Friday, May 25, 2012
I do not like to sleep. I never have. My mother used to tell me what a difficult time she had getting me to go to sleep as a baby, and I remember walking around our apt by myself while every one else slept when I was younger - that's when my father started calling me Nicodemus. When MS came to my life and fatigue made my body its home, I still didn’t care for sleep. I just *had* to sleep, no way around it (sometimes, I was afraid to sleep - thought I wouldn’t wake up). Unfortunately (for me), if you want a positive experience with weight loss - sleep is absolutely necessary. After adding a little more sleep to my life and I mean little - about 30 mins to an hour - the weight came tumbling off. I thought it was just all the fruits and veggies I was eating. It wasn’t - how did I find that out? Well the week after the loss, I decided to revert to my old ways of 5 hrs of sleep per night. Not only did the weight loss stop - I started to gain again. I had not changed my eating habits, and actually have been trying to walk more (5k training) but the sleep just wasn’t there. So I know I must add sleep to the diet and exercise part of the lifestyle change. The's the time for your body to repair and recoup. Not only did I lose weight, but I found writing to be more fluid, and just generally had a better energy day. Yes, you heard it from me on May 25, 2012. Sleep is a must.
May is my try more vegan meals month. My sister was doing a reboot, so I decided to join her. Vegan meals every day mostly fruits, vegetables and juices. Hmm…
It was pretty good, definitely requires a plan to be a successful vegan eater, and I found that I prefer to be a vegetarian eater than a vegan one. I was not completely vegan - I put honey in the vinaigrette, and a little butter on the sweet potato, and then yesterday I completely fell off, but I plan to do the reboot again.
5K coming up. I still cant walk much more than 30 minutes (I think the weather has something to do with that) but I take a rest and continue. It might take me 90 minutes to complete, but I'm determined.