The first pep talk of the day came at 1:14 AM when I had to get up because I ate watermelon for dinner. “4 more hours of sleep, should I not get up and walk at 5:20?” The next pep talk came at 4:30 AM when Dennis kissed me good-bye to leave for the gym. “50 more minutes, I can fall back asleep”. I did. When my alarm started buzzing at 5:20 AM I thought “Do I really want to go walk or sleep until 6:00?” But Fluffy the cat heard my alarm so she jumped on the bed. I wanted to stalk Facebook anyway, so I got up, put my shoes on, and went upstairs to the treadmill. 30 minutes later, I am glad I did. I have taken about two months off from my morning walk because of our crazy summer schedule, but just like you, I know the benefits of 30 minutes of exercise. Did you know that morning exercise will boost your metabolism and kick it in gear? You are more likely to stick to a morning routine because it is a consistent time. You won’t have as many distractions. It will improve your mood. There will be one things off your to-do-list for the day. Why do we do it? We had children later in life, and I do mean later, so we want to do everything possible to be healthy and watch our children grow up. I know mornings are hard, but when the house starts to wake up and the kids come to my room, I will be awake and dressed and ready to start the day.