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So if you read my previous post about how I’m starting a new daily habit, then you know that I half-jokingly-but-mostly-seriously decided to just drink more water as a way to improve my health. It’s not a bad place to start, but come on…water?
Even I can take on something a little more challenging than that 😉
So, over the past week I’ve been thinking about it (while drinking my water), and I decided to up my game just a little. I realized that what I need more than anything is to work on having more self-discipline, and you know how everyone on Youtube is always doing those 30-day challenges – so that’s what I want to do too.
My 30-Day Self-Discipline Challenge #SDC30
Starting today (August 2 2017), I’m going to spend the next 30 days working on my self-discipline. I decided to start with a daily morning routine.
Years ago, I was a morning person. I had a morning routine and everything! I didn’t choose to become a morning routine person, really, but since I had to wake up super early to drive my mother-in-law to work every morning, it just sort of happened. Okay, well I made it happen, but she started it!
Anyway, I’d get up at like 4am or something like that and leave before 5, drop her off at her job in Honolulu and then go get a good parking spot by my job in Kalihi. Then I’d walk down to Zippy’s (open 24 hours) and sip some coffee for a couple hours before starting work. I’d often take a book and a spiral notebook with me. I’d read a little and spend some time thinking about my goals, writing out some to do lists or whatever, maybe do some journaling.
Then I’d head into work feeling pretty good.
Then my mother in law retired. Then I changed jobs. And then I just…stopped.
Over the next decade, there were a couple of times that I tried picking that up again, but it just never stuck. And I wished that it had, because easing into my day like that felt really good. I miss it.
So I’m going to spend these next 30 days getting back into a morning routine.
My New Morning Routine
- Wake up
- Weigh myself
- Drink a bottle of water 🙂
- Get the mail
- Breakfast – hot or cold cereal
- Shit, shower and shave
- Read for 30 minutes
It’s pretty basic and can be squeezed into 60 minutes. I already do some of those things most days anyway, but I don’t do ALL of them EVERY SINGLE MORNING, so that’s where the self-discipline comes in.
Actually, I already did it this morning, so I guess I’m off to a good start…
I originally wasn’t going to shave my whole beard off.
I was just going to give it a little trim and then shave around my throat and give it a little touch up every day. But as I was getting started, I realized that one of the reasons I love my beard is that it hides all my chins lol. So, mid-recording, I made a spontaneous decision to just take it all off.
I immediately regretted it, but oh well. It’s done!
Now my fat face has nowhere to hide (at least for the next 30 days). Maybe looking at my chins every morning when I shave will give me that little motivational nudge to eat a little healthier and push a little harder in the gym.
So that’s what’s been happening this week for me. What’s going on in your life?