I wasn’t always a morning person. In fact, my mom loves telling people how hard it was to get me out of bed in the mornings in elementary school (while my darling sister was a ray of sunshine). But in high school, I started waking up early to go to the gym, and now I feel totally off when I don’t start my day with a good workout. (I’ll admit it took a good few weeks to get my mind and body trained—it’s all about consistency.)
Most people think I’m crazy for voluntarily getting up at the crack of dawn—and I guess I am—but I’ve realized just how important it is to have a solid morning routine, so to me, it’s worth it. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of the day, but it can improve your health and overall well-being. If you don't believe me, just ask 32-year-old health and fitness blogger Britney Vest, who started on a health journey eight years ago.
She admits that at first, it was for revenge after her then-boyfriend told her she was fat and needed to lose weight. (She obviously broke up with him immediately.) Joke’s on him, though, because not only has she lost 80+ pounds, but she has also found that seeing her body transform was motivation in itself, and creating a morning routine has been super important to maintaining her healthy lifestyle.
Totally impressed by Vest, we asked her to take over our Instagram account last week as part of our #IAMAMORNINGPERSON series to get an exclusive peek into what she actually does to kick-start her day. Yes, EVOLUTION_18 collagen is involved (the line comes from Bobbi Brown and consists of 10 supplements that are exclusively available at Walmart) as well as a morning sweat sesh. Here’s everything else she does before getting her day started…
Depending on the day, Vest gets up between 7 and 8 a.m. every day (that includes weekends!), and she doesn’t hit the snooze button. It’s really easy to let your sleepiness get the best of you, but it’s so important to hop out of bed and get your day going. “It’s not about doing a complete 180; it’s about making changes that you can see yourself doing every single day,” explains Vest. One way to kick your snoozing habit is to set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than your actual wake-up time; your body will start adjusting and eventually be able to get up at your intended time.
“Over the years, my morning routine has evolved and changed as I have, but right now it’s exactly what I need to feel my best and to be my most productive, healthy self,” explains Vest. The first thing she does as soon as she’s out of bed is hydrate her body. “I always drink an entire bottle of water before I have my coffee, and then I hydrate my skin with my morning products,” she adds.
After changing into a cute yoga set (she always keeps one ready to go in the bathroom so she can quickly change), Vest makes her go-to creamy cashew collagen coffee using EVOLUTION_18 Beauty Collagen Powder from Walmart. In a blender, add a scoop of the powder, 14 ounces of brewed coffee, eight to 10 raw unsalted organic cashews, an organic date, and one tablespoon of coconut butter. “This is my coffee and breakfast. The collagen provides protein, the cashews and the coconut butter have healthy fats, and the combination really keeps me full until lunch,” says Vest. “And it’s seriously creamy and delicious!”
“To me, wellness is about actively pursuing a lifestyle that incorporates movement, balance, mindfulness, love for yourself, the world, and others,” she explains. So it makes sense that her workout of choice is yoga, but she only gets moving after her breakfast digests. On days when she wants an extra pick-me-up, she’ll pack an EVOLUTION_18 Collagen Shot to take because they’re easy to drink on the go.