Insomnia

It’s crazy just how much a night of not being able to sleep can change your attitude.  I’m certainly not a morning person (my 7 years of graveyard shift can attest to that) but I normally am up-and-at-’em as soon as my alarm goes off.  I look forward to getting to work and getting it over with so I can be back home with my wife.  But last night made this morning miserable.  I’m not sure what it was; maybe it was because I drank a cup or two of coffee for the first time in forever yesterday.  Maybe it’s because I was so excited for certain things happening at work.  Or maybe it’s because I really, REALLY have pushed myself hard already this week and my body is mad at me.  That’s the one I’m going with.

Changing my workout routine, adding extra lifts to it, doing some HIIT and then some swimming and water aerobics… no wonder my body was screaming all night long!  Hopefully it doesn’t take long for my body to get used to this because I don’t want to be lying in bed in pain night after night until the weekend comes.  I don’t think I pushed myself THAT much harder than I have before, but you never know.  Sometimes a few small changes can make big changes in the body.

In other news, I am about ready to go to the doctor for my back.  I’ve had back problems off and on for years, but the last few months they have been insane.  Sitting is so painful (I am so glad I get to do it for 8 hours at work), my job won’t give me a standing station without a doctor filling out a bunch of paperwork, sleeping can be terribly painful if I am lying the wrong way and there seems to be no relief.  I have tried stretching more and still wear a weightlifting belt but it won’t go away.  I hate doctors, so if I am willing to go to one, you know it’s not good.

So here’s to a long day with more coffee involved.  Maybe that is how coffee works; try a little, stay up all night, need more the next day, rinse and repeat.

Meals:

Breakfast – Overnight oatmeal with almonds and dark chocolate
Snacks – Beef jerky and trailmix
Lunch – Creamy southwest chicken
Dinner – Baked chicken with broccoli and fruit salad
Dessert – A few Fig Newtons with peanut butter and a protein shake with Cracklin’ Oat Bran

Exercise:

An hour of walking at work

4.3 miles on the treadmill including some HIIT

20 minutes of aggressive swimming along with 1.5 hours of playfulness in the pool

45 minutes of aqua aerobics

2 thoughts on “Day 93… Who Needs Sleep?

  1. firstly you should definitely go to the doctors about your back, they can fill in the appropriate forms to get you better chairs / standing stations and such, sitting down for 8 hours a day is awful…I have to do it too and my legs and back hurt more from that than anything else!

    secondly, well done for making changes, sometimes small changes make a bit difference because your body adapts to long periods of the same exercise so even small changes can suddenly make you ache (well this is what happens to me any way)…but your body is probably secretly pleased even if it is grumbling 🙂

    thirdly, I know what you meant but “aggressive swimming” amused me a lot! I had visions of you going along going “grrrrrr” and “aaaarggh” and scowling at people and possibly threatening them and waving a stick (which i suspect is hard to do when swimming) It made me smile 😀

    1. Yeah, I need to do it though I just hate spending money to be told there “is nothing that we can do”. I do stand up a lot during the day, every chance I get, but it only helps so much.

      I remember when I tried this endeavor before that I would make changes in things – even as small as changing the order I did my circuit training – and it would seem like a whole new workout. I know I feel it a lot more now than I did last week so I think the changes were for the better even if it makes me walk like a 90 year old man.

      Ha! Yeah, I get kicked out of the pool sometimes with my aggressive swimming; slapping at the water like a crazed man and sometimes kicking at it, too!

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