June 5th - The Morning After
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
So, I'm more out of shape than I thought! I woke up this morning and the 60 crunches and 30 second plank have left my abs feeling less than friendly towards me! Ah well; means I did them some good, at least!
I went to bed at 21:45 last night, and still over-slept! I've always had erratic sleep patterns; I'll sleep from 1:00 – 7:00 most night and awaken feeling rejuvinated and energized. It's not that I drink lots of caffeine or anything else; I just seem to be one of those people who works better on less sleep. Interestingly I read a study recently which revealed that most people function at their best when they sleep from 14:00 for 2 or 3 hours, then aim to go to bed again between midnight and 3am and sleep for 4-6 hours. Just like our food, we work best on “little and often” rather than one big chunk per day; I'm definitely that person! But anyways, I digress; 6 hours at night and a nap in the afternoons every so often is my best way to sleep, but there are some days (especially when I'm stressed) where I'll be dead to the world by 22:00 and sleep until I'm forced to rise. I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to sleep.
In other news, I seem to have gained 3lb's in the last 8 days. I'm not too torn up about it, since there are a load of factors which could have contributed to it; the last time I did a body test I was recovering from a tummy upset and was eating nothing but liquids and the odd bit of fruit, whereas today I did it right after breakfast (a litre of water, 2 slices of toast, 2 eggs and some yogurt) which can't have helped. I also wore a jumper and jeans last time (meaning my clothing weight was set to “heavy” which takes off 4lbs) whereas today I was wearing a cami and jeans (set to “light” which takes off 2lbs) so depending on the weight of the sweater verses the top I may have lost/gained extra weight there. Then of course there's the simple fact that I've not been making great weight loss choices this last week, and may have simply put a lb or two on. Either way, beating myself up about it won't help me.
I have decided on something, though (and I decided this BEFORE I did my body test). I knew someone a while ago who suffered from Anorexia, and I learned a bunch of their rules whilst I did my research to help her. Now, don't get me wrong; I'm not anorexic, nor will I ever be anorexic, and I will never advocate anorexia. But some of the rules they live by can be modified for healthy weight loss. One of them is that they will weigh themselves every morning, and if they have gained weight they fast for the day. Perhaps not the healthiest approach (both the daily weigh-ins and the erratic fasting) but there's something to be taken, perhaps; I step on the scales and see I have gained weight, the first thing I'm going to do is, say, 25 jumping jacks or 5 minutes marching on the spot. A little extra exercise (alongside whatever else I had planned for the day) to motivate me to lose that extra!
I did a 2 minute Wii Fit run, and this morning I did 50 jumping jacks whilst waiting for the computer to power up. I'll also be doing my usual amount of walking today (20 minutes for the school run this morning, 20 minutes in to college with a weight, and 20 minutes back and to pick up Jr.) although I won't be doing much else today; my partner comes over on Wednesdays and we like to chill together (which is a pain in the butt for me to be honest; he works out before he comes over at 6:30; I put Jr to bed at 7:00 and can't work out until he's gone to sleep!) but it's ok; I'm happy with what I've achieved :-)
Something else I learned yesterday/today; I really need to plan ahead better! Yesterday morning was great, good breakfast, some workouts, etc. But the food I ended up eating later that day...yikes! I had the blood sugar crash I KNOW I tend to get and I KNOW I should work harder to prevent, and I ended up gorging myself on sugary cereals for dinner and honey on toast for lunch! Not good :-( So I'm going to start making the meals (and meal plans!) in the morning when I'm all motivated and have a little more time to deal with it, rather than waiting until my blood sugar drops later in the day.
Speaking of, I guess I'm off now to do my packed lunch; I have an exam this afternoon and can't afford to go into it hungry and distracted! Wish me luck!