Thursday, January 28, 2016

Making Over My Mornings: Days 9, 10, and 11

Hey All!

So first of all I have to tell you that I am somewhat in a state of mourning. You see..my new favorite mug (the one in that pic up there) broke yesterday. A crack straight down the middle. So now I am in search of a new favorite. (Like I need any more!  LOL)

Anyway! This week as been a bit nuts. My dear hubby, who started that new job last week, was in town for less than 48 ours. Long enough to make it through part of church and Sunday afternoon activities and to get through his first classes of the semester. Then he turned around an went straight back to San Antonio for this week.

While he was preparing to make his way OUT of town my parents were making their way IN to town. They were also on their way to San Antonio and decided to take a detour and come up here for a few days first. It was fun to have them here. They got to attend a couple chapel services and just hang out spending some time with me, Malachi (my brother), and the kiddos. They made their way to San Antonio yesterday afternoon.

As they were leaving town I made my way to campus for my first class of the semester. I am excited about the places this class is going to take me but that is for another time.

I am a bit behind on the Make Over Your Mornings Challenge with the chaos that life has thrown my way. BUT I do have to say that I am proud of myself. Normally, when I get to a place were I get interrupted with a challenge like this I quit. I get frustrated or make excused about how it just wasn't the right time.

This time I purposefully made the decision to NOT let myself do that. Partly because I have been trying to blog my way through it and I like having the accountability that SOMEONE might possibly read this.

That being said, here is what happened for day 10.

Day 10 was all about creating a realistic morning plan. Creating a plan for myself that works. This is the plan I have come up with based on what I want to accomplish each day. So far I have been managing to be up by 6 so I am still working on actually getting out of bed and down the stairs on time but I can say I am noticing a HUGE difference in how my day goes when I am able to accomplish at least half of this list.

I have also made it a priority of mine to do bi-weekly meal prepping (blog on that one to come soon) so prepping dinner has become A LOT easier. Usually it just consists of pulling something out of the freezer or the fridge and dumping it into the crock pot.

I am also working on the breakfast thing. I am NOT a breakfast person. I have never been one to eat early in the morning. But I know I need to do better at eating properly if I ever want to considering losing some of the weight I need to lose. I also want to be setting a better example for my kids. More on that to come.

So there is my morning routine for the most part. Once the hubby gets back and starts working in this area I most likely will have to adjust this some to accommodate getting him off to work or to class.

Day 11 focused on the little (or not so little) lies we constantly tell ourselves. The things like "I'm just not good enough." Or "I will never have it together enough to do_________"

Crystal helped to identify those lies and to say out loud and write down the truth that counter acts that lie.

Today, a day after I went through that lesson, I read through my devotion. The whole focus on this particular devotion for today was that God is the God of creativity. And He created us all in HIS image. God gave us each unique and special gifts and when we deny that part of ourselves by buying into the lies that we aren't good enough or don't have what it takes we are denying part of God's plan.

That was so impactful for me to read. I know that I far to often buy into the lie that I don't have what it takes. I tell myself constantly that if I could just finish school I would have what I need. Or that I don't have anything to say that someone else hasn't already said so who would care."

It is these types of lies that I am struggling each day to combat. I know that I have what it takes to be a great wife, mother, and friend. I know that as I continue through school I will gain information that needs to be shared with the world. And one way or another, I will do just that.

Day 11, today's lesson was all about fitting in exercise and nutrition into your daily routine.

This is also an area that I have really struggled with. I find that I have the same problem here as I do with any type of program. If I get interrupted or I miss a day I just quit. I find one excuse after another not not do it. And it usually happens right when I am starting to see some progress.

I have written several posts about my weight loss journey so I won't go into details about all that here but I will say that I am still using my fitbit each day and I am working on upping my step goal. I am also planning on jumping back into the 21 day fix starting on February 1st. I just have to figure out what time of day that is going to work best now that I have 2 kids that aren't taking naps during the day anymore.

As for nutrition, I am always looking for easy healthy meals. One of the biggest areas we all struggle with in our home is portion control, another area I hope the 21 day fix can help me with again. The meal prepping for a 2 week stretch is REALLY helping keep us from eating out as much as we were, When I know that its already basically done I don't mind trying to cook. I LOVE being in the kitchen and I LOVE cooking but sometimes other things have to come first.

The last few days have been a whirlwind but I can say that even with all the chaos I found I was at peace. I knew things were under control even if it didn't really look like it. I am grateful that this opportunity came along when it did. It was just what I needed

What is your morning routine? Do you fit exercise in each day? What is your favorite type of work out program?

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