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! πŸ˜‰


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.Β 

Actually, Jamie told me that. But I wasn’t ready to hear it πŸ˜‰

When I’m tired (not like, it’s-10-PM-and-I’m-ready-for-bedΒ 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.Β 


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.Β 

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 πŸ˜‰ 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?Β 


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 πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚

  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. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚
    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 πŸ™‚ 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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