As I shared in my last post, the first part of my morning routine Monday thru Thursday includes gym workout, shower, family walk with husband and dogs, then breakfast.
It feels good to me to have established this routine that I created deliberately. The pieces set me up for a great day and great week.
During breakfast, this is my first time opening my iPad and iPhone and I use this time to read articles and blogs sent to my personal email. I go through seasons where certain topics stand out to me. Currently, I?m interested in reading material about content creation, blogging, online presence, etc. Coaching topics are also continually interesting to me.
So, I love my morning routine. It is constantly evolving. This is one of the main reasons I love going to bed early. Going to bed early ensures a full night of sleep and a lovely long morning.
Getting up at 4:20 AM allows just enough time to get dressed, drink my espresso mixed with protein powder, brush my teeth, let my dogs out and get to the gym before the class starts at 5 AM.
The invigorating group workout is a combination of strength and HIIT movements. The workouts are predetermined and always different. Therefore, I don?t have to think about it or decide what I?m going to to that day. The decision has been made for me. I am able to immerse myself in the workout and the loud music and just be there. My mind is focused on the movement, and I don?t think about anything except what I?m doing in that moment. I feel very present.
I used to think I was more of a night owl and not a morning person. I didn?t have a regular bedtime, and my mind would fight with my body about going to sleep. My body would feel tired, but I would ignore it because I wanted to stay up. I didn’t have any good reasons to stay up, there was more of just a sense of not wanting to go to sleep because that meant I was closer to the next day, which gave me a sense of dread.
It would be hard to wake up in the morning. I would hit snooze multiple times. I didn?t value the idea of a bedtime routine or morning routine. The morning was usually a rush to get out the door because I hadn?t woken up with enough time to really get ready.