It has been a while since I have posted here. I’ve got plenty of thoughts churning around in my brain, some of which I have captured on scraps of paper, in the margins of work papers, and as notes in my iPhone. None of which have made it into blog form. Yet.
I am three weeks away from my second figure competition and this means that I have been all-consumed with cooking and eating and nutrient timing; practicing my posing (and merely balancing in five-inch heels); getting my blinged out bikini fitted; exfoliating and developing a glamour plan; and training altogether too much. I won’t say exactly how much; I’ll only tell you that I am doing whole loads of sweaty, odoriferous laundry every couple of days now.
What’s missing from my schedule is sleep. Well, enough of it anyway. And I want to tell you that sleep is really, really important. Any new parent or college student in the throes of final exams can tell you how sleep deprivation can make you feel as if you are losing your mind. Well, it turns out that even a tiny, sustained margin of under-sleeping can wreak havoc on your system and interfere with fat loss goals.
During this past week of late night cooking frenzies and early morning cardio sessions, I had the misfortune of stumbling across this article by Tom Venuto posted in his Burn the Fat blog. It discusses the link researchers have made between a lack of sleep and weight gain.
So take heed! And I will try to do the same.
I will also work to step up my blog posting next month. In the meantime, I invite you to check out my Facebook Page, where I am able to capture snippets of my musings on training, food, transformation and motivation with greater frequency.