Monday, May 6, 2019

My Morning Routine - An Update!

I thought I would pop in quickly this afternoon and let you know how my morning routine is going, and to start things off, I want to confess that today was the first day I actually followed my plan.

In my previous post I had mentioned that I was going to try to implement this while my husband was away for a few days hiking, and sense last Wednesday was May 1, I decided that would be perfect.  Except, my husband ending up coming home a day early because the temperatures were much colder than he planned for, and he didn't want to spend another uncomfortable night in the cold.  Who could blame him? So while I was happy to have him back early, it did throw a little wrench in my plans.

At first I considered just bumping everything to Thursday, but I'm weird about things like that, I don't like starting things at the end of the week, so that was when I made the decision to just wait until today, which is also the first full week of May.

To help me to remember all-the-things and because every day is a different and I do some things M-W-F and others T-TH-S, I decided to make myself a chart, which you can see a little  in the image on the left.  And, wouldn't you know, the minute I upload this I realized that I left off "Eat Breakfast", and if you will remember in my previous post, that is something that I struggle to do on a consistent basis.  So, after I finish this post, I'll be adding that in and re-printing a fresh copy.

The plan is to print one of these off every Saturday for the upcoming week and then keep it in a place where I will see it regularly throughout the day to remind me what I need to do. As far as my morning routine goes, what I've included is

- Oil Pulling (M, W, F) If you are not familiar with oil pulling, just google it, there's LOADS of information out there!

- Lemon Tea - my recipe is 1 cup of hot water, 1/2 of an organic lemon, juiced, 1 T. honey and a dash of cayenne.  I want to get back into the habit of drinking this EVERY morning, and again, if this isn't something you are familiar with, just google it.  But for the sake of this post, I'll discuss and oil pulling another time.

- Sacred Start - This is what some people refer to as their "Quiet Time", but I'm going to be honest here.  That word triggers me a little, and reminds of a time in my life when my faith was very much about checking things off a list and heavily works based.  Now that I've developed a relationship with the Lord, this is time I can't wait to spend with Him, and it sets me up for the rest of my day!  When I made this chart I knew that I DID NOT want to call it my "Quiet Time" and that was when I came up with "Sacred Start", which essentially means, starting my day with my Savior!  The only reason it is third on the list is because I am doing my oil pulling and drinking my lemon tea while I am in the word and praying, so that actually all happens kind of simultaneously.  There is also a cup of coffee that gets thrown in that mix!

- Eat Breakfast - and this is what I left off of my chart.

After this, there are a number of things I do depending on the day of the week, but on this chart in particular they are all related to my health, both spiritual, physical, emotional and financial. I am sure as a result of this that it will constantly be evolving, because there are a number of goals that I want to add into the mix, but I didn't want to overwhelm myself with too much in the beginning.  One of the goals I am focusing on now is, getting myself back into the habit of walking and hiking and working out with weights. So, on M-W-F I have a goal to walk 4 miles, and then on T-TH-S, I will work out with weights. I am also trying to increase my water intake, while at the same time,  reducing my sugar intake.  You will notice I did not say eliminating sugar, and that **may** come in time, but right now I'm more interested in balance. That is why you might have noticed that I schedule a "cheat day" on Sundays, when I give myself some grace to indulge. I am also flexible with that day, because this week, for example, I am going to a graduation party Friday night, and so I might want to eat a piece of cake, in which case, Friday will be a my cheat day.

So there you have it!  Today I made a strong start, and I am especially happy about getting in my four miles, but I am still struggling to get drink more water.  I am not drinking soda, but what typically happens is that I just stop drinking all together and end up dehydrated, and that's never a good thing.  Since I'm walking again, hydration is important!  I am going to leave you with a picture from the gardens that are at the beginning of the trail where I walk.  It's a memorial garden for people who have died from cancer, very solemn but very beautiful.  Everything is blooming right now, and I was so taken in that I just had to take a few pictures.

And with that, I hope your week is off to a great start!  I'll be back with a new post on Wednesday, and I'll be updating you on my progress with my morning routine and fitness plan again next Monday!

Until then, savor every moment!


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