I’ve been working on having a solid morning routine for some time now. Morning routines are important to me and when I’ve got one that’s well-constructed, my mindset is being worked on consistently, I’m following through on my self-care instead of neglecting it, and I’m taking care of the healthy habits that lead to overall wellness and consistent weight loss.
I’m also set up nicely for my day mentally, spiritually, and physically. I put myself in a good place with my morning routine and because I’m in a good place afterward, I make better decisions throughout the day. I’m also less stressed and have better stress management.
Things that also contribute to better weight loss results.
Here’s how my mornings go. They’re somewhat busy, but worth every step for the results I’ve been getting.
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I lost 5 pounds in a week and my belly fat started to go down after a month.
My morning routine works well on self-discipline, having a healthy mindset, and getting in alignment with my goals.
All things that I need to work on on a regular basis especially as someone that regained a chunk of weight I’ve lost. It’s a mindset thing.
Here are my month 1 results. The belly is coming in.
My Morning Routine Boosting Weight Loss
3:00 a.m.: My alarm goes off. Sometimes I’m up a little before. I go to bed early, genuinely getting sleepy around 7:30 pm, 8-ish. My family knows I’m out of commission by 8ish on the weekdays. I be sleep, sleep. To work on getting even better sleep, I’ve been using a blackout eye mask and some nice-smelling pillow mist.
Good sleep improves weight loss results by not only giving the body the rest it needs but also helping us deal better with stress and other triggers that can throw us off throughout the day. Being well-rested improves self-discipline and strengthens willpower.
3:05 a.m.: Grab my laptop for my 15-minute morning meditation to my playlist of binaural beats. I avoid social media and checking emails because I don’t want other people’s “stuff” to affect me before I get my day together.
3:20 a.m.: Do a short guided visualization exercise. I usually have my oil diffuser going too while meditating and visualizing.
Meditating and visualizing daily are both great practices that improve self-discipline as described by Martin Meadows. Improved self-discipline improves weight loss results.
3:30 a.m.: Drink a large glass of water. Have 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a smaller glass of water. Brew coffee for the morning.
3:45 a.m.: Write my 10 goals. I have been writing my goals twice a day since reading Brian Tracy’s Goals! Keeps me focused on my goals, for sure.
Writing my goals two times a day is another way to keep my goals on my mind and help me make decisions that align with my goals throughout the day including sticking with my plan.
And being properly hydrated in the mornings makes getting through the last hours of the fast much easier.
4:00 a.m.: Read for 30 minutes + take notes. I read personal development, manifestation, Law of Attraction, and health books. Keeps my mind focused and learning.
4:45 a.m.: Make bed and tighty up my room. Having a clean space and made bed to come back to after my workout just makes me feel so much better than if I had to clean up and make my bed after working out.
5:00 a.m.: Workout in my garage gym. It’s still chilly so I’m usually in a sweater with the spot heater on before I get warmed up. I lift weights and do HIIT cardio. Booty and legs are Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays. Back and arms are on Tuesdays. Chest and shoulders are on Thursdays. I used to work with a personal trainer virtually, but I personally do better with a plan I can work on myself. Especially since getting trained can make the workout last way longer than I’ve got time for.
Having my workout in the morning as part of my morning routine ensures that I get to it before my day gets to me.
7:00 a.m.: After my workout, I come back in for a heavily-fragranced shower that includes a body scrub on Wednesdays. I don’t know what it is, but a good fragrance motivates me to actually get dressed after my shower instead of hopping in some ultra-lounge outfit. I’ve set a goal to get myself more together in the morning. Fragrance interestingly helps.
On Hair Days:
7:30 a.m.: I wash my face after showering. Because I break out sometimes and scar, I focus on products that even skin tone and exfoliate regularly. These products have been definitely fading scars and keeping my breakouts to a minimum.
Taking this time in the morning helps me slow down for myself instead of falling into the old habit of putting my self-care on the back burner. Because I now prioritize self-care, I’m also more likely to prioritize working out and eating clean. I’m still a work in progress.
8:00 a.m.: Get dressed for the day.
9:00 a.m.: Sit down at my laptop to get started with my day. Look over my top 3 priorities for the day and tap in on the details of what I’ve got to do for the day. Most of my am working hours are spent creating Pins for Pinterest while sipping coffee and listening to jazz.
I fast in the mornings until noon and then have a steak, butter and eggs or some buttery scrambled eggs with sausage to break my fast.
Having a morning routine that works on my mindset and strengthens my self-discipline has helped me live a healthy lifestyle instead of just dieting.
Making it a lifestyle does something cool to weight loss results. It makes them way easier to obtain and the work much less of a chore on the way.
What’s your morning routine look like?