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Stay Motiviated with a Healthy Daily Routine

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Simplify your life, increase productivity and support your desire to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life with a healthy daily routine.

Our coaching approach in the Keto Collective goes way beyond a ketogenic diet. We look at all aspects of a well-rounded life. Diet is an important tool to leverage and is heavily influential in the way we feel, function and perceive the world. Stress management, light exposure, and daily movement are other aspects we address as well.

For myself and many clients, planning out an “ideal day” helps to visually solidify goals, reinforce new habits, facilitate a work-family relationship and guide us to realistic accomplishments.

How to set your own healthy daily routine | Primal Edge Health

 

Set Strategy for a Healthy Daily Routine

At the end of each month, spend one night reflecting on all that happened and write out a plan for the coming 4 weeks. Set goals for the month, detail your most important projects, meal plan, and brain storm homeschool related outings and activities (as needed).

Check out the free printable planners from Shining Mom, these are the ones I use.

If you are like me and tend to go full force into something with unrealistic expectations and struggle to shake feeling of failure when projects don’t happen you think they should, take a breath.

I have a suggestion.

Break the Day Down into Sections

Organize your daily flow in a way that you can work on all your tasks a little bit each day. As a stay-at-home, homeschooling, homesteading momtrepreneur everyday is bursting with fun, important and more often than not, challenging tasks to accomplish.

My main goals usually fall within these categories:

  • Personal health and fitness
  • Family time
  • Domestic duties (aka housekeeping)
  • Homeschooling
  • Animal and Garden care
  • Primal Edge Health related Work (website development, writing and editing, general computer time)

Having a list of what to do and when to do it, helps me approach this splatter of responsibilities with a calm focused mind. I can find a stopping place in one category and move on to the next, even though the work in each specific area is never truly done.

Who’s every seen the end to laundry, dishes, and emails?

The world’s goin crazy, no need to go with it

#EatMeatMakeFamilies

What My Healthy Daily Routine Looks Like

Morning

Afternoon

  • Piano practice for our daughter and myself
  • Lunch
  • Homeschooling time (I do body-weight and kettle bell exercises in between explaining activity directions)
    • reading and math lessons
    • workbook activities and printables
    • sensory play, art and craft projects, process art
  • Nap time for the littlest Haggard, quiet solo play for the oldest
  • Computer time #2
    • Creative time for me, writing posts and putting together cookbooks
  • Return to the rebounder for a second session of light-impact movement
  • Sweep through the house, children pick up floor and I clean
  • Dinner, optional
    • I usually just eat twice a day. If Tristan didn’t eat earlier, I’ll make grass-fed beef T-bone or top sirloin steaks
    • Children eat steaks. They usually have their higher carb foods like raw milk, raw honey, fruit smoothies, or plantains fried in tallow earlier in the day. We don’t restrict or intentionally time their carb intake.
  • Free play for children and last email check in for me (I use IRIS app to minimize harmful blue light and flicker rate from the computer screen)
  • Bedtime for children
  • Tristan and I relax together, share thebesthomemassagetooleverrrr and listen to podcasts or audiobooks
  • Around 9:30pm, I’m usually heading to bed to read a few pages of a book by red salt lamp light before falling to sleep

How to Stay Motivated For Change

Obviously there will be some variation in my days, but this essential structure helps me maintain a good lifestyle flow that shares focused time between family, work, and personal responsibilities and goals. I feel good when I’m “doing it all”. The difference between a “planned” or structured day versus a “free” day is similar to treading water in a wide open lake where I can see in all directions verses swimming upstream in a strong river with water crashing over and around me. Yikes, I get stressed just thinking about that.

The plan and simple truth is even a little structure like consistent exercise/movement in the morning and prayer/reflection time at night helps me tremendously.

Action builds momentum. Momentum builds over time.

Take these two principles to heart and you can make huge changes in your life. Feeling more productive, getting more done and minimizing stress in your life will be encouraging factors for you to keep going! Paving the way for new habits takes time, repetition and intention but it is so worth it once you reach your goals!

No change is too silly or too small. If it matters to you, write it down. Forgive yourself that you still slip up and make mistakes even when deep down in your heart you know better. Be humbled by your human weakness. Make a plan of action to remedy the situation you want to correct – what is a realistic alternative for you? You know what you don’t want to do… but what is it you do want to do?

Take Your First Step

There’s nothing wrong with baby steps! If you’re new to this whole “healthy” living thing, it can seem overwhelming, shocking and to be honest – quite frightening. But that is just a momentary perspective. It’s as though you just uprooted your family and life surroundings and moved to Healthy Town, USA. I can relate – Tristan and I moved there shortly before making the big leap to relocate in Ecuador, South America. From one day to the next, everything is different. What do you eat? What do you drink? Are your candles toxic? What’s a healthy DIY skin care alternative to store bought chemical blends?

Relllaaaax. Pick your top three things you want to change in your life. Say it’s taking a walk in the morning before work, drinking more water between meals, and having quality time with your family. Figure out realistic ways what work with your lifestyle and budget and begin! You must start somewhere and refine your approach as you go. The key is to just keep going.

If you “fall off the wagon”, take a wrong turn and get distracted, that’s ok too. Learn from your mistakes and get back at it! Your life is a special gift given just to you! It’s wonderful and amazing, precious and fleeting. What you do with it is your responsibility.

What does your daily routine look like? What are some real life examples of habits and patterns you want to change and improve upon? How can you implement these changes in your life?

4 Responses

  1. Emma Neller
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    Hi Jess

    Thanks for the routine advice. I’m not great at writing goals down. It’s something I’m getting into my head and visualising before I put it into practice. Goal writing keeps showing up so I know it’s something I need to start doing for my life to change.

    At the moment I’m working on why I have the blocks to get started. I’m having NLP to help me.

    I did the keto woe for 8 months and then I lost it and I’m back to eating high carbs again. Unfortunately I work a lot of hours and my free time is usually spent recovering or seeing family. My working hours are regular so I can plan stuff in around it. I have been someone who goes with the flow and what will be will be. Today I took myself, my granddaughter and the dog over the park in the rain. We played on the wooden apparatus, did a bit of yoga and quick meditation and hugged some trees. This was not planned. I do realise that I have to put goals in place. I have goals which I need to be more clear on.

    Thanks for your time. I found it useful to write it all down.

    Many thanks

    Emma Neller

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Lovey Emma! Putting the pen to paper can really help solidify your intention and help get. it. done. Keep at it, otherwise…. get back to it 😉

  2. Anna Arguello
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    I love it! I just fell in love with you Jessica!!! I love this message and how honest you are about the process taking time, effort, and making mistakes. We need to spread this message, I am upgrading to some new changes for the whole family, like natural lighting at night, more play time with the kids, and better snack options for the kids also….I think I’m ready for the next level parenting/teaching and I can’t wait to slowly implement positive changes. I also realized that you and I live parallel lives in so many ways, it is so refreshing seeing that…I don’t have many surrounding me that live like us and sometimes it can feel like we are doing it alone. I’m so grateful to see how you all live, it reminds me that I’m not alone. Thank you gurrrrl!!!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Likewise Anna 😉 Life is such a blessing – it’s a shame to let the experience of awe and wonder get clogged up with stress and worry. We’ve all been giving a gift to be here. I think the secret is in being in the world but not of it 😉 We fine tune our approach always, but can’t attach too much to any one (physical) thing. Especially as the woman of the home, we have important roles to guide, nurture and protect! What responsibility! Hurray!

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