Too hot outside. Spent most of today maneuvering through the new blog. Highlight meal: gluten-free pasta with Italian turkey meatballs. Snack: Fresh yellow peach with vanilla yogurt. Photo is me and Bubb, in mid-blog, while fireworks boomed and cracked outside. I gave in to the 7pm coffee call. My daughter kissed me and wished me a happy 4th. My sister visited and while here, discovered the gluten-free nacho cheese tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s. Her eyes lit up. Then my daughter softly rested her head on my shoulder as I typed. These moments are what really matter.
I wake up at 5am on some days. If I don’t enough sleep, most likely from working late the night before, I will munch and snack to stay awake. I’m learning that not getting enough sleep will actually make me gain weight. I don’t have enough energy throughout the day and I don’t think as clearly. When I finally got my head around the idea that sleeping will help me maintain me lose weight, I started making sleep a bigger priority.
I don’t get 8hrs. I’m skating in the 6-7hr area. But I try to nap in the afternoon, which isn’t ideal but my fatigue seems to cycle back for about 3 days every few weeks.
When I’m stressed, usually about my finances, I tend to wake up earlier. My best remedy is prayer.
I don’t take sleeping pills or drink calming teas. I am working on not eating too close to bedtime.
My weekly dilemma is when I want to get more done and it’s 7pm. I’m tired and I feel like going to bed but it just seems too early and I won’t know if I have time the following day to get my work done. This is probably where I’m so tired that I’m not thinking clearly anymore.
So I have a cup of coffee to get me through the next couple of hours. I’m noticing that I either jumble through the rest of my to-do list or I get one or two things done but I don’t feel a significant jump in my progress. It really doesn’t seem worth losing sleep, once I view this cycle from the outside.
I know I’ve gotten enough sleep when I wake up and I can work faster.