“Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.”
I’m starting to acclimate to the time change already as you can see by the time I’m sending my journal entry out to you today. George and I only have a few days left out West so I’m definitely gung-ho to plan out our day and make every moment count.
I don’t have my complete plan for the day mapped out every day, but I do have a general framework and I have really enjoyed the healthy routine that I have taken on as a daily practice. My day starts early because I know that this is when I have no kid distractions and my creativity and willpower are strongest. I wake up and say my gratitudes—just to remind myself of all that I have to be thankful for in the universe. These inevitably include: my husband, family and friends, but can also be situational like; I’m so glad that my son, Logan, didn’t get hurt worse during a trampoline accident or I’m so grateful that I am able to get away with George for a few days because I have such great help and support from both sets of grandparents and my sister.
Then, I do a quick meditation session, followed by lemon water, journaling and stretching or exercise. This is all before dealing with the crazy, mad-dash to get six kids fed and out the door. If I didn’t take this time upon rising to reflect and release stress, mornings would not be pretty at the Sykes homestead.
My routine also allows me to enjoy wherever the rest of my day takes me because I find that I can be much more proactive than reactive. After my morning routine of gratitudes, hydration, journaling and exercise, I am more capable of making clear, rational, productive decisions and just getting s*** done.
#11 Meditate for Weight
r thoughts actually carry physical weight so think light and be light! Meditation; this simple practice of focusing our attention in order to find calm and clarity, can lower our blood pressure and manage stress. Stress causes crazy biochemistry changes to occur in our bodies which can drive us to eat when our body isn’t in need of food. When our hormonal levels are raised from stress our leptin and insulin become out of balance and cortisol levels skyrocket. The cortisol causes INFLAMMATION, which also make sustainable weight-loss virtually impossible. Visualization and meditation are now considered mainstream healing modalities because data is so clear: it simply has the power to change your brain and your body for the better.
ACTION ITEM: Research show that it takes 21 days to form a habit; so, if you haven’t been practicing meditation with us from the beginning of this program, start NOW with just 10 minutes a day. If you can, attend Meggan’s Soul Voice Meditation Workshop tonight. I will be there meditating with you in spirit.