This hump is right on schedule

3 Feb 2010 by flerly, 2 Comments »

Eat less and move more. Eat less. Move more. How much more basic of a system could there be? Why doesn’t anybody who tries this just succeed? I mean, if the formula is so simple, why is there such an industry surrounding the next big thing in diet and fitness? I swear, sometimes I just think to myself “are you stupid or something? Eat less — move more! Seriously, it’s not rocket science.”

But instead of simple success, I get craziness and drama, and an endless boring saga of “gosh it was hard to get up this morning” and “doing that one little good for me thing led to me being a zombie all day” and I have to wonder, am I just stupid here?

Yes, day three is hardly a habit-forming streak, and it was expected that each day without an adjusted sleep-schedule was going to be harder than the last. Yes, I dragged ass up and worked out, and yes indeedy-do I’m so freaking sore today it’s miserable. This is all part of the expected “hump” to get over to get into this, so I guess I’m right on track.

I think it’s got to be during these early days when most battles are lost. When you’re so digusted with yourself because a little moving around has made your body so sore that you’re groaning like an idiot with every step. It’s these days when my mind can’t focus, and I realize I’m mentally weighing the eventual benefits of doing something good for myself versus causing myself more stress now for working slower — thinking, maybe if I just skip a day I can get a good night’s sleep, find that focus and crank out some work to lower my stress. Then I’ll be back on track to start again, except I know every day I skip adds to this horrible-painful adjustment period.

Power through. Keep getting up. Just focus as best you can, things will get done. Remember to soak and stretch more. The soreness will pass. The sleep schedule will work itself out. This isn’t about deprivation, it’s about enhancement. The more you sulk over things, the more it’s apparent your head is in the wrong place here — this is just a rocky start on a trip to a fabulous destination.

Oh and last but not least, drink more water, stupid! Chills after exercise are apparently a pretty common sign of dehydration. I’m pretty sure you knew that, if your brain had just been less fuzzy.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    You might also be getting chills from running on to little sleep! Good luck!

  2. flerly says:

    Apparently my body realized that one, because I’m all over getting some sleep now — and I do actually feel so much better.

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