If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while you remember that I’ve often talked about my past sugar habits which included knocking back 12 cans of coke and lucozade a day. Not ideal by any means.
Bed at 5am wasn’t uncommon especially at the weekends.
Take-aways 3 times a week (or even daily during certain times) wasn’t a big deal.
Smoking when I drank- sure why wouldn’t ya?
Point is, I was doing a lot of shit that made me feel like shit and I had no one but myself to blame. Thankfully, I cleaned up my act, accepted 100% of the responsibility and nowadays I feel pretty good most of the time.
Here are 17 things that helped me move forward:
- I quit drinking. Obviously nothing wrong with drinking but I was a bit of a dickhead and was wasting too much time and energy either doing it or recovering from it
- Quit smoking. I only ever smoked when I drank so this cleaned up when I quit the drinking.
- I got fully hydrated. The only way to appreciate the difference this makes is to do it. Start with 2 litres of water daily
- Quit fizzy drinks. One of the harder things I done but going from 12 a day to zero has been one of the most impactful in my life
- Bed on time. As I said, bed at 5am was no big deal. I wasn’t long learning that you can’t compete with sleep deprivation
- Meditate. Nothing fancy or ‘put there’ about this for me. Just find ut a massive stress reliever and clears my head. \I do 5-10 minutes a day at present
- Read every day. The more I read the more I get educated about nutrition, exercise, etc. Applying this info has been a game-changer for me
- Foam roll. I do a few minutes every morning and evening. Frees me up like you wouldn’t believe. (Click here if you want to get on board our upcoming foam rolling workshop)
- Get up early. Refusing to hit the snooze button and getting up earlier makes me feel 10 times more energised than rolling over 2 or 3 times. Snoozing is a trap!!
- Gym work. Obviously I’m a big advocate of this. Mainly because it works so well
- Walks. I aim for 3-4 45+ minute walks a week in the fresh air. There’s no downside to this so get on it
- 5 minute early morning run. I do this every morning after getting up. Literally just up my drive way and back again. Gets the blood flowing, open up th lungs and just sets you up for the day
- Send time with my family. Family time is so important for real health and is a priority for me every week. Walks up the garden with my daughter is what its all about at the moment.
- Being thankful. Every day I write down what I’m thankful and grateful for. Only started doing this recently but it definitely has an impact
- Helping people be healthy. Blogs, videos, workshops, etc. are one way I get to help others and that in itself is a huge energy booster. How can you help someone?
- Rest. I work hard but I also know how to rest. You can’t burn the candle at both ends forever. Short breaks, massage, sleep and healthy nutrition are some of the big ones in this area
- Try not to moan. This is a huge one for me but I try not to moan about mundane things. Moaning and complaining just saps the life out of you who nit could be used for much more rewarding and productive things. Don’t be a moaner!
You might be thinking that there is a lot there but they took me a long time to build up. Don’t worry or compare. Just pick one or 2 things to get started on (or come up with your own) and take action on them. You’l be seeing and feeling the difference in no time.
And don’t forget to enjoy the journey 🙂