Lately, ok well not lately. Since I first became pregnant, and after the initial first three months also known as the first trimester, I started having troubles with sleeping. I would get up at 3 or 4 am and play computer games, only to be awaken even more. I’d toss and turn all night while sweating any excess fluids that were in my body. It’s gross to sweat like that, to wake up with your hair all curled up and wavy because sweat poured from your scalp while you slept and your constant turning in the night made your hair stay put in certain places, giving you the wave effect. Only to wake up in the morning and swear that you were born with natural, silk, straight hair. But of course the nightly turning and sweating made sure that the one thing that made your hair more desirable than others was gutted from your existence.
Then after I delivered, I was for sure thought the dreadful insomnia would stop. Someone once told me that after you have children you never have a good night sleep again. I laughed at the thought and dismissed it, but boy was she right. But of course, Grandmas are always right aren’t they?
Of course the beginning of motherhood is a whirlwind of sleep, naps, interruptions, feedings and emotions. So that can’t be considered part of the sleeping problem. After the first 2.5 months, my son was sleeping well through the night and there was no need for my attention. Surely I should be getting enough sleep at this point, right?
Night after night, especially since Wade has been born, I can’t sleep. It’s driving me crazy. I wake up at 2, or 3 or 5. Or perhaps all 3. I wake up as if I wasn’t ever sleeping, like waking was just as easy as breathing. Thinking back to teenage years you had to poke and prod me to get out of bed, and now waking up numerous times in the middle of the night is like rainbows and lollipops? It makes me sick. I want to sleep. I want to sleep like a dead man. I want to sleep 8 hours through without me even waking a wink. And while I’m on the list of wants, I also want to be able to fall asleep when I want to fall asleep! I toss and turn, think about the day, think of a big black screen with the letter Z on it, count sheep. Nothing works, until an hour or so later. Sometimes 3 or 4 hours later.
So here I am at 12:38 pm, trying to think about sleep but all I get is the sun and the rising rooster. So I thought I’d right a little tribute to my lack of sleep, and try to figure out what the deal is. So far? My lack of sleep is contributed to the old saying that Grandma’s are always right. There is no rhyme or reason to my problem. Or is there?
Ok, so I’ve been reading some articles on why I should stop using shampoo. I’m not doing it because I think chemicals are being soaked into my skin, or because I’m desperate to save one more plastic bottle (even though, I think it’s great that I’ll be using less waste), I’m doing it because I am so freakin’ tired of having nasty, greasy, oily, limp, clumpy hair!
That’s right, my hair sucks. It’s sucked ever since I went through puberty some decade ago. So today I started. I used 1 tbsp of baking soda in hot water, and scrubbed my scalp very well to get the pores clean. I left it in while I finished bathing. Then I rinsed it out very well. I don’t have apple-cider vinegar at the moment to balance it out. (You mix 1-2 tbsp for 1 cup of water. Then you would rinse the ends of the hair, to help keep the hair not so dry). When I do get the vinegar, I’ll probably only use it twice a week, just to balance the ph in the baking soda. Other than that, I’m going to get a healthy conditioner to apply to the ends for all the other days.
I’ve been warned though. My hair is probably going to look like poop for a good month or two while the oils in my hair readjust to the new routine. Apparently shampoo just drys the scalp out so much, that the scalp over compensates by making more oil than needed. Hence why I always have greasy nasty hair! So anyway, I’m willing to have gross hair for a while.
Solution?: Braids, Updos, Hats & Scarfs.
Hope my hair gets healthy real soon!
Ok, So my shredding has come to a hault. I’m very disappointed, I was doing so well. My mom came out on easter with my two sisters and grandma. My house was PACKED! Not to mention my brother came over for 3 of the nights. Including me, my husband and my 15 month old son. Trying to find time to do the shred, and in a quiet and person-free (that’s the key) was nearly impossible. Then after they left, I just haven’t been able to get into the swing of things. Been a little down on myself, because I miss my mumsie. She lives a while away, and I just don’t feel like much a person when she leaves. So after a week of sulking, I’m back to getting my life in check.
Want to hear the good news?? I got into the nursing program! YAY! I start this summer, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Two more years until I’m a career woman again.
Back to exercising: I don’t know if I’m going to continue the shred for now. It’s not that I didn’t like doing it, I did! Ron’s grandparents are coming home from florida, and they are always around. I absolutely will not do exercise dvd’s in front of other people (how embarrassing!). So, my new plan is running. I did cross country in highschool (1.5 years…) and it was my FAVORITE! I loved running so much, I was crazed. So today I’m going to scope out our yard of 10.5 acres and create a path and log mileage around the yard to see how much I run. I want to see if I can get a good 3 mile run in around the house. What’s even best is that it’s cross country style even! No pavement out here!
So I hope those who are following my blog, would still like to join me as I do my next exercise plan of running. Keep it up all!
HAPPY EASTER! Today I took a break, because my day was FULL of stuff to do and I didn’t want to add anything else onto my schedule. Plus I worked out 3 days in a row, so I think a break is allowed for a Holiday. Plus, my mom came up today from Florida, so I was getting ready for that as well. Back to the old grind tomorrow!
Day 10 – Day 7 of shredding
I don’t have much to say about level 1 anymore, I think I pretty much covered it. Even though it’s definitely getting pretty easy, I still sweat my toosh off. And yes, I really am sweating it off. In 3 more days of shredding, I will give you my inches loss stats! Yay! So far this week, no lbs lost, but It will happen. The rest of the day I will be cleaning my house from top to bottom, my mom is coming tomorrow. YAY!!
Day 9 – Day 6 of shredding
Today I did the shred while my 15 month was awake, to see how he would be. For the most part he left me alone. He kept wanting to wrestle and crawl on me though when I was trying to do some the ab workout, and the pushups (haha) but I still got a pretty good work out in. At least now I know that I can do it with him in the room if I really needed to. The lunges still kill me with the simultaneous raising of the arms, they make my arms feel like they are on fire!
Anyway, I had to do the shred early today because my furniture is getting delivered today! YAY!! They said between 1:00 & 4:00 so I didn’t want to be shredding when they happened to show up at my door. It is raining cats and dogs here, and there is a tiny flood at the bottom of our driveway (we live on 10 acres). So I’m hoping that the furniture delivery guys can get thru, I really really really want my furniture! Here are some pics I took while at the furniture store. We bought TWO of the loveseats and ONE couch, and we got a free panasonic 42′ flat screen tv with our purchase…”holla'”!
Day 8 – Day 5 of shredding
So today I wasn’t sore, but It took some pushing on my side to get my mat out and push play on the dvd. Some days I have no energy, and today is one of those. Thanks hypothyroidism! But, I can honestly say I am seeing some improvement in just 5 days of working out! I’m not incredibly tired doing the exercises, and some of them I’m not even feeling the burn (except the ones with the lunges, those are still just mean). After switching some of my exercises with 5lbs weights instead of 2lb weights, my arms were a little sore towards the sockets, so I am pleased with that. In another 5 days of working out, I’ll definitely be ready to move on to Level 2, and I’m actually looking forward to something a bit more challenging.
After my 30 days of shredding, I’m going to start running again 3-4 times a week to get some extra cardio in. And on another note, I am officially down 6lbs. Hold the applause!