Monday, January 31, 2011

"She gets up while it is still dark..."

Proverbs 31:15
"She gets up while it is still dark..."
Proverbs 31 is all about a wife of noble character.  It's what I strive to be.  A lot of times I read that chapter and feel so completely overwhelmed at how much I'm NOT like the woman that is being described.  But one way that is very tangible to me is in verse 15.  "She gets up while it is still dark."  Ok so I've NEVER, ever been a morning person.  I remember all the dreaded school mornings when my alarm would go off and I'd hit snooze probably 10+ times and eventually my dad would come in, turn on my light and tell me to get up.  Slowly I would sit up a little and them plop right back down, giving in to the fabulous feeling of "just a couple more minutes."  All the while I'm thinking how great, warm, soft and comfortable my bed all of a sudden feels and the sinking feeling in my stomach that I won't get to be laying back in my bed until 10pm that evening.  Ugh.

One of my biggest fears of having a baby was....I kid you not....the sleep deprivation.  I. Love. Sleep.  I would talk to other moms who had babies at the time and asked how much sleep they got, when their child started sleeping through the night, if they felt like walking zombie all day long.  Most would reply with, "oh my child starting sleeping through the night at 6-8 weeks," or "it's really not that bad, you just take it one day at a time."  So I felt confident that MY child would sleep well and if not, it can't be THAT hard, can it?  I can do this.  Well then, as you all know, I had a preemie.  If you've ever had a preemie, you know how scary it can be bringing them home, without monitors and being so paranoid about them while your sleeping.  Also, I had to wake the little guy up every 3 hours for a long time.  Needless to say, Lincoln was well beyond 8 weeks old when he finally started sleeping through the night and yes I felt like a walking zombie for a very long time.  I would start to feel sick to my stomach when 10pm came around and we were getting ready for bed, know I would only get to sleep for an hour before having to wake up again.  Don't get me wrong, I loved being a mommy and cherished every minute I had with my little miracle but it. was. hard.

All this to say, I am loving that he now sleeps in until at least 8 and I get to sleep in until 8!  It's Uh-amazing!

So you're probably wondering, "where is she going with this?"  Well remember those Goals that I made a couple weeks ago?  Well the first one on there was to exercise more.  So I've been trying to figure out a routine for myself and so far it has consisted of running out the door as soon as Tyler gets home to go run on the treadmill or do the eliptical at the workout room at our complex.  This has been working "ok" but it's horrible timing because Tyler usually doesn't get home until at least 5:30-5:45 so after I'm done doing a 30 minutes workout it's between 6:00 and 6:15 and then I have to get supper going.  So if I'm super organized then I'll plan accordingly and get supper going beforehand but that doesn't always work out.  Plus I'm missing out on valuable time with Tyler and Lincoln in the evenings.  SOOOo......after talking with some friends who already get up in the mornings to workout (I have much respect and admiration for them!), I decided to join them.  I started for the first time today and we're doing 3 days a week.  I have to get up at 5:30 to be there by 5:45 and we do a Jillian workout in Megan's basement.  I think this just might be a good thing for me.  Like I  said, I've never been a morning person so to get up that early on my own and workout here at home is laughable.  I just turn off my alarm and roll back over telling myself that I'll just workout during Lincoln's nap that afternoon.  Do I ever end up working out during his nap? No.

I think there will be enough accountability and people counting on me to show up, that I will actually roll out of bed and get my morning started off the right way.  I feel better and more awake, get my shower in, get ready for the day and get my quiet time done all before Lincoln wakes up!  Perfect plan.  Now let's see how long I stick with it.  :)

I want to get up while it's still dark because so much can be accomplished in the early mornings.  Time to exercise, clean, blog :) and most importantly time with God.  My days go so much better when I start my day with Him. 

Well I'm off to go finish getting ready before my little man wakes up, we've got errands to run and story time at the library to attend!  Happy Monday!


  1. good job marie!!! woah, thats early!!!

    a friend of mine at school and i have been doing intervals of walking/jogging for 20 minutes. we are hoping to finish a 5K this spring with out walking :/ after having my c-section, i never thought i would be able to do this :)

    happy wednesday!!