Although I have the ability to wake up at those hours, in more recent years that is more likely the hours that I am going to bed! I've always said that one should never wake up before the sun. Now 5:45 am is not when I'll be waking up anytime soon, but I do think that I could wake up at 8 am if I tried a little harder. I'm slowly working on my sleep schedule since I know that in order to have any other form of a routine during the day I need to begin with when I wake up and fall asleep. So far, I'm still working on that...
I have a few, road blocks you see in doing this. First, I'm an insomniac. Yes a legit insomniac, there are nights where regardless of how tired I am, I am not getting to sleep until 4 or 5 am. My brain wants to shut down, but can't stop, so I toss and turn, watch a Disney movie (who doesn't fall asleep watching a Disney movie late at night? Me.), drink some sleepytime tea, or take a bath and most of the time I still struggle to get a nights rest. After a night like that though, I usually won't wake up till 11 am because my body still needs 7-8 hours of sleep and messes up my sleep schedule the following night. It's a cycle that is not easily corrected, or changed. I have been told that sticking to a routine where I go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning will help decrease the number of sleepless nights I have. Going to bed a little earlier every night and waking up a little earlier every morning. So last night I went to bed at 1:30am (didn't get to sleep for another hour [which was a good hour for me], but that wasn't the point) and today I woke up reluctantly at 9:45am. The waking up part is a lot harder than the attempting to go to sleep part I think. Slowly this week I am going to try and work on my sleep schedule before working on the daily schedule. Baby steps, right?
In other news after two days I seem to be doing all right with the new menu (not calling it a diet, I hate that word!). I've found some really good recipes, that not only taste good, but are easy to make too. For instance last night for dinner I had polenta (or corn grits depending on what part of the country you're from lol) with chicken and spinach with a salad with green apple and pecans. It took me about 15 minutes to make, and was wonderful. Next time I might add some spice to the chicken though since that was a little bland. I've also made the most AMAZING chicken salad!!! I was worried that it was going to taste bland and have a strange flavor since rather than Mayo you use yogurt to bind it, but I couldn't believe how good it tastes! This is going to become a lunch staple I think! Here is a picture of some of the foods that I've been cooking.
|Polenta Chicken and Spinach with Mixed Greens Salad with Green Apple, Pecans, and Low-Fat Ranch|
|Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich|
|Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal and chocolate milk|
Ok to me, these do not look, or taste like diet food, which is great! I have had one flop though, and it was a big flop! Mac and Cheese I don't think can ever be made into a tasty diet food!
One last accomplishment before I end this post. Yesterday I needed to run to Walmart for some forgotten items from my previous grocery trip. I know going to the only Walmart in the county on a Sunday afternoon is suicide, but I did survive. When I got there rather than driving around looking for a parking spot near the front I parked in the furthest spot in the lot and walked, I also resisted the girl scouts selling cookies outside the door. God how I love cookie season, but I am going to try and refrain this year. Small victories, right. =)