Health & Fitness

Sleep Matters

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So I didn’t fall off the face of the earth, just been super busy… work, kids, work, baseball, booster club, etc. I’m still here, chugging along and then I realized it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve checked in.

It’s day 115 or something. I never heard from Advocare, so I guess I didn’t win 😦 I’m still going strong in regards to eating well, counting all the things, weighing most of things, etc. But I’ve finally hit a wall/plateau… now I’m not 100% sure but I have a good idea as to why.

LACK OF SLEEP!

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Y’all let me tell you, sleep has been missing in my life for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been staying up late working on things. I get to bed at midnight or later. I wake up at 5(ish) a.m. Go full steam ahead. For some of you this is normal. For me it is not. In those first 95 days, I would get sore and I would get tired, but I bounced back pretty quickly.

Recently, I started feeling the soreness lasting for days. Terrible soreness. So not only am I grumpy from lack of sleep, my body is hating me. It took me a couple of days to realize the culprit. But rest, more specifically, SLEEP, is truly key to recovery and feeling good. I know, I hear you. I sense the eyes rolling… “Hey Stephanie, this isn’t rocket science!?!”

I KNOW! But everyone also knows eating clean and working out is good for you yet not everyone eats clean and works out. So maybe I have to state the obvious… ONCE AGAIN!

Maybe you have a routine and you function fine on limited sleep. You may be one of the few who REALLY, TRULY can live on limited sleep. I AM NOT THAT PERSON. Yes, I once used to be. I was also younger and without goals.

Let me say… functioning and recovering are two different things. I don’t think hitting a wall in my weight loss is coincidental . I’m no doctor, but how can the two not go hand-in-hand?

Hello boys and girls, I am proof. I’ve been living it the past 2.5 weeks and from my last weigh in, the scale hasn’t moved really. I’m grateful it hasn’t gone up, but I now know that proper sleep is KEY. If that doesn’t convince you to get more sleep, I don’t know what will.

Now that my extracurricular deadlines have been hit, I will be getting back to good sleep habits. I’m just hoping that is 100% the key to getting back on track. Thankfully, I haven’t fallen off the food wagon 🙂 So that helps!

Speaking of food wagon, like I said earlier I’m still chugging along but that wall I’ve hit is killing me mentally.  I’m sure it’s not only lack of sleep although I feel pretty confident about that. It’s just the same tired ol routine day in and day out. I have a newer food plan coming up. So I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. I was trying to do some different things, but not hitting the macros, also not trying very hard. Things get old. They get tired. I get tired. But I can’t slow down anymore than I have in the past couple of weeks. So rally with me!

So here’s to changing up my food, getting good sleep again and hopefully making progress. 41 is right around the corner.

Let’s stay on track… or get on track. Whatever it is, let’s do something new and fresh!

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