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19 Nov, 2010

Know More Do More: two minutes for me

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Know More Do More|Misc. life

Two KMDM posts in one week! Welcome to Crazytown!

I made up my own tip this week. It’s just about me. Even though I know that the activities are supposed to be family-oriented I am giving the family a short break and focusing on where it really counts: on mom.

If I’m not happy, no one is happy. If I’m tired or sick stuff doesn’t get done and we all suffer for it. That’s why this KMDM update is about some tiny habits I’m trying to start for myself that will build me up; make me happier, stronger and healthier, and give me what I need to Be A Good Parent.

And it all happens in the morning. In two minutes. Want to try it with me?

Here’s my tip:

Take two minutes for yourself and Do Those Things You Know You Need To Do before you start your day.

Awhile ago I was talking to someone about vitamin D and how important it is. I know I need to take it every day, but I don’t. Why can’t I remember?

So I affixed a post-it note on the inside of the medicine cabinet to remind me. I never miss it, no matter how tired and bleary I’m feeling. That note provides the reminder I need, so I got to thinking, why not add a few other things I should be doing too? So now I:

  • Take my vitamin D (it’s good for me!) and wash it down with…
  • … a full glass of water (it’s good for me!)
  • apply sunscreen/moisturize (it’s good for my skin!)
  • take deeeeeep breaths (it’s good for me!)
  • stretch (half a sun-salutation a.k.a reaching high for the sky while breathing – it’s good for me too!)

This really only takes a minute or two at the very most. And it feels great. I am also trying to:

  • brush my teeth as soon as I wake up

I would like to clarify that I never forget to brush my teeth, but I’m trying to do it as soon as I get up now because I found it annoying to remember later and rush back up the stairs. So to summarize: I’m now also giving myself mini facial massages (smearing moisturizer on my forehead while I take deep breaths is so relaxing for some reason) and doing yoga moves in the bathroom.

I have been doing this for a few days and I’m really loving it. I am now adding:

  • a set of 12 squats

… because I’ve been to see Sarah Zahab and it’s part of a fitness regimen that I’m supposed to be doing and not actually doing very much of AT ALL. Gah. But if I’m taking my vitamins can’t I do 12 freakin’ squats? I MUST.

This post is part of the Know More Do More initiative which was spearheaded by the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network. KMDM is about empowering parents and inspiring them to take charge of their children’s health by taking easy steps to increase activity levels and improve eating habits. I’m one of two champion families who has been asked to take this challenge. You can join too. Check out the official website for more information. If you’re blogging about your participation, please let me know so we can cheer each other on! You can read all of my past weekly challenges here.


3 Responses to "Know More Do More: two minutes for me"

1 | Ginger

November 19th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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What a great idea! I need to take my fish oil every day and I always forget. I should make a routine for first thing in the morning…

2 | Mark

November 19th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

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Huh. So that’s what you’re doing while I’m in the shower in the morning. I was wondering why you were standing around in the bathroom for so long.

3 | Binki

November 19th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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I do the same when it comes to Vitamin D (part of my morning shower routine). I don’t do squats though. Are you doing those with or without barbells across your shoulders?

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