Update on adjusting my morning routine

Remember when we talked about our morning routine and I wondered if it was even possible if I could become one of those regular human beings who can wake up at a reasonable time in the morning? Or at the very least that it would be a bit more normal for me to be awake at 7am.

I can’t even believe I’m about to write this. I had a celebratory moment with my mentor as I shared this with her. “I can’t believe I’m hearing you say this!” was her exact words and you know what? SHE’S RIGHT.

I wake up every morning either right before my husband’s 6:45 alarm or even 15 minutes before.

WHAT THE CRAP.

Also, I’ve managed to survive every day that I’ve woken up at this hour without a nap.

WHO AM I?

I cannot give enough props to the light therapy because it’s all thanks to that blessed light. In effect, it re-calibrates your circadian rhythm so if you look at it in the morning when you wake up, it will make sure you keep waking up at that time. Glorious.

But what about the actual components of my morning? How is that going?

Exercise, Center myself, See my husband, and Day Prep.

  • I’m waking up on time. I appreciate having that time with the light to keep waking up. I’ve noticed it takes me about 45 minutes to become a real human being in the morning, and so it’s helpful for me to stay in bed and under my covers and just click on that light.
  • Then I pull out my journal and Bible from the bedside table, still under the covers. Having it right beside my bed makes it super easy to move on to. I keep the light on while I’m journaling.
  • If it’s a Tuesday or a Thursday, I will grab a glass of water and drink that while I’m snuggling into the lights’ rays so that I’m well hydrated for my run. (Seriously, I can’t believe I’m writing ANY of this. 6:45? Run? Hydration? Miracles do happen, people. I am evidence of that).
  • On those days, I eat a bowl of cereal, suit up, grab my C25K podcast and hit the bike path by the Lachine canal in my hood.
  • I come back home, stretch and multitask as I read my iPad, enjoy the props my hubby gives me for running,shower, eat more,  and peace. Also, I put on clothes before I peace, but I think you got the drift.

Currently that schedule is pretty tight to fit everything in. I need to be more intentional about not reading twitter while I stretch after my run and think more through my day. Or find a way to add that elsewhere.

So far, though, I’m still in the honeymoon phase. It’s still exciting and fun and I’m running off the thrill of feeling like a totally different person. If I learned anything from writing that novel in 30 days when I was in first year university, though, soon the excitement will wear off and I’ll be stuck with a commitment I no longer like but am determined to finish for bragging rights.

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  • Angela

    What the? Who are you?? I stopped checking your blog for a few months, and now I find out you ate waking up early and JOGGiNG?? I am completely speechless. A testimony to God’s transforming power I guess. Proud of you!

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Crazy, eh? I wonder if I’ll be able to make it last…

  • Angela

    What the? Who are you?? I stopped checking your blog for a few months, and now I find out you ate waking up early and JOGGiNG?? I am completely speechless. A testimony to God’s transforming power I guess. Proud of you!

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Crazy, eh? I wonder if I’ll be able to make it last…

  • http://montrealnest.blogspot.ca emorrice

    Amazeballs!!!! I am so impressed + proud of you Jessbean.

  • http://montrealnest.blogspot.ca emorrice

    Amazeballs!!!! I am so impressed + proud of you Jessbean.

  • Kelley

    Jess! You are remarkable! Inspiring! Keep at it 🙂

  • Kelley

    Jess! You are remarkable! Inspiring! Keep at it 🙂

  • karin

    2 questions:
    1. If it takes you 45 min to get going, are you starting at 6 or 6:45?
    2, What’s peace?

    I’ve got to get me one of those lights!!! I’ve totally fallen off the wake up early and run bandwagon and I hate it!

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Karin! Funny question re: peace. When I read the question I had zero clue what you were asking. When I re-read, I realized…. “peace” means “leave” kind weird slang. “I peace” = “I leave.”

      As for when I actually wake up? I wake up at 6:45, but it takes me until about 7:30 to be awake enough to want to run/have a conversation with any human being. So I hang out with my light and have my quiet time in that “waking up” period.

      • http://karintome.wordpress.com/ karintome

        Haha! Got it. Best part of your reply? “I hang out with my light.”

        • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

          we’re buds.

  • karin

    2 questions:
    1. If it takes you 45 min to get going, are you starting at 6 or 6:45?
    2, What’s peace?

    I’ve got to get me one of those lights!!! I’ve totally fallen off the wake up early and run bandwagon and I hate it!

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Karin! Funny question re: peace. When I read the question I had zero clue what you were asking. When I re-read, I realized…. “peace” means “leave” kind weird slang. “I peace” = “I leave.”

      As for when I actually wake up? I wake up at 6:45, but it takes me until about 7:30 to be awake enough to want to run/have a conversation with any human being. So I hang out with my light and have my quiet time in that “waking up” period.

      • http://karintome.wordpress.com/ karintome

        Haha! Got it. Best part of your reply? “I hang out with my light.”

        • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

          we’re buds.

  • http://amandamarvin.wordpress.com amandamarvin

    This is SO encouraging Jess! Mad props! I know the life of co-gro cakes we ate at uni and endless DQ dates. God is SO good!