The past couple of days have been 4-star days: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
My morning foundational routine is complete, my food is planned for today, and I'm poised for a good Thursday. I was recently asked specifically about the details of this foundational routine that starts each day. For me, it has become the single most important part of my daily practice.
It starts with prayer, followed by mindful meditation, followed by two different positive visualizations: One of this day ahead of me. Another long-term positive visualization. Then, I acknowledge and say aloud a few positive affirmations. I finish with my gratitude list. Not the whole thing! But several things I’m grateful for on this day. The entire process can be anywhere from ten-minutes and some days upwards of fifteen to twenty minutes.
The first thing is admitting I don’t “got this” and humbly asking for guidance and help in making it through another day. Visualizing the day at hand includes considering potential obstacles and also considering intentional actions that will help me stay connected with my practice- like reaching out for support if needed... food plan strategy... I’ll even visualize grocery trips during that period... I like to do this routine with my eyes closed. Otherwise, I get distracted too easily. The meditation part acts like a slate clearing for the rest of the routine. It’s a very simple breathing focused mind-clearing thing. Breathe in, breathe out, again and again--it's an intentional calming.
I didn't really have a set morning foundational routine prior to what I refer to as my "turnaround" from relapse/regain. It’s evolved over the last five and a half years to become one of my daily musts. Like most everything along this road, it's an ever-evolving thing.
Score! #apples and #avocados and #coffee Probably the three most entered items in my personal #MyFitnessPal #bargainshopper pic.twitter.com/HKq0jHTf8Z— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 18, 2019
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner Meatloaf prepared with 6oz 96% lean ground beef, 1 egg white, 65g Newman’s Own refined sugar-free marinara, 3oz sliced and chopped fresh mushrooms, 58g finely diced red onions, and topped with 48g refined sugar-free ketchup. 225g red potatoes prepared with 1 tbs half & half, salt & pepper- topped with 7g (1/2 tbs) butter. 4.8oz ambrosia apple slices. #dailypractice #foodplan 630 cal.
View this post on Instagram#lunchtime Made an extra one last night for lunch today! Meatloaf prepared with 6oz lean ground beef, 3oz sliced and diced mushrooms, 1 egg white, 58g red onion, 65g Newman’s Own refined sugar-free marinara, and 34g refined sugar-free ketchup. 154g green seedless grapes. #foodplan #dailypractice 437 cal.
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