Being healthy has become a huge personal goal for me.
I’m going to walk you guys through the changes I’ve made and their impact on my life. I’ve always been a “night owl” for as long as I can remember. I’d get up at 9 or 10am and stay up till 2am. After years of this I started to get worse. I’d get up at 11am and stay up till 3 or 3:30. My business partners actually had a running joke that they’d reach out to me around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.
I was reading another blog from a businessman who got stuck and a buddy told him to start running. He found increased clarity, motivation, and ultimately turned his business around. I started to wonder if getting healthy was something I should work on.
I’ve been doing business coaching with a friend now for about 2 months. My coach and I talked about routines and how your body is most focused in the morning hours. We talked about my current routine (lack thereof) and I decided to try and “flip” my schedule.
The first morning my alarm went off at 5:45 am I thought I was gonna die. I rolled out of bed. Sat on the floor and tried to decide if I really wanted to do this or not. Did I want to be healthy? Did I value sleep or my happiness more? After some back/forth I decided to get up and give this a shot. I took the dog for a 15-minute walk, drank my coffee, and got ready to start my day. At about 8am I felt so energetic I was almost jittery. I dove into my day and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment knowing that I’d actually gotten work done while most people I know were still sleeping.
A week later:
I’m taking the dog on much longer walks with an occasional jog. I’d started weight lifting again, my mood had improved dramatically, and I was feeling healthy.
I ran 1.75 miles without stopping. I couldn’t run a mile, let alone get out of bed before 11am two weeks ago. Yesterday I was able to do two bicep pull ups . I couldn’t even do one two weeks ago. I’m eating better, feeling great, my businesses have noticeably improved, and I’m committed to progress. I find myself actually happy more often than not.
Scientists now say that it takes 66 days to build a habit. (Man, I preferred 27!) I’m going to keep going strong and you guys should join me on the journey.