Cece Aiello

Cece Aiello

Kenzai Mind | Day 17 (Member)
Trainer

Reboot Week 4 Challenge: My Morning Routine

  • Feb 4th, 2016 at 7:47AM

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Sleep is wonderful and restorative in all sorts of ways. I am especially lucky because I am especially a good sleeper. Dead, lights out, heavy as a log. And every morning I wake to the sounds of birds chirping. Real birds, not an alarm trying to sound like birds. Bathed in the gentle light of the morning sun and cozy under my flannel sheets and layers of comforters, I get to come out of sleep slowly and luxuriously. It's unreal to me how good I have it.

I have this amazing opportunity to start the day feeling refreshed and blissful each and every day.

But I don't!

I squander the feelings of peace and dream state insights by immediately reaching for my phone. My stupid giant phone. Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SMS and yes- even Kenzai messages fill my head with a list of short term reactive tasks. Control of my day, gone before I even climb out of bed.

So my Week 4 challenge is a reboot of my morning routine. And to put some skin in the game, I will donate $200 to my least favorite candidate's presidential campaign if I miss a single entry in the next 45 days. A lot is riding on this US election but I am serious about sticking to this habit so yep, doing it. For America, I will emerge victorious.

 
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20 comments

Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Member
almost 4 years ago

Crikey that is some incentive Cecilia! Heck, even I'm routing for you! (Assuming you don't have total wacko political leanings!). See though, you'd be perfect on Mars! (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/12120303/Why-early-risers-could-be-banned-from-travelling-to-Mars.html)


    Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Member
    almost 4 years ago

    Ps this is so admirable. I too reach for my phone or iPad first thing. It can leave me feeling stressed before breakfast. Not a great start! I might just need to follow your lead on this....


      Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Member
      Traineralmost 4 years ago

      I like it. I need to do something like this myself!


        Kate H.Kate H.Kenzai Member
        almost 4 years ago

        Great new personal rule!!!!


          George B.George B.Kenzai Body 2 | Day 73 (Member)
          almost 4 years ago

          True am hooked to my phone, I find myself ingnoring my kids sometimes. It's awfull. Here is always a good reason to look at it. Just out of interest who is you least favourite candidate?


            Tara A.Tara A.Alumni
            almost 4 years ago

            Wow, awesome! This is a great challenge.


              Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
              Head Traineralmost 4 years ago

              Lovely longhand. And a nice goal.


                Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 17 (Member)
                Traineralmost 4 years ago

                @everyone, let's all do it!! no checking email until we've centered ourselves and set our intentions for the day.

                @Jane... Please write all of my excuse notes to Thomas from now on for missing the 6 am meetings! I'm training for Mars!!

                @George: 1 syllable, half rhymes with DUMP.


                  Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Run | Day 45 (Member)
                  Traineralmost 4 years ago

                  Guilty as charged. I need this too. The modern day addiction. I was having this very conversation yesterday with a good friend who was concerned about her husband's career prospects because he refuses to ever check his phone once he's out of the office door. I said he deserves a bonus.


                    Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
                    Assistant Traineralmost 4 years ago

                    Oh gosh me too - who you backing ?


                      David M.David M.Kenzai Run | Day 45 (Member)
                      almost 4 years ago

                      Wow - 2 comments.
                      1. The punishment so outweighs the crime!
                      2. How do you possibly narrow it down to only one "least favorite candidate?" - there are so many people vying for this honor!!!


                        Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Reboot | Day 17 (Member)
                        almost 4 years ago

                        What a great reflection and loving your challenge! Keep us posted!


                          Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 17 (Member)
                          Traineralmost 4 years ago

                          @Sharm-Au-Lait, tell your friend not to be so short sighted, he's playing for the long game win! Smart dude.

                          @Sara.... we'll see who my party ends up nominating!

                          @David, Not giving money to anyone in that party is a great motivator!

                          @Yvonne, I hope to share that I went shopping and contributed to the local economy on 3/19 rather than contributed to a political campaign!


                            Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
                            almost 4 years ago

                            For the sake of the country, I really hope you meet this challenge! Sounds like great sleep/waking up...very envious!


                              Liz B.Liz B.Kenzai Member
                              almost 4 years ago

                              Love it! Lots of good research on making lasting change by putting money on something you hate. I should consider that for my sugar problem.
                              I leave my phone in the kitchen at night so it's no where near me in bed. It helps to keep some distance from it.
                              Good luck and let may the worst candidate lose!


                                Jessica B.Jessica B.Alumni
                                almost 4 years ago

                                What kind of journaling are you doing?


                                  Kim BensonKim BensonKenzai Sculpt | Day 37 (Member)
                                  Traineralmost 4 years ago

                                  Love the sentiment and penalty.


                                    Jean Y.Jean Y.Alumni
                                    over 3 years ago

                                    cecilia! this is so great! so - how did it go? do you feel more centered? are you still going strong?


                                      Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Mind | Day 17 (Member)
                                      Trainerover 3 years ago

                                      So good to hear from you Jean!

                                      This train won't be stopping at the Drumptf station, no siree! Hope you've been keeping active and getting back with yoga. We're here for ya when you're ready to tear down another round of training!


                                        Jean Y.Jean Y.Alumni
                                        over 3 years ago

                                        Cecilia - the world outside of Kenzai structure is scary. But, its forcing me to create my own structure. I'll be back for KB2 in a flash!


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