Yesterday was difficult. I woke with a general dizziness after too little sleep, again. What will it take for me to start taking my sleep seriously? I can't count how many times I've been advised by support connections, colleagues, readers of this blog and more, about how important it is to get enough rest. So what does it take to get my attention? A morning like yesterday and a trip to the doctor's office.
The doctor was able to get me in last minute, right before lunch--and everything--the numbers, the vitals--everything turned out fine. I described my symptoms and that's when he starting asking questions about my schedule and my caffeine habits. Oh dear, here we go.
Doc smiled real big, leaned in and said, "Sean, you're exhausted."
Okay then, that was it.
He advised no caffeine after 3pm. If I enjoy a cup of coffee it needs to be decaffeinated. His explanation of the dizziness was exhaustion mixed with too much caffeine. I've been sending my body mixed signals. Stay awake, but you need sleep, but be alert, rest, rest...
It's not that I do more than I can handle. There's plenty of people that accomplish much much more than I accomplish each day. It's not what I'm doing, it's the schedule I'm keeping while doing what I do.
I'll never forget being asked nearly two years ago, If I tweeted everything else, why not the water? I hadn't been including the water. My answer was flat honest. "Because I don't want to be accountable for the water. If I embrace water accountability, that means I'll have to do it--and some days, maybe I don't want to drink that much water." Never mind that it does wonders for the metabolism, the organs and just everything positive. I realized at that moment, I needed the accountability. The water would help me tremendously. So I set the minimum goal each day and I started tweeting every ounce. That was almost two years ago and I can count on one hand how many times I've fallen short of 64oz. It worked.
And now I'm doing the same thing with sleep.
My sleep schedule must be this important.
I'll write more about it later. The first step I'm taking is moving my blog writing schedule to afternoons. This is the first edition to be posted this early. The Tweets, instead of starting with the morning Tweets, will start each day with the evening and into the next day. This one move will prevent me from staying up too late to write my blog post. It's still daily, it's simply posted at a brand new time!
I'll write more about this new sleep importance level in my next edition. I will tell you this-- my goodness, I felt great today. I mean absolutely fantastic!! A full seven hours sleep made all the difference in the world. Night and day difference.
No caffeine after 3pm and a different blogging schedule. That's the start of much more structured and productive times for me.
The Live-Tweet Stream:
#morningdeal 2 cups water, 20 push-ups and 20 squats✔️✔️✔️Before coffee. More rest helps. (Call me Mr.Obvious!) pic.twitter.com/rByEJr9CJ7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in this delicious mug of dark roast. I'll grab a refill on my way out. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/cG2N2kbduE— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/VZ6Khk9Mea— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
One of my favs. 2 whl egg-1 egg wht omelet w/red pepper & 100g avocado-w/1 slice provolone. 6.8oz apple. 477 cal. pic.twitter.com/J4cj2HaLoz— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Two tablespoons half & half in this Midmorning cup of dark roast. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/q0tBLVL1vO— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/spKPU2htOE— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Revised lunch in MFP... Forgot the red pepper. Not a big difference (5 cal), but still. :) pic.twitter.com/ZTG7jonPH2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Beef fajita taco melts w/4oz beef, 2 slices provolone, 1 muenster, red pepper, 15g sr crm & 4.2oz orange. 583 cal. pic.twitter.com/6c5JxosoJF— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in my midday dark roast. No caffeine after 3pm is a new rule for me. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/X9TXSw1b2V— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Afternoon holdover until dinner, in MFP... pic.twitter.com/7qkLiNWXxi— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Afternoon holdover: Ezekiel toast w/16g natural chunky peanut butter & 18g sugar free strawberry all-fruit. 220 cal. pic.twitter.com/pYzcAbdJyg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
2 cups water in previous holdover tweet. #wateraccountability— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 1, 2016
Reminder: The rest of today's Live-Tweet Stream will pick up here in tomorrow's edition.
Thank you for reading and your continued support,