A couple of months ago I changed my morning routine, ever since my withdrawals subsided and I could get through a day without barely any aches or pains, I decided it was time to get fit and lose some weight, so initially I started on the Wii fit, doing the jogging and step exercises, but one Saturday in August I decided I needed to get out of the house, so I put my iPod on and went for a walk, needless to say I enjoyed the freedom.
So a couple of weeks later I decided to change my morning routine, so now every morning my alarm goes off shortly before 5.30am, except for Sunday, where in reverse to most peoples routine, I don’t have the usual “Sunday Lie In”, the alarm goes off at 5am so I get up even earlier, now I guess you think I am little on the insane side, believe me if you’ve seen me walk, you will know I am little on the insane side.
Some mornings I’m up and out straight away, other mornings I have to fight the urge to turn over and go back to sleep, it takes some doing but I always seem to get myself up, except for two mornings when an old ankle injury flared up, but those mornings just didn’t seem to feel right, those days seemed fuzzy something just wasn’t as it should be, so I braved the pain and went back to walking.
I always walk with music, it’s my inspiration, it has to be the right music now, Christian artists like The Casting Crowns, Third Day, Tenth Avenue North, MercyMe, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Fireflight, Flyleaf, etc, or music that is uplifting and drives me on. I can walk and worship at the same time, spend time just running through the things on my mind, trying work out the best way to deal with them, if I can’t deal with It, I just commit them to a Higher Authority and move on to the next issue.
My morning walks with God set my day up, they give me balance and set me off to great start, they also help me lose weight, since I turned my life around I’ve lost 3 stone in weight and I feel great. I don’t walk like your average human, not that I walk like John Cleese and the Ministry of Silly Walks, but I walk at speed, I power walk, when I started out walking I tracked my speed at an average of 4.2mph, now as I get fitter I average about 4.7mph over at least one hour of walking, on Sunday’s I maintain that speed over 3 hours of walking. Give it a go, see if you can match or beat that!
The other morning it was absolutely bucketing it down, but I didn’t let it stop me, I got up as usual got ready and went for my walk, I was soaked when I got home, but I felt so alive, more alive than usual.
I get asked “Why do you get up at that time, I didn’t even know that time existed?” Well for me time is a premium, so the answer is why not, it’s the best time of the day, I get to walk as the sun rises, as God’s gift of light in our life rises, so does my spirit.
I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healed
(All Around Me by Flyleaf)
I suppose for me it combines many things into one, firstly exercise, secondly my love of music and thirdly the most important, it’s my time with God, can a day start any better?