Blogging on The Brightside

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

on August 23, 2013

–Marcus Aurelius

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  You figure most people eat dinner around seven and lunch around noon.  So if you skip the Wheaties, it could be 17 big hours before you break the fast.  That has all kinds of consequences for your metabolism, your focus, and your ability to be effective throughout the day.  I’m not a huge breakfast guy, but I’ve heard nutritionists say that even a glass of water and anything, be it an oreo or a slice of cold pizza, is better than nothing.

Well when I say I’m not a breakfast guy, what I really mean is I’m not a morning guy.  My mind comes alive around 11pm.  I wish I had been allowed to go to class or were now allowed to work from like 5p-2a instead of 9a-5p, because I’m a completely different person.  But just like breakfast, I’ve found that starting your day off with some positive thinking in the morning can be a game changer.  Why wait til lunch?  17 hours is too long to go before you remember to think positively.

One thing I’ve recently started enjoying in the morning is to get on my bike trainer and spin for a short workout in the morning.  I’m normally a runner, but there’s no way I’m going to the park for a run and getting back in time for work.  I can stumble to my bike, turn on the news or a new episode of Breaking Bad and just spin and sip on my water bottle for 15 or 20, even 40 minutes in the morning.  Feeling my heart beating, my lungs expanding, and the sweat beading on my skin gets my mind going on the right track.  Rather than rushing just to get a shave and make sure my shirt is on the right way, working out gives me some time to think about what I’d like to accomplish in the day.  It makes me think of what went wrong yesterday and how it’ll go differently today.  Honestly, it’s completely changed how my day feels, and I actually look forward to getting out of bed a little bit, even on Mondays.  Maybe the best benefit is that when I get home from work and it’s raining or I need a nap, I don’t feel bad about missing a workout that day.  And if I do make it for a run, it’s like a two-a-day.

I’ve also started trying to keep a journal in the morning, or before bed.  I don’t like writing in it very much, it’s a little too Alex Mack.  But sometimes it’s good to get all my thoughts down and be able to look at them in an organized page rather than scattered through my head.  It’s also good to be able to look back at what I was thinking about a few weeks ago.  It helps me to see what I was thinking about that was important, and what was unimportant, so I can be not sure not to think of those things anymore.  Maybe for you, taking a few minutes to meditate or pray will help you greet the sunrise each morning.

I don’t know what will get you to start your day off on the right foot.  Maybe it’s reading on the porch while you enjoy your coffee.  Maybe you just need to add some craisins to your oatmeal.  Whatever it is, don’t wait until Noon to get your mind full of good thoughts and your belly full of good food.

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