Recently I’ve been looking back over what I’ve done and the changes I’ve made in 2018 so far. My morning routine is by far the biggest change I’ve made. I’ve really learnt how to embrace early starts and use my time wisely. I would definitely say I’m a morning person, as soon as I’m awake I like to just get up and get on with the day rather than laying around in bed for hours – although this is nice to do every once in a while. I always wanted to be that person that got out of bed and started their day with some kind of exercise. I’ve made very poor attempts at this over the years but could never stick to a routine. One day in May I just did it and then I did it everyday for 2 weeks and it became apart of my routine. I once read that it takes 21 days to get in the habit of something and when I want to start something new this is what I tell myself.
Three months later and I’m still dragging myself out of bed nearly every morning (I do have rest days) to do some kind of workout. I’ve been noticing small changes in my appearance and this is pushing me to keep on going even more. Along side exercise I know it’s important to eat well to see major results so I’ve completely changed what I’m consuming and for once I’m really enjoying healthy food.
I’m hoping when the weather changes and the mornings get darker it wont throw me off track. How I start my day really has an impact on how the rest of the day will go, so by getting up earlier I’m allowing myself enough time to do the things I want or need to do. I always start my day by doing a workout first, I often bribe myself by saying I can’t eat breakfast until I’ve done one, this always works. I then eat breakfast which is usually porridge, have a shower and then spend a couple of hours doing admin and blog planning before getting ready and leaving for work.
Not only is this routine making me feel more organised and like I have my life a little bit together, it’s also helping me mentally, I often get told I don’t need to exercise or lose weight and thats never been my goal. I don’t keep track of my weight, sure I don’t have a lot of fat on me but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t become more toned and happier with my body. A lot of people seem to have it in their heads that being slim means you must be happy with your body but that’s so far from the truth.
I’m incredibly proud of the changes I’ve made this summer and although I still feel like I have a long way to go I know everyday I’m a step closer to feeling mentally content with my appearance.