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The Importance of Sleep

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I need my beauty sleep!

Over the last month I haven't been keeping up with my SparkPeople very well. I've been tracking food and exercise only sporadically, haven't been reading any blogs and didn't even log my last weigh-in (even though it was a half pound loss!). The worst part though is that I have not been keeping up with my running and have started sneaking junk food back into my cupboard. Part of this is general business lately. A long weekend trip away, lots of new things going on at work, working extra hours to make up for long weekend trip away, etc.

But hey, what else is new, right? We're all busy all the time. If it's not one thing it's another. In fact, I've been busy since I started this endeavor! I started reflecting back on my 'worst' weeks and found that they correlate pretty heavily with one previously overlooked factor.

SLEEP!!!!

I've always known that I'm a 'stress eater' and need to be careful around these times, but this past month there were days that I wasn't particularly stressed but I was, for one reason or another, EXHAUSTED. It was on these days that I tended to wimp out of my workout or reach for the handy snack. I mean, when you're exhausted and running on fumes who has the energy to make the right choice?! You just do what's easiest. And that's certainly not going for a run. And even if I manage to choose to go for a run, I just can't seem to push myself to do that last little bit when I am tired.

Seems obvious, but I never noticed until recently what a direct day-to-day effect sleep was having on trying to maintain my healthy habits. So, if I'm trying to develop healthy eating and activity habits, seems like healthy sleeping habits should go hand-in-hand!

I hereby resolve to get 7 hours of sleep every night!

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DIET_FRIEND 8/30/2012 6:39PM

    I have "favorited" an article about sleep's part in our journey to better health and fitness. I hope your stressful situations don't take you off your plans too much. In a year, if you can stay with it, imagine how great you will feel.

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