Goooood moooorning 🙂
It’s a rainy day in New England, which undoubtedly calls for…
A vanilla latte! This makes me happy inside. And I just know it’s going to be a good day when I use my “good morning” mug 🙂
To beat the dreariness, I opted for a refreshing smoothie for breakfast.
Ino the blender went:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- a handful of spinach
- 2 tbsp. PB2
- about a 1 1/4 cup almond milk
I usually don’t think of mixing spinach into chocolatey/peanut buttery smoothies, but it was delicious!
February in Review
I can hardly believe that February is almost over! I feel like this month just whizzed by. I know it’s a short month, but I felt like my life was on hyperspeed for most of the time.
But since February is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on my goal for the month: to wake up early, go to bed on time, and establish new morning & night routines.
At the start of the month, I created specific routines for both my morning and evening. I changed up my morning routine to start with exercise first thing and created a nighttime routine that I hoped would cultivate relaxation and peace in my life.
While I did not wake up at 6 am every week day like I planned – I did a good majority of the time. My days of sleeping in or going back to bed are definitely over. I didn’t obtain perfection in my schedule by any means, which I wasn’t aiming for anyway. What I did do was get out of bad habits and create new, better ones. Now I can wake up early without a problem.
Before February started, I was most nervous about having to wake up at 6 am. Trust me, I was not looking forward to this “goal.” Yet waking up earlier actually ended up coming a lot more naturally than I first thought.
The biggest change about this month was planning for a routine before bedtime. Before this month, my nights usually consisted of being on my computer too late, and then dropping everything to go to bed instantly (aka, not relaxing or healthy). Since I remained dedicated to a much healthier night routine of easing into bed by doing relaxing activities (with no technology), my morning became so much easier. Going to sleep well means I wake up well. Essentially, my night routine prepared me for my early mornings by ensuring much more relaxed sleep.
Overall, I view my month as a huge success. Truthfully, it was far from perfect. My work schedule changes every week, so sometimes committing to the same routine is hard for me. But that’s exactly why I wanted to implement these routines in the first place – so even if my work schedule is all over the place, my home life schedule is still mostly consistent. I see it all as progress, regardless of the fact that it wasn’t perfect. 🙂
Honestly, this is one of the first times that I’ve set a goal for myself where – when it wasn’t completed perfectly – I’ve chosen to BE OKAY with that.
I think that because I had so much going on this month, I just had to learn how to be adaptable. I had to learn that even when I write out a great schedule with lots of things I want to do, sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes, everything goes out the window to make room for the LIFE that I’m LIVING! Just gotta embrace it!
I can’t review my month without talking about some sweat sesh goodness!
I laid out my fitness goals for February in this post, but to recap, I wanted to incorporate yoga, run 3x a week, start an abs routine, along with continue strength training.
What’s funny is that I didn’t really struggle with working out AT ALL. I sort of felt overwhelmed at the beginning of the month because I had to follow a schedule for the morning, night, and a new workout plan. But my workouts all just fell into place.
Here’s my handy-dandy little workout calendar that kept me on track.
I didn’t run as much as I wanted to last week, but other than that, I followed my plan almost to a T. I even came up with this fun boredom-banishing cardio workout. It’s funny how things fall into place when you focus on them LESS!
I’m not sure what March will hold for fitness yet, but I’ll keep you posted 😉
Changes for the Future
I’m so glad I tried something different for February. Because I changed things up, I realize now what works and doesn’t work for me.
What does work for me is my night routine. I LOVE my night routine. My night routine has really changed the way I view bedtime. I now associate bedtime with a peaceful feeling of winding down instead of with anxiety. I like my routine so much that I even started getting ready for bed well before my alarm went off telling me to do so.
I feel like I really crave time to relax now. I’m so glad to feel the results of putting rest first instead of last. So, I am definitely keeping that part of my schedule!
What doesn’t work for me, though, is working out first thing in the morning. Before this month, I would start my morning very peacefully and do my devotionals first thing while I digested breakfast and had my coffee.
Working out right away never really happened like that anyway. I always felt like I had to sit around for a bit after breakfast to digest/wake up, which sometimes got me sidetracked onto other things. It just wasn’t a good fit, so I’ll be doing my devotionals first thing and then working out when I’ve finished my coffee and when I feel AWAKE!
Be on the lookout for a post tomorrow about how to create your OWN night routine & a post on Friday to reveal all of my goals for Marriage-Focused March!
Now I’m off to a busy day ahead. Happy Wednesday!
Questions for you:
- What do you do to get ready for bed? Any kind of routine?
- When your schedule is haywire, what do you do to remain adaptable?