12 Responses to “The Magic of Routine and Repetition”


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  1. I loved the interview! It was inspiring, informative, and practical for my readers. Great post on how to create a morning routine, especially the advice to make it flexible and personal. Far too often we tend to give up when after missing a day and forget that we can “just get back to it.” It’s never too late to begin again, step out and keep going. Thanks Courtney!

  2. I love routines. There are way fewer things to put on my to-do list and keep track of, since I just do so many things automatically as part of my routine.

  3. Sarah

    I love the sound of your Eat to Live challenge. How do you go with the time needed for preparing all the vegetables? Do you use a food processor.?

    • JulieB/Julie Spahn

      I am also very curious about that. I don’t have a food scale, so I really have no idea how much 1# of raw vegetables and 1# of cooked vegetables looks like.
      I do love routines though. They are actually very liberating.

  4. Wow! Congratulations on the weight loss! Very inspiring…
    It is true that building a routine removes the need for too much thinking, leading to doubt, often in turn leading to giving up… I do the same for my swimming routine, for instance. I get my bag ready the day before, so that in the morning, I just grab it, and head for the pool, without having to think too much about it…

  5. Wonderful! I agree, more than totally. Routine is at the core of feeling a sense of stability. Thanks for your time in sharing this!

  6. One of the best feelings in the world is when you unconsciously start doing a new habit — catch yourself — and then realize it’s become the new normal. Drinking water as soon as I wake up is a big one. Thanks for posting.

  7. I’m glad that you mentioned about not making your day an entire routine. Because life happens and you won’t be able to keep a full day of routines all of the time.

    I started marathon training and I wrote out my weekly exercise for the next 16 weeks. It’s a good routine for me. Although, I know that I might have to move around days. I have two rows…one for what I’m supposed to do and one for what actually happens.

  8. Kyoko

    I’m glad that I could read this today!
    I purchased your micro-course the other day and today was Day 2 after spending 3 days for Day 1(I just couldn’t get out of bed earlier…). I walked 5 minutes outside as my first activity and felt so nice.
    I have a 4 year-old girl and a day job, and haven’t had nourishing time just for myself for a long time.
    My goal first is to experience “habit-making” itself since routines and repetitions are not my things.
    I am enjoying your course! Thanks! I will let you know how this routine-making ends up.
    From your reader in Japan!

  9. Natalie

    I’m curious, do you do yoga at home on your own or in a class? I prefer to be in a group setting, but the weather has been so horrid here lately, I’m looking for a nice yoga app I can do on my own at home…didn’t know if you had any apps you could recommend? Thanks!

  10. Routine help me keep my sanity when so much of life (especially with a special needs teenager) can be unpredictable. It can also be my “frenemy” – I stick too close to it and it drives me a little bonkers when something disturbs that harmony.

  11. susie

    Hi Courtney just a quick question, does your husband follow your same eating plan or are you cooking for two? How has your way of living affected your MS?. Has your daughter moved to Australia yet?
    Love Susie
    Perth WA

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