Back to School & New Routines

Goodness gracious me oh my, darling daughter started 4th grade yesterday! How on Earth did that happen? Where is time going? I have heard a zillion times from moms that time flies by when your kiddos are young, but seriously, I feel we are in warp drive here. Beam me up Scotty to younger days!

And with the start of the new school year I always feel I need a readjustment to my daily routine as things go into a new zone during the longer summer vacation with no school and time in Texas and later nights....sometimes....but honestly, I do try to stick to the same sleep schedule and I always flop a wee bit.

For me, work starts at 6:00 am and with school in session, I need to be punctual as I can't work later like I can many days in the summer due to darling being in camp or with dear hubby. That means, if I want to get a good workout in I need to get up dark and early. Very dark and early.

Ironically I just read a passage in the bible that struck a cord with me as I am the crazy one in our house that wakes up dark and early.

She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
                                                     ~ Proverbs 31:15 ESV

It made me reflect on how I do rise early to take care of myself so I can be a better, more patient mom and wife and so my later hours in the day can be focused more on my family and less on me.

And ironically, I read this verse while up dark and early, sipping my coffee, eating my breakfast sandwich, and savoring my time with God before the household woke up and it got me thinking. This is good. This is really, really good. 

This is something that felt so good and wonderful that I wanted it to continue. Imagine the pleasure of waking up early, starting my day with a delightful cup of coffee and my daily bible reading, then moving forward into my daily run (with more scripture reading), and my daily Beachbody workout....all before I officially start my day whether it is a workday or the weekend. Wouldn't this be wonderful?


And then I realized, ouch! That wake up time would be brutal and something hard to adjust to since right now I need 20-30 minutes to do my daily bible reading so let's just say 30 minutes, 30 minutes for my Beachbody workout with the Focus T25 plan I am on now (more to come on that!), and then run time and frankly, I don't want to have just a mile every single day so 35-40 minutes would be nice. So that is.....1 hour and 40 minutes so let's just say almost 2 hours since I do have to change and make that cup of coffee and feed the pets before the poor guinea pig squeaks his head off so....if I am going to leave the house at 5:30 am to get to work at 6:00 am....eek! I need to by up by 3:30 am!!! And I mean up and out of the bed not up and hitting snooze.

Can I do this?

Anything is possible but I am not going to say it will be easy. It won't. It isn't easy getting up when everyone else is cuddled nicely in the warm beds, snoozing, snoring, breathing so contently.....but there is something wonderful about being up in the quiet house while the family sleeps that comforts me. It is like the calm before the storm of the day and every day has storms, good and bad, that is life. I can't imagine a better way to set myself up for success than God before exercise before work/life. Exercise my soul, my mind, my body each and every day.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the fun Monkey Farts bath bombs that made the bath feel silky smooth, smell wonderful, and had a surprise of floating soap starts to delight myself and darling daughter as she had to indulge too.

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