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Day 5

Welcome to Day 5! Today, Denise recommended making over my morning routine for more energy. She said that her morning routine includes the following: her morning stretch, brushing her teeth and making her bed, “padding to the kitchen” for a glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon, eating breakfast and savoring family time along with her one cup of coffee. Then she heads to her home gym for her thirty-minute “energize” session. She then instructs me to make my own morning routine that might include a fragrant coffee or tea, daily meditation, and maybe a whimsical alarm clock.

I thought about this a lot, and, I think the most important thing for my routine is making it as simple as possible to get up and get going. Otherwise I tend to laze around thinking about the little things that must be done before I leave the house. So my morning routine will actually start the night before! I will make sure my space by our bed is clean and tidy so that is the first thing I see in the morning, I will lay my clothes out, make sure coffee supplies are set out and the french press is clean and ready to go. My purse and anything I need for the school day will be set in my bin by the front door. Also, I plan to take Denise up on the “whimsical alarm clock” idea so I don’t have to keep my phone by my bed as an alarm clock.

In the morning, all I will need to do is wake up, finish the water by my bed, do my morning stretches, hop into my clothes, savor my coffee over breakfast, spend fifteen minutes on hair/makeup/teeth brushing, and I will be out the door! I need to be at school by 8 AM and it is not even a five minute walk. So if I have done my prep the night before, I should be able to get up at 7 AM and not be rushed.

Alright, moving on. Today was a better day. I’m going to add in an internet category to my Daily Energy Checklist, which I didn’t follow today, but at least it will get me moving in a reasonable direction. Today was better partially because my husband and I got out of the house and are staying in a hotel for the night in a bigger town an hour from us.

It’s also a better day because I really tried to remember a few things from yesterday; for example that trying to anticipate or control how other people think of me is exhausting. Also, the idea I had yesterday, that the part of my brain that used to count calories all the time without me actually wanting it to, is very similar to the neural pathways that keep my hyper-focused on work and people at work, even when I don’t want it to. It’s the same beast in a different form. And only nominally based in reality.

So anyway. Today Denise said to plan my morning ritual, and then eat an energizing breakfast of half an english muffin with one egg, a slice of cheese, and a slice of turkey bacon. Also three quarters cup of blueberries. I had a full english muffin, two slices of turkey bacon, and forgot about the blueberries. Whoops! I did have some with the snack she recommends later, though.

For the afternoon, she says to pick up any supplies I need for my morning routine (I’m going to look for the whimsical alarm clock tomorrow), and says to eat a half cup of cottage cheese with blueberries for a snack. I do this. For the evening, she says to spend a few minutes visualizing how I will wake up tomorrow with my new morning ritual. I’m at a hotel tonight so I will start my new routine Saturday. I’ll have to figure out something to do on the weekends to do to get me up and out; maybe a walk on the track after breakfast.

TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT

When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today?
Bowling with my hubby!
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? 
Swimming in the hotel pool
◊ How will I connect to someone today?
I forgot to fill this out in the morning, but we connected with the woman that served us 20170818_180644our food at a Thai restaurant today, almost every time we come to this town we eat at the same restaurant. And now they have a grocery attached too!

During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions (mostly).
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I’m not sure if I had quite enough, but I had at least six glasses including tea with dinner. I’m drinking some right now, and don’t want to drink more or I’ll be up all night. Also, dinner was a soupy curry so there was a lot of water in that.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. We had our Thai dinner outside in the sun.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). I will do it with my evening stretch!
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Mostly I told myself to just stop it, but I’ll work to flip it to positive.
◊ I connected with someone. The Thai lady! And a lady sitting next to us who was speaking Spanish.
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I went swimming.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. I swam! I swam for a whole thirty minutes back and forth in the hotel pool. I was quite proud of myself because I didn’t know I could do that. I didn’t go fast, but I was crawling along or swimming the butterfly, or front stroke, or side stroke, etc, the whole time. I’m checking into swimming lessons in this town on Saturdays at the YMCA in September; again it is an hour away but might be worth it. I’d love to be confident enough to swim laps in a pool for exercise.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Failed miserably.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.

Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions?
 Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why?
 Getting out to a larger town, and learning that I could swim for thirty minutes without stopping!
◊ What tired me out today, and why? 
That fuzzy cloud wasn’t directly over my head, but it was maybe a few feet above my head and a little behind. It was lurking!

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