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A Recipe For Morning Success...

Friday, January 18, 2019

Recently I decided to create a new morning routine for myself. I thought about what I personally needed to get my fire stoked, my thoughts creative and body moving more. Then I decided I would make it something that I carefully build for myself. In other words, it would be trial and error until I found the right recipe that works for me.

It's now Friday and I believe I have found that recipe. The recipe calls for no more nights staying up until 10:00 pm, doing fairly unproductive things. I tried that one night, and the next morning when the alarm went off at 4:30 am, it felt like this dreaded event was about to happen called waking up and getting moving. That feeling was not what I was trying to build into my life at all. I want my mornings to be filled with purpose and motivation. I want to start my day with as much gusto as I can find.

I made the decision that staying up that late didn't work for me. So I decided to find what time did work for me. What time does my body like to go to sleep and wake up to be able to give me this purpose and motivation I was striving for? I chose to begin winding down at 8:00 pm. Electronics off, kitchen cleaned up, clothes set out for my workout in the morning. Rituals that I've found help me mentally to start shutting down. 8:30 pm into bed and some reading for 10 minutes. Then lights out.

After doing this routine for the last few days, I can say I've found my recipe for my morning success. I've woken up at 4:30 am each morning with the gusto I was hoping I would feel. Starting with a cup of juice in my new mug :) I spend 20 minutes reading two different books; Quantum Success by Christy Whitman, and It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig. Then off to the gym for a minimum of 1 mile on the treadmill. This mile brings to my morning clearer and more creative thoughts, movement that sends endorphins through my body that makes me feel happy and excited to start my day, and an overall sense of achievement. It's my recipe for morning success.

I would love to hear others' recipes, if any sparkers would care to share them with me.

Have a great day, sparkfriends!

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    Missed this one too! Oh dear!. Hey I get up at 4:30 also. I check mail read and watch the sun come up each morning :)
    373 days ago
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    It's so amazing when we take the time to actually figure out what WORKS for our life! Good for you!!
    434 days ago
    Work your new program, you can do it!
    435 days ago
    Having a routine helps establish habits that just become "automatic". I usually go to bed early too, 9:00pm or so and read for a bit before lights out. This morning, I was up a little after 4:00am although typically I would rather be asleep until 5:00am ish. Once I wake up though, my mind starts working and it is rare for me to go back to sleep. After I get up, I have coffee and enjoy the solitude... look over my e-mails and do a bit of sparking :-). When I am home, I go to the gym to a class at 9:00am on week-days... walking to and from if weather permits and that is about 4 mi round trip. I listen to podcasts while I walk so I multi-task! I would rather walk outside in the rain than do the treadmill, but living on the Oregon Coast sometimes there is no avoiding the treadmill. I try and get in 5 mi a day so I don't die when I do my monthly half marathons. Thanks for sharing and glad you are taking care of yourself.

    PS - I have still been trying to do something "new" or make a new recipe every week. Think of you when I do that!

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    436 days ago
    Great ways to make the day YOURS.

    I get the table set for breakfast so I don't have to do that in the morning. Lunch . . . it's in the bag for DH. Have my clothes laid out (work out clothes) so I get those on when I wake up (@ 4 am), have a quick bite and out the door for a walk. Sometimes there's a little lag time getting out the door because I'll wait for DH to leave for work and best to walk when the sun is at least partially up.

    It works for me!

    OH, and I don't stay up late in the evening, either. JUST makes it too difficult to get up early (which is necessary anyhow, as DH is out early for work).

    436 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Good Morning B! Great blog. I am so happy you have found success with your new routine. I personally love going to bed early and getting up early, but life has gotten in the way for this to happen as of late. Thank you for the inspiration. I agree that getting into a good routine can make all the difference in the world.
    Thanks for sharing! Big hugs, Lady!
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    436 days ago
    Similar, early to bed, early to rise... hop on the treadmill. Best of luck on your new routine
    436 days ago
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