Happy Wednesday, friends! And here we are now in the middle of another week. I hope yours is going well and your days have been starting off right, because I know mornings can be hard. I’m pretty lucky that I can call myself a morning person, but I’m sure not all of you feel that way. So that’s why I wanted to talk a little bit about how you can make your mornings better. (But seriously, I’d love to take some of your night-owl tendencies in exchange for my pep in the early hours!)
Today, my mornings look much different than they used to. In fact, over the past couple of years, my morning routines have changed drastically. For many years, when I was working in public relations and communications in the corporate world, I’d be up around 5 a.m. to fit in a workout or teach a group fitness class, shower and be into the office by 9 a.m. Every moment was accounted for from the time the alarm went off until I sat down in my office chair. And it was typically a rush.
But now that I work in fitness and write from home, I have a little bit more flexibility in my routine. I’m usually at the gym in the evenings, and most of the group fitness classes that I teach and my workouts are in the evenings as well. Yet, even though my schedule today may not require me to report to an office at 9 a.m., I can assure you, I still have a routine and a plan, and that’s what makes my mornings work for me.
However, not everything always goes as planned. And I’m sure you’re like me in thinking that as much as you want things to work a certain way each day, they rarely do. But starting today, what if we took a moment to celebrate the little wins that did go our way?
Start your day off right by celebrating small wins
Today, I challenge you to start your day off right by being happy about a few small victories that take place in your morning routine. Here are the five wins that I like to celebrate …
1. Waking up feeling rested – That’s not a small thing. If I wake up in the morning and feel like I had a good night sleep, I can guarantee that my day will be better than it would be if I had not slept well. If I had the good sense to go to bed around 10 p.m., then I will usually wake up feeling energized sometime just after 6 a.m. That’s a win, people. A major win. So many of us struggle with sleep issues, so if you have a night that you get in plenty of rest, celebrate it. I sure do.
2. Showing appreciation and affection for a loved one – Because I’m a morning person, it’s not hard for me to be nice before I’ve had any caffeine. Being that I live in a smaller place with my hubby Dave, as soon as I wake up, if he’s around, I like to give him a hug, ask him how he slept and be happy that I have him. Maybe you have an awesome roommate or a lovable pet that is with you in the morning? Take a moment and appreciate them. Sounds silly? Give it a try, I bet you’ll feel pretty warm and fuzzy if they reciprocate.
3. Eating a balanced breakfast shortly after waking up – I like to eat breakfast no more than an hour after I’ve gotten up to get my metabolism going. Back when I used to work out in the morning, I would have something small after first getting up, then wait to have my full breakfast once I’d finished my sweat session and showered. To this day, I plan my meals ahead of time, so I know what I’m going to have for breakfast, which is typically various versions of yogurt or overnight oats with different toppings. I’ve made it the night before or set out some of the ingredients. While I’m eating that balanced breakfast, I rarely applaud myself on making a good choice. But maybe I should. It’s so easy to reach for a candy bar or nothing at all in the morning, but if you plan ahead, you’ll likely end up with something healthier. And props to you for eating a healthy breakfast, because it sets the tone for the day.
4. Making a goal for the day with purpose – I almost always think about what I need to get done for the next day before I go to sleep. That means, when I wake up, I have an idea of the “must accomplish” things from my list. In the morning, I like to go over all of that in my head. Oftentimes, I’ll list it all off to Dave (the husband) as well, to set it in stone. It feels good to have a plan, and I like to celebrate the fact that I can be organized each day. I thrive on that, whether it all works out or not.
5. Tidying up my area and making the bed – Okay, so I’m a neat freak. Before I start work or walk out of the house in the morning, I like to make the bed. Fluff the couch pillows and put away dirty dishes that may still be in the sink. While clearly it is much easier to keep a smaller place for two people in order than a large house with a lot of kids, there are certainly degrees of tidiness you can strive for each day. For me, it’s a made bed, couch pillows in order and a clear kitchen counter. That’s all I need to feel good about my living space.
And that about covers it. Yes, these things are simple. But you know what, they are important. Feeling good and living a healthy lifestyle is possible by small daily steps in the right direction. I’d like to think that celebrating those little steps on a frequent basis can keep you motivated and going strong. And it just feels right to begin the day with positive thoughts.
Tasty new addition to my breakfast routines
Speaking of starting the morning off right, I recently had the chance to try belVita Bites Breakfast Biscuits, a new offering from Nabisco. These belVita Bites are not only delicious, but they are also the perfect on-the-go option to include in a healthy and balanced breakfast — which is a victory in the morning for sure.
belVita Bites come in little single-serve packages, so you don’t have to fuss with measuring them out when you’re in a rush. A major selling-point, if you ask me. Here are a few more details on the product:
- These bites have slow-release carbs from wholesome grains to give you steady energy for about four hours.
- Each packet of bites has 20 grams of whole grain and four grams of fiber.
- There is no high-fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oil and no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.
- They are available in both Mixed Berry and Chocolate flavors.
I’ve been enjoying these bites on top of yogurt for breakfast, as well as with a banana for a mid-morning snack. Dave has also been digging in and is a major fan as well. That’s another small victory right there. I love it when I find a new healthy item that we both can enjoy.
Keep an eye out for belVita Bites next time you hit up the grocery store, and if you want additional information, just visit belVita Bites to learn more. But seriously, guys. Be good to yourself. I challenge you to take a moment today and think about some of the wins you may have had this morning, as small as they may be.
And now, with a strong start to my day, I’ve got some work to do and am teaching BODYATTACK tonight. Hope to see you back here tomorrow!
**Disclosure: This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own.
Questions of the day
How do you start your mornings? Are you a morning person or a night-owl? What’s one small #MorningWin or victory you had this morning?