I get it now. I understand the constant exhaustion, how easy it is to make up excuses as to why you can’t do that work out, or that you’re too tired to cook some food. I’m there now. I wake up every morning at 5 am, and work a 7-8 hour day. I’m ready for bed by 6 pm and asleep between 9-9:30 pm, and it starts all over the next day. I’m there. I had an idea of how hard it was before I started working, but I realize now how circumstantial the situation is. I didn’t realize just how hard it was… until I started making excuses as to why I don’t have to write a post on my blog. That’s why I haven’t posted in a while, and it’s just to WRITE a post, I mean the most physical thing about that is picking up my laptop and then moving my fingers across the keyboard, but I didn’t even want to do that.

With all that being said, I still have been trying to be as active as I can, and I’m eating as healthy as I can to make up for the lack of intensity in my workouts now. But I realized something while experiencing my first taste of this new lifestyle… SLEEP is so important. The nights I get less than 6 hours of sleep I’m more likely to not want to do anything as soon as I get home, and the nights I get 7-8 hours, I’m way more optimistic and I’m more motivated to get my body moving.

People, sleep is SO important to your physical, mental, and emotional health. It is the only time your body and your mind can recover and recharge for the next day. There have been so many studies done that prove when people don’t have a good sleep schedule and sleep less than 6 hours a night are more likely to experience weight gain, wrinkle at an earlier age, are irritable, and so many other awful things.

If you are wanting to take some control on your life and your body, and you want to try to get in shape, then my first challenge to you is simply sleep! Get the rest that your body is needing. Go to sleep early, or if you are able to go into work later, then go ahead and go in later so you can squeeze in those 8 hours. Once you start getting those 7-8 hours every single night, and you start noticing that change in mood, and energy increase, then slowly start to put those pieces together of going on walks/runs, go to the gym, whatever it is that you want to do that you’re finding too hard to do now, because you are truly exhausted. Because in the long run you are going to end up doing your body more harm if you over work your body when you’re not resting enough.

Sleep well, and live your Con{FIT}dent you! šŸ™‚

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