Bom, bom, bom, bom. Alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. The alarm clock sounds like it’s screaming WAKE-UP at you every time it rings. Hit the snooze a few times then finally get out of bed about 6:30. You have already started battling the clock.
Shuffle to the bathroom and get in the shower. Starting to feel the fuzz leave your brain when you glance at the clock and realize CRAP! I was supposed to be out of bed 30 minutes ago. Now you’re literally running from room to room in a panic trying to find your shoes, keys and everything else you need to get out the door. Is this how your days starts?
Mine used to start like this 5 days a week. Every single day I had to get up and leave my house to go to work. Breakfast? Are you kidding? Who had time for breakfast. Certainly not this girl. I had to get 2 kids up and out the door for school.
The older one went to a magnet school so had to be at the bus stop by 6 a.m. Breakfast for her? A juice box and pop tart. NOT exactly the breakfast of champions. My younger one was able to get breakfast at school for fifty cents. How healthy it was, I’m not sure but it was better than not having any breakfast at all.
After I dropped the younger one off at school, on my way to work I went battling traffic along the way. Breakfast was not even a thought in my head. Coffee was! The first thing I did when I walked into the office? Grabbed a big cup of java and inhale it then go back for another cup or 5!
The first time food would actually cross my mind after drinking all that caffeine? Around lunch time and then it would generally be salty, sugary fast food. Burger and fries or maybe KFC chicken and mashed potatoes with a coke. This would continue into the evening for dinner and I wonder why I had a weight problem.
Is this a day in your life? We all know that there are very good reasons why we need to take the time to eat breakfast in the morning but life always seems to jump in the way. Let’s breathe and slow things down just a little.
Say we get up the first time the alarm goes off. We are now on the schedule we want to be on so the first step is to get up when the alarm goes off or better yet? Get in bed a little bit earlier the night before so you get a good night’s sleep. You might just wake up naturally before the alarm goes off.
Since we got up with the alarm, we do have time to eat breakfast before heading out the door. It can be something as simple and quick as a protein shake or bowl of cereal. Or if you have a little more time, maybe an egg and wheat toast.
Sit and enjoy your breakfast. Don’t grab it and run out the door. After all you are on time today. The rest of the day will go much more smoothly because you are not rushing through your life.
And just like that. What a difference it makes when we make a conscious effort to get a good night’s sleep and get out of bed in the morning on time and start the day with breakfast. If you do this for 2 weeks, you will create a new habit that will not only help you on your fitness journey as well as weight loss if that’s your goal.