Grace: A (Near) Normal Day
My perfect day is an organised day
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be "perfect". Nobody is perfect. Give yourself a break! The best you can do is to set yourself up for a good day. It takes a little organisation and also plenty of leeway for things to change.
I have spent years working out how to best set up my days in such a way that leaves me feeling satisfied with my achievements and balanced by bedtime. I still have plenty of room for improvement.
Here is a mix between a typical day and my perfect day (and not every day is either typical or perfect!):
5.30AM Wake up! Monday to Friday
I'm not really a morning person, however my career requires an early start. Most people want to train before they start work and that translates to an early start for me. I make sure that I wake up early enough to give myself time for my morning routine.
Hydrate and alkalize - a glass of filtered water with a squeeze of fresh lime and a pinch of pink Himalayan rock salt. [Have a look at my article on water for more on that topic]
Meditation - pop my cushion on the floor and do 10 mins of meditation with Headspace. I'm currently doing the anxiety pack which is 30 days dealing with anxiety. I'm on day 23.
Breakfast - This week has been all about smoothie bowls which tend to be oats, coconut milk, nut butter, honey, amino acids, flax seeds, fresh passionfruit and a bit of fresh mango, whizzed up in the Nutribullet. Another typical breakfast would be a fried egg on a bit of toast with some spinach, avocado and cherry tomatoes.
Miracle Morning - Coupled with my Miracle Evenings, this has been a routine that I had unconsciously been doing for some time but when I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, my hunches were validated and it all clicked.
After breakfast I like to sit in a squat as a stretch, look at my vision board and read my affirmations out loud. Then I'll read over my Evening List (see: evening routine). It may sound corny but it bloody well works for me. It helps me get motivated, start with a positive outlook and gives me structure. It improves my energy and calms my mind for the day, especially if I have been anxious or if I haven't slept well.
6.20AM - Time to go to work
Walk to the tube then read and get my head around the day ahead and the clients that I will be seeing. Grab a coffee.
7.00AM - First clients
I'll have 3-5 sessions in the morning and do my own training 3 times per week. I'll sip on water with amino acids throughout. On days that I am training myself, I block out the time in my calendar and I treat it as a non-negotiable. If I don't give priority to my own health, no one else will.
Lunch - I am currently loving SHOT for lunch where I have a paleo chicken salad - delish - and a chili chicken bone broth which is great for your gut. When I have trained super hard I sometimes get a sweet protein ball or the date chocolate brownie. Alternative lunches might be Vietnamese or sushi.
Afternoon - In the afternoon I will have another 3-5 client sessions. Depending on the schedule I have about 3 hours of administrative work every day. This might be building programs for clients, accounting, working towards my future business goals, preparing nutrition plans for clients, managing my blog or social media presence and lots more.
Evenings - After work consists of a combo of dinner at home, yoga, TAG rugby, track training, going out with friends or just winding down.
I try to make sure I have something fun or social in my diary every day - having a coffee or lunch with a friend, training with a friend, playing competitive sports, going out, taking a nice walk or just going to sit somewhere nice. Sometimes the balance tips far into the "fun" category and I need a little drying out time.
Miracle Evening - I take magnesium before bed and write a little list of goals for the next day, anything that is bothering me or things I didn't get to that day to make sure it doesn't sit with me while I try to sleep.
Then I'll write my grateful log. I have found that if I don't do this I often don't sleep well. This tiny little gesture makes a huge difference to my state of mind. Just reflecting for a moment on the nice things, no matter how small, leaves me feeling at peace before I go to sleep. Today I was grateful that I had a brownie with Asha and that I trained.
Sometimes I mess up. I book too many clients in a row, don't eat properly due to lack of time and not being organised enough, I snack too much or don't have enough patience to sit still. Sometimes I go out too many nights in a row (although I do condone this). I don't have to beat myself up about it.
The important thing is that tomorrow is another day and I can give it another shot.