It's like another person has entered my body since summer vacation has started. Yes, I did just blame the start of my favorite time of year on my lack of all things that I not only preach but believe in as if it were some sort of religion.
Going to sleep early has been just as difficult as waking up early. There are days where I literally just fall where I am or power nap while my kids play around me in the backyard. Thank God for sunglasses!! My kids have been partying late-night with their karaoke sing-alongs and camp fire marshmallows and have expected me to keep up with them. Don't they know I get up with the chickens?? Because of their "case of the summertime fun-times" all my good intentions have been swallowed by the green freaky monsters.
Has it been fun? Absolutely!!! Am I paying the price? Most definitely! The constant yawns, lack of motivation to cook or eat properly (peanut butter sandwiches anyone?); coffee runs at 2 pm (oh shit! I'm running late) and 9 pm snacking have all reared their ugly heads. I've drunk more coffee in a week than I have all fall, winter and spring - combined!! I'm about to get an IV drip of caffeine right to my veins!
Without the sleep, everything starts to lag; my nutrition obviously suffers, my motivation suffers, my ability to push harder suffers and my ability to think straight suffers. Without the water all my organ functions start to suffer. TMI ALERT: I am unable to waste properly (which would turn anyone into a bitch), my urine turns from lemonade to apple juice (which is a great hydration indicator), I feel sleepier, lack motivation and can't concentrate. Without the proper nutrition I can't sleep properly, I lose concentration easily, I get a loss for words, I feel lethargic ALL THE TIME, I can’t keep up with simple tasks. With a lack of cardiovascular exercise and no endorphins pumping into by blood, I feel sleepier, grumpier, lack motivation and can’t concentrate.....Wait!!! These things are all linked!
Holy Smokes!!!! Who would have thought that these simple ways of living would be interlinked and affect my way of just doing my day to day normal activity, formal exercise aside?
I am not as concerned about the cardiovascular exercise as I will be incorporating it back into my formal exercise regime shortly but the rest of the components of living a better, simpler life falls on me. I am not saying I should get strict with my program but I should at least get the sleep I need and nutrition to support my exercise habit. A bit more water wouldn't kill me either as it would make me feel more awake and let me keep up with the three little critters that jump on my bed late at night. Small steps, ah who am I kidding, big gulps. Start with big gulps.
Taking a swig of h2O,
Until Next Time,
Live From the Inside Out,