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.
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
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