Slow Down, Crazy. Slow Down.

Hi there! Who’s ready for a new week?! This Monday seems a little easier for me than past ones because I know I don’t have class this week. Oh, it’s glorious! ;)


I have to admit something to you. I’m a quick learner, but sometimes learning things that will help myself usually take a little bit longer to click, if you know what I mean.

On Thursday I mentioned that although I know I’m tired, I continue to set my alarm for my 5 AM workouts. I really needed to someone to say: Slow down, crazy. Slow down. 

Actually, Jamie told me that. But I wasn’t ready to hear it ;)

When I’m tired (not like, it’s-10-PM-and-I’m-ready-for-bed tired but more like I-have-been-going-nonstop-for-a-week-with-only 5-hours-of-sleep tired) I make poor decisions.

Case A: I’m physically tried, therefore my exercise schedule begins to slack. What would be a normal 30 minute run begins to feel like a 30 minute run, while pulling a Mack truck behind me. So I tend to quit early.


Case B: I’m mentally tired, therefore my thoughts aren’t as clear as normal. I can convince myself that Yeah, a spicy chicken combo from Wendy’s isn’t that bad. I mean, there is chicken in there. Sort of. And fries are like potatoes. Sort of. 


Case C: I’m emotionally tired. Seriously, if the wind blows the wrong way, I’ll start crying. Does anyone else get overly-teary when you’re tired? Or is it just me..?


Case D: Yesterday. I took a nap in the middle of the afternoon and woke up feeling terrible. It was a nauseous, shaky, I-don’t-want-to-get-up feeling. It was the swift kick in the ass that finally made me stop and think Okay. It’s time to slow down. 

I realized that working out is not more important than getting the adequate amount of sleep or food. I need to be well rested in order to make healthy food decisions that will fuel my body for exercise.

So this morning when my alarm went off at 4:50, I laid there and thought Why can’t I work out later in the afternoon? And when I couldn’t come up with a good answer, I reset my alarm and woke up 45 minutes later feeling refreshed – something I have not felt for a week or so.

If you’re like me and you’re a little psycho, take a step back and reevaluate how you’re treating yourself and prioritizing things like sleep, health and fitness.

Okay, this is me stepping off my soapbox ;) I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Let’s chat – Do you ever choose exercise over sleep? Do you get overly emotional when you’re tired? 

33 Comments on “Slow Down, Crazy. Slow Down.”

  1. Cait says:

    you sound just like me girl! there have been times, especially in the next 9 days before my big trip, where i’m jam packing things into my schedule including work (one more class tomorrow), packing, social time, i tend to just get up at 6:30 in order to get everything done! phew- i tend to cry if i’m emotionally tired. i def need to ‘slow down’ as well and maybe sleep in and work out LATER to make sure i’m not going to crazy! you’ll be okay darlin’!

  2. I used to do the whole 5am workout session, but man…I was tired! I did it so that I could have more freetime after work…but in reality, I ended up coming home from work tired, and going to bed way earlier than I used to.

    Now I workout after work when the sun is shining and I have much more energy!

  3. I’ve been feeling kind of run down lately too. I think it’s b/c I’m a night owl, but it’s starting to wear on me. I hope you start to feel better!!

  4. omg YES that’s exactly like me!!I’ve definitely not been getting enough sleep lately and it’s beginning to take it’s toll… i do tend to choose exercise over sleep, but just because I know that I’ll feel more energised after..if I slept in, I’d be a lazy bum all day!
    And yeah I get overly emotional when tired too!I get snappy and just not very fun to be around! :/

  5. I get very emotional when I’m tired. During finals week, I think I cried everyday. And sometimes I didn’t even know why, haha.

  6. GF Grad Nut says:

    Ugh, I am a monster when I overwork myself physically and mentally! I’m so glad you made the decision to sleep in today and get caught up. Have a good week Colleen!

  7. Trisha says:

    I frequently choose exercise over sleep. My reasoning is usually because it is easier to get it done in the morning. But I know sometimes my body would be better off if I just waited! Hope you can catch up on some sleep this week :)

    • Colleen says:

      I feel the same way – once it’s over with, I don’t have to think about it all day! I hate the feeling of having it hang over my head!

  8. I was feeling that way for a few weeks before I broke my ankle. Now that I’m forced to take a break from my rigorous workout routine, my body is much happier and my mind is clearer. Sleep and rest days are just as important as workouts!

