Slow Down, Crazy. Slow Down.Posted: May 9, 2011
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?