Plan Your Best Morning Ritual!

Can you imagine waking up on Monday, or any other work day morning, and not have to rush out the door? Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a morning ritual that allowed you to do something you totally enjoyed before heading out the door?

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Last October we brought a new dog to our home. He was a morning dog from an earlier time zone-ugh. (Just ask my kids-they will tell you to not wake up mom unless there is blood.) Every morning, before my alarm goes off, he will gently touch me with a front paw. If I roll over and ignore him he will make a little rolling sound, not quite a growl and not quite a bark, just a, “Come on already. Invite me up to scratch my ears,” noise. Sometimes I will keep my eyes closed and he will lay back down. At that point I start to worry that he needs to go out and there is absolutely no going back to sleep. After months of gritting my teeth, being sleep deprived and incredibly grumpy I decided to embrace the early morning wake ups. This is how I created a joyful morning ritual. If this former night owl can do it, you can do it too by following these steps.

Step 1. Imagine two or three things that would bring you joy in the morning and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. I decided I would walk the dogs then drink my Trimmy Lite coffee and invest in myself by reading or watching something that improves my life. Eventually I would also like to add time to write and post on social media but I need to work up to that. It is taking a while to adjust my natural circadian rhythm.

Step 2. Figure out how much time it takes to accomplish each joyful morning ritual. Remember to add in preparation time and clean up time. I knew it took me approximately 40 minutes to put harnesses on the dogs, walk them and return home. I planned on another 20 minutes to make my coffee and invest in myself. Ultimately I would also like to spend at least 30 minutes writing and posting on social media.

Step 3. Add the times together. My joyful morning ritual would take an hour. Adjust your morning alarm to allow for your new morning rituals.

Step 4. This is one of the most important steps. Adjust the time you go to bed. Ask yourself how much sleep you need to wake up feeling rested. Using reverse engineering to determine your new bed time by counting backwards the amount of sleep needed from your wake up time. As an added bonus set an evening alarm to remind you to head to bed. I have two evening alarms set on my phone: one to let me know when to start winding down and the second to remind me to brush my teeth and wash my face. I have also added a few extra minutes where I can read a book. I have found reading a book allows for better rest than if I read on an electronic device.

Step 5. Consistently use self-discipline and you will have an outstanding morning ritual that will start your day off on a positive note.

Step 6. Adjust your routine as needed. I thought I could easily get up one and a half hours earlier than normal but it just wasn’t working for me. I reviewed my morning routine and determined what I could comfortably handle each morning. I eliminated one activity and will add it back to my morning ritual at a later point in time.

Instead of being grumpy and exhausted I am finding I have a lot more enthusiasm and energy every day by incorporating this new joyful morning ritual. What things would you include in your morning ritual?

Say What- You Can Still Permanently Lose Weight After 45?!?!

Aging and metabolism

My metabolism came to a screeching halt when I entered my forties. Nobody really discusses the pitfalls interesting signs of aging: metabolism slowing down, weight gain, lack of energy, thyroid issues and fluctuating hormones.

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I gained over 20 pounds, felt frumpy, lacked the energy to play with my kids and my metabolism was so slow that I could walk through the bakery section and gain 5 pounds!

Frustration and Desperation

I was eating very little and the pounds kept creeping on. Everything that used to work,  when I was younger, watching my diet and increasing physical activity, no longer worked. I tried a popular diet-you know the one they advertise on commercials where they send you the pre-packaged meals. I lost nine pounds and when I finished the last meal the weight returned with some extra hitch hikers. I even tried that colored drink and the weight came back when I stopped taking it. I did not want to have to take something for the rest of my life to maintain a healthy weight. I needed something that would jump start my weight loss, not be a diet, in the sense all the weight returns once I stopped. I wanted a permanent lifestyle and not a diet. Something that didn’t limit me and allowed me to eat the same meals with my family. Sounds impossible right?

Ready to Make the Change

My daughter took the picture on the left and I was surprised at how fluffy I looked. In January of 2016 I weighed my all time heaviest. My search for a weight loss answer intensified. I spent hours researching. I didn’t want  a stimulant or something full of chemicals. I wanted a product that would encourage my body to start doing the work. I finally found a product that met my requirements, would jump start my metabolism and wouldn’t have to be taken for the rest of my life. As a bonus, it enhanced my body’s ability to naturally increase glutathione levels and helped detox my body. (Glutathione is the least known powerhouse molecule found in every cell of your body! ) Finally I had the courage to open the bottle.

Success on the Weight Loss Journey

I had purchased a one month supply. There was a money back guarantee so I had absolutely nothing to lose except for the unwanted pounds.  I followed the directions and took two capsules fifteen minutebefore every meal. I also ate one bar for a morning snack every day. I started to take a daily walk. I am so thankful I started!  It really did flip my metabolic switch and jump started my weight loss. This product helped maintain my muscle mass, and helped my body start changing food into fuel. I  had more energy. The weight came off with ease-say what?!?!? The weight came off with ease! It was so exciting!

Maintenance

At the end of the month I changed my diet and removed all sugar, gluten and most processed foods.  I continued walking and added some light weight lifting. By January of 2017 I had maintained a weight loss of  23 pounds (picture on the right) and I had the energy to climb Koko Head Stairs in Hawaii, an equivalent to 81 floors!

It has been 18 months and I have maintained the weight loss. I only used one bottle of this weight loss powerhouse. I am down one shirt size and one to two pant sizes! One bottle of supplement, removal of gluten and sugar from my diet and walking has totally changed how I approach these middle years. They are going to be the best years yet.

Weight Loss Journey Update

The manufacturer of the product has created a holistic system to support people starting their weight loss journey. Their product now includes a ninety day plan for life which includes: food guides, recommended exercises complete with videos, monthly guides for the first three months and a monthly newsletter.   I was so impressed with this product that I have partnered with the company.

What are you waiting for? In six months you will wish you had started your weight loss journey.

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The Pot Holes of Life

What do pot holes and every day problems have in common?

There are times when it is easier to figure out a way around a problem rather than taking the time to figure out a solution.

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I took my dogs for our morning walk and noticed that all the pot holes on our road were filled with gravel. Like many of my neighbors I had spent the last eleven months creating an intricate driving pattern of sashaying from side to side and driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid these holes. How did the holes get filled?

It turned out our new neighbor took it upon himself to repair our road using extra gravel that had been washed from the road.Why didn’t I think of this? Why didn’t anybody else think of this? Such a simple solution to an every day problem.

I realized the pot holes were like the problems we face every day. We all have times in our life where we take the easy or quickest route around a problem instead of taking the extra time to actually solve the problem. There are a number of reasons why we don’t solve problems. Our “to do” list is seven miles long, the next appointment is in ten minutes, or we overthink solutions.  We just don’t think we have time to figure out an answer. Although taking the time to properly solve the problem would save us lots of time in the bigger picture.

I would love to hear what pot holes are you avoiding in your life?