May 29, 2015

I'm sold on this early morning stuff

It finally happened!  After trying for weeks to get up early, as in before 9am, I did it, and it was wonderful.  My family has a habit of staying up way late at night, well into the early a.m. hours in fact.  Unfortunately, their late nights have pulled me into a later and later bed time, which has led to me sleeping in later and later.  I like being up earlier in the day, so I decided last night to make myself go to bed early.  Granted, it was still 11:30pm, but still earlier than usual.  And this led to me waking up by 5am.  Hooray!

My goal was to make it to the 5:15am Body Pump class at my gym.  With all the rain and flooding and thunder and lightning and hail we've been getting, outside workouts have proven to be dangerous.  Body Pump is a great alternative.  I got up at 4:30am, and didn't even hit snooze! (also very unlike me, as I hit snooze five or six times usually).

First thing I accomplished this morning was a sincere and intent prayer.  I'd gotten into the habit of rushing through my personal prayers lately, almost just repeating things without putting much thought into them.  I want to get out of that bad habit and make my prayers meaningful.  Sure, I was o my knees longer than usual, but wow I felt amazing afterwards!  I poured my heart out to my Father in Heaven in gratitude for all the blessings He's bestowed upon me this week, for He really has blessed me!  I took the time to pray, by name, for friends and family members and their specific situations.  I put thought into asking Him for the righteous desires of my heart, also specifically.  It was an incredible experience.  If you haven't prayed like this before, I highly encourage you to do so.  Pray to your Heavenly Father as though you were talking to a loving earthly father.  He wants you to talk to Him, to come to Him.

With my mind in the right place, I studied my scriptures after my prayer.  Again, this was an area I had also been slacking on.  I had skipped too many days of personal scripture study, and if I did open them I just skimmed a verse or two.  Not this morning!  I actually studied.  With the Institute student manual opened, I read verse by verse and consulted with the notes of the guide.  I wrote down my own thoughts and impressions as they came to me.  As I did so, it seemed my mind was opened and I received even more insights into the scripture.

With my soul spiritually exercised and fed, I headed off to the gym to do the very same physically.  I both kicked butt in Body Pump this morning at 5:15am, and also got my butt kicked by Body Pump.  I lifted more weight, completed more reps, and really felt the burn.  I love this workout; it's such a great way to get strength training in.  Fun music, a variety of routines, and the motivation that being in a fitness class provides easily makes it a staple in my training.

When I was done with Body Pump, it was only 6:15am, so I grabbed a breakfast bagel from Chick Fil-a.  I haven't woken up early enough to enjoy one of these in a long time.  It was delicious.  And by the time I got home, it was still before 7am.  Not only was I already productive, but this started my day off on the right track.  I made better decisions, was able to think clearer, and I was just overall happier. I think I'll try to make this a habit.  Crossing my fingers that I do just as well tomorrow.

Perfect reward for a winning morning

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