This past Saturday I had the pleasure of being interviewed on FB Live for the Filipino American Woman (TFAW) Project. TFAW project is a passion project started by the host, Jen Amos who believes in the power of storytelling. By sharing our stories, we develop an understanding of who we are as Filipino American women.
One of the questions asked was what my typical day looked like. I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about my morning routine. I believe having one sets you for a successful day. As Tim Ferriss mentioned in Tools of the Titans, ‘Win the Morning, Win the Day.’ Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning is another advocate for starting the day with a morning routine. His approach is covered in details in his bestselling book.
My Morning Routine
What does my morning look like? Let me preface it with a note that my summer morning routine differs slightly from my school year morning routine. With the kids out of school, I’ve had to adapt to our new schedule. Still I typically try to include all these elements into my morning routine.
-First thought – Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
My mind is filled with thoughts of to-do list for the day when I first wake up that I have to start with a positive one first.
-Meditate – To clear the thoughts in my head, I follow a guided meditation with the Calm app. I’ve mentioned previously my one goal for the year is to make a habit of meditation. And with the help of the app, I’m proud to say I’ve been meditating consistently since January.
-Make my Bed – if you watch the interview, you’ll hear me read an excerpt on the back cover of the book as to why you should make your bed.
The book Make Your Bed by ADM William McRaven is based on a commencement speech he gave at the University of Texas several years ago. His newly published book is a quick read full of inspiration and guidance on how to approach life to create an impact.
– Movement – five to ten minutes of exercises to wake up and energize my body. Starting with a few sun salutations then a series of bodyweight squats, push-ups, kettlebell (KB) pulls, KB deadlifts and swings, and medicine ball chops.
– Hydrate – as Shawn Stevenson of The Model Health Show podcast refers to as the morning “inner bath”. Drinking 20-30oz of water first thing. I’m working my way towards that amount but I can’t handle that much water at one time. Did you know that a 5% drop in your fluid levels cause a 25-35% decrease in energy? Maximize your energy and hydrate! Here’s a great article about morning hydration written by Shawn: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29399/the-best-time-to-drink-water-to-maximize-energy.html
I saw improvement this week! Compared to three weeks ago, my average pace for four laps (total 200m) is at least two minutes faster! I feel more comfortable in the pool and noticed a higher cadence count.
My foot felt a little off this past week. I went to my first networking event and had to wear more ‘business-type’ shoes which may have affected my gait. And then I also considered the possibility of a slight discomfort due to the bone re-building? I’m staying positive and going with the latter thought.
Have any of you heard of pain connected to the bone-building process? I’ve heard of kids growing pains. Do you have a morning ritual?