Welcome to Week 2 of the Rise and Shine Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is not to focus so much on the scale, but to focus on a new morning routine that will make you healthier and happier. Each morning, you should 1) have a wholesome breakfast (I just had a chicken omelet with chopped veggies), 2) have some sort of morning inspiration ( today, I told myself warm and fuzzy stuff in the bathroom mirror (like “today will be a great day and I will eat healthy”) while I washed my face, and I listened to gospel music in the car on the way to work), 3) Do morning activity at least 3 days a week. During Week 1, I consistently spoke positive affirmations over my life and dedicated time to reflect on good things in my life while listening to inspirational music. However, I totally skipped over the morning activity portion of the challenge. But, that was intentional, I’m learning the value of taking baby steps. I did not want to get overwhelmed by attempting to completly change the routine that I’ve had for years. I already know I’m not going to get up every morning and workout. It’s like learning to run a 5K. You don’t just wake up and say I’m going to run 3 miles today, you start small with 60 second interval runs. So, I decided to take a similar approach to my new morning routine and start small. Certainly I can get up just one morning during the week and do 30 minutes of activity. I don’t even have to leave the house, I can workout in my PJs in the living room. I have an Xbox Kinect with super fun games and tons of workout DVD’s. How about Wednesday morning? I think I can drag myself from the TV and into bed on Tuesday night.
Do you currently have a morning activity routine? If you’re already active in the morning, you can mix and match your routine for better results. Choose from cardio, strength/toning or stretching and relaxation. If you don’t have a morning activity routine, perhaps you can get up Wednesday morning and dance in front of the TV with me. Here is the worksheet for Week 2. Print it, and post it where you will see it every morning. Let’s get moving, and keep me updated on your progress.