Why good habits are like the SheiKra Diving Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens

ExcellenceIsHabitIt's 5:15 am and my alarm is going off. It's time for breakfast and I'm warming up a bowl of quinoa porridge while grabbing my personalized Health Pack of vitamins.

It's Sunday at 8am and I'm at Ceres Street Bakery, come rain or shine, snow storm or sunshine, my laces  tied up and my water belt around my waist.

It's 9am and I've already worked out.

It's Sunday afternoon and I'm pulling into Market Basket to do my weekly grocery shopping. I park my cute, snazzy Honda Fit in the second to last row (of the world's tightest and most chaotic parking spaces.)

It's dinner time and I'm downing my personalized Health Pack of vitamins in a big gulp of water.

It's time for bed. Before I pull out my journal and a book, I wash my face, take out my contacts, floss and brush my teeth.

Hands down I am one of the most predictable people I know.

Most of my friends know my schedule and tease me  (mercilessly) about it. (My 8:30pm bedtime reminder on my google calendar is usually the butt of most jokes. That's cool. I've got my big girl pants on it. I can handle it.)

When they tease me, I just flash my pearly whites.

Why?

I'm one of the healthiest people I know. Yup, one of the most predictable, habitual, healthiest person I know.

Coincidence? I think not she says!

Good habits are like a roller coaster route. When you strap yourself into a seat along the SheiKra Diving Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, you look ahead to see the upside down, figure 8, double helix adventure that awaits you.

HealthyPredictableHabitsWhen you step into my world and take a peek at my google calendar, you can see the quinoa porridge, restful REM sleep, vitamins popping, healthy eating adventure that awaits you.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

Personally, I find habits and routine to be incredibly liberating and freeing. Habits take away decision fatigue which is the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual.

Habits free up brain space. Yup, habits  add extra RAM capacity to your brain because your habits means one less thing to think about.

If you've got a breakfast habit, there's no need to spend time or energy in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open scratching your head. Either your meal is made the night before or you could grab for the cooked quinoa in the fridge with your eyes closed because you've done it a million times before.

If you have a bedtime routine, you can turn off that last episode of game of thrones, pickup Jodi Piccoult's latest and snuggle under the covers with ease because you know that really, it's wayyy more important to sleep than see another lesbian scene in GOT.

If you always take your vitamins, you can rest assured that your body is getting the right proportion of vitamins and minerals it needs.

And the benefits of my healthy habits? I mean, sure I could google it and give you the science behind it, but here's what I notice on a daily basis.

With my healthy habits, I'm lighter on my feet, I'm more patient, my stress level isn't crashing off the charts at sky high levels and I feel amazing about myself by 9am all due to working out, eating well, taking my vitamins and getting a good night's sleep.

It's not rocket science ya know.

Now you tell me - what's one healthy habit you can do to take better care of yourself? Head on over to my Facebook Community and share.

Thanks as always for reading.

xx Johanna