I've spent months conditioning myself and meditating, doing reality checks a couple times a day, and this morning I ALMOST did it.
I check to make sure I'm not dreaming using the most common method, which is looking at my hands and counting five fingers on each. Well, I woke up early in the morning after having a very vivid and odd (for me) dream. My entire neighborhood was participating in a zombie apocalypse scenario game, and everybody broke into survival groups and hid in houses. We had to venture outside to collect objects and food while avoiding people dressed as zombies. This part was very breif and I don't remember too much about it, but it seemed pretty intense.
The next part of the dream was calmer, and my team was hanging out on the front porch cleaning up and putting up some sort of net around the perimeter. It was raining, and there were zombie parts lying around on the ground. I remember wanting to pick them up and dispose of them, but I didn't for some reason. This was when I woke up, and I figured I'd try to get back into the dream where I left off. Well, I sort of dozed off again, and I could still feel my actual body, but the dream started up again. I looked at my hands and saw that there were two deformed fingers on my right, which I wasn't concerned about at all. :I
I picked up this zombie head and started walking somewhere, and all of a sudden I realized I was dreaming again. I looked at my hand again, still with extra fingers, and I felt my heart rate speed up right away, went "OH MY GOD I'M ACTUALLY DOING IT" and I jolted myself awake xD
Apparently that's a common problem for people, getting so excited at the prospect of lucid dreaming that they wake themselves up. That'll probably happen a lot in the future, but I'm getting there!