There was a time when I just got up, showered, went to work and that was my morning. Then I had kids and I stayed home, but still I got up had breakfast, took care of their needs and on with the day we went.
With the exception of one year of working at a school I've either worked from home or been a stay-at-home mom and my mornings consisted of the same. Get up, eat, feed kids and get on with the day.
All the while I knew as a Christian the need for daily Bible reading and prayer. Sometimes I took the time to do it, sometimes not. Over the past, oh five to six years my morning devotional time has really become part of my day. I feel lost and incomplete if I don't get it done. The time spent with God getting ready for my day is essential to my life. There are days I get distracted and it doesn't get done. Life happens, but I get back to it as quickly as possible in the succeeding days.
This is exactly how I feel about my exercise now.
It's become a part of me. My days just don't feel right if I haven't done some kind of exercise movement. And even more so, it doesn't feel right if I put it off until later in the day.
I didn't work out the last two days. Missing Tuesday was no big deal. I was busy all day and felt very productive despite the fact that I skipped my exercise to get on with my day. Missing yesterday's exercise was a different story.
Something came up that took some time in the morning to deal with. It was a very legitimate situation, and I had some projects to do later, so I allowed myself to skip exercising a second day. It felt weird to get dressed and ready for the day without exercising first, but I let it go. Life happens.
The day went fine. I didn't fall into a depression or anything over not working out, but I did realize something.
Just like a day, or week, with no prayer or Bible reading, a day or longer with no exercise throws me off. I need it. It's become part of who I am and I just don't feel right when I neglect that area of my life.
So, today I got that workout done. Yes, there are things to do, places to go, but I already feel better knowing I've taken care of my exercise - both spiritually and physically. It's going to be a good day!