I have never really been a morning person. I seem to have more energy at night and tend to stay up late. In all fairness, my kids are asleep and I’m able to get so much more done at night than I can during the day, so I stay up.
Then in the morning I’m happy to hang out in bed for awhile after I wake up. If only my kids felt the same!
Back in October I did something I never thought I would do – I joined a group of ladies for early morning workouts. And when I say early, I mean 5:15 am.
That time right there was hard for me to accept. If I’m being completely honest, I wrestled back and forth with myself on whether or not I’d be able to get up that early on a regular basis. I’d have to get out of bed around 4:45 am in order to get there in time or the workout, and that sounded awful. But once I committed to joining the group, I didn’t want to back down on myself and what I knew I could do.
And you know what? Getting out of bed at 4:45 in the morning is not fun. There is not a single morning that I think “Hey, I’ve had plenty of sleep and I’m ready to jump out of bed!”. But I do it anyway. Want to know why? Because of who I work-out with.
The group of girls that I get to hangout with three mornings a week are just awesome. We have peer-led workouts with no pressure on your abilities or strength. We laugh together and lift each other up every time we meet. Showing up is somewhat driven by the accountability that I feel to these ladies, but it’s more about the relationships being built along with the strengthening of our bodies.
But there’s another benefit to my early mornings that I wasn’t expecting. When I get home, everyone is still sleeping. That means that I have about an hour to myself in the quiet of the morning with plenty of energy. This is my favorite part. I sit down and read my devotional before doing anything else. I love being able to have real, quality time with God this early. It sets the tone for the rest of my day, which almost always runs smoother than days I don’t get moving as early. I also have some time to get a few things knocked off the list for the day, which is another benefit I’m really digging.
So while most people cringe when I tell them what time we meet, I just smile and assure them that for me, it’s well worth the initial sacrifice. The group I meet up with is wonderful and the quiet time I’ve gained is priceless.
And if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love to help you get connected. The group I am part of is called FiA, Females in Action, and it’s national. There are chapters all over. If you’re in the Charleston, SC area, I’d love to help you get plugged in to one of our many groups!