed. Sadly I don’t have a little Harley there to keep me accountable, so some days it really can be tough!

    Working out first thing puts me in such a good and productive mood for the day, and it is also nice to know that is done! I love food just as much as you, so I must work out. My husband and I also say “No Jog, No Grog” so that is something that makes us laugh, and just get out of bed and do it! Especially on the weekends!

    Thanks for keeping us all motivated during the freezing winter months!

  3. I WANT to become a morning person but seriously struggle. Of course not-working at the moment gives me less motivation. Perhaps I need a new goal! I have managed to recently get myself off on walks at 4 – 5pm, so that’s okay I guess.

    1. The fact that you’ve scheduled your walks in the afternoon is awesome Deb! Plus, with your ocean views and that gorgeous long pier, sunset walk is worth waiting til the arvo. Then you have a nice well deserved glass of vino to look forward to!!!

  4. For me, it’s the crispness and coolness (even if it’s a Midwestern cool of 80 degrees) that gets me out the door. I like having completed a run well before much of the neighborhood is up!

  5. This sounds very much like my mornings too, and I agree that it’s definitely worth the effort. I really enjoyed the pictures of your morning views as well. It certainly looks like the middle of winter! Living in the northern hemisphere of course we’re just coming up to the longest day here, and have been lucky enough to have some truly beautiful early mornings this week. It’ll be dark and cold again all too soon though!

    1. Hi Georgina! It was 9-degrees-C this morning when I went out and it was raining. I can still feel the cold 3 hours later! Soooooo jealous of your summer right now! Thanks for commenting xx

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