Things happened this week. First, I got completely swamped with work, which is of course good. Then as a result of that I have stayed up till 10:30 every night. Even so, with meetings and whatnot I still haven’t caught up.
So this morning my husband’s alarm went off at 2:30 and he didn’t wake up. It went off again after the snooze time. And again. By that time it was 3:00 and I was not only fully awake but also worrying about a brochure I hadn’t gotten done…
So I got up. And started working.
A few hours later I stopped and fired up Wii Fit. For the fourth day in a row I had gained a few ounces.
Tonight after dinner I took my husband to tournament. He brought the dog along. I had suggested earlier that we take the dogs for awalk in the park. He has tournament instead, so he brought one dog, figuring I could take one to the park for a walk.
I dropped him off. The car informed me that it was 93 degrees out. I was in ballet flats, not walking shoes, hadn’t brushed my hair, hadn’t run to the bathroom before I left… In other words, I had lots of excuses.
I came home and ate an ice cream bar.
It was the perfect moment to read my review copy of Eat Move Sleep.
It sounds like a companion piece to Fat Sugar Salt. I’ve read the first two chapters. So far the book has reminded us that lack of sleep makes us less productive, less fit, and less capable of careful judgment. Sitting for long periods of time messes up the metabolism. Eating poor quality food — like ice cream — leads to obesity regardless of the number of calories eaten or the amount of exercise taken.
Along with these reminders, the author points out that the three things — eating, moving, and sleeping — work together. If we get too little sleep, we’re too tired to exercise and we’re more likely to give in to cravings for Danish in the morning. We rely on caffeine and sugar to get through the workday and are less productive and less skillful. Caffeine and sugar and sitting and the stress of getting through the worday like that interfere with sleep and the whole cycle begins again.
The author claims that getting enough sleep is the first step. He claims that even if you don’t have time to sleep, to eat right, or to exercise because you can’t get your work done if you take that time — you still should start by getting enough sleep. Then exercising. Then eating right.
The increased productivity and lessened illness, the author says, makes it all work out.
The author is Tom Rath, a guy who knows a lot of stuff. He might be right.