As soon as I used to wake up, I would hit snooze several times a day and have barely any time to get ready for my job. I would wait until the very last minute until I had to leave, feeling stressed before even leaving the house. Having no time to make breakfast, I would grab something crappy on the way to work chasing that with a huge cup of caffeine of some sort. I would feel lethargic most of the day feeling like I never could sleep enough in order for me to feel energized.
I would crash around 2pm, grabbing yet another caffeinated beverage and a sugary snack to get me through the rest of the day. Bringing myself to dinner time, I went straight home and crawled right into bed watching something on my computer. I stayed up late not doing anything productive for myself and knew I had to do this cycle all over again the next day until the weekend hit! I would then drink too much alcohol even though I never really liked it but, socially, feeling accepted was a big deal for me back then.
After years of these bad habits, I knew something had to change.
After many years of this cycle that would continue on and on, feeling hopeless and lost with my life. I didn’t want to feel so stuck in a position that I had no control over who I was and what I wanted to do. I began questioning what I should be doing realizing I am the only person capable of making myself happier and healthier.
The first thing I decided to do is exercise before work! I almost went 3 years without doing some sort of exercise. In the past, I’d exercise 6 days a week and resting one day. I would quit almost a month after since it was way too much for me to handle. I used to get bored of doing the same thing over and over. This just wasn’t going to cut it anymore and I wanted to be consistent instead of getting bored. I decided to run outside every other day and then on the opposite days walking or bike riding outside. I didn’t place a huge amount of pressure on myself either. If something came up, I allowed myself to skip days without beating myself up over it.
I never thought this would be something to bring joy to my life but truly felt my mood and energy boost within the first week. My muscles were much stronger and I was starting to take care of myself. After a few weeks, I was fully convinced that this was more than just exercise. It was a new purpose of self-respect and growth. It was taking care of myself.
Secondly, I stopped grabbing unhealthy breakfasts and began making smoothies! (my all time favorite blender for perfect smoothies here!) I have been making smoothies so often in the past few years, mainly because they are DELICIOUS but also give me so much energy and feel so good. I didn’t even want to get unhealthy breakfasts anymore since I knew I would feel lower in energy by doing this.
The third thing I changed was not having a second caffeinated beverage per day. I allowed myself to enjoy one a day. You might ask, why even have the one? I enjoy having coffee once in a while with a splash of almond milk and no more sweetener or reach for a matcha almond latte. The key here is finding your balance. I have figured out that my body sleeps so much better without that second drink! I started falling asleep much easier.. I would have an herbal tea in the afternoon instead. This was not an easy thing to start but it became easier with time.
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