I’m sleep deprived. I rely on a cup of coffee to fully wake me up in the morning. I’m in college, and I hate to say that for me these things come with the territory.
So, in a time of stress and little sleep I tried something new – giving my body a break. Not worrying about workouts, just staying active and moving, stretching, etc.
Until yesterday, I hadn’t done a real workout in over a week. No, the world did not end! But to be perfectly honest, I felt disgusting. I felt low energy, lethargic, and in desperate need of some endorphins.
I knew there was a reason I used to work out every day during school – regardless of how much work I had, or how little sleep I get. I need it. My body craves it. Even when I don’t sleep enough, the rest I do get is so much better when I’ve gotten my physical energy out as well.
But here’s the thing – I have to plan ahead. I don’t have time to plan workouts, but I sure as hell can make time for a 20-30 minute sweat session. That’s 20-30 minutes I would have otherwise spent being down and debating whether I have the energy to exercise. Exercise gives me energy – and it’s a much better option than reaching for an extra cup of coffee or sugary snack for a pick me up.
So I’m going to try to plan. To choose 4-5 workouts to do for the week, that way I’m set to go when it’s time to sweat.
I know sometimes we have to take time off, but when your body tells you to do something, for goodness’ sake, DO IT!
And my body is telling me it needs to move.
[[In other news… I still eat, and eat well]]
delicious tofu sandwiches (thank you trader joe’s organic baked tofu)
INDIAN FOOD (which for some reason, I’ve been craving like crazy.) This is the cheap way to do it.
about 1/3 of the rice, and ALL of the channa. I could eat indian food like every day. In fact, I think I’ve had it like 3 times in the past week.
squash! & eggs & greens. That’s the last meal I ate in my favorite mixing bowl…
It fell off the counter last night! Which makes me really sad, but I guess now I just need to find a new giant salad bowl.
Do you work out when stressed? Or give your body a break?
Do you like Indian food?