Weight-loss update and new sleeping schedule

Apologies in the delay in posting. I had written the majority of this post on Sunday, but could not get around to finishing it as I was simply too tired. In this post I would like to give you guys a short update on my weight-loss, as well as a longer update on my experiences with my sleep psychiatrist.

It seems like my body really likes to stick around the 67.4 kg (or 148,5 lbs). Last week I managed to get down to 67,2, but due to a not so clever (or healthy) food choice on Saturday I was back at 67,4 on Sunday. To be honest, I am actually fine with this (not with the food choice though haha). True, I would ideally like to lose another 1,4 kg (or 3 lbs), but I am not really in a rush to do so. I already like the way I look and am really satisfied with my clothing size, so it’s all good.

I do need to make sure that I stop munching on candies though. Even though I rarely take more than 2 wine gums (or something similar) a day, I really should not make this a habit haha. And for those of you wondering why the hell I buy them: I don’t buy these for myself. 😉 Luckily, my fiancé didn’t feel like having candies this week, so that will make it a ton easier hahah. Can’t eat it if it’s not in the house :D.

Also starting this week my tap dance lessons have been prolonged by half an hour! 😀 So I am sure the additional exercise will make a difference as well (even though it is only once a week).

As for my experiences with my sleep psychiatrist, I had my first meeting with her almost 3 weeks ago. I was a little nervous to be honest. I wasn’t really sure what to expect or what kind of person was going to try to help me with my fatigue issues. Was I going to get one of those stereotypical male psychiatrists in about his forties, wearing a full suit, with a posh accent that I had seen roaming the halls, or was I going to get someone else?  Thankfully, my shrink turned out to be a young, perky and energetic woman who wears in casual clothing. Thank heavens!

brainawarenesscartoon1compressedDuring our first meeting we talked about the results of the sleep research, my sleeping habits, as well as my work and private life. As it turns out, my fatigue is caused by my brain which is overactive whilst I am sleeping. The result is a very restless sleep with loads of nightmares or weird dreams and shocking.

The first thing she advised me to do was to revise my sleeping schedule. As I work part-time my schedule was pretty much all over the place and she helped me to structure it. She explained that it is best if there is no more than a 1,5 difference between the time I get up to get to work and the time I get up on your days off. As I get up at 5.45 on the days I go to work I now have to get up at 7.15 every other day (weekends are no exception)…. Yeah that idea took a bit of getting used to.

Because we want to increase my sleep quality, i.e. the amount of deep sleep I am getting, we had to reduce the amount of sleep I am getting. As such I am not allowed to sleep more than 8 hours a day. Which means that I am not allowed to nap or go to bed really early. On days I go to work I have to go to bed at 10 and on my days off at 11 o’clock in the evening.

coffeeLet me just say that this takes some getting used to. The first morning felt really strange. I remember sitting down on the couch with my coffee and thinking: “Ok, it’s cold and dark, it’s 7.30 by now and I am awake. Now what?” It also confused the heck out of my cats haha. When I get up early its usually to go out, so I have a set routine to get ready. Now I was just sitting on the couch wondering what to do, so they were wondering why the hell I got up that early for no apparent reason haha. I spent most of that morning laying on the couch, staring at my phone whilst longingly thinking about my nice, comfy and warm bed.

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All credit to the insanely talented Kim a.k.a that ARThletic Girl

So, I decided I was going to need something to kick start my day and to prevent me from whiling it a way by browsing facebook, Instagram and god knows what other thing I could think of browsing. So what did I do the next day? Yoga!

I hadn’t been doing any Yoga lately, because I simply couldn’t fit it into my schedule properly. I used to do my Yoga at around 9, so about 1,5-2 hours after dinner. The problem with this was that it usually gave me an energy boost which made it hard to fall asleep. As such, I had to stop doing it. So, doing Yoga in the morning on my days off is the perfect way to give myself a kick in the buttocks and start doing stuff and to get back into Yoga :).

By now I have been adhering to this schedule for nearly 3 weeks and am still struggling a bit. I have had days when I really wanted to stay in bed (one such day was Sunday, but I dragged myself out nonetheless) or days when I was already longingly eying by bed when it was 8 o’clock in the evening!

But I am sure it is going to get easier as long as I just stick to it :). So onwards and upwards it is for me this week. Catch you guys next week. Thank you for reading! 😀

 

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4 thoughts on “Weight-loss update and new sleeping schedule

  1. Oddly I never got a notification of this post! I wondered what you’d been up to lol!

    Not being able to sleep is the worst so you definitely have my sympathy. I feel completely unable to look at anything in a balanced way when I’m tired.

    To be honest the ‘less sleep = better sleep’ is a weird phenomenon I discovered when I started to loose weight and get fitter. I slept up to 12 hours at the weekend before this (and when I was drinking) and constantly felt like I was aching all over and not having enough.

    Oddly when I forced myself to get up at a reasonable hour (particularly when I was made redundant when I could have remained in bed all day) things vastly improved.

    Fingers crossed you crack it 👍🏽

    Also – maybe switch to (horrible swear word coming up for which I apologise) decaf coffee ☕️? x

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