I hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start! Mine started off with a nice mug of pumpkin oatmeal and a large tumbler of coffee. It’s Monday, let’s not kid ourselves–the extra caffeine will most definitely be needed. Oh, and a big spoonful of peanut butter on top of the oatmeal because again, let’s be honest, you can’t eat oats without some kind of nut butter.
Skipped the gym this morning because we didn’t get to bed until almost midnight last night and I’m going to need that rest later this afternoon. I plan to hit up the gym for a run before I take the power hour class at OPY tonight.
Now I know it’s Monday, but there is something I want to talk about. I almost sat down and wrote this post last night, but wanted a little more time to think about it. And if I’m being honest (Mondays are full of that around here apparently) I may be writing this post more for myself than for anyone to read. There’s something I need to get off my chest and that I need to understand, and I feel like writing my thoughts out will help me process it. So bear with me.
I haven’t been feeding my body enough lately. Like…not even close to enough.
Before I go any further, no this is not on purpose. I don’t restrict food or count calories, and I’m not starving myself. I’m not suffering from an eating disorder, but I do suffer from something else that I may or may not have talked about before. You see, I am a perfectionist. When I have a goal in mind, I set out to achieve it in a “perfect” manner. So about a month ago when I decided I was going to really work on fueling my body with healthy, whole foods I may have overshot my goal.
I mentioned last week that I felt really weak and tired during a hot yoga class last week. Up until that point, I really hadn’t noticed what was going on. I thought that being tired was just a symptom of my super busy schedule and didn’t think much of it. That is, until Friday night rolled around and I went to bed at 9 pm. Nick wanted to go to dinner but I was seriously so tired that I didn’t even think I could make it out. I fell asleep around 9 and didn’t wake up until almost 9 on Saturday morning. Not normal.
I have never needed that much sleep. In fact, I used to get by on 5-6 hours of sleep in college and even up until last year, I got less than 8 hours a night. There were some nights in college where I would get 3-4 hours of sleep and breeze through the next day. It wasn’t until I was catching up on Robyn’s blog that I realized that my problem may be that I’m not eating enough.
After reading this post, I quickly realized that no, I’m definitely not. After thinking about what I ate on Friday: oatmeal with PB & a banana for breakfast, an apple and Lunabar for a mid-morning snack, chopped veggies and whole grain tortilla chips with hummus for lunch, and fruit and Greek yogurt for dinner, it was VERY obvious that my body was so tired because it wasn’t getting enough fuel. Throw in a 4 mile run that I did on Friday after work and it’s amazing I was able to make it through that.
So this week’s goal? Eat MORE. Not more processed, high-calorie food (yuck…that will NOT ever be making its way into my body) but more nutrient-packed food. I love fruits and veggies by nature (thanks, mom!) and I need to start incorporating more of those as well as more whole grains, healthy fats and yes, the occasional sweet treat. I haven’t eaten froyo in about 3 months because I have been trying to “clean” up my diet. Yeah…that needs to change.
A little deep for a Monday morning now, wasn’t it? Time to get to work. Hope your week is off to an amazing start!