A Fresh Start

My Morning Routine

Planner and pen

My husband Bryan started a new job in November of last year. He had to get up at 7:30 in order to arrive on time to work and I would get up with him, see him off, and then go back to bed until 8:00 or 8:30 until Nellie woke up. A couple weeks ago I found myself on my phone until almost 9:00 while Nellie happily hung out in her crib and I realized I was wasting precious time, so I decided to start a morning routine. 
 Baby Nellie sleeping on the monitor

While Nellie sleeps or as long as she is content in her crib, I now do the following: 

I wake up at 7:30 with Bryan but I don't go back to bed. I see him off, and then I check my planner for the day's activities. I plan what I will do with Nellie until her nap and then I do 15-20 minutes of gospel study. Studying the gospel fills my cup and I think it is so important that we do something for us each and every day!


After my gospel study, I get the energy to get off of the bed and go to the living room to do a strength training workout. My goal is to do at least 15 minutes and if I'm not going to the gym to swim later that day, then I try to do 30 minutes.

This doesn't always happen because some days Nellie cries earlier than others, but even 10 minutes of a workout is better than nothing! 

Taryn doing a push up 
I like to use the Nike Training App which has a ton of different options of workouts. My go to workouts are "Bi's and Tri's", "12 Minute Arms & Abs", and "One Leg at a Time". 

Taryn working out

Taryn filling up water
Taryn and water bottle
Taryn and Nellie
After my workout I go and get Nellie and we start our day! If Nellie is still sleeping or is super content, I sometimes steal a quick shower before I get her. Otherwise, after breakfast she eats a piece of bread while she watches Ms. Rachel and I shower and quickly get ready for the day!

Here at GKW we are all about helping busy parents spend more time with their families and less time in the kitchen, all while getting healthy and I think a morning routine is a fantastic way to do just that! How do you like to start your day?? 

Taryn Pratt, MPH 
P.S. Have any questions?? The quickest way to get an answer is to DM me on our instagram @GourmetKitchenworks 

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