Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--last post

My three week morning challenge has come to an end or has it.  I think going to bed on time and waking up early in the morning will always be a challenge for me.  I think working on more self discipline and trying to bring order in our home is an investment worth working for, not only for myself but for my family.   

One thing I can can say about my challenge is this, we all have our challenges, different circumstances and hectic schedules but one thing we all must try to do is take time to pray.  And I mean to really take time to pray.  One on one with God.  It really makes a difference to start the day off right with prayer.  Many of us cannot imagine not brushing our teeth in the morning or going out without taking a shower first, yet we (and yes I include myself) sometimes cut corners with our prayer time.  I have to say waking up early to pray in the best, as Matthew Kelly would say, "game changer" I have done for my family and myself.  If I could tell the difference in just three weeks, imagine with time. Invest time in your prayer life. 

Thank you all for your support and prayers.  It really did help me stay accountable by blogging about my challenge.       

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 19

I went to sleep late last night (10:30pm) but I woke up on time and I did my WORKOUT ROUTINE!
¡Si Señor!  You are reading correctly my friends, I woke up, prayed, did my workout routine and showered.  I finally did all three together.  My plan is to do the same tomorrow.

I will not be able to post the next two days but I will give you an update on Monday which is my last day of my 3 weeks challenge to wake up early.  Why three weeks?  Well, they say if you can do something for 2-3 weeks in a row, it becomes like a new habit.  Hopefully, with the grace of God, I will be able to continue on.

Have a great and safe weekend everyone!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 17 & 18

The last two morning I did wake up on time (5:30am) but I did not workout because I had a few things to do.  I did go for a walk yesterday with my daughters.  I realized that a workout does not necessarily have to be what I picture a workout should be which is hit the gym and workout.  There are many opportunities throughout the day where I can workout.  For example: going up and down the stairs, do squats, push ups or use the stand still bike we have in our basement.  Yes, we have a stand still bike in our basement.  My husband set it up for me so I can start using it again since I like spinning.  I just need to get to it.

I also notice that I like to take my time to pray.  I take about 30 minutes.  I pray and read so I am not sure if this too long.  I just really enjoy those 30 minutes for prayer and reflection.

How much time do you spend praying in the morning?

¡Hasta mañana!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 16

Hello my friends.  I went to be bed late (9:58pm) and I woke up LATE!  I am not sure what happened but I woke up scared at 6:15am.  My baby girl never woke up last night for her feeding.  I was able to sleep 8 hours.  Nice.  I did have time to pray.  Nice.  But no time for a workout.  No bueno.

I am not sure if I should workout first, shower and pray verses pray, workout and shower.  Either way I think I need to wake up earlier.  My husband want to coordinate a schedule so we can both have time in the morning to pray, workout and shower.  I hope so because I need help with my workout routine.  The plus side is that we still have nice weather to go for walks.  Something is something.

Tomorrow we are celebrating a birthday so I will not be able to blog but I will give you all an update on Thursday.  ¡Buenas noches!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--days 13-15

I gave myself a little break this weekend and woke up at 6:30am.  Today I woke up late.  Last night my oldest daughter woke up at 4:00am and we were up for about an hour.  She has a cold and was having trouble breathing.  But once she was back to sleep our dog started to bark.  So I went downstairs to see what was wrong.  Nothing.  I went back to bed and as I was falling back to sleep my alarm goes off.  I thought I hit the snooze but I did not and woke up scared at 6:00am.  I did have time to pray but not to work out because my baby girl woke up at 6:30am.

I am feeling defeated with this morning workout routine.  It is hard with little ones.  I will try again tomorrow morning.  The important thing is that I make time to pray in the morning.  

I came across this picture today.  I had the morning blues today.

If we begin each morning with prayer, it anchors us in God for the rest of the day. We remain vigilant, and we will end the day in the same way.  -  

The Daughters of St. Paul know what they are taking about.  ¡Buenas noches!

Friday, September 7, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 12

Last night was ladies (MOMs group) night out.  I did go to bed late but I did wake up on time and so did my oldest daughter.  She did go back to sleep which gave me time to pray.  But I am so tired.  Now my body does not like going to bed so late.
I will not post the next two days.  But I will give you an update on Monday.  Hopefully I will wake up on time for my new workout schedule.
¡Buenas noches!    

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 11

Last night I did go to sleep late (11:05pm) and woke up late this morning (6:15am).

I have been thinking about this working out deal and I really do need to get started.  I do go for a walk (about 1 mile) with my girls but I would like to add more of a challenging workout.  Plus winter is coming and walking with my girls is not going to work.  I know if I have a challenging workout I will have more energy through out the day.  My plan is to start my workout routine on Monday.
Yes, these are my sneakers.  No, they are not new.  They look new because I do not use them often. They have so much potential.

If you are struggling like me to get started with your workout routine, has some great tips to get you motivated.  

¡Buenas noches! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 10

First things first, Happy Feast Day of Blessed Mother Teresa!  "Do small things with great love."

Relevant Radio Photo

This post will be a short one.  I did not get to bed on time (10:03pm) last night but I did wake up on time.  Today has been a very busy day and tonight I will be going to adoration which means I will be going to sleep at a later time.  

Thank you all for your support and prayers.  ¡Hasta mañana!   

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--days 7-9

One week down.  Two more to go.

I did give myself a break this past weekend and woke up at 6am.  My husband was a great support this past week with my new early wake up routine.  He also tried to wake up early.  Key word here, tried.  But today he surprised me.  He woke up before I did, at 5:30am!  He is not an early bird but he wants to wake up early to pray and workout too.    

I have not decided which day I will start my workout routine.  I am hoping to start working out at least three times a week.  I know I am out of shape and I am dreading the pain.

To end this post I thought I would share some pictures I took today.  We went to a musical event at the park.  Here are a couple of pictures.  Enjoy!

"In the era of technology our life risks becoming always more anonymous and merely a function of the production process.  In this way, man becomes incapable of enjoying the beauties of the Creator and to see in them the reflection of the face of God."   -Pope John Paul II

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I'm not a morning person--no more--day 6

I decided last night that I would give myself a little break and woke up a little later this morning.  I will not be posting in the next two days.  But I will have an update on Tuesday.  Have a great weekend everyone!