the blahs and goals for this week

Well…I officially have a case of the blahs.  I don’t know what exactly it is, but I feel downright grumpy and demotivated and agitated.  I think perhaps it’s a combination of sleep deprivation and working too much combined with generally feeling the weight of personal responsibility; that, and some frustration over the leaky window in my bedroom!! Why won’t the dripping stop!?  GAH.  And why won’t the rain stop?!!  Double gahhhhh!!

I’m not sure if I’ve already mentioned this somewhere, but I am a doula on the side (if you don’t know what a doula is, follow the link on the word doula!).  This requires that I be on call for my clients when they go into labour, and upon attending a birth I stay with them throughout the entire labouring process until baby is born and everyone is settled and feeling happy and joyful again.   Sometimes this means entire nights with no sleep, using all my physical and emotional energy to support my clients through labour.  It is an incredibly rewarding job and I consider myself blessed to be a part of the birthing community, but the one downside is the disruption to my routine and sleep patterns, which I unfortunately am very sensitive too.  This week I attended an all-night labour that kept me up for over 24 hrs, and I really crashed emotionally/physically afterwards!  I am going to put effort into learning better self care when I attend births and how to rebuild my energy and catch up on sleep in the days that follow!  Will post more about this in the future!

Anyway, it’s “blah” days like today when I really have to reckon with myself about how important it is to continue making healthy choices. I know what I need to do.  I know I cannot afford to fall back into old, self-sabotaging behaviors  just because I’m having a bad day and feel like a quick food fix!  Blogging is helpful for me in that respect, as it puts me back in touch with my goals, reminds me of how far I’ve come, and that slowly and surely I have and will continue to accomplish healthy weight loss and healthy living.  Bad day, MOVE ASIDE!

That being said, here are my goals for this week:

1.  To complete my new exercise routine three times at the gym at work, which includes a combination of 20 minutes of weight loss cardio on the treadmill and 30 minutes of weight loss yoga, followed by 10 minutes of ab strengthening exercises.

2.  To bring a healthy lunch and snacks to work every day and continue to avoid extra calories in my daily eating, and to start my weekend mornings with a healthy breakfast in order to keep me on track for the weekend days!

3.  To get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night and make sure I am resting more often.

If I do these three things, I know for sure my week will be super duper.  I think the sleep dep is definitely an anti-weight loss culprit, as it’s hard to feel motivated to exercise when you’re tired, and it is also easier to give into comfort food cravings.  More sleep = more productive Amber!

On that note, I am going to finish up this post and take the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy myself before starting another action packed week!  Self care is where it’s at.



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