"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Real Life

This week we are babysitting two toddlers while their parents are out of town at a Bible Conference.  They are good little boys and a joy to have around, but there is one way that they are different from my kids - they don't sleep in.  

Ideally I would get up at 6:00 am, do my devotions and then workout and be ready to make breakfast for everyone.  Um, but that's with getting to bed on time, which hasn't happened every night.  Instead, I've gotten up at 7:00am or so, finish devotions and realize that they are all awake.   Then one morning my husband watched them while I went to a local free gym and worked out for a bit and yesterday I exercised during naptime.  

However, this morning I was wondering what I should do.  I had done devotions, but I hadn't worked out and they were all awake.  My DVDs are usually 50-60 minutes, but I no longer had time for that.   I was getting sad, because I knew we have a full day ahead and I wanted to have it over with.   I was even thinking that I should've worked out first and then did devotions, but I just knew I have to get my time with God in first or it will NEVER get done.  

As I hugged the waking children I came to a decision to put them all to eating breakfast in the dining room and I would do a 35-minute DVD in the living room.  Then I told them they could all go upstairs and play when they were done and while I finished exercising. 

As I was working out I realized that this is real life.  Schedules might change and I am going to have to learn to work around them and still stay on my weight loss journey, even if it means cutting my exercise short once or twice a week.  

And it's okay.  

P.S.   I felt so much better after I worked out (with interruptions to clean up the 1-year-old in the high chair and send him upstairs to play, etc. etc.) and now I'm going to go shower so we can go to the zoo.  


  1. Excellent point - schedules change and so does life. I know for me, if I don't get up before everyone else, it's hard to fit it all in!

    I get up by 5:00 - do devotions, exercise, blog, etc. The kids aren't allowed to come downstairs until 7:00 a.m.! If they wake up early I have books at the end of their bed they can look at. This isn't a problem for the 3 oldest of course - sometimes we have to wake them up for breakfast!

  2. Diane, 5:00 am ? Wow. I admire that. I should, but it means getting to bed earlier and we just haven't done that while we're on summer vacation. I substitute part time during the school year and I know on the days I work I will have to get up at 5:00. Thankfully, I don't HAVE to do that just yet. :)

    In my ideal world I get up early every day..I love the mornings. However, I also just mess around too late and my husband is more of night owl.

    Thanks for the comment!