Everyone says that eating healthy and working out are “good” for you. Okay, that came out wrong… Yes, I agree they are good for you and that is why I have been on this ridiculous no sugar cleanse with my friend for a week (if anyone wants to send me a care package full of cookies, I would really appreciate it). Now I don’t plan on stopping my goal of getting healthy (see how I said “goal” not “resolution”?), fact is, I’ve actually been doing pretty well and I am excited to see the number on the scale go down, or that my muscles are getting stronger. The thing that I don’t seem to grasp, is that you’re supposed to end up with more energy to go do things because woohoo less pounds on the body and endorphins! But I still have the same amount of nappy energy that I had before.
Now some of you may be curious as to what “nappy energy” is. I’m calling this a “me” phrase because honestly, I don’t think anyone else in the world will ever you it, and it will probably be the only time I do as well. But moving on, nappy energy is the slow decline of energy you have throughout the day, even though you get at least 7 hours of sleep and eat on a pretty regular schedule, with some snacks in between.
See, I used to have terrible nappy energy. I would stay up half the night, only to not have my homework complete and need to get up early the next day to finish it. Most of last semester I was running off of solid 5 hour nights, sometimes less. I also ate at the weirdest and most wrong times of day. No breakfast, so I would consume food around noon. Lunch would be at 5 and left dinner to be sometime around 9(ish). Now I know if I told my mother this right to her face, she would probably be horrified. To be honest, I’m a little scandalized that I lived my life this way, and it was only two months ago that it was my routine. But what I still haven’t mentioned, is my cursed nappy energy. I would sleep for 4-5 hours in the middle of the day! It was terrible, but I simply couldn’t help it. My body would just give out. I knew I had to make a change, or I would be living my life stuck in a loop controlled by sleep.
Side note: This post is not shaming anyone who takes naps. Naps are awesome, and are a great recharge (I’ll explain why this is a thing later). But, I would just like to say that little kids do NOT know how good they have it. Case in point, I was a terrible napper as a child. Ask any one of my adult family members. I hated to nap, would not do it. And if I could go back in time, I would grab little 3 year old me, shove her into bed, and ask her to please sleep, because maybe I could soak up the residual effects and not be so tired as an adult. Who knows, it probably doesn’t work like that but I’d want to try anyways.
Leaving the side note, I have changed my routine. I get up everyday between the same two hour time frame, and I only stay up past 1 on weekends. I go to the gym three times a week, I eat on a pretty regular schedule, and like I said, my sugar intake is way down (please, I’ll ask again, just someone send me some treats). I’ve been doing really well, I have been stressing less, and I feel like I get more accomplished in a day than I had before. So why, WHY, do I still feel so tired during the day and I feel the need to nap? Why is my nappy energy still high enough that I can be sitting on the couch one minute, and after a single blink suddenly it’s 30 minutes to an hour later? Shouldn’t my bodies inherent desire to sleep have gone down now that it gets at least 7.5 hours of rest a night? Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? I feel like the exercise gods have lied to me and that the Zumba muses have wronged my soul.
I’m fine taking naps, but I need to lessen the amount I take, and I don’t know if that means sleeping EVEN longer, or finding some high energy snacks to eat right before my energy peaks… I guess I just need to work on self-discipline, good thing the year’s still pretty new, I’ve got time to work out the kinks.