Mornings . . .

My typical morning starts out like this:

  • Wake up. Head to the bathroom. Weigh myself. Yup, virtually everyday. It’s been noted that weighing yourself daily, or at most weekly, is an excellent tool to maintaining or losing weight. Yes, weight does fluctuate depending on what you’ve eaten or drank the night before. And especially if you are not post-menopausal. When I was younger, I knew that I had a 4-5 pound swing in the course of a month. However, I figured out that if my weight stayed for more than 3 days, that meant I had to pay attention to what I was eating and drinking.

  • A little bit of stretching. Either I build upon involuntary stretching or I deliberately stretch for 5 – 10 minutes. I tried to find a video to link here but all were more than I do (and I didn’t want to pretend I was doing something that I really wasn’t). Perhaps I’ll create a video to show you what I do! It’s a pretty simple routine. Until then, you’ll have to come up with a few stretches that feel right for you. My recommendation is that you should feel minimal discomfort. Your muscles are not ready for intense stretching just after waking.

  • I love my coffee. I drink two substantial mugs a day. BUT, before I let myself have any, I drink a glass of water BEFORE I drink coffee. What I’ve noticed is that by drinking water regularly, the likelihood of my getting a headache seems to be reduced. I like to put a small splash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in my water.

  • And then my breakfast. If I can, I prefer to wait until I’m hungry before I eat my breakfast, which is usually oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, and walnuts. Lately I add some EVOO to the oatmeal. It is very satisfying! I’ve been mindful of my Low-Density Lipo-protein measurement in my overall cholesterol number and oatmeal has been shown to reduce LDL in chholesterol. However, I’m also sensitive to carbs (they seem to make me want MORE carbs), so I alternate oatmeal with an egg scramble with veggies.

Tell me what YOU do in the morning to get yourself ready for your day? Do you have a routine, or do you wing it?

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