No sleep = poor eating habits

When I don't sleep well my eating habits suck!! What is that about? I mean, I know what it is but it can completely destroy a perfectly excellent plan.  When I don't sleep well I am cranky, fatigues, crave carbs like nobody's business and do absolutely nothing unless I have to do something.  I hate it.

Does that ever happen to you?

Sunday we spent time without family, we had an early dinner which made me a little tired. Not that dinner was early but that I just felt tired after dinner.  I realized I needed to get the kids and myself ready for the week or at least for the first day of school after spring break so I decided having a cup of coffee at 5:00 o'clock in the evening would be a great idea, a great way to get a jump start.  HA!!! NOT!!

I'm not sure why I haven't learned this lesson yet.  #1 Coffee never kicks in right away, for me it can take a few hours, particularly if I'm already tired.  #2  I should never drink coffee after 2:00 PM.

I dragged myself home, did what I needed to do still feeling exhausted, went to bed at 8:30 PM and passed out.  Woke up at 1:00 AM and that was the end of my good night sleep.  I can usually function on 5-6 hours of sleep but not when I wake up at 1:00 AM and have already been functioning for a good five hours by the time everyone else wakes up.  I knew this day was going to be hard to handle for me.

I ate everything I shouldn't. I did not give myself the time to take a nap--no real good reason, really. I guess I kept waiting for the morning coffee to kick in and help me feel better or more energized.  Never happened. I was irritable, fatigued, and now I felt bloated from eating so much.... well, whatever, you know--stuff! UGH!!

Let's just say it's a good thing I was home alone.

I pulled myself together and stretched. Went to a fitness training and then came home and went to bed.  No coffee this time.  Energy had to come from within.  I slept great from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM! YES!!!!

Today will be a better day. I've already started with a good breakfast and feel ready to do some more fitness training and then a nice long run around the lake.  It's going to be a good and productive day.

I think I will have to write some things down to help me remember what NOT to do so that I don't ruin my day trying to fix my current status.

Here are some tips I knew all along and ignored:

When you're tired, REST: never rely on some food or drink to give you energy. If you're rested, it's likely you just need to drink or eat something to refuel.

When you're thirsty, DRINK water: sometimes we're just dehydrated.  Drink your water throughout the day because usually by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.

When you're hungry, EAT healthy: it's like putting gas in the car. There's no substitute.  Eat fruit, veggies, healthy protein bars, yogurt, granola... the list of healthy snacks goes on.

IF you are easily tempted, GET RID of IT! I realize that I have weaknesses so I make it a point of not buying anything I know I'll eat in a moment of weakness.  I also get rid of left overs or other holiday candies no one needs to continue eating.

Now time for a run. I need it!  Have a fantastic week! I'll see you in class this week :-)

Stay well,


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