How I Do It :
In the last 68 days I have had so much success that I thought it is time to share what I do and how I do it. Some things I learned from books, some from experimenting and some of these things come from friends who have shared what they do to make their days better.
This is my Monday to Friday routine. I still practice some routines on the weekends, but am not so strict about it.
Did you know that our bodies have a sleep cycle (all about sleep cycles) . On average it is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you wake up in the middle of one, you will be more groggy and tired the rest of the day. So, it is better to get 6 hours of sleep than 6.5 hours. My normal sleep time is 7 hours and 30 minutes, or 5 sleep cycles, perfect for me. The sleepy time app and website can help you to calculate your best times. Then, just figure out what works for you.
I like to think of the things I am thankful for. I am thankful to have this day, for my children, for a body that is getting healthier and still works. I think of how lucky I am to have a home, safety, and the means to live a pretty decent life. I also think of how lucky I am to have a job I love, good friends and family.
Thinking, like this, when I awake, really sets the tone for a good day.
I also run three days a week and try to lift weights on the other days. I am using the Couchto5K app. It really works.
So, before I even get in the shower to get ready for work, I have thought of what I am thankful for and gave my body a boost of energy and exercise. If you can do all of this at the beginning of your day, you will find the it hard not to have an awesome day.
What I eat. It’s pretty simple really.
1. Breakfast- Smoothies in the blender. Most days I have 2 bananas, an avocado, a small amount of plain yogurt, a small amount of spinach, rice milk and frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries,etc) This si for me and my kids. You obviously can make less. The main point is that we stay away from sugars that aren’t from fruit. Did you know regular apple juice has more sugar than Coke? We also take Fish Oil and Vitamin D capsules in the morning, it’s Norway after all.
2. Lunch- Salad with whatever I have in the fridge. Tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, pine nuts, corn… whatever is raw food. I make my own dressing of a half part plain yogurt and half taco sauce. I know, I am weird. I like the taste and it is better for me than any dressing I can buy.
Some lunches I take 2 or three bananas, apples or both instead. When I eat this way I find I am not tired after lunch, ever.
3. Dinner- Whatever I want, but healthy. The girls and I try to eat vegetarian 2-3 days a week for dinner. We also eat fish once a week. On Fridays we make homemade pizzas. The trick is to not eat too late.
Late snack- I stay away from them. Most of the time, when you are hungry before bed, it is because you are thirsty. I try to stay with only water past 7. It took some will power at first, but now is easy and routine. If I break down and really really need something, I go with fruit only. It satisfies my sugar cravings.
All of this took about 2 weeks to get used to. I have 100 times more energy, sleep better, get sick less often, and have lost a decent amount of weight.
(Next week)Part II: Habits, what I do before bed, and books that really helped me.