My focus these last 2 weeks has been holding down the fort, which has worked fairly well. I have helped the boys adjust to their new school schedule, had an informal interview and a working interview, my oldest and I had strep, and now I seem to have the beginnings of a cold. 😷 Tomorrow, I get to go in for my last pre-job meeting--pay negotiation! What with the sickness this early in the season (yay, school starting, right?!), I'm going to change up my plans here. I've been meaning to take this time to restart my workouts, get my brain reorganized, etc. That has failed. I'm drinking some water. I'm getting most of my steps regularly. But something needs to change. I'm stressed, though not horrendously, but slightly naggingly, like it's threatening to reveal its ugly self any moment. I'm constantly running out of energy halfway through the day. And my patience is incredibly thin, which makes for unhappy mornings getting ready for school. Something needs to change.
A story on the radio this morning reminded me of how great an impact consistent sleep deprivation can have on the body, from decreased brain function and memory, to hormones thrown out of wack, to the body simply functioning as if it's constantly under stress and holding onto fat because of that. So I'm going to go on a "sleep diet." For the next two weeks (at the VERY least), I am not going to watch any tv after the boys are asleep, I am not going to use any screens after 2130, and I am going to be in bed at 2200 every night (meaning once screens go off at 2130, I'm going to start getting ready for sleep). I am not going to worry about step challenges or formal exercise programs, though I will stretch and foam roll as needed. I'm not going to stress about what I'm eating, though I will remain conscious of my choices and how it makes me feel. I'm not going to track my water, though I will drink according to thirst. That's it. My whole goal is to get from 7.5-9 hours of sleep every night.
Anyone want to join me? Come on, you know you want an excuse to stay in bed! 😄 Let me know!!