Seven Little Ideas to Get Your Personal Motor Running
Wake up 45 minutes earlier than usual, and take ten minutes to simply savor your morning coffee or tea. Even if you’re not in the habit of drinking caffeinated beverages first thing in the morning, try a cup of antioxidant-rich, decaffeinated green tea. Drink it on your porch, in your pajamas.
- Stretch slowly for 5-10 minutes. Breathe deeply and mindfully while you stretch, and watch the sun rise. If the weather’s temperate, do this outdoors. Sink your bare toes in the dewy grass. Experience the morning through all of your senses – focusing on each, in turn: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. If you journal or do “morning pages,” write about the things you notice when you are deliberately paying attention. Stay present in the moment – don’t jump ahead to your 8:00 AM meeting.
- Get at least 15-20 minutes of moderate exercise – a brisk walk, some isometric exercises, a ride on the stationary bike, a few sets with free weights. Work up a good sweat. Focus on how your muscles feel when they’re working. Are your muscles protesting, or urging you to work them harder?
- Shower with energizing aromatherapy. What I’ve found with various scents is that my reaction, specifically, is all that matters – the experts may suggest certain scents and combinations, but there are some that just appeal to me more than others. To wake up, try sharp, citrusy grapefruit, lemon, or satsuma; fresh and refreshing cool cucumber and sweet melon; woodsy rosemary or cedar and mint; or, mint and eucalyptus. Experiment and go with what feels best to you.
- Remind yourself that “Today is going to be terrific, and I am ready to tackle any challenge the world can throw at me.” Visualize yourself succeeding; picture what that would mean, in your mind. Positive affirmations set the tone for the day ahead.
- Eat a nutritious, low-carb breakfast. I like to have a fruit smoothie and a fried egg.
- As you drive to work, or jostle with other commuters on the morning train or bus, and are tempted to mutter curses at the guy who cuts you off or takes the seat you wanted or the woman who gabs unsefconsciously and incessantly on her cell phone, remember that some time today – or tomorrow – you are likely to be someone else’s muttered, “A__hole!” We all make mistakes. For five mornings in a row, make a sincere effort to smile and offer encouragement to everyone you encounter – even, or maybe especially, the clueless, obstructive, and inconvenient ones.
Blend well in blender:
- 1/3 c. Kellogg’s All-Bran Buds cereal, ground in blender or food processor to a fine powder
- 1 c. unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 4-6 oz. frozen berries
Fried Egg on Asiago Cheese Bread
- 1 slice Asiago cheese bread, toasted
- 1 egg
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- coarsely ground sea salt and peppercorns, to taste
- Fry egg (over easy or over medium, suggested) in olive oil.
- Add thyme, salt, and pepper.
- When cooked, drain off excess oil (if needed) and slide egg onto toast.