Hello Readers! Hope this Tuesday finds you happy. Here are some things I can be happy about:
- The Sun! She’s taken a long hiatus from New England, but finally making a return.
- The delicious bowl of quinoa I just had for breakfast. Did you know that when you cook quinoa in almond milk, it takes on a maple-y flavor? I didn’t. That’s my official “you learn something new everyday!”
- The fact that I’m blogging in PINK. Who wouldn’t be happy about that?
In a minute I’ll get into why I felt the need to list my things to be happy about today. But first, I want to talk about yesterday’s “you learn something new everyday!”
Yesterday’s lesson came from Heather via Allison. I learned that you can make your own homemade coconut butter. Coconut butter seems to be all the rage in the healthy-foodie-blogosphere, and yet, I haven’t ventured in yet. It’s not that I don’t love coconut, it’s that it seems rather… expensive and hard to find. Well, that might not be true, it’s just that I keep forgetting to look for it in the supermarket and I don’t really feel like ordering it online. And I don’t want to buy something like this without having at least a couple concrete ideas on how I might use it – especially for something new and different to blog about. So my confession is this: I’ve been ignoring (or rather, quickly forgetting) most of the coconut butter ideas I’ve seen around, since I didn’t really plan to buy any. But now that I see how CHEAP and EASY it is to make my own, I’m ready to hop on the wagon! So, dear readers, care to share your favorite and most creative ideas on using coconut butter? I’d be very grateful.
I’d also be grateful if you could weigh in on the following, which relates to my reasons for sharing my good thoughts today. Lately, for the past month or two, I’ve been having a horrible time sleeping. It’s getting really, really bad. Usually I can fall asleep ok, but I wake up around 4am and just can’t catch another Z. Needless to say, lack of sleep makes me very grumpy. But I’m trying very hard not to be grumpy – that’s why I started out today by thinking of things to be happy about! I used to not deal with any sort of grumpiness in any kind of healthy way, so this is a nice change for me.
Anyway, back to the sleeping problems. I really don’t know what’s causing this. I suspect that I’m more stressed than I care to realize and my mind just can’t rest. It also might be my body that can’t rest. Currently we eat dinner pretty late – around 8pm. I feel like I can’t really help that; that’s just what time it is by the time I’m home from the gym, take a few minutes to relax, and prepare dinner. Then I always have an evening munchy around 9:15. I like to snack. Sure there’s a bunch of weight loss “gurus” who prohibit eating after 7pm or so, but I never (used to) have a problem with this. I think the issue is when people tend to snack mindlessly and go over their daily limits, but my dessert is always carefully planned and accounted for in my daily intake. But anyway, I’m wondering if eating later is causing my body to stay active during digestion and just not let me sleep?
This week I am really going to make an effort to fix this. I say that every week, but haven’t been honest with myself. It’s starting to negatively affect my life in many ways and I need to take control. I do take a sleeping aid sometimes and that helps a lot, but I don’t want to rely on those. Today I came into work about 45 minutes early (since I was bored out of my mind laying in bed) and I’ll try to leave early so I can get to the gym earlier and thus eat dinner earlier. I may need to eat before my husband gets home, which I really don’t like, but it might be a sacrifice we need to make. I also am going to try loading up more calories earlier in the day, leaving less room for the nightly snack. But speaking about the gym – I always go back and forth about whether to work out when running on so little sleep. I never know if I’m really getting an effective workout or just tiring myself out more and risking an injury. I wonder if it would be better to just cut that out of my routine for a few days and see if that helps get my sleep back in order. But then I mull over how much I’m eating and whether I’d need to cut back if I stopped exercising for a few days. Eating less coupled with the lack of good exercise endorphins makes me worried that I’ll be feeling rather crappy for a while.
I could go on and on, but I’ll stop for now and let you take a turn. Some of you have great health and fitness related blogs- does anyone have any advice for me on this matter or can you point me to something you’ve written? How have you dealt with and conquered ongoing lack of sleep?
If you’ve made it this far, I thank you so much. And as a treat, I’ll give you the answer to my Six Lies and a Truth from the other day. You’ve been dying to know the answer, right?
1) My sister is my best friend – Nope! I don’t have a sister. Just two brothers! (who I do count among my best friends, of course.)
2) My husband and I are high school sweethearts - Negative, but we did go to the same high school so it’s kind of a trick question. We actually went to the same college too. And participated in all the same activities and knew all of the same people. But we never knew each other because we are four years apart. Although we grew up about a mile apart and our paths crossed many times, we eventually met online!
3) My favorite game in gym class was kickball – wrong again. I had no favorite game in gym class. Being the fat kid who can’t catch or kick or throw a ball will do that to you.
4) I got certified to teach canoeing lessons - Ding ding ding! 10 summers of my life were spent at overnight camp, 8 as a camper and 2 as a counselor. Teaching kids to paddle across the lake was my specialty!
5) I’m a chocolate whore, but my favorite dessert of all time is apple crisp a la mode - only the first part is true!
6) I own the elusive purple Kitchenaid stand mixer - Don’t I wish.
7) If it weren’t for the foodie blogosphere I wouldn’t be ridiculously obsessed with kale chips - Well, I probably would be if I tried them, but I think I’m the only one who hasn’t!