Have you ever wondered what you need to do to be confident, fit, peaceful, and all together successful?
You're not alone! I have been on the hamster wheel of life; Doing as much as I can, but not really moving forward! It leaves you frustrated, defeated, and demotivated.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that once they have a fit body, husband, dream job, and/or a Maserati; they will be happy.
But the truth is, you can have confidence, peace, and joy now! You don't have to wait until you achieve XYZ, because to be honest you HAVE to enjoy the journey.
In order to reach and maintain any goal, you have to have the right habits in place. Habits are the key to unlocking the body you want, the confidence and clarity you want, and getting in tune with your soul.
The five habits I am about to share will be the cornerstone habits that will change your life and allow you to live a happier life right now!
1. Use a Daily/Weekly Planner
In order for you to be in control of your time, you need to manage it!
Make a list of what things you want to include in your week like: date night, work, downtime, workout time, cleaning, studying, and time with family and friends.
Then, fill in your calendar.
Fill out your calendar every Sunday to plan ahead for the next week.
Then, look at your planner every morning so that you will know exactly what you need to do each day. I like to take my planner with me, so I can check things off as I go ;)
You may notice that some things in your calendar are not in alignment with what makes you happy. You may also notice that you don't do as much of what does make you happy. And that is what makes planning so magical. For example, I noticed that I was wasting my evenings zoned out on the couch, instead I could use that time to do some self care or reading! Once you realize things that you are doing that rob your time and joy, you can stop doing those things! And use your time on things that do make you happy!
Tracking your time is kind of like tracking your food. You don't really realize how you are spending your time until you start keeping track of it!
2. Have a Morning Routine
Alarm goes off. Hit snooze a few times. Crawl out of bed. Rush to get ready and rush to get to work on time.
This is not the way to start your day!
I understand getting up early can be REALLY HARD! Trust me I used to always sleep in. Now days, I wake up at 4:30 AM to start my day out right.
I spend about 30 mins getting ready, and 30 mins journaling to get my mind right before I leave for work.
This is the calm before the chaos and it is my favorite time of day.
I use the SAVERS method, but there are many ways to do a morning routine. Savers is an acronym and I will list how you can use this acronym and make it your own!
S stands for Silence: Use this as a time to meditate, pray, write what you are grateful for, or reflect.
A stands for Affirmations: Affirmations are positive statements, which you repeat to yourself in a way to support your success. The repetitive affirmations lead to belief.
V stands for Visualization: Visualize your day, your future, your dreams. Manifest the life you want!
E stands for Exercise: You could go for a quick walk, do some stretching, or include a workout as part of your morning routine.
R stands for Read: Read something inspiring, or if you don't have time listen to a podcast or audiobook on your drive to work.
S stands for Scribe: Scribe means write. Journal your feelings, thoughts, dreams, or about what you read.
Using a morning routine like this allows you to slow down, be grateful and set the trajectory for your day! Fill up your cup, so that you can pour out to others.
3. Move Your Body
A little goes a long way! If you don't exercise currently, try committing to walking 10 mins a day for 7 days to start to build confidence and discipline.
Don't limit yourself either. Exercise doesn't have to be boring or dreadful! Find something that interests you and give it a try!
Exercise builds confidence, character, integrity, patience, discipline and many other great character traits.
Exercise also is a disease preventative and helps you stay mobile as you age. It's never too late to start either! Google Ernestine Shepherd if you don't believe me!
4. Prep Food Weekly
Prepping your meals weekly saves you time, money, and inches off of your waistline!
I'm going to tell you exactly how I do this every week.
Saturday: Meal PLAN and Grocery Shop
1. Brainstorm Meal Prep Ideas: When planning my meals for the week, I always ask my husband if there is anything specific he wants to eat, so that I can plan it into the meal plan for the week. Then, I usually go on Pinterest for some meal prep ideas.
2. Log Food into My Fitness Pal to be sure my breakfast, lunch, post workout meal, and dinner fit into my calorie/macro target. If I am over or under, I adjust the plan accordingly.
3. Create a grocery list. I divide my grocery list into 3 sections: Produce, Pantry, and Proteins.
4. Once you have your grocery list you know exactly what you need and you can get in and out of the grocery store quickly!
Sunday: Meal Prep
On Sunday's I spend about 2 hours tops cooking, putting food in containers, and cleaning up.
Tip: I prep my food and put my veggies, proteins, and carbs in separate containers. Then, the night before I package my meals for the next day. Rather than having all my meals in separate containers taking up a ton of space in my refrigerator.
5. Have a Bedtime Routine
Creating a Bedtime routine sets you up for success for the next day, allows you time to reflect on the day, and help you get a full night of sleep.
Sleep is one of the most important factors for optimal health. Your body does all of it's maintenance work while you are asleep. If you don't get enough sleep, you will likely have a hard time losing weight as well!
There are many ways to do a Bedtime routine, but here is how I do mine.
1. My Bedtime alarm alerts me at 7:30 PM.
2. Pack Breakfast/Lunch for next day.
3. Set out clothes for next day.
4. Take Melatonin, Apple cider vinegar, floss, and brush teeth.
5. Lay down and journal what was good about my day and set some intentions for the next day.
6. Read & Go to sleep.
I am still working to make my night routine more exciting LOL and consistent, but I sleep better when I get ready for bed earlier.