…Or at least live through it and learn from it!
So weekends are hard, I usually mention that I get one day a week to hang out with my Hub! He has officially become totally adjusted to the 12 hour night shift which means he is up all night and then needs to sleep half of the day in order to function. It is great he is adjusted, but it makes it really hard for us to hang out because I feel so badly for making him stay awake! Saturday night I was really tired and just felt worn out. The Hub wanted to hang out back because night is when he has his energy (it was too cold for me) and I wanted to lay down to watch a movie because my 4am wake-ups leave me with NO energy at night. It was a battle of the sleep routine and it ended in a battle of the wills 😦 Luckily, this is the last week for night shift so this weekend will be A LOT better (not to mention we have our ‘Pancakes and UFC‘ this coming Sunday)!
I woke up at 4:50am (of course I did!) and tended to the Youngin’. James and Eric had a sleep over in the tent they put up in the backyard (no, thank you…again, way too cold). I cleaned, did dishes, started laundry, scrubbed the floors and then had the Youngin’ back down for a nap by 6:55am..what a
pathetic energetic start to a relaxing Sunday! I made some gluten free pancakes and an egg beater omelet for fuel before the gym.
I woke the boys outside to let them know I was on the way to the gym for my run (C25K Week 5 Day 1). I was given grief about ‘making them come inside’ but I felt I deserved a trip to the gym since I was up through out the night with the Youngin’ AND up at 4:50am with him….so, I went. It was great!!!! Although freezing, I warmed up and then went to it. I cut down walking time again so I did 15 minutes of running with only 2 minutes of walking in between. Still small to others, but BIG for me!!! It felt great!!
The next part of ‘me time’ was meeting a friend for breakfast at a really nice little restaurant: “Rose Garden”
We were meeting up to talk about life, lessons, learning and most importantly, how I can learn to clear the static from my head and just relax. Disclaimer: This next part is not to impose on others, give others advice, or imply that what I believe is right. We talked about Buddhism. Creating the life around us and enjoying what we create, good or bad. This is something I feel applies to me so this is the path I follow. I know that others do not stress me out, that situations do not stress me out and that I am the one who causes whatever turmoil might be taking place…that is not a negative thing. It is just my belief that I am IN control whether it is positive or negative that surrounds me. I just need a good reminder and sense of refreshment, so off to the Rose Garden we went for some good venting/readjusting!
I had egg whites, an English Muffin with sugar-free jelly, and a coffee (I even brought a little container of skim milk so I wouldn’t have to use cream). I felt a lot better after our relaxing chat and about making a plan to get back into meditation through Soka Gakkai International. It is nice to have people surround you who bring you a sense of peace and calm 🙂
Afterwards, I went home to three sleepy boys! I did some more cleaning, baked some tofu, grilled veggies for the week, made a tofu/chicken mixture, tofu pudding, and then sat down to relax! Before I knew it I was hungry and needing lunch/snack, so I whipped up a multi-plate!
At this point I was feeling really tired (more laundry, dishes and cleaning were done). I laid on the sofa for a lovely nap, but it was short-lived because the Youngin’ decided Sunday was not going to be a napping kind of day. We hung out, played, practiced walking along the coffee table, and watched some Baby Einstein. Eric woke up in time to hang out a little while I made my lunch for tomorrow, and then he was off to work (again, I hate 12 hour night shifts). When the boys were settled I decided to bust out the Shred…ahh, hurt so good!!!
Then it was time for dinner. I was not in the mood to make anything and did not have my daily Peanut Butter intake so I went with some WW bread with 3/4Tb Peanut Butter, a sliced apple and 1/2c FF ice cream with 1/1tsp coconut for my treat (all in moderations 🙂 ). I still have 7 points+ left for the day!!!
Turns out the boys are feeling just as burnt out as I am at this time, so we are all going to hit the hay early. I am going to read my “Buddha” by Deepak Chopra, and try to sleep through the night and sleep through whatever static has been keeping me up…let’s see how this goes!!
How do you unwind when you are unable to sleep? What calms you when you feel overwhelmed?