Hello hello! Are you ready to completely rock your health journey?
I’m talking no excuses, no failures, and no setbacks.
As a pretty health-conscious person, I’m asked quite a bit how I’m able to stick to the plan. How I stay motivated. How I keep to it day in and day out even when I really really don’t want to some days (and believe me, those days happen). My answer always comes down to how I spend my mornings.
My mornings are the ground work and foundation for each and every single day. If I’m not up and following my morning routine, it’s safe to say that I won’t have the best day ever and I’ll probably be moving through the day with very little structure and success.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a structure gal, so it’s important that I have a plan. Without the plan, well, let’s just say that I wasn’t seeing nearly as much success as I am these days.
1. Wake Up Early Before Everyone Else
This is golden. Get out of bed before anyone else in the house does. Whether it’s 30 minutes before or a whole 2 hours before everyone else, it’s going to make a huge difference in the success of your health and fitness plans.
I call this my Golden Hour. No one interrupts me. No one needs anything from me. It’s just me gettin’ done whatever needs to get done before the day starts.
A fresh mug of hot coffee, flavored to perfection (preferably with a whole lot of the NEW Simply Pure caramel creamer from International Delight), and just me and my thoughts. It’s the only time of day I’m able to get through an entire mug of coffee without needing to reheat it a billion times from all the interruptions I have once the rest of the family gets up.
Here’s the thing though. Many of us are just NOT morning people. I get it. I used to be right there with you, but now I’m a morning rockstar thanks to these few tips I follow every single morning. I used to snooze for almost an hour before incorporating these tips, losing out on precious “me-time.” I had no idea how amazing this time before everyone else woke up would be and now I wouldn’t trade it for anything – not even an extra hour of sleep.
2. Make a To-Do List
Yeah, so you’re probably wondering what the heck you’re supposed to do with that extra time when you wake up early, right? There is one thing that I do every single day that I’d be absolutely lost without.
The magical to-do list.
I know, it’s just a to-do list. But it’s life-saving.
I didn’t used to make lists, and you know what my life used to look like during that time?
- missed appointments
- goals weren’t getting met
- disappointment and discouragement about my life
- way too much stress
- forgetting important things that needed to get done
Once I started making myself a list, I was able to look at my day and see exactly what needed to be done. Plus there’s just something about checking those boxes that’s so satisfying. I have to say I’m guilty of creating a new bullet point if I do something that wasn’t on the list just so I can check the box.
I make multiple lists. A monthly list of things that need to get done, a weekly list, and a daily list. That way I have an overview and can see the bigger picture.
For example, I know this month that I want to be able to reach a goal of being able to do one pull-up. That’s the big picture. That means that at least 3-4 times a week I need to be working on my arm weights and some exercises on the pull-up bar so I can get there.
Maybe you want to be able to run a mile this month. That’s the big picture goal. Every day you’ll have smaller goals that will eventually get there.
What do I put on my to-do list? Absolutely every single thing that needs to get done in my day. I’m a firm believer that you must live intentionally. If you want your day and your life to look a certain way, you better plan it out to look that way.
3. Visualize Your Success
So what exactly does your success look like?
- What do you want your life to look like?
- What will your life look like once you’ve reached you’re rocking your health plan?
- How will it look when you start reaching your health goals?
I want you to think about those questions every single morning. This is a perfect thing to do during your “Golden Hour” in the morning.
Spend 10 minutes while you’re sipping on your coffee to just daydream about a life where you’re kickin’ health’s ass. You’re working out 5-6 times a week. You’re able to keep up with your kids while they run around. You’re participating in fun 5k’s or marathons. You’re able to achieve things you never thought you’d be able to.
What happens when you visualize your success?
It actually starts to come alive. It starts in your head. Then you start getting excited about that future you. So excited that you’ve just gotta make it happen. So you do. You start putting down tasks on your to-do list that help you start achieving that life. You start getting excited about waking up early every day. And your life really starts to turn around.
Before you know it, you’re 100% completely rocking that health game!
I mentioned it in passing a few times, but for real, I couldn’t do it without coffee every morning. Maybe you’re into tea or green smoothies instead, and that’s just fine. But coffee’s my jam. Not just for the caffeine, but the flavor, the hot, and the comfort. It grounds me and just makes me so warm and fuzzy inside. It totally amps up my me time every morning.
Lately I’ve been using International Delight’s new Simply Pure creamer, and it tastes like I got my homemade coffee right from a coffee shop! I highly suggest making a quick (ha!) Target run so you can grab Vanilla, Caramel, or Hazelnut creamer for your next mug. Between 9/25/16 – 10/22/16, you can use the Cartwheel app and get 20% off, so that’s pretty cool too.
My point is, find your drink that brings you comfort and happiness in the morning. Something that helps to ground you and helps you to feel like it’s time for YOU.
Make time for you because you’re important. You deserve it. You’re worth it.
Follow these 3 tips and you’ll be hitting your health goals before you know it!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.