Monday, August 16, 2010

I Have to GET UP!

I have been struggling to get in my workout time lately.  It is really important to me that I stay physically active because without daily exercise, I struggle with depression, anxiety and weight problems.  Like everyone else, I have 24 hours in a day, and some of them are more full than others.  Some of them are more productive than others as well!  I used to exercise from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, Monday through Friday.  I kept this schedule for about three years.  When I moved, it became harder, not just because I lived out of town, but because life was crazy!  I can see the results of this crazy life and not enough exercise, and it isn't pretty.  With homeschooling, etc. how can I fit it in? 

One savvy blogger came up with the challenge to "Maximize Your Mornings."  This means working toward getting up early enough to have workout, Bible study, and planning for the day done by the time the kids get up.  Difficult, yes; impossible, no.  Totally worth it!

My wonderful Mother-in-law has been maximizing her mornings for years.  She gets up super early to get to work two hours before everyone else, just to get things done before the day gets busy and people need her.  So diligent :) 
Why can't I bring the same concept to being a stay-at-home-mom and homeschooler? 
So, in the words of Charlotte Mason:

"I AM.

This is day two for me.  I have succeeded thus far in having a workout, Bible study, planning time and breakfast before the little ladies awaken.  I am working toward getting up at 5:00 AM so that I can go to the gym again and be home before The Husband leaves for work, as the gym will only be a couple of blocks from my house when I move it two weeks.
I am tired. 
But, oh, so proud.

For more information on "Maximize Your Mornings," click here.


  1. How encouraging! There is hope that I'll once again get to use my mornings.
    Good job!

  2. I am soooo proud of you. Once you get into the habit of rising early, it becomes part of your daily routine, and it is amazing how much you can get done before the rest of the world wakes up. I love my early mornings, and it really energizes me. Much like you, I make list each night of what I need to accomplish the next morning, and the majority of the time I get every item marked off before 8:00 am, and then I have the rest of the day to do my regular job. I wouldn't change it for anything. I love you, and I am very proud of your determination and hard work. Mom (Susie)
    I have to tell your mother "Thanks" for sharing you with me!!

  3. I get more done by 10am than I manage to accomplish the rest of the day! I firmly believe that maximizing my mornings sets the tone for the rest of the day. I feel so good to have so many things out of the way! If I can do it, you can certainly do it. Good luck with the challenge Cindy!

    PS: Reading Lolita in Tehran? Fascinating book.