Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was great! It’s my birthday this weekend so I have been eating all of my favourite foods. I don’t really celebrate my birthday the traditional way – ie presents. Instead, I just celebrate it by eating and relaxing. This week I want to provide you with a long-waited update.
Awhile back, I wrote a post recommending a book called The Miracle Morning. I said I was going to do this 30 day challenge and let you know if I saw any significant results. Well, that’s what we are going to be talking about today. I should mention that I was not/am not sure if the 30 day challenge meant that I had to do it literally everyday (even on weekends) or just 5 days a week and do that for 30 days. I started off doing it on the weekends, but I then lost the motivation to so I only did the challenge 5 days a week and did that for a total of 30 days. This is what happened.
My journey started off one morning tired and doubtful. I was tired because I had to wake up 1 hour earlier than I normally do and then do a bunch of tasks that I didn’t even know if they would be worth it or not. Hal (the author of the book) said that if you dread waking up early and keep saying that you will be tired, then you will be. I believe I was a cat in one of my past lives because I really cherish long slumbers. I find that if I don’t get at least 8 hours, I am not “in it” that day. I tried to convince myself that everything would be fine, but it didn’t work. However, usually once I wake up after the first 15 minutes, I am good to go. It’s just that I will usually get tired throughout the day. Overall I found that this was the case throughout my journey. I feel like I am just starting to get used to waking up early and am becoming less tired throughout the day as I adjust to this new routine.
I started my mornings off (after brushing my teeth) with mediation. I am not great at it for sure, but it’s something that you need to keep practicing in order to see results. I am really liking this so far as I find it relaxing and I feel like I am more connected to the universe. My mind still wonders a lot, but I am definitely still working on this.
I got myself a book to read in the mornings and I also find this a very nice way to start the day. I like learning about positive new ideas in the morning so I can think about them throughout the day.
I had to pick myself up a journal as this wasn’t something that I normally did. I really wasn’t sure what type of journal to get and I wasn’t sure if I even had something to write about right when I wake up so I got a guided journal. I am really starting to regret it because it’s really not helpful. Maybe it’s just the one that I picked out (I picked out the best one that I could find in the bookstore) as I am sure some of them are really great, but this wasn’t the case. I will get a normal journal and see if this changes anything.
I will be honest, I kind of dropped the visualization and affirmations after the second week. I know, I know. Don’t even say anything, but honestly, ugh. I have been trying to repeat “I choose to be happy” throughout the day and when I am finding myself getting into a bad mood and it is helpful. I am sure that visualization is helpful too and I do practice it sometimes, just not in the morning. I am not sure what I would have visualized every single morning. I am wanting to create a vision board and then try again. We will see.
Now, I am sure the moment you have all been waiting for: exercising. It may not come to you as a surprise when I say that I am not a gym rat. Even thinking about running makes me sleepy and cranky. I really was not looking forward to this part of my day. I live in an apartment building where we share a gym in another building so if I had to pay for a gym membership or do at-home yoga (LOL yeah right) I would not have even bothered. The first day at the gym, I spent a good 10 minutes trying to figure out how to turn on literally any exercise machine. It was so embarrassing. There was one other person there exercising and while I may not have much social etiquette in the gym, I know for sure that you are not supposed to interrupt someone’s work-out. I tried pushing any button that I could find, but the machines still were not turning on. I ended up having to ask the security guard. Oh my gosh. Ugh I am even having nervous sweats writing about this now. He couldn’t figure out how to turn on the machines either. Finally the other person in the gym said that you had to actually get on them and start moving. Oh… Yeah that makes sense I guess. I really didn’t have much time left to exercise because I spent most of it trying to figure out how to turn the machines on, but I felt so embarrassed that I had to stay there and exercise for at least for 15 minutes. How stupid would it have looked if I just left? It was the sheer embarrassment that kept me going. Obviously I was dreading the next day. However, I am proud to admit that I went every single day afterwards and that I somewhat enjoy it. It’s nice because I don’t feel like it takes from my day but more so adds to it.
Overall, I did enjoy some aspects of this routine and I feel that I will do my best to keep it up and maintain this routine. I will make a few small changes making it more sustainable for me. I should mention that there was only one day during the week that I didn’t do this routine, but I didn’t beat myself up over it as I will be continuing to do this. I did not experience any significant impacts or changes, but I definitely do feel more positive and happy.
PS this is for sure my longest blog post. I don’t know if this is an accomplishment or if I just babble on too much.
I hope you all have a nice week!