A person’s morning routine is so important. More and more studies and research are showing that the way someone starts their morning sets the stage for how productive their day will be. Search it up! There is sooooo much information out there around this very topic.
Since my early 20s, I have woken up early to go for a run. It did not matter where I was… at the beach, on an island, at a hotel, wherever and whenever, I found a way to get this run in. The endorphins were beyond addicting at the time; they were life changing.
However, like any addiction, it is important to be able to break it for several reasons. Still, I ran and I ran…I refused to do anything else in my routine and if I did a class like spin or yoga, I would still find time to run. I knew it was not healthy to depend on anything so much even if it was something healthy like running. Balance…balance…balance and there was no balance.
Since I had run throughout my entire pregnancy with my son, I pretty much started running right after delivering him. Knowing my running history, my doctor had told me that I could restart again after almost a week but slowly. This then turned into months later, I was running 6-8 miles a day. It was too much on my body and soon I started to experiencing knee pains and other related running issues. I was overused, worn-down and my muscles were yelling at me to, “Slooooooow down!”
Still, it took my daughter and that second full-term pregnancy to slow me down. I could not run once I hit the third trimester. It was not possible without terrible pains and so then I was forced to find a new morning routine… Thank you God for that!
So, I started to walk every morning on my treadmill instead. This was unless I was tired, which then I would take off against my will for my body and baby. Still during these first morning hours I continued to write. It started after a miscarriage that I started to pray each morning and then write scripture-based poems. This continued for two years until I started to desire even more of the Word and writing.
This is how my morning routine gradually turned into one of balance and peace. And while I am sure it will change over the years to come, I know that this is where morning need to start:
- Wake up early (weekdays at 4 and weekends usually around 6 thanks to my son… ha) Early riding definitely means early bedtime as much as possible too.
- Read the Bible (There are great plans out there to help guide you through the Bible. I am currently doing read the Bible in a year on the Bible app. I highly recommend.)
- Scripture-based poetry that I send to close friends and family as a daily devotional/reflection/motivation.
- WAR – This is what I call it… I write for this blog, poetry or my book as I run (on my treadmill of course). I use the Mutu System for my abs (my goal once summer hits is to become more constant with that) and I run still. However, I now only do 3 miles when I run. And the best part is…. I no longer NEEEED to run. Although I do enjoy it, I skip it and do the elliptical sometimes and plan on branching out more this summer as well. Running is just a part of my morning routine. Therefore, I do not NEED it like I used to.
- Celery juice (16 ounces) on an empty stomach
- Warm lemon juice (16 ounces) 30 minutes after the celery (Sometimes, I switch these up but always waiting the time in between.)
And then I am ready for the craziness to begin as I finish the last minute touches of breakfasts and lunches and jump right into the day knowing that my mind, body and heart, and if needed some Kombucha, will continue to power and empower me throughout it all…