There is just so much going on lately...
I have recently started waking up at 4:50am to get some time for myself. I pray, workout, make coffee and shower! These are all huge personal successes as a mommy of a (almost) 2 year old and (almost) 9 month old.
For MONTHS, I had been wanting to do this. Awhile back, I realized that if I was going to get into a routine of working-out again the only consistent part of my days was either really early before my kids wake up and husband goes to work OR at night, after the kids go to bed and we are finished doing a few things that need to be done each night. Nights are hard because I am typically drained and also just want to spend time with my husband. So I knew what I had to do.... I needed to wake up before everyone and take care of myself. However, this realization took me months to actually put into practice. For so long, I was always telling my husband "tomorrow I am getting up early and working out" - thinking if I said it aloud I would be accountable and do it....pft - that didn't work. It got to the point that he would just laugh when I would say it.
The motivation? I got fed up with myself.
I asked my husband to take a "before" picture. I dressed in shorts and a sports bra - it was after the kids had gone to bed so I was exhausted and in fact, don't think I had showered that day. When I saw the picture, I actually started to laugh and then I started to cry...and then I was laughing and crying at the same time. All the reassuring and nice words my husband said just didn't get the images out of my head. We took a front, back and side view and it was just so awful to see...But it has helped with my motivation and I can say getting up early for "me time" has been the best gift I could give myself.
So exercising is part of my "me time" and very important to me. It is one of my non-negoitables (we'll talk about these later) - but during my early time - I have gotten into such a routine that I am able to pray, mentally prepare for the day ahead, make coffee and shower. These things are big accomplishments to me and in turn help me be a better mommy and wife. So if your feeling like you need this time just try it for a few weeks. It doesn't have to be to workout - the time can be used to organize your day, or read a book. Whatever makes you feel good! Yes, It can be challenging to put your feet on the floor at 5am but you just have to do it. Get fed up with yourself! :) seriously. You'll be happy you've given yourself this gift.
Oh! ...and to help with getting up early, I have committed to going to bed earlier than I had been. If you currently go to bed at 11 or even 10pm - try getting into bed an hour earlier. your worth this investment!