I’m one week into the Rest phase of the Real Food for One Challenge, and I have to admit, I’m struggling. Some people are awesome at sleeping. Me? Not so much.
I’ve slept more this week overall, but my sleep schedule has still been all over the place like it usually is. Three nights I was in bed by around 1:00, which is honestly pretty good for me, but other nights my bedtime was around 3:30 or 4:00 a.m. Wednesday night and Saturday night, I accidentally fell asleep super early – around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and around 6:30 yesterday – which allowed for some much needed catching up.
I also received some disappointing blood work results on Monday, which I’ll share more about later. It had me briefly tempted to rethink my strategy of focusing on rest before diet.
I could just call that a failure, but “progress, not perfection” is my mantra here. I’m still certain that rest and a regular schedule is the thing my body needs most right now, even more than an improved diet.
Because of that, I’m trying to focus on my wins for this week. I have the mixed blessing of a flexible work schedule, and for the past several months that has meant I’d stroll in around 11:30 or noon (not the most professional choice). That would spark this terrible cycle of coming in late, leaving late, and going to bed late that I couldn’t seem to get out of.
In order to break that cycle, I decided to use a bit of comp time to leave early several days this week, and it was lovely to have some time to myself in the evenings. The extra sleep that allowed for helped me to clock in by 10:30 or 11:00, which, as late as that is, is an improvement for me.
I’m also pleased to say that I didn’t have any caffeine or soda this week until today, when I used a headache as an excuse for a diet coke.
I’ve had sleep problems since fourth grade, so I’m not going to correct my circadian rhythm over night. I’ll keep working this week at getting more rest, and I let you know where things go from there.
New Symptom Improvements: Thanks to cutting out caffeine, I’ve been more sleepy at night and a little less groggy in the mornings. I also got more sleep overall, though not on a consistent schedule yet.