Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Since my last blog, life is still consuming my time and leaving little left for myself. After a long talk with a dear friend, a Spark friend in fact, I realized that it was time to change up my routine.
I have never been one to get up early in the morning, let alone exercise early in the morning. Since starting work, exercise has been challenging. There's not enough time in the morning and I am too tired at night. So, changes had to be made if I truly wanted to continue this journey.
Last night, I made the decision to start getting up at 5:30 and working out within a half hour. So, the alarm got set and I did indeed wake up and exercise first thing this morning. It was hard to motivate at first. I had to force myself but once I started, I easily fell into it and finished. It really was a relief to go to work knowing that it was behind me for the day.
My second change came in the form of getting my thoughts out on paper. I try to set goals on here but generally forget about them once I get busy. So, I bought a binder and some dividers and set up a journal divided into sections that will represent several 3 month spans. I decided to break my journey up into 3 month spurts. It's overwhelming to look at the big picture so I am breaking it down to something that seems more real. Each day, I list a specific set of goals that I want to work on for that day, something motivational such as a bible verse or quote and some of my own reflections about the day. It felt more real having it on paper, right in front of me.
There is no question in my mind that I want this more than anything. I have every tool that I could possibly need to succeed. I have been in a rut off and on for quite some time now and I think it is just time to reanalyze things and make the necessary changes. Obviously what worked three years ago, is not what is going to work for me now. Schedules change, we change and we have to learn to adapt to where we are right now. Right now, I am balancing a lot more than I was three years ago. I will get up earlier each day and make myself a priority first thing. It will be much easier to rest at night knowing I started the day doing something good for myself.