Monday, June 18, 2018

Miles To Go Before I Sleep. Pun Intended.

These last few weeks I have been SO sleep deprived it's not even funny. I KNOW you guys know that feeling. The other day I got home from work, sat down in the chair and felt so tired and overwhelmed with everything on my list that I didn't even start it. Yep, not good. I felt about my impending training the way I felt when I was a kid and I rolled my BMX bike up to the tiny starting hill at our local track for the first time, like I was facing a HUGE insurmountable mountain. 


I know that there are so many people out there under WAY more sleep deprivation than I am, so I know it could be worse. Navy Seal training, living in a party dorm, finals week at school, doctors working in their residency, extremely long hours at work, jet lag from constant travel, parenthood, etc. You guys are heroes. Unless you are the loud one making the dorm an all night party dorm - then you suck. I got stuck in a party dorm in grad school with a Resident Director who couldn't have cared less, so between that, the constant parties and the occasional drug busts, I got about 3 hours of sleep a night. That was definitely not conducive to studying, and this singular case I'm not going to sugar coat it and say I took away so many positive things; that was the worst semester...EVER. 

Right now my goal is to sort of press the pause button on everything and restart a new, earlier bedtime and keep it consistent. That means being in bed by 10 with my eyes closed, not skimming the pages of a new favorite book or perusing whatever new interest it is on my phone's browser. I'm naturally a night owl, making it super tough to wake up in the morning in a good mood, or really to wake up at all. They say it takes 30 days to establish a new habit and that's what I intend to do. It may be impossible to fully let go of being a night owl but I sure can control having an earlier bedtime. 


Social media always shows people getting up at the butt crack of dawn to work out, and I think of doing that and inwardly cringe. However, what I'm currently doing to manage my time isn't working, so it's time to be mindful and to make an active change, especially with marathon training looming in the Fall. Right now the "waking up early" motivation isn't there. 😑 It has been happening every weekend, but now it's time to move that same motivation to the weekdays as well. Time to accomplish goals and improve those time management skills, WOOHOO!

Me every time a new Harry Potter book came out 😋

Night owls, how do you motivate/reward yourself to consistently get up early to workout? 

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