A separate, but related part of home keeping

That is … making good use of mornings.

I have a post in the works on the ebooks and other online/digital resources for home keeping. But its taking me a while to get it completed. There is just so much out there! And I decided to reread at least on ebook before talking about it as its been nearly 2 years since I read it.

In the meantime, here is something that might make a difference in your home keeping.

Christian Community 

I participated in the last 2 challenges (spring and summer) and starting Aug 19, I am serving as an Accountability Captain (AC) for a group. My group is a ‘specific’ group which is targeting stay-at-home-moms. There are general groups with women from all walks of life and other specific groups for particular situations.

Here’s the idea… your morning can really make or break your day. Using your morning well can set you up for whatever task(s) God has for you that day. So, this groups provide accountability for getting up at a reasonable time, spending some time in the Word (a Bible study is given out free through the groups) and getting some exercise (or loving movement as flylady calls it, I like that). If you find you struggle with your mornings, or you feel like your days are always behind or chaotic, consider working on this morning habit.

As for me… well… I struggle with mornings. I’m a solid 9 hours of sleep kinda gal, and if I let myself just run on my own internal clock, I tend towards a 25 or 26 hour day. If I just get up when I’m done sleeping, it will be a tad later than the night before when I’m ready to sleep. Then the next morning I’ll sleep in a bit more, and then stay up a bit longer. I know this because I let myself do this one summer when I was living on my own, had no one else I needed to report to and any work I had to do was just me. All that to say that I just need to get up with the alarm clock, whatever time I was up to the night before. If I’m that tired, I ought to go to bed earlier that night (yeah, whatever! I know this in my head… not that I live it.)

Then, I LOVE to sit with my cup of coffee, read my email, read my blogs (loving feedly.com!), browse a bit of facebook, write a bit, think about my day, drink some more coffee… you get the idea. Alas, if I’m not intentional, this becomes a 3 hour ritual. Which on a Saturday morning before Little Man was born, was totally do-able. Now? Somewhere between that first cup of coffee and blogs, Little Man is up, wants breakfast, wants interaction, wants to go outside. And the day begins.

These challenges are helping me to focus that time. I’ve read enough and heard it preached enough to know that I need a morning routine for getting my day going, and the HelloMorning group has helped provide some of that accountability I need to get that morning routine done. And do it again the next day.

Here’s my plan for the fall challenge: get up at 6 am, get dressed, get coffee, do Bible study, look at day’s plan, eat breakfast. Little Man usually gets up around 7, but if he gets up early, I’ll eat breakfast with him. The laptop won’t come on till after I eat breakfast. (gasp, did I really just say that??? oh, my goodness, I think I really am committing to this…)

Unless there are special circumstances, no napping in the afternoon.

Be ready to actually go to sleep (not just climb into bed…) by 930. This gives me some wiggle time to chat with Hubby, read, or lay quietly in the dark.

You might notice that I have no mention of exercise in that plan… yeah, not figured that out yet. It really can’t be that hard, right? I just gotta decide on something and go with it and keep at it. So says the theory. Here’s my problem…. I want to swim laps. Swimming laps requires driving up to the university pool to do, without Little Man. I am thinking through some strategies, just not figured out a good one yet.

What’s your plan? Gonna join the HelloMornings Challenge? Got your own thing going? Are you looking to the flylady community? Some other group? Are you completely without a plan? Do you even want to do anything about using your morning well? (maybe you just don’t care?) Maybe you already have a plan that works for you?

Exercise Fun

I have wanted a Wii for several years now. Yes, I am one of those that they have marketed to, and it was successful. I don’t dislike physical activity, but physical activity for the sake of it isn’t fun to me. I don’t really like to run, I don’t want to have to go some place else. Riding a stationary bike is okay, but it’s dull. Have you figured out that I’m rather picky about this topic? (like most topics, I think… :P)

For Christmas, I opened a bag that contained  a Wii remote. I thought, COOL! But what will I do with this with out the console? Sweet MIL, at that moment, says, “Wait…. I forgot something!”, and proceeds to bring out the Wii console, and another game for Hubby. She might have honestly forgotten, but I don’t think so, she is clever like that.

Let’s just say that I have exercised more since Christmas than the whole year before (perhaps, I could be exaggerating). The BMI and weight measurements are rather dull and repetitive, since they are done everyday (I’m sure you can skip this if you want) but its fun to see the stuff on the graph over time. I like the balance games (I got a balance board with Christmas money), I like seeing how I progress, I like competing against myself. Yes, the little dude on there can be cheesy, but I like cheesy most days. The trainer gal is a bit too perfect, but she’s simply drawn so its not intimidating.

Its amazing how the balance board seems to figure out what I’m doing and if I’m doing it right. I did a push-up/side plank exercise the other day and really struggled (I’m really not strong enough to it yet) and at the end the trainer girl says “seems like you aren’t quite strong enough for this exercise yet. Keep working and you’ll get strong enough (or something like that).  That is cool (at least to me, as you might be able to tell, I’m not all that self-conscious).

I’m not so crazy about the super mario brother’s game that came with the Wii, but that’s just not my forte (as the balance board dude says about my performance in many balance games).

When you use your left (or off) hand, there is a “nunchuck” that you hook into the remote for use in the off-hand. I’ve found its a bit fickle about if it recognizes what I’ve done — of course, could be I’m just not doing it right. When you do the boxing, you really have to throw the punch for it to register as “right”, can’t just push your arm out there willy-nilly. That also makes this somewhat lazy exerciser work harder… when the punching bag isn’t registering that you’ve “hit” it, makes me try to hit harder the next time around.

I’ve discovered I’m puny at balance games and at rhythm games. No surprise there, and I’m getting better! And I’m having fun while doing it!