I have to admit, I used to live for lazy Sundays. I would watch movies in my pjs all day and not do a single productive thing. It all seemed lovely until . . . Monday arrived and I was totally unprepared for the week. Not to mention, Mondays are hard enough to tackle as is, but when they follow a lazy Sunday, they are even more difficult to endure. It was time for me to make a change to my Sunday routines and I’m beyond glad I did. If you are interested in setting yourself up for a successful week, follow my routine and adjust it to fit your schedule and needs and I believe your week will go very smoothly.
WAKE UP EARLY
I know, I know . . . lazy Sundays are for sleeping in, right? Wrong! It is absolutely important to get enough sleep, but don’t overdo it. Set your alarm for 7 or 8 AM (make sure to choose a soothing alarm ring to ease you out of your deep beauty sleep).
I take a few minutes in the morning to deep breathe and stretch. This could be done in bed or you could even grab a yoga mat and really stretch it out. This helps my body and mind wake up before I start my day.
COFFEE & FRUIT
There’s something about brewing a steaming cup of coffee that really starts my day off right. I love adding my favorite creamer and a few packets of Stevia for the perfect taste. I will also eat a small piece of fruit, i.e. a banana or clementine to have something in my stomach before I hit the gym.
While sipping my coffee and munching on fruit, I will flip through my planner to see what I have scheduled for the following week. I will make any additions or changes that are needed.
MEALS & GROCERY LIST
I plan out my healthy meals for the week so I know exactly what to write on my grocery list. There will be more posts to come on what exactly I eat for healthy meals throughout the week and how I prep them.
Sunday is run day at the gym, so I hop on the treadmill and run about three miles. If you don’t have a gym membership, you could always go for a run outside or do an at home workout.
I take my grocery list into my local Hannaford which is conveniently close to the gym. My sweaty and disheveled appearance motivates me to get in and out of there as quickly as possible.
When I get home, and after I put away my groceries, I will take a hot shower. When I get out, I suggest doing something to make yourself feel fresh and rejuvenated for the week ahead. For me this usually includes a hair mask and face mask, but you could paint your nails or wax your brows as well.
While my face and hair masks are setting, I usually take an hour or so to throw together some easy snacks for the week. I will cut up veggies and place them in bags, throw together some home made trail mix, and sometimes whip up a batch of protein muffins that are easy to grab when I’m on the go.
Once I’ve accomplished all my goals for the day, I take the rest of the day to relax. I suggest writing down your goals for the week, writing an entry in your journal, or reading your favorite book or magazine. I also use this time for writing blog posts and reading some of my favorite blogs.
Before I go to bed, I will set out my outfit for the next day and either pack my gym bag or backpack to ensure the next morning goes smoothly. Try to go to bed somewhat early so when your alarm goes off bright and early Monday morning, you are ready to conquer the week.
What do you do on Sundays?
xo, simply jess