Tuesday, December 10, 2019
I do not function well when I don't get enough sleep. I'm trying to do a better job of getting to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep, but I have to be in bed by 9pm to do so, and I'm struggling with that. Bedtime comes so early, especially when I work even a little bit late. But I know it's important!
I worked out of town on an installation again yesterday, which means my workday started just before 8am and didn't end until 10:15 pm. I pretty much crashed as soon as I walked in the door last night, although I did at least brush my teeth. LOL Up at 5am as usual today to get in my prayer and Bible time before work, so only 6 hours sleep. Not nearly enough! We only take one meal break when we're working on the road, so I make sure to bring something I can eat while I'm working, or at least while we're still driving. We always stop at the QT gas station partway to Charlotte, and I used to always get doughnuts (usually 1 or 2, occasionally 3!) and sometimes a sugary drink (chocolate milk, cappuccino, or juice). But now that I'm taking healthy foods with me, I'm getting better food AND saving money. #winning
I am SO proud about how well I did on nutrition yesterday!! I ate a good breakfast and packed an apple, two clementines, and a peanut butter sandwich made with Dave's Killer Bread (Powerseed!) to eat while working. We went to Cracker Barrel before we left for the drive back home, and as we were driving to the restaurant I pulled up the menu on my phone to look for healthy options. I went for the grilled pork chop, green beans, and fried apples. I know I could have done better than the apples but I just loooove them, and I ate them last as "dessert". I only had water to drink, and God even rescued me from the clutches of the biscuits by making sure they ran out before we got any. LOL My meal was only 504 calories! Woohoo!
It feels really good to finally get over the (perceived) hurdle of super-long days and having to eat out. I'm seeing the benefits of better nutrition when I have to lose sleep because of work - in the past the day(s) after would be miserable and I'd struggle to get through the day, and would try to compensate for my lack of energy by overindulging in sugary junk. It wasn't easy to change my habits - especially my QT purchases. I looked forward to my "treats", and I struggled with being self-controlled enough to make better choices. I started small, by avoiding the sugary drinks and sticking with water. Then I cut back on the doughnuts and chose less-sugary options until I finally, FINALLY had the discipline to bring something (actually nutritous) from home instead of buying something. It only took a few times of doing this before I started enjoying having my healthy food. And while I was still tired today, I didn't drag as badly as I normally would have, and whenever the old thoughts crept in telling me that I "needed" or "should have" an unhealthy snack, I was able to quickly correct those thoughts with the TRUTH. Success!!