Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I had planned to blog later in the day, but what better time than when you can't sleep?  It's not that I woke up too incredibly early (5:30am, meh, early, but doable), but that it took me forever to fall asleep as well, and then it was a restless sleep.  I'm going to be paying for this later at work, I can tell.  Maybe it's a two cups of coffee kind of day.

I've been having trouble sleeping for awhile.  Tea at bed time seems to help me wind down from the day, but even when I'm exhausted sleep doesn't come easily.  Typically my problem isn't falling asleep, it's staying asleep.  I think I'm going to need to start taking some more drastic measures (and by drastic I mean trying that new ZzzzQuil product, or something like Unisom). 

Most of the time when I don't want to work out, it's because I'm tired.  Well, can I really be that exhausted everyday?  I'm hoping that if I can somehow fix my sleep pattern that the answer will become "no", instead of "yes", because honestly, I could probably convince myself to fall asleep around 6pm every night if I tried.  I'm that tired.

Other than my total lack of sleep last night, this week has gotten off to a great start.  I'm feeling really good otherwise, and am noticing more subtle signs of weight loss.  I can't remember if I mentioned it in a previous post or not, but I have been wearing a heart rate monitor when I exercise to more accurately assess the calories I'm burning (it's super awesome and programmed specifically for me, kinda love it).  The only downside (and honestly I don't even notice it anymore) is that you strap the dang thing to your chest.  What got me excited was that yesterday I had to tighten the strap!

My rings are also getting loose, and I'm starting to see some hint of actual ankles, not just cankles.

I spent the weekend recovering from a 24 hour bug (I guess that defeats the purpose of a 24 hour bug if it takes so much out of you that you stay in bed for the following 48), but I did get back to the gym on Monday to FINALLY finish week 2 of my C25k, and then convinced myself to start week 3 last night.  Week 3 is the first week where I'm really feeling challenged, so I'm hopeful that I'll get to see a real improvement as I continue this week's exercises and move forward.  I have upped the speed at which I run from 5.0 mph to 5.5 mph, and I actually find it easier.  I think 5.0 was too slow for my stride, which made the whole work out just plain uncomfortable.

Tonight is going to be my rest night, and I'll be back at it tomorrow.  Hopefully I can convince myself that I like running if it do it enough...


  1. I'll text you about some of my favorite pre work out drinks. Look into them :) theybfuep your workout and recovery process BIG time! And let me know how you like the zzzzzQuil!!!

    I've been awake since 5:30. I blame my kid though :) and awesome job on the treadmill!!! 5.5 is fast!!! We can jog together if you want when you are home?

  2. good luck with the insomnia.. that's the worst.

    also a tip on the HRM, I wear one when I work out too and when I did my first long run I had some serious chafing! Ouch.. So vasoline yourself up before any long runs! Also your speed is incredible! I'm still working on getting my speed up to 5.5 consistently.

    keep up the good work! miss you!

  3. Ever tried melatonin supplements? Completely natural and cured my insomnia like a charm. I take ten mg which is the highest dosage they come in.

  4. Thanks for the tips friends! I haven't had any issues with chafing yet, but week 3 still only has 3 min runs, so I'm not going for long distances yet... may change as I continue through the program. And hopefully something works for my sleep... I'm tired of being tired!