Last week I started the Gold’s Gym 12 week transformation Challenge. It’s a challenge that will help you get fit, reach (and exceed) your goals and improve your health. I’m taking part in the employee challenge and on Tuesday I had my weight and measurements taken. It’s not that I need to lose weight, I just need to shift my body composition, add a little more muscle and lose a little fat. The challenge is accountability. It’s the push I need to change some bad habits. How? By creating some some new healthy habits. Especially my morning routine.
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Creating healthy habits
Recently I read “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. Which is all about taking the morning to the next level, to set yourself up for a fully productive day. If you haven’t read it, basically the 6 steps to include in your morning routine are: Meditation, Affirmations, Visualization, Journaling, Reading, and Exercise. Your Miracle Morning can be intensive or super quick (Hal has a 6 minute routine on his website). So I sat down, and evaluated my morning routine. Which was less than optimal.
My morning routine
Each morning, for the next 11 1/2 weeks (and hopefully beyond!) I’ll be incorporating some changes into my morning routine. Last year, mornings were difficult for me. It was a combination of late nights, early mornings, and jam packed days of classes and clients (hence I was posting less on this blog!). I wasn’t sleeping or eating well. Plus, I also wasn’t getting my own exercise in, which just compounded things. When things aren’t working well I did what we all do. I fell into bad habits. When I did get freetime in the mornings, I wasted it. Ok, I don’t like to say it was wasted, because I spent a lot of it sitting and snuggling with Pixel, but it wasn’t the best use of my time. So let’s see what we can change, moving forward. Here is my new 5 step morning routine.
No more hitting snooze!
If you watch Hal’s talk, he mentions how people hate the morning alarm so much, that they hit snooze and hear it again, and again and again. I laughed when he said this because it’s so true. I never used to be a snoozer. I’d hit the alarm and jump outta bed ready to go. So in order to avoid the snooze I’ll be heading to bed earlier at night. I’ve cut my schedule back and I no longer work after 7:30pm. Goal: 7 1/2 – 8 hours of sleep every night. If you can avoid the snooze your morning routine is already off to a great start.
Each morning after getting dressed and visiting the bathroom the first thing on my list of things to do is feed and walk Pixel. We usually walk for 30-40 minutes in the morning. More if I have time (or if it’s not freezing cold like the weather lately). I’d love to sit and meditate here, but realistically I can’t. I need to move FIRST, then meditate. Plus I’d be fending off a dog anxious to head out on his morning walk. So I’ll be hitting the pavement with Pixel, while listening to podcasts.
Meditation & Hydration
When I return from my morning walk, I immediately head to the kitchen to start making a cup of tea. I lived 30 years in Great Britain before moving to America and one thing I still cannot abide is coffee. Much to people’s surprise I’ve never drunk a cup of coffee EVER. I just don’t like the smell or taste, though over the years the smell is not as horrendous as it used to be. Tea is my beverage of choice in the mornings. I love most teas, especially herbal teas. Recently, I’ve been using Green Root Organic Red Rooibos tea.
This loose leaf tea is organic, sustainably farmed, and fair trade. Being fair trade is so important as it means the farming communities in South Africa receive fair wages. Green Root Tea has a few varieties of tea in loose leaf form. Loose leaf tea means no bags! Do you know the environmental impact of all those bags? It’s not good let me tell you. Years ago bags used to made from paper, but more recently manufacturers switched to nylon and PET. Because of this, the bags are no longer compostable. Loose leaf tea is definitely the way to go if you care about the environment.
While the tea is steeping in the little infuser I unload the dishwasher and tidy up the kitchen a little. No need to waste time, and these little jobs don’t seem such a task when you’re already in the kitchen waiting for your tea to brew. Once the tea is ready I head to the living room, set my tea down and begin a 5 minute meditation. Meditation is something I enjoy, and knowing I have my tea to drink afterwards is like a little reward.
The Green Root Rooibos Tea has a slightly nutty flavor, and is caffeine free. I know some people don’t even feel awake till they’ve had 4 espressos but really think about how much caffeine you drink and why. Caffeine addiction is real, it’s a stimulant! The more you take in, the more you need to feel the stimulus. During this tea drinking time, I generally check my schedule, text clients, and… this is also the time that I post to instagram and spend 5 minutes liking and commenting on everyone’s posts.
Exercise and Enjoyment
As I mentioned I’ve been sitting a lot lately. One thing I tend to do after my tea is grab breakfast and sit and watch a couple of YouTube videos before getting ready for work. Time to switch things around. After drinking my Green Root Tea I’ll be grabbing my iPad and heading into our home gym (aka the spare room) to either get on the bike trainer or treadmill to exercise while watching 20 minutes of YouTube videos. I did this last year leading up the triathlon and it was very effective. I get exercise as part of my morning routine, while enjoying some content from my favorite YouTubers.
Fueling the body
A part of any morning routine for me means food. Refueling the body after walking the dog, and exercising. For me, 95% of the time this means a smoothie. It’s a quick, delicious and easy way to get all the nutrients you need to push you through the morning. The other 5% of the time, is usually the super cold mornings where I can’t bear to drink a smoothie or I run out of bananas. During these occasions I opt for hearty oatmeal.
So far that’s my new morning routine. Now each day isn’t going to be in the same order due to my screwy schedule but those 5 things get done every morning. Eventually I’d like to maybe add reading and journaling too. Though reading tends to be an evening activity for me, which is when I drink my Chamomile Tea then zonk out before bed. Journaling isn’t even on the radar right now. That’s why I have a blog right? Haha. I do plan on adding writing, but I think it’ll be a goal of 500 words a day of just writing. Wish me luck with the 12 week challenge!
What tips do you have for creating healthy habits in your morning routine?
Are you a tea or coffee drinker?
Do you journal?
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