Is there anything Michelle Obama can’t do? She’s the former First Lady who made a reputation for herself and changed the game. She showed us that you don’t have to just be a ‘good wife’ in positions of power, you can speak up, you can act and create the change you want to see. Michelle pushes herself constantly and lets her voice be heard. She’s a big believer in healthy eating, working out, pushing yourself and just doing your best.
Her book, ‘Becoming’ is a representative of the way she lives her life, openly and authentically. She makes no apologies and shares the honest story of how she got to where she is, the sacrifices they made as a family for Barack’s success, the struggles she encountered along the way and the revelations that none of the most powerful people in the world are super smart, none of them have a special quality that nobody else possesses, and nothing should ever be intimidating. Michelle’s determination and dedication is what we all need sometimes whether you’re showing up to a tough workout class, accepting an award or just walking into a performance review. So, we thought we’d examine Michelle’s average day in the Getting Stuff Done planner to see if there’s a secret to her success.
We filled in the Getting Stuff Done planner according to Michelle Obama’s daily plan and were shocked at how much she manages to fit into her average day. She proves that there’s a huge benefit to getting up at 4:30 in the morning to work out and that if you really want to ace your day, you need to make the most of every single hour. If you’re ready to open up your planner and schedule your day like Michelle, have a look below for the in-depth version of her daily plan and start living your life like a former First Lady.
WAKE UP FOR A WORKOUT
Michelle let her fitness slide when the girls were younger, contrary to what you see now, she wasn’t always the super fit woman we all know. She’s just like everybody else, so partial to needing a kick of motivation to get to where she is. “I started getting up at 4:30 in the morning and going to the gym. With exercising, the more you do it, the more you get into it. And the more you see results, the more you’re pushing for the next level. That’s when it just clicked for me.”
It’s tough sometimes to discipline yourself into getting up early, pushing yourself to work out harder and sticking to a healthy regime, but Michelle hits the nail on the head. It becomes addictive when you see results and test yourself. After a grueling workout, Michelle will have a filling and balanced breakfast like scrambled egg, turkey sausage and fresh grapefruit.
“Choosing a healthy diet isn’t about deprivation, it’s about balance. It’s about moderation. Like I tell my kids, as long as you eat fruits and vegetables at every meal, you’ll be okay if you have pizza or ice cream every once in a while. The problem is when the treats become the habits.”
This is really where planning your day comes into play. Michelle’s day to day is so varied, she can be on book signing tours, speaking at events, or giving appearances. She needs to stay completely on track if she wants to stay energetic and positive throughout the day. Of course, she has a calendar and a team who help organize her life. But she also has to plan well ahead to know what she’s doing, wearing, and eating. It requires inhuman levels of organization, from the car that picks her up to the lunch prepared wherever she is.
For lunch, Michelle usually prepares something like turkey chili and takes it with her on the go. She can be found having meetings with youth groups, promoting her book, at speaking engagements, and opening events throughout the day. And even filming for late night shows and segments, so she really needs to stay on the ball. You can plan and track everything from your self-care, appointments, daily plan and meal prep with the Getting Stuff Done planner, which might be a good idea if you want to start getting up at 4:30 and living like Michelle.
Family is super important to Michelle and Barack, and fitting in some time to get the whole crazy crew together is important. Whether it’s a shared meal or time to do a family activity, it’s important to schedule that in. Not only will it boost your mood, but it’ll also help you unwind after a super busy day. As she said at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, “My most important title is “mom-in-chief”. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the centre of my world.”
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
Whether it’s an award ceremony or dinner with friends, Michelle is a big believer in alone time. In loving and nurturing yourself and taking care of yourself. She has a skincare routine that skin guru Jennifer Brodeur says really works, “Usually before a speaking engagement, I love to give her a collagen-based vitamin C facial. I use a gel-based collagen in which I’ll infuse vitamin C and then I’ll use oxygen to make sure the skin absorbs as much as possible. And then I always incorporate our LED device, which is called Max. Often I’ll use the yellow light [setting], and it really helps with that glow of the skin.
“The one thing I always make sure we have on hand is withinUs — it’s a collagen supplement that’s vital for flying. It has great electrolytes and hydrates from within. I always recommend to fly without makeup on; even if the planes are private planes, there’s environmental pollution that clogs up the skin. And then our favorite go-to is the Peoni L’extrait oil. It’s an anti-inflammatory and makes sure the skin stays very hydrated. She can even use it on her cuticles.” She told Well + Good. Taking care of yourself no matter where you’re jet-setting too is super important.
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