    • Colleen says:

      I agree! If you’re tired, your workouts are just crap. I’m learning that 1 intense workout while feeling well-rested and well-fed is much better than 2 half-ass, tired workouts :)

  9. I used to be sleep deprived through college- I was either crying all the time or thinking everything was soo funny becuase I was so tired. Now I know how important sleep and taking time to rest is.

  10. Sounds like you are really listening to your body! Good for you!

  11. I’m incredibly emotional when I’m tired! It’s a nightmare for people surrounding me! :)

  12. Paige says:

    I tend to have the opposite issue with morning workouts…at 5am, I can convince myself of SO many reasons that sleep is more important than exercise.

    I am definitely guilty of the exhausted-weepies. If I’m stressed for too long (i.e. a week goes by where I’m dealing with something very stressful a lot) then I definitely get weepy too.

  13. I get SO emotional when tired! I end up feeling so overwhelmed with the smallest things. It’s also when I will more easily feel the pull to emotionally eat. I hope you get some rest soon!

  14. It’s so true that getting formal exercise every day is NOT more important than getting adequate sleep.

    I hope that you get enough rest soon so you can feel better, it really does catch up with you!

  15. Another reason we are the same – I am super emotional when tired, stressed, overworked, etc. I cry easily as is, so you can guess how that turns out! And it’s funny you posted this today because I chose to sleep over workout this morning. I was so tired and knew that if I didn’t allow my body the rest it deserved, this would be my week from hell. Thanks for sharing! :)

  16. Sleep is so important but I’m terrible at getting in adequate amounts! It’s crazy!

  17. I have chosen exercise over sleep a few times. It then makes me extremely tired after the workout and I get grumpy and people hate to be around me. So then I had to nap anyways.

  18. During finals, I always pretty much choose exercise over sleep. I feel like I need exercise to keep my stress levels down, but I do get really cranky! And, I definitely get more emotional when I’m tired.

  19. Oh I definitely need my sleep to function. I’m a crier when I don’t sleep – and my entire family knows not to mess with me when I am too tired. LAst week was really rough for me too – and I pick sleep over exercise if I for real need it.

  20. Belinda says:

    Hey Colleen!
    I’m an undergraduate at Washington State University (5th year senior starting this fall). I always want to reply to your blogs because 90% of the time they are dead on with what I’m struggling with too. Perhaps the perfectionist personality accounts for most of that. :)
    I’m actually trying to get back into the exercise groove. I’m healing from last week, which was finals week.
    Last year I used to be a gym rat. I would be at the gym 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Life Lesson: Beware of Burnout.

    Thank you for the many moments of truth and just being transparent with so many people.

    • Colleen says:

      Hey, Belinda! Wow! That’s A LOT of time to spend at the gym! You’re so right, burnout is something we all need to be aware of :) Thanks so much for your comment – it really means a lot to me!

  21. Brittany says:

    Yeah i understand that! If i get this job, things are going to happen RATHER QUICKLY in the next 3 weeks!!!! AHHHHHH! I tend to get cranky and not want to do anything or sleep when i’m emotionally overwhelmed! I feel that will happen a lot in the near future, so i’ll need to take those issues to the gym! Work that stress out, instead of eating it away!!! love you, bbff!

  22. cbrady3 says:

    I get SO emotional and mean when I’m tired. I’m lucky that I don’t have a family to be responsible for so I can make sure to get to bed at a good hour. Otherwise I am a PAIN to be around

  23. Wow, I don’t function that early in the morning, exercise seems so much harder for me first thing in the morning.

  24. I’m SUCH a cranky pants when I’m tired. I get overly emotional and easily stressed. I definitely need to learn to breathe!

  25. Jenny says:

    I definitely can’t function without a good night’s sleep but usually I do choose exercise over sleep since without exercise I’m uber cranky

  26. Katy says:

    I love the first little cartoon, I can relate hardcore. Haha. I’m glad you decided to sleep in this morning! Good for you!

  27. kristisn says:

    I do get overly emotional when I’m tired. I try to explain it to people, but they just look at me like I’m one of those girls that cry too easily.

  28. Oh my gosh I can totally relate to this post! I recently went thought the whole thing….I was physically tired but till pushing myself in working out, i was emotionally tired, crying at the thought of anything remotely frustrating and mentally tired, feeling stressed like never before. It wasn’t until I got sick twice in a row that I took it down a notch. I always try to tell myself that it’s not the end of the world to skip a workout, go to bed early and leave the to do list unfinished….it will all still be there in the morning. HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER!


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