Are your mornings a hurried mess? Rushing in and out of the shower, throwing on work clothes, hustling kids and spouses out the door, and yelling at the dog to pee and poop before grabbing whatever you can for breakfast on the way to work? If this scenario resembles your morning routine – you’ve got to make a change.
If you want to get your healthy eating and fitness habits under control, you’ve got to stop allowing your morning routine to change based on whatever is going on around you. You have to set the tone for how your day begins – otherwise the things you want to achieve to support your weight loss and healthy goals will keep moving further and further out of your reach.
What do successful people do?
Studies show that successful people do the same things every morning – things that are important to them like meditating, exercising and creative work – before family, friends and jobs get a chance to interfere. And if you notice, I said successful people do important activities in the morning. Once you head out the door or start focusing on work related activities, the odds are great that you will NOT grab a healthy meal or exercise like you planned. You get busy and other priorities move up your to-do list and food/fitness moves further down.
If you build a morning routine that is designed around healthy eating habits and exercising regularly, then you have a good chance at actually completing the tasks you want to complete each day.
Rituals you should add to your routine
If you want a slimmer, healthier and fit body, you have to adopt new healthy eating habits. Here a few rituals you should consider adding to your mornings mix:
1. Get up an hour earlier (and at the same time every day) to do exercises that you enjoy and will look forward to doing.
2. Prepare a warm cup of water with the juice from half a lemon. Drink slowly and meditate on the healthy behaviors you want to demonstrate throughout day, like drinking plenty of water and avoiding processed foods. Just saying….
3. Eat breakfast. A bowl of steel cut oatmeal, whole wheat toast, eggs, fresh fruit, or whole grain cereal are great options to fuel your body for a busy workday.
4. Assemble ingredients for a healthy lunch. Pack your main dish, a couple pieces of fresh fruit, a handful of nuts, plenty of water, napkins and reusable utensils. Make sure you have enough food for lunch and 2 small snacks so you aren’t tempted to go looking for junk food. Pack your lunch in a sturdy, insulated and stylish lunch bag. Include ice packs to keep your food fresh.
Did I forget to mention a morning ritual that helps you stay fit? If so, leave me a comment!
A healthier tomorrow starts with what you eat today!