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Morning Routine = Key to Success

Sunday, September 13, 2020

This week I will focus on changing my morning routine to get me to my next weight loss goal. Morning Routine = Key to Success. One of the biggest differences between successful and unsuccessful people is a great morning routine. Tomorrow I will list all my activities, and also write up my ideal morning. #1 Stop laying in bed and reading the morning news on my phone. What a terrible way to start the day! I need something that will bring me joy! Tonight I will lay out my clothes and have my coffee items on the counter. Yes I am ready for change!

We are still figuring out our comfort level with friends and social distancing. For instance in England they will limit social groups to 6, and it should be the same 6 people. Here we seem to have found comfort in living a life centered around us and our 2 dogs and our daughter and her family. But it's time to make changes. We got a patio heater and canopy so we can be warm and dry on the patio later in the year when we visit with friends. This week hubby played pickleball with his friends, and I met outside with my TOPS group. I know we have to 'normalize' our interactions with our family and friends.

Today our air quality index is the 2nd worst in the world. Our west coast neighbors California, Oregon and Washington are dealing with raging wildfires. My heart goes out to them. When we lived in the north there was a massive forest fire that caused so much fear, damage and loss of wildlife. Fortunately no human lives were lost. While the poor air quality doesn't seem to bother me, I have been staying inside to avoid asthma attacks. I closed the windows and have the furnace fan running to circulate and clean the indoor air.

I am happier with my scale. My weight is trending downward so I should lose 2 pounds before the next challenge. But if I lose 3 pounds I will have lost 80 pounds since I joined SparkPeople in 2008! Now I need to teach myself to do alterations on my jeans, to make the waistline smaller.

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  • no profile photo CD26176791
    What a great Plan
    28 days ago
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    39 days ago
    YES! morning routines are so important. I'm straying this morning (haven't done my workout yet) but I'm stopping and going to do it right now!
    I'm tired of the poor air quality! I'm thankful for the HEPA filter on the furnace blower that we have set to circulate air with the fan!
    So close to 80 lbs lost! Awesome, you've got this!
    40 days ago
    Oh I am NOT at ALL a morning person. If I read the news in the AM, that'd make me not want to get up. Especially since Feb. YO YO YO!!

    I do slowly wake up, I eventually (unless I have an appointment or am working) read a motivational reading. Set up on my phone the things I want to accomplish for the day (with the time to begin very shortly after setting it up) and OFF I go. Once I start to go I am all set. Granted the first few things on the list are things I really enjoy.

    BEST wishes on the change!! WOOOHOOO!! Part of me wants to widen my circle, the other part of me, says NOT YET!! Last week I was told that my GGS may of been exposed and a test was needed to someone he was with. THANKFULLY it was negative, but in our area things are getting more active, so I'll hold back. In that though I've way expanded the amount of people to call who go to the same congregation I do (My list is 25 people to call this week) we are using ZOOM for meetings out of love for each other and others we come in contact with.

    LOVE the sound of how you are prepared for the colder weather!! WTG sounds nice.
    41 days ago
    good blog we can do it Hugs
    41 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am really sorry about the air quality. What a rough time. You are doing such an amazing job with your weight loss. emoticon
    41 days ago
    Lying in bed in the morning can slow down your whole day. At least you know what's going on in the world emoticon and can hold up your end in a conversation.
    41 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    41 days ago
    I am a morning person and get much of my housework done then.
    41 days ago
    Thank you for mentioning morning routines. I could use some tweaks as well. Air quality is at hazardous levels throughout Oregon and the entire NW. Stay safe. emoticon
    41 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I am definitely a morning person and always headed out for my workout. It did motivate me to get going. Now things have changed so much and I really need to get backinmthe same routine, just at home. You are encourage to change.

    Awesome job on the weight loss.....

    41 days ago
    Morning routines are my best weapons for staying on track.

    41 days ago
    I am not really a morning person, so it is hard for me to kick the body in gear. It's a good thing that we have the livestock outside that totally depend on me feeding them. They are the reason I get up every morning. And with the help of coffee, I usually totally wake up by noon. lol
    41 days ago
    I totally agree with the morning routine. I have had the bad habit, and hard to break , of reading my phone in the a.m. Its going to take a while to break.

    41 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Great goals
    41 days ago
    Very true about the morning routine. I should re-focus my mornings. Thanks for sharing
    41 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    A morning routine is a great thing. For some reason I can stick to it like mad for a week or 2. Then I start slipping. I think it is my lack of sleep. I usually spend Sunday night planning out my week. Good luck!
    41 days ago
    Definitely as my morning goes, so goes the rest of the day. I am a morning person. I know many who are not. Just learned it, I guess, working different shifts in the hospital.

    41 days ago
    Having a routine is great. Sure makes life easier because before spending time every morning trying to decide where to start takes up precious time we could be EXERCISING! emoticon
    41 days ago
    Thank you for the blog and the challenge. I may come join you!
    41 days ago
    Usually I would have places to Go and things todo which would set the pace for the morning. Now everyday has such limited plans that I let the morning go by reading, watching some videos, or just sitting. Getting moving is important to staying on track with healthy choices. I may set an alarm to remind myself to get up and get going sooner.

    You have worked so hard to get to a healthy place.
    41 days ago
  • EISSA7
    You are absolutely right....your morning routine is key to how successful the day will be. My exercise clothes are always readied the night before...all I have to do is jump in and get going!
    41 days ago
  • LIS193
    I love my morning routine. My work out clothes are in the bathroom, ready for first thing - no excuses!
    42 days ago
    The air quality is a challenge for exercising outside. You have good strategies in place.
    I will celebrate your 80 lbs lighter victory with you from afar! I know you can do it!
    See you in the 5% fall challenge!
    42 days ago
    I'm also working on my morning routine! I tend to stay in bed reading (stories, not news because I can't handle that before breakfast) so I need to get up and get breakfast right away!
    42 days ago
    I am not a morning person, but I am slowly adjusting my schedule to get up earlier a couple mornings a week so I can exercise before work. It is a challenge but I am committed to it!
    42 days ago
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