Obsessed with progress, so not listening
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I love to see progress. I track my Spark points, my exercise minutes, my FitLinxx points... and I want to see progress. I want to see that next 250 points go by or the next 1000 exercise minutes. The Y I go to uses a system called FitLinxx, and I want to see each level go by. I'm working on the final level there now. I like to see the mileage I do in a week or a month or a year increase. I don't like being stalled out, or missing a workout, or not getting as many points as possible. Am I Type A, obsessed, competitive, or what? There is a positive side to this. I am driven to keep doing my workouts, and to keep trying for higher levels of fitness. On the downside there was this morning.
When I got up today, I was really dragging. I had to force myself thru the morning routine of feeding the dogs and taking them out. Then I had to drag myself in to change for my workout. I finally hit the road for my run about 20 minutes late. I had to force myself to finish the full walk/jog (mostly walk today). When I finally made it back home, I was exhausted. Normally, I would get some water, go into my office and start Sparking, and then working. This morning, I turned the computer on...laid down and went back to sleep for 2 hours!
It was only once I woke up that I realized how badly I had needed that extra sleep. The rest of the day I felt great! I was able to do my time on the treadmill desk, I was more productive with my work, and I still was feeling like playing with the dogs after dinner. So, I guess I finally had an example of what everyone keeps saying - listen to your body! It was telling me I needed that sleep, and I did my best to ignore it. Hopefully I will have learned from this.
I hope all of you have a good night's sleep tonight!