Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Importance of Sleep

This post could be long because sleep is highly important; in life and in weight loss. If you're not getting enough sleep it can actually contribute to weight loss difficulties.  Sleep is also why this post is going to be somewhat short. 

I am so tired.  I could have gone to bed around 6:30 this evening. I didn't simply because I had things to do and I don't really want to get up at two in the morning.  I had trouble falling asleep last night, which is most likely why I am tired today. I had errands to do (okay some were wants not haves) after work, so I got home late which threw my schedule even more off. I ended up making today a rest day from working out.  We all need days off. Muscles need time to heal, the body needs to relax, and on and on...

However, I'm sitting here feeling quite a bit of guilt. Today was mean to be a training day.  I realize it's not a huge deal and I can just do it tomorrow but I hate the feeling of missing a workout like that.  I also know that it is important to listen to my body and if I'm feeling so tired that I could fall asleep at dinner time, that probably means it's a good day to take off. 

Life goes on.

And I'm quite happy it does.  Being tired does not help me with eating either.  I did not feel like cooking dinner when I got home, so I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not so bad except I decided that I needed a reduced fat cheese stick and some crackers, oh and like six candy canes. Okay, six is an exaggeration, but that's how I feel! It was way more than I wanted to eat since I wasn't working out. Yet, I did. Now? I feel guilty. I'm not beating myself up because I've learned that it's ridiculous to do that. It is not helpful; only harmful.  So, here I am maxed out on my calories when I wanted to stay at the low range. I realize that one day is not going to make that big of a difference, however, I don't like it. Like it or not though, it happened. 

What can I do?  Move on from today.  The day is over. It's time for bed.  I didn't have a perfect day. I know it's because I was tired (honestly I've randomly cried today too, a sure sign I'm tired).  My motivation for working out wasn't there and it wasn't for doing much of anything else either. I worked on some easy crafty stuff and took a bubble bath. It was relaxing, which I guess I needed.

We all have these days and all we can do when we have a bad one is simply acknowledge it and move on. It does no good to dwell. It does no good to try to erase. 

For me, tonight, the best thing to do is just go to bed and get the sleep that I quite obviously need. Which is exactly what I am going to do.

Here's to a better tomorrow!!!


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