My Nightly Routine

It’s a weeknight. You’ve worked all day. Haven’t been home, and just want to crawl in bed and watch Netflix. I feel you. We all know how important the mornings are for our day. How what we do/our mood in the morning often creates a snowball effect for how the rest of our day is going to go. But something not always realized is how much of a difference the night before can make on the next day.

I wanted to share with you guys my nightly routine during the week. The things I do every night to help take care of myself and make sure I’m setting myself up for success the next day.

First. I usually eat my 5th meal (dinner) around 5:30 and get home from work about 8:30. Some days I’m hungry again by the time I get home so I’ll eat first thing. I try to keep this meal/snack higher in protein and lower in carbs, just because I don’t really need the carbs since I’ll be going to bed soon! Wanting something quick I will usually just heat up one of my protein options I prepped for the week (example: a turkey burger), or make a protein shake/smoothie. My favorite smoothie for this time is a chocolate peanut butter smoothie!

Second. I will shower, or take a long hot bubble bath (depending on the day I just had lol) wash my face, and brush my teeth! All of this helps me to unwind and get into bed time mode.

Third. Any meals I’m going to be bringing to work with me the next day I will make sure are packed and ready to go. I also get my gym bag packed. I will lay out my outfit for the gym, which is what I’ll put on first thing in the morning, and also the outfit that I’ll pack with in my gym bag for what I’m wearing to work.

If you guys are interested in a “what’s in my gym bag” post or video, let me know! I’ll totally do it.

Third. One last scroll through social media! lol. I TRY to do this now so that I don’t grab my phone when I’m laying in the dark and should be sleeping. Some nights it works, and some nights it doesn’t.

Fourth. If I’m wanting to write in my prayer journal then I’ll do it now, and then I do reading! I have a bible reading plan that I’m currently following so I have certain scripture already planned to read. Also I read 10 pages of a good book every day. When I say “good book” I mean either a personal development type book, or something on a topic that’s going to help me be motivated/work toward my goals. I am currently reading a book called “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel. It’s about different business start ups and tips on that.

By packing my meals and gym bag the night before, all the work is done for me so I don’t have much effort to put in when my alarm goes off at 5:45am. I like to do the reading at night because it helps me unwind, plus I feel like I wake up with all that good info fresh in my brain.

Hope some of these tips help you, as always let me know if you have questions!

xoxo AJ

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Whole30

Today marks day 17 of the Whole30 challenge, and I wanted to share a little bit on my experience so far. First off, I call it the Whole30 CHALLENGE. Not the whole30 diet. I am not on a diet. It is not some quick fix, lose weight fast, restrict myself for 30 days to lose some belly fat diet. In fact one of the rules during the challenge is you cannot weigh yourself or measure yourself for the 30 days. There are two reasons to do the Whole30 challenge.

Reason number one has to do with food sensitivities. During the whole30 challenge you cut out foods such as grains, dairy, sugar, soy, and legumes. These are foods that are common for people to have sensitivities to. The idea is that you go 30 days without any of the foods, to really get them all out of your system, then reintroduce them one at a time to see how each effect your body. For me I’m excited about this part because my stomach is very sensitive. I have already been eating gluten free for about 2 years, but still have issues and I haven’t been able to figure out what it comes from, so we’ll see! (my bet is on sugar, unfortunately)

Reason number two has more to do with the relationships we tend to have with food today. As I have shared before, I tend to be an emotional eater. After coming back to AZ after a month in MN, with all the changes that were going on, my stress levels were high and I noticed myself going back to those old emotional eater habits I used to know so well. And if I’m being honest? That scared the crap out of me. For the first time in a long time I had felt like I had completely lost my self control when it came to food. So when a friend said she was doing the Whole30 challenge, it sounded like the perfect way to get myself back on track. To learn that cravings are just cravings, and I don’t actually need whatever it is that I’m craving. This was really frustrating for me the first week or so. Now on day 17, its gotten so much easier, and its gotten really easy to be around all the treats but not feel like I need it.

Annoyances at this point are that I miss my foods that are quick and easy to prepare, like a bowl of oatmeal or a protein shake. And let’s be real the fact that pumpkin spice lattes are out is somewhat torture that I cant have one yet. But at the end of the day knowing once again I put nothing but healthy, whole foods in my body REALLY does make it all worth it. I cant wait to see how I’m feeling by the end of it!