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It’s 4:00 a.m., and I’m wide awake. I should be nestled, snug in my bed, while visions of sugarplums dance in my head. Instead, I’m twitching and fretting and clearly, not getting the sleep I need to tackle our CrossFit Austin workout in two hours.
Because I ate sugar. Like, a LOT of sugar.
Yesterday, Dave and I turned up the oven, cranked up the holiday tunes, and transformed our kitchen into a cookie factory. Then our friend Stefanie joined us to make Russian Teacakes. A bottle of wine might have been opened. Our cookies might have been sampled.
I’m not going to lie: It was delightful.
But now I’m remembering what my nightlife was like before I cleaned up my diet.
For most of my adult life, I routinely described myself as a “bad sleeper.” I fell asleep like I was drugged around 10:00 p.m., then woke up almost every night at 4:00 a.m. It was always a crapshoot to see if I would eventually fall back into sleep – or if I would lie there for hours, fretting, waiting for the alarm to go off, thinking the whole time, “I should be sleeping! Should I just get up? Should I stay here and try to sleep? How am I going to do my workout and get through the day on six hours of sleep?!”
When I stopped eating grains and sugar, the 4:00 a.m. alarm disappeared. I slept through the night and woke physically and mentally rested.
So here I am, awake, halfway regretting the cookies in my belly – but not the fun of making them and hanging out with my besties. I’m also NOT fretting, which is a welcome change from the ghost of sleepless nights past.
I am, however, thinking about the CrossFit Austin workout I will be doing in less than 120 minutes. I can only hope the sugar from the cookies somehow kicks in like reindeer rocket fuel, because this workout looks fun… and it looks like if I do it right, I might have to lie down when I’m done.
“Crossfit’s The 12 Days of Christmas”
1st Day= 1 x 20m sprint
2nd Day= 2 x push-ups
3rd Day= 3 x air squats
4th Day= 4 x situps
5th Day= 5 x dumbbell swings (55lbs, 35lbs)
6th Day= 6 x back squats (95lbs, 65lbs)
7th Day= 7 x push [resses (95lbs, 65lbs)
8th Day= 8 x hang cleans (95lbs, 65lbs)
9th Day= 9 x bent-over rows (95lbs, 65lbs)
10th Day= 10 x deadlifts (95lbs, 65lbs)
11th Day= 11 x box jumps (24″, 20″)
12th Day= 12 x burpee pull-ups
[Update 8:06 a.m.: That workout was cumulative... 1st day, then 2nd day + 1st day, then 3rd day + 2nd day + 1st day, etc. I scaled to 45# and finished in 28 minutes. Whew! I'm wicked tired and happily anticipating a nap later. And yeah, I already ate a cookie today. Shhhhhh.....]
After that, I’m refueling and hitting the park to do the Jingle Balls and Reindeer Games workout with my Austin friends.
So dear readers, if you indulge in your favorite holiday treats, enjoy every bite and remember that there might be some consequences to be paid… but just like Scrooge, you can be redeemed by lessons learned, good behavior, and the love of the season.
Happy, happy! Merry, merry!
[Just for fun: here's what some other people have been doing at 4:00 a.m.]
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