posted on August 21, 2019
Mornings are sacred to me. Because I work long days and into the evenings, I don’t get a ton of time to decompress at night. I actually do most of my relaxing in the AM, before heading to work and to train. Fun fact: when UF first began, one of my requests was to work the opening shift. I function way better earlier than later. I didn’t get it (but stayed on anyway), and it ended up being a good thing for me.
We’ve talked about having routines in previous blogs, and I have my morning ritual fully hashed out:
Alarm goes off at 7:30am. I search for my sad dog. Snooze the alarm for 10 minutes of cuddle time. He takes it.
Out of bed and into the bathroom at 7:40. Regain my sight (aka contacts in), wash BB slobber off my face.
Start my coffee – French press always. Drink a glass of water with a little sea salt and lemon juice. Gotta rehydrate before I start guzzling caffeine.
Now that the weather is amazing, head out on the balcony with BB. I’m working through a meditation that lasts anywhere from 10-45 minutes as you build it (if you’re interested, I recently read Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and it has been truly life-changing). Post-meditation, I start on my skincare (Vit C serum), my coffee, and a little reading (I’m re-reading and note-taking Ryan Holliday’s Ego is the Enemy currently). BB cuddles up with me. There’s always a candle going and a breeze and some plants. It’s heavenly.
By this time BB is fully awake and ready for his walk. We do a trip around the block, then he gets fed, then he goes back to sleep because he’s old. While he’s sleeping, I take 10 minutes to clean up my apartment. It’s a new habit I’m trying to build.
Notice no mention of my phone. I use my Amazon Echo for an alarm and keep my phone far away from me overnight. Only after doing some meditating and reading will I pick it up.
At this point, it’s time to eat. I’ve written about my low appetite struggles a lot recently and not much has changed. Getting something in me early in the day can sometimes help stoke the appetite fire, so I prioritize eating a delicious breakfast that’s full of both calories and nutrients. For me, it’s avocado toast all day. Every day. Seriously. I do have a special ingredient that I add, so read on:
Lindsey’s Special Avocado Toast
The horseradish gives it a kick and helps cut through all the fattiness of the avocado and egg yolks. If you haven’t tried it, I would HIGHLY recommend, just be sure you’re using real horseradish (from the refrigerated section) and not a horseradish sauce.
I usually eat at my desk and get started on work. It’s nice to get emails and administrative things out of the way before getting to the gym.
After eating, it’s time to get ready to leave. I have a habit of doing my hair and makeup while watching home design and lifestyle videos on YouTube. I let myself indulge in it right before heading out.
Once I’m presentable, BB gets another trip outside, then I’m off!
Hope this inspires some of you to (1) get a morning routine together and/or (2) to try something weird in your breakfast!