By Tina Haupert
Before I reached my Feel Great Weight, breaking a sweat wasn't a priority for me. But I quickly realized that regular exercise came with one big perk: Burning all those extra calories meant I could have a small splurge once a day. It was much easier to rationalize a glass of wine with dinner if I had started my day with a workout. I've mentioned how I hate dieting, so this was huge for me.
The problem, though, was that I could never get my butt out of bed. But I also had a hard time cramming in my workout at night. I wanted to exercise and lose weight, but I didn't want to give up the things that were important to me—like spending time with my husband, entertaining, and relaxing.
I realized that I needed to become a morning exerciser, which is no easy task! The first few mornings of waking up early were really hard, but the more I forced myself to do it, the easier it became. Even now it's not always that pleasant—especially when it's cold and dark outside in the winter—but seeing results on the scale is a big motivator, so I've stuck with it. Here's what helps me break a sweat before sunrise.