Why Having a Daily Routine is Important

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Whether you’re a working professional, full time stay at home mom or dad, retired, or whatever you do, a daily routine is important for everyone.

I declared that I was going to lead a healthier life by starting a routine that fits and works within and around my schedule. Because a routine makes us more efficient, it creates structure, creates healthy habits, and saves money!

A day in the life of me is nothing spectacular, but what I’ve learned over the past few years is having a daily routine has made my life a whole lot easier and a whole lot healthier. See, I commute 120 miles per day, 5 days per week. Windshield time can be 3+ hours per day depending on traffic. I’m sedentary a majority of my day; sitting at my computer, fighting traffic, both of which are not good for my health. What’s been great about creating a routine is that I’ve created new habits, like really healthy habits!

Here is my Monday- Friday routine. Each day can vary a little, and if it does don’t sweat it. Life is life, and you can work your life around your routine. So, without further ado, here we go!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

5:45am – Wake Up

  • Of course I hit snooze, haha (Either I fall back asleep or my eyes are wide open thinking about all the things I need to get done today)

  • Let the dog out, feed the dog

  • Always, Always make myself a large glass of ice water, fresh squeezed lime and pink Himalayan salt. Here’s why I drink this.

6:00am  – Get Ready for Work

  • TIP: I always lay out my work clothes and gym clothes the night before. This makes early mornings go way smoother, and helps to eliminate that rushed feeling of trying to find the clothes you want to wear.

7:00am – Breakfast

  • The most important meal of the day! Seriously, I never, ever skip breakfast. I would skip breakfast in the past because I was in a rush, and that feeling of rushing around to try to get to work on time, and then getting to work and being inundated with work stuff, I just didn’t find the time to eat breakfast. I didn’t feel good, I was crabby, I was hangry. It just wasn’t a good situation to be in. So now I eat breakfast and I feel so much better!

  • My typical breakfast; meal replacement shake from Isagenix, or poached eggs with a green salad, or grain free granola with protein almond milk (I mix powdered protein and almond milk together and pour over my granola)

  • Check email, Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes I will post a workout on my Instagram and or Facebook.

  • Grab my food for the day. I always, always meal prep on Sunday. Saves me so much time and $$$$.

    • RX Bar, Rice Cake (with peanut butter or almond butter), 1 small green apple, ½ cup of berries (blueberries or strawberries), ½ cup veggies (cucumbers, carrots, broccoli), lunch (that I meal prep) and 1 scoop of protein powder.

8:00am – Off to Work

9:00am – Grab a cup of coffee at work

1:30pm – Workout

  • I am an advocate for exercise. I do 30 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on Monday and Wednesday. On Friday I toss a coin on working out or not,,, it mostly depends on how I feel from the last four days of workouts. If you’re looking for quick and efficient exercises to fit into your daily routine, check out my HIIT Workouts on my Instagram page.

2:30pm – Post Workout Protein Shake (1 scoop of protein powder mixed with ice and water)

3:00pm – Lunch

7:00pm-ish -  I’m HOME!

7:30pm – Eat dinner (I’m super spoiled because my husband always has dinner ready and waiting). Although Friday is always Take Out!

8:00pm – Clean up

  • Check email, IG and FB. Sometimes I will post a workout on my IG and or FB.

  • Come up with new content to post and share. Create new videos for YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

9:00pm – Walk the dog. She even has her own IG page! Check it out @thelifeofbela

9:30pm – Stretch, watch a little TV namely HGTV, drink my BCAAs or Tea

10:00pm – Bed

Tuesday, Thursday

3:50am – Wake Up

  •  Waking up this early is tough! Let me tell you! But this is the only way I can get in a workout. I know what it feels like when I don’t work out because I was too busy during the day to get a workout in and I don’t want to workout in the evening because I just want to get home after a long day of work.  So, I wake up and get it done. Here’s the thing though,,,, I have to go to bed at a reasonable time the night before. No staying up late when you need to wake up early.

  • Let the dog out, feed the dog

4:30am – Early Gym Workout

  • I always take a pre-workout supplement and a small handful of oats (oats are a carb and used for energy, and I don’t like working out on an empty stomach).

  • I always, always drink 17oz of water when I’m at the gym. I take my water bottle with me.

  • My husband and I are at the gym for about an hour or so. We both do the same resistance training workouts. Check out my workouts on my Facebook Page!

6:00am  – Get Ready for Work

  • Post Workout Protein Shake (1 scoop of protein powder mixed with ice and water)

  • I always lay out my clothes the night before.

