Oh mornings, how I loathe thee. Let me count the ways. One: you always creep in through my bedroom windows ten-ish minutes before my alarm goes off, so I am stuck under the covers, dreading the alarm in a don’t-wanna-get-up-yet-limbo. Two: you wake me up on the weekends (my only days to sleep in) at the same ungodly time I normally have to wake up for work during the week. Three: you come around, pulling on my heartstrings, with promises of pancakes and coffee, and try to fool me into feeling like I am missing out on the day when I wake up way past noon. I am the queen of the snooze button and no one can tell me otherwise. That was me, until I took Mari Winsor’s Early Bird Challenge. What a world of difference 20 minutes can make every morning. For the past 10 days, I took the challenge seriously and refused to hit snooze. Sure, the first couple of days I buried my head in the pillow and procrastinated getting up, but the extra time gave me the chance to make a healthy breakfast, pack my gym bag without forgetting anything (socks!) and even blow dry my hair before work. I left the house every day on time and didn’t have to speed walk to the subway. That alone reduced so much stress from my mornings, I can’t even tell you. On the Facebook Event page, lots of you shared your courageous efforts to rise and shine with smiles on your faces. Even though some of the time they were forced smiles (a lot of you admitted this was really hard and I agree!), many of you got through this 10 day battle with a little help from friends and family. And that takes me to the two recipients of a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week… We’re sending two reformed sleeping beauties to the spa… But first, thank you to all those who shared and expressed your struggles and hopes, successes and setbacks. And now to award each of the two Early Bird Challenge participants with one $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card each… Patty and Lisa D! This mother-daughter duo decided to take Mari’s Challenge together, even though they were both admittedly not morning people (it runs in the family). But together they supported each other and experienced those extra 20 minutes gained, together. Well done ladies! Patty: My daughter and I both decided to take the challenge together. I’m not a morning person but I made sure not to hit snooze today. The most difficult part was just motivating myself to get up and move. Once I was up I felt good. I spent the extra time having an relaxing breakfast and reading a book Lisa: My mom and I did this one together. While she was I fan…me, not so much. I’m not a morning person at all. So getting up without my normal snooze was difficult. We’re glad you enjoyed the am together – or at least tried to. Thank you for sharing. Winners, please contact daily(at)spaweekmedia(dot)com within 3 business days to redeem your prize. We can’t wait to hear from a more fierce and fabulous you!