Something I hear from my clients often is that around two or three every afternoon, they start to
feel exhausted. They feel worn down, and they reach for some afternoon caffeine or sugar to
perk them up. Hours later, they feel exhausted again. It’s a vicious cycle. I tell them a secret
I’m here to let you in on today –
If you’re feeling worn out every afternoon, it’s because you’re starting your morning off in fight or
flight mode! Think about it – you wake up, you check your phone, and you rush around getting
ready while you run over your mental checklist of all the things you need to get finished that day.
You feel stressed and defeated before you even walk out the door!
Here’s the thing – the first hour of your day sets the tone for how your entire day will go! You
want to feel productive? Have energy for that post-work workout? Avoid sugar cravings in the
afternoon? The key is setting yourself up for a wildly alive day within minutes of waking up.
Here’s how both my coaching clients and myself start our days off on the best possible tone –
Cuddle your loved ones
When your alarm goes off, spend a few moments snuggling with your partner, your pets, your
kids – whoever you share a bed with! Wake up slowly, soak in the love of the people you share
your home with, and be thankful.
Talk with the Universe
Spend a few moments visualizing how you’d like your day to go. Say some prayers for yourself
and others. Mentally review all of the things you have to be grateful for. In my program, my
clients make goal cards that I encourage them to review at this time, but you can do the same
thing by spending time thinking about what your long term goals are, and what small actions you
can take today to reach them. It’s all about putting good juju out for yourself and the people you
Keep your phone out of reach
It only adds stress to your morning to begin checking email, Facebook and text messages as
soon as you wake up. Wait until you’ve moved through your morning routine and are feeling
nourished, reenergized and ready to face the day before looking at a screen.
Boil a pot of water
Instead of jumping right into your morning coffee drinking, boil some hot water and add a slice of
fresh lemon. Hot lemon water is a soothing, detoxifying way to get your body moving every
morning. For an added detoxifying boost, add some cayenne pepper to the mix.
Make breakfast a priority
After going without food for 8-10 hours, your body needs to be refueled! I tell my clients to focus
on eating a healthy, nourishing breakfast within ninety minutes of waking up. If you wait much
longer, your body will begin craving sugars, caffeine and other not-so-healthy foods, setting you
up for a day of poor choices and irritable behavior.
Have fun getting ready
Enjoy getting ready for your day by first taking a relaxing shower. While you’re standing under
the warm water, imagine all of the stress of the day before melting off of your body and washing
down the drain. Once you’re feeling clean and refreshed, spend some time jamming to your
favorite uplifting music. Put on makeup, choose clothes that make you feel great, and do your
hair. My clients hear from me all the time that when you feel fabulous, you make fabulous
choices in your day!
Nichole Kellerman wants to live in a world where women actually enjoy the process of losing
weight and connecting with their bodies.
When she’s not fearlessly (but lovingly) pushing her clients into the lifestyle they dream of, you’ll
find her laughing with friends, connecting with nature and loving up on her boyfriend and two
Her business, Wildly Alive Weight Loss, is for women who want to stop dieting and re-frame
their minds so they can reshape their bodies. Her teachings are like nothing you’ve ever heard.
Discover how you can lose weight by feeling #WildlyAlive at WildlyAliveWeightLoss.com.