I never used to be a morning person. I was the person who would always sleep through the alarm or hit snooze about a hundred times. But, I realized that if I wanted to reach my goals, changes had to be made. Not only did I change the way I ate and exercised, I also had to change my entire routine…from beginning to end. Because mornings were always the worst for me, I decided to start there. I learned very quickly that your morning routine sets the tone for your day so it’s best to have a good one. This is the routine I created, and followed, to help me lose 100 pounds.
5:00 AM – Rise and shine (yes, even during summer vacation). This is the time I enjoy my coffee, review all the notifications on my phone, let the dogs out, and sit in silence.
5:30 AM – Breakfast. I generally have the same thing for breakfast every day so there’s no planning required here. While breakfast is cooking, I unload the dishwasher, feed the pets, wipe down the kitchen counters, and review my Filofax for the day’s action items. I also start a load of laundry, if I didn’t set the machine to start automatically the night before.
6:00 AM – Morning hygiene routine. After breakfast, I brush my teeth, wash my face, apply moisturizer, and get dressed. Once I’m done with that, I put my breakfast dishes in the dishwasher and put the dogs out again. Since we’re no longer on summer vacation, I wake the kid up at 6 am so he can get ready for school.
6:30 AM – During summer vacation, this is the time I would leave the house on my walk. However, things are different now. During this time, the kid is either watching TV or playing Minecraft, so I use this time to review my Filofax, catch up on social media, get the laundry on the clothesline (or in the dryer), and just chill out.
7:00 AM – The kid goes out to wait for the bus. I’m still inside tidying up, putting the dogs in their kennels, putting my shoes on, etc.
7:15 AM – The kid is on the bus and I hit the streets for my walk. I don’t have a set duration or distance for my walks, but I do like to get 5+ miles. My main goal is to hit 10k steps before I head home.
8:45 AM – I’m usually home by this time and I make a protein shake (1 scoop of Quest chocolate milkshake protein powder and 2 c. unsweetened almond milk). I sit on the back porch with my shake and wait for the dogs to do their business.
9:00 AM – Time to hit the shower! It’s still been fairly warm and humid here and I sweat to beat all hell so a shower is very necessary.
9:15 AM – Work. I used to log on at 10 am but work has gotten really busy, which is awesome!
This is my daily morning routine during the week only. I don’t follow this morning routine on the weekends because, well, because it’s the freakin’ weekend! I try to incorporate exercise into family activities on the weekends so it benefits all of us. Now that it’s getting cooler, we’ll be able to take walks in the woods without fear of ticks and chiggers. I’m not picky about where I walk as long as I’m walking, but hubby prefers being in nature, which is cool with me.
It took me a little while to adjust to getting up at 5 am but now I’m up before the alarm. Yesterday and today, I started waking up at 5:30 am and I rolled over and went back to sleep. Bad idea because I’ve felt like crap because of it. It’s so funny now because I’m up before my husband, which only ever happened when the kids were babies. I’ve gone from not being a morning person to being a morning person in just a few months. I enjoy my quiet time in the morning; it gives me the time I need to reflect and prepare myself for the day ahead. If I can become a morning person, anyone can!