Reclaiming Your Vitality - The Journey


Reclaiming Your Vitality - The Journey
Day 5 - From Bliss to Blah in 24 Hours

Day 5 -  From Bliss to Blah in 24 Hours

Yesterday I was happy.  I mean really happy.  I felt good inside.  Energized.  Content.  Like possibility was present.  My body felt sore, but good.  I thought, the journey is going well.  I definitely feel more like myself and it's only been 4 days.


And then I woke up this morning.  While I did get to bed earlier than I have the past two nights, in all honesty, I had had around 5-6 hours of sleep the past three night.  It finally caught up to me today.  I woke with a head ache and felt very sluggish.  I ended up sleeping in an extra hour and still fell disconnected from my body and my mind felt groggy, unfocused.

I had little or no patience with my daughter.

I was late for work.

I had child care issues.

The school called with another issued.

My daughter's dad called and told me she is not going to the middle school I've been communicating with over the past few months.

I had two system issues and tech support SUX when all you can do is "email your issue".

I left early to avoid traffic and drove straight into grid lock on route 29.

All this and I am having period too!!! 

What a day!

I desperately wanted to stuff my face with some pre-fabed goodie.  All I could think was "If I just eat something I will feel better."  But today, I heard statement for the lie it was.  Today, I ate the food that was in my lunch bag.  Today, as I logged a case with tech support, I ate raisins and almonds.  Today, I drank water instead of coffee.  Today, I skipped a trip to sandwich shop for cookies.

Today when I came home and looked for goodies, I caught myself.  Instead I began to prepare diner.  Afterwards I changed my clothes and I knew I needed some exercise, to blow off some steam but not too intense.  I knew I needed a workout that was healthy but fun.  So yes . . .you know it . . . I reached for Shawn T's Hip Hop Hips, Buns, and Thighs.  I laughed.  I danced.  I burned calories.  My ass is still on fire!  It was actually more challenging that I thought it would be.  And it was perfect. 

Afterwards I shared dinner with my daughter and cleaned the kitchen, all be fore 8 pm. 

Moral of the story - Get rest!  Sure a lot of what happened would have happened anyway.  You can't stop "life" from happening.  But my frame of mind would have been much better, had I had enough rest.  My mind would have been clearer.  I would have had more patience.  In other words, I wouldn't have sweated the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.

Sleep deprivations retards health and fitness goals.  Your body is too tired to function optimally so it will hold on to fat trying to use it for fuel since you aren't getting rest.  Lack of rest had me groggy, cranky.  And craving food.  Which is what the body does when it feels tired.  It thinks it's low on fuel.  I craves foods that will give you the quickest energy boost that it knows you tend to prefer in my case sweets and caffeine.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
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