7:00am – Breakfast

  • I never skip breakfast!

  • I use my morning time to check email, Instagram and Facebook. I write in my journal about my intentions for the day, week, month. I write content that I want to share with my Facebook Group that signed up for my Program.

  • Here’s the Program that I teach.

  • Grab my food for the day. Meal Prep is KEY!

8:00am – Off to Work

9:00am – Grab a cup of coffee at work

1:30pm – Lunch

  • I spend my lunch hour working on my videos, content and other business related things.

3:00pm – Lunch

7:00pm-ish … I’m HOME!

7:30pm – Eat dinner

8:00pm – Clean up

  • Check email, Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes I will post a workout or write a blog post.

  • Come up with new content to post and share. Create new videos for YouTube, IG and Facebook

9:00pm – Walk the dog

9:30pm  – Stretch, watch some TV, drink my BCAAs or Tea

10:30pm – Bed

And there you have it! Like I said before, my weekdays are nothing spectacular, but having this daily routine has made me so much more efficient with my time and also much healthier. It took time to get this routine down, and to make it feel more like a habit rather then something I ‘have to do’ or constantly think about. Over time, I added in things here and there, and eliminated what didn’t work for me.

I know what it’s like to want to change everything overnight and craft your perfect ‘dream routine’, but it’s important to take things step by step. Maybe at first you just want to add walking around your neighborhood in the morning to get some steps in. Do this consistently for 21 days (it takes 21 days to form a habit), and then add in another healthy habit to your daily routine after this. Life is full of curve balls, and if your routine gets knocked off track, that’s okay! Like I always say, consistency leads to progress, not perfection. Are there any healthy habits that you’ve been incorporating into your daily routine lately? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!

xoxo,

Deanna

www.deannamercurio.com

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After A Weekend of Holiday Eating

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Hey!

It's the Fourth of July weekend, and everyone is with family and friends, hanging at the lake or the beach. You're headed to a BBQ with lots of drinks, and LOTS of FOOD! So, how do you get back on track after a day OR weekend of bad eating?

SIMPLE.

Move on and don't stress about it. The more you dwell, the worse you will feel. Unless you're competing in a bikini or body building challenge, then don't worry about what you eat or drink. Of course, I would say everything in moderation... ;)

Here's the thing. We are not defined by numbers; how many glasses of wine did I have? How many beers did I drink? How many pieces of pie did I eat? Oh, goodness, I must have gained 10 pounds!

STOP.

You are not defined by a number. You are defined by how you feel inside and out. Don't let a day or two of "bad eating" define who you are.

I'm here to spread the word that you can have everything you want... health, happiness, balance and flexibility. I'm here to show you that you can have flexibility and grace in your nutrition without sacrificing the foods and drinks you want.

AFTER A HOLIDAY DO THIS.

1. Get in a workout. I have plenty of them for you on my Instagram @fitlifedee and Facebook @fitlifedee pages. I'll be adding workouts to my Youtube channel too. deannamercurio

2. Focus on a lower carb day. Here's a sample of my lower carb menu:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, 1/2 avocado and an arugula salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and a few walnuts - toss with a drizzle of olive oil and salt & pepper for taste.

Lunch: Chicken salad. Using lots of veggies like; butter lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, green onions and peppers. Toss with a drizzle olive oil, almonds and salt & pepper for taste.

Dinner: Turkey burger and stir fried veggies.

Snacks: Rice cake with almond butter, a cup of berries (strawberries, blueberries) and a protein shake post workout mixed with water or almond milk.

LEARN.

  • Flexibility and grace in your nutrition... not letting food rule you.

  • Working out for your health.... not spending hours in the gym.

  • Having balance in your life... not live to workout, but workout to live.

I believe in consistency, because consistency leads to progress not perfection. NO FOOD IS OFF LIMITS. Which is why I'm an advocate for exercise... one workout at a time.

I'm here to help you. I'm connected on several platforms (IG, FB, Email, Youtube) and I personally answer all my messages. There shouldn't be shame in reaching out for help, there shouldn't be guilt either. This is why I do what I do, to empower you one workout at a time, to empower you to reach your personal goals (who knows, your personal goals just may help you reach your professional goals). Believe in yourself. Take Action and Make It Happen.

xoxo,

Deanna

www.deannamercurio.com

IG: @fitlifedee

FB: @fitlifedee

YT: deannamercurio

Pinterest: deannamercurio

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