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March 9, 2013

I only got 5 and a half hours of sleep last night, but ever since I’ve started this get up at the same time daily bit, I’ve gotten up muuuuuch easier in the AM.  Not to mention that Beau has been a ROYAL pain in my ass EVERY MORNING.  Getting up at the same time is also nice for Beau because he gets on a schedule, but lets just say…he’s not taking it well…yet.  He whined next to my bed at 4AM for about 20 minutes after repeatedly telling him to go to bed and then proceeded to bark at the top of his lungs for about 10 minutes from 4:30-4:45…awesome.  And you may be thinking, “poor baby!  He needs to pee or eat or something”, well he is 2 so these issues should not be prevalent!  Anyways, I’m going to try my best to get him on our schedule because I need my sleep!!!

Speaking of sleep, remember that post I did on How To Get Good Sleep?  Well, it’s coming back into play!  The Whole Life Challenge is changing up the lifestyle points for the next 2 weeks and the emphasis item is sleep, 7 hrs a day!  This will be tough, because I always try to do EVERYTHING at night, but I need to focus on unwinding and relaxing.  This is coming at great timing with our vacation and relaxation will be a priority. Here is what they posted on the site as far as some sleep facts go:

Sleep is an integral part of functioning well, and most of us do not get enough of it. More than 28 percent of adults in the U.S. report that they get less than six hours of sleep a night. It’s especially bad when “I’m going to bed” most likely means, “I’m going to lie down in my bed and cuddle with my phone.” Constant use of phones and computers right before bed may be more of a contributor to our sleep deprivation than we realize. According to the National Sleep Foundation, two-hour exposure to light from electronic displays suppresses melatonin – the hormone that affects our sleep cycles and keeps you from getting stressed and depressed – by 22%.

The following are short-term consequences associated with sleep deprivation:

  • Significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as 1.5 hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32 percent.
  • Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your memory and your cognitive ability—your ability to think breaks down!
  • Fat gain! Not only does your metabolism slow when you get too little sleep, your hormones get out of whack. Ghrelin is the “go” hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin. Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin. More ghrelin plus less leptin (aka sleep deprivation) equals fat weight gain. We’re not in the challenge to get fat, guys!

Crazy, right??  Well, I’m stoked to make sleep a priority 🙂

I got up, did some chores, made some coffee and had my “breakfast treat”.  Since I’m trying to decrease my sugar intake throughout the day, I group the intake early in the AM so I burn off those sugar calories during the day and during my workout.

Coffee to start 🙂

And 3 dates with homemade almond butter!  Three was a bit more than I should have eaten, but they were SOOOOO good 🙂

And check out what I got in the mail!  I’ve been working with Rudis for a while now sampling and reviewing their products.  I believe they’ve reformulated their bread, so I’m going to check out the new recipe and give it my thoughts!  I’m going to try to host a giveaway down the road as well…keep your eyes peeled!

And check out this month’s playlist from Run Hundred!  Harlem Shake even made the list…not sure how it would be to run to that one without watching a music video, but whatevs.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Flux Pavilion & Childish Gambino – Do or Die – 145 BPM

Cee Lo Green & Lauriana Mae – Only You – 110 BPM

Baauer – Harlem Shake – 140 BPM

DJ Pauly D & Jay Sean – Back to Love – 128 BPM

Olly Murs & Flo Rida – Troublemaker – 108 BPM

Bignic – Down – 124 BPM

ASAP Rocky, Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – Wild for the Night – 70 BPM

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) – 77 BPM

Will.I.Am, Britney Spears, Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, Nelly & Diddy – Scream & Shout (Remix) – 130 BPM

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix) – 129 BPM

The WOD for the day was awesome but brutal:

Friday WOD

AMRAP 15 min

5 squat clean thrusters (135/95)

10 T2B

I’ve been having issues with my right traps and lats so the thrusters proved futile for me.  I couldn’t push up without shooting pains, so I practiced squat cleans with front squats.  It was still tough, but it mentally put me behind.  Not to mention that those 5 hrs of sleep kicked my butt by 3PM.  I was a bit grumpy for the rest of the day and Hubby was a champion in dealing with me.

Dinner was a HUGE bowl of leftovers.  The bowl was way to large for me, but when I’m tired I become full of cravings and can’t ever decide what I want…so I had it all 🙂

Leftover taco meat (ground turkey with spices) mushrooms, some grassfed buttah, roasted garlic, roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.  Eat It Up!

How do you act when you’re sleep deprived?  I become a nut job…crazy cravings, emotional mood swings, you name it, I got it!

xoxo

Alyssa

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 9, 2013 3:21 pm

    I think I’m always sleep deprived, haha. But I become very forgetful and spacey … Cranky, hungry, moody … It’s not pleasant!

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