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I’ve been thinking on the goal progress post that I made earlier this month and started to about ways that I can meet my health goals more easily. Also, I have started to follow some psychologists/psychiatrists with different specializations (the goal here was to help me decide on what I want to focus on for my Master’s degree). Well, one of them had linked to a series of articles about a person spending a month trying to better different aspects of his life (waking up, working, and using/being in the bathroom), which brought up several ideas that I think I will incorporate as part of my trying to overhaul my daily routine. Then randomly, as part of this weird Facebook game that a lot of us are playing (where you comment on a ridiculously old post), one of the posts that showed up was JadedSecurity’s detox blog. I had tried to remember what it was not too long ago because there were some smoothie recipes on there that I had wanted to try.
So, after all of this thinking and reading, I have identified four types of mornings that I need to prepare for: (1) weekdays when I work from home and have a client in an earlier timezone, (2) days where I travel for work, (3) weekdays where I am in a different city for client work, and (4) weekend mornings. Regardless of the type of day that I have ahead of me, I plan on spending part of the afternoon/evening getting ready for it (laying out clothes for the gym and for work, prepping my to do list for the next day, etc.). I am also enforcing a kind of “lights out” time at night in order to help make sure that I’m well-rested (and it will help me with my reading goal as well).
For weekday mornings where I am either working from home or am in a different city for work, I plan on waking up at around 5 AM in order to wash my face, brush my teeth, and hit the (apartment/hotel) gym for some quick cardio and body weight workouts (100 push up app and 100 curl up app). I found that after working, I do not feel like exercising and just want/need to unwind (usually by watching tv, but am thinking of changing that to yoga). Afterwards, I’ll go back to the apartment/room in order to shower, change, and do my hair and make up (even though I’ll be working from home in one of these scenarios, I want to get in the habit of still trying to look nice during the day. Even if I just throw on jeans and a t-shirt instead of PJs). Breakfast for the next few weeks will be a smoothie with lots of protein and some fiber in order to help me speed past this carb funk I’ve been feeling lately. For home smoothies, I have a Ninja Pro blender and I just bought a travel blender for me to use while on the road. Also, I have the aeropress that I can use (and should have been using) in order to avoid sugary Starbucks drinks while traveling.
Travel days (especially ones where I have an early flight) basically means I will do everything mentioned above, but will not be able to hit the fitness center for my morning cardio. I will still try to do my body weight exercises, though, so that way I feel ready for the hectic day ahead of me. Breakfast out of SEA is pretty easy for me now since Beecher’s opens at around 5AM and I can get some cheese, dry almonds, and cranberries for breakfast or a salad from there without any croutons.
Weekend mornings are kind of tricky. It is the only time where I do not have to be up at 5AM in order to have time to do stuff before work. However, I have a self-imposed goal to climb Mount Sai by the end of the year and have a Tough Mudder thing with L I want to be ready for in September. So on these mornings, I will allow myself to sleep in, have a protein-rich breakfast, pack some snacks and water, and hike Chirico Trail. This trail is down the street and has an incline that is steeper than Mt Sai (although much shorter in length) so that I can train. As an aside, during the week if I have time I will be doing longer hikes in the afternoon in order to prepare for the length of the Mount Sai hike as well.
I know the weekend days sound similar to the different weekday ones, but the main difference is the diet I follow for the rest of the day. Basically, working from home days will consist of 2 smoothies (breakfast/lunch) and then a dinner (lean cut of meat and some veggies). Travel days are going to probably be eating out the entire day, but trying to follow the same pattern for meals as I do for dinner when working from home. Days where I’m in a different city will consist of a breakfast smoothie and then lunch/dinner following the same rules for a “normal” dinner. Weekend days will probably be all normal meals (unless I do a lunch smoothie instead. I still don’t know how that is going to work yet). Also, I will drink 64+ oz of water a day and be better about logging things in MyFitnessPal.
I will be weighing myself in when I get home from this trip (Saturday AM) and then will not weigh in again until the end of the month. I’m stealing this idea from Jaded as well because I like the idea of using that two weeks to focus on developing better habits and being well rather than just the losing weight aspect. This will help me stick to the habits better because then I am not worried about not having immediate results for little time/effort.
*Yes, I know I cited Wikipedia. Shut up.