Routine, the remedy

Routine is the enemy.

How often do we hear that in our lives today? In our professional lives, work out sched, and diet. The theory that falling into a “rut” ruins our spark and our motivation and ultimately undermines our productivity is truly trendy thinking.

But as humans, we’re creatures of habit. Routine shouldn’t be written off as the anti-yolo buzz word. Sure, it’s good to mix up your workouts and introduce new foods to your diet. However, part of sustaining a healthy lifestyle means staying the course, finding what works for you, and sticking with it. 

There’s a million “healthy” breakfast recipes out there. Every magazine and online health article has a feature on how to kick start your day with the most delicious, quick and nutritious a.m. spread. With so many options, no wonder we get off track, feel overwhelmed, and question if we’re doing it right.

Take it from celeb trainer and creator of the 21 Day Fix, Autumn Calabrese, who alternates between just two breakfasts. She knows what works for her, and she puts it to use. Eggs scrambled with spinach and steel cut oatmeal, or Ezekiel toast, oatmeal and quinoa. And, she has a rockin’ bod as a result.

It’s important to have a routine because it fosters growth, stability, determination, and even the opposite of what others say it ruins: motivation! And, who isn’t busy these days and constantly on the run? Routine is our base, our rock, and part of our internal conscience that keeps us in check.

My morning routine is especially important. It truly gets me going and sets my tone for the entire day. Working from home most of the time, I thrive on routine.

Any given week day…

1. 6 a.m. wake up call, meditate and do yoga for 10 minutes, drink a cup of hot green tea with apple cider vinegar and lemon while checking email/phone

2. Walk for one hour

3. I’m a sports writer, so I’ll write and publish my early morning article

4. So, until breakfast (which I don’t usually eat until 10:30 or 11 a.m.), I’ll write/work, listen to sports radio, catch up on the news, and peruse my favorite websites and sports columns online and in the paper

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5. Breakfast = Two poached eggs with cayenne over sautéed arugula or spinach, asparagus, and 1/4 avocado

xx

ALH

 

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