Rest, naps, etc

December 9, 2019

I have no idea what is going on with me physically, but this past week I have been insanely tired. Not weary or draggy, but more just wanting to lie down and sleep. My typical response to those feelings is to add more caffeine (tall blonde roast please) while making sure to get my daily endorphin rush in the form of a workout. But for the past ~10 days or so, I’ve just leaned into it, going to bed early and (especially!) taking naps when G does.

I indulged in said naps on both days this weekend. Saturday = 2 hours; Sunday = about 1 hour. Since time is finite, getting more rest means saying no to other things. This weekend I skipped my workouts.

G still got her workout though @ MyGym

Seriously. WHO AM I.

I think it’s just a) the time of year and b) cumulative work/life stress and c) maybe half marathon training, though I don’t feel like I’ve trained all that hard. All I know is that giving myself permission to truly be lazy this weekend felt really good. Sometimes — just sometimes — I have to remind myself that the plans and scheming that I do for myself is optional.

We are headed into a new week, with T-2 weeks to go until WINTER BREAK (kids off a mere 17 consecutive days and Josh working 12 of those!). I feel like everyone is trying to cram in 842733 social events before January hits, which makes little sense because I’m sure we will be just as happy to socialize in January or February when the calendar isn’t crammed full to bursting. I am going to continue to remind myself: OPTIONAL, OPTIONAL, OPTIONAL. We will enjoy some things and skip others. I will take some time to relax each day (I did gift myself ~2 hours of morning babysitting on many of those days Josh is working so that I can work out in a leisurely manner). I will read and take naps. I will take the easy route for gifts (IE CASH, IE what everyone wants anyway other than our kids).

On an unrelated note, Josh and I saw Knives Out and I absolutely loved it. Perfect escape + ending to a lazy day (and because of my nap I didn’t spend half of it fighting sleep like I often do at movies). Today is actually a rather special day as we are both OFF to celebrate his birthday. On the docket: massages & planning our 2020 vacations.

And on another unrelated note, NYTimes released a list of 100 notable books for 2019 a couple of weeks ago. I am having fun curating potential reading lists for 2020. I just finished Fleishman Is In Trouble (thank you for the recommendation, really liked it!) and am happy to find my desire to read back with a vengeance. Reading goes well with being lazy too . . .

on my list

Last week’s workouts:

M – Dirty 30 Extreme (5, 8, 10 lb weights)

T – 6 mi slow + relaxed (10:/27/mi)

W – Upper Fix Extreme

R – 4 mile interval run, 9:14/mi average

Friday – Sunday – rested

This week’s dinner plan:

M – kale/chickpea soup from Dinner Illustrated and german chocolate cake for Josh’s bday (yesterday!)

T – salmon / sweet potatoes / green beans

W – chicken tikka masala w/ cauliflower from Dinner Illustrated

R – out w/ vascular surgery group

F – out (briefly) at GME holiday party

S – out with friends (sushi)

S – make quinoa & veggie stew from Dinner Illustrated


  • Reply omdg December 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Pregnant? (Haha. No, really though.)

    Otherwise this: When you have been burning the candle at both ends, sometimes it takes more than a couple of days to get your energy back. I experienced this in residency every time I had a vacation, and proceeded to sleep 1/2 of it away. Maybe you’re not sleeping as well, either. My husband and I now sleep in separate bedrooms, which has helped a lot with my sleep quality (also, dog OFF THE BED, but you don’t have a dog).

    I’ll have to check out that list. I really enjoyed several of your suggestions this year (Mother in Law, Great Kitchens of the Midwest, Little Fires Everywhere), and I’m looking forward to more recommendations in the coming year!

    • Reply Omdg December 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Also, you HAVE been going out a lot. Your social calendar would destroy me. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:06 am

        well, the schedule posted there is THIS week — and it may destroy me too.

    • Reply Sara December 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      OMDG (and Sarah), have you read the newest book by the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest? It’s called The Lager Queen of Minnesota and was one of my favorites of 2019!

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:08 am

        ooh! adding to list NOW.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:05 am

      Considering I have an IUD AND an OCP going right now . . . seems pretty unlikely πŸ™‚ I’m voting for the latter. (or my other theory is that it’s the OCP itself. sigh.)

  • Reply Ana December 9, 2019 at 11:36 am

    OOh upper fix extreme is too much for me—that’s the one extreme that I don’t do, I’m still trying to work up to all push ups on toes in Upper Fix! And I do want to read that book, I’ve been hearing about it everywhere. I wonder if your tiredness could be related to starting hormonal BC recently? Or just needing to recover from being super busy for a while—I agree with OMDG that it sort of catches up to you and needs some time to fully refill the tank.
    ALSO, I’ve been skipping workouts a LOT on weekends and just sleeping in—with my super busy clinical weeks, I just need that extra rest. I also slept in today, still jet lagged or something and could not make myself get up when the alarm went off.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:07 am

      I can’t do all of the pushups on 21DF Upper on my toes either but I actually kind of like the extreme (I use lighter weights though!). I CANNOT do those bonus diagonal pushup things on extreme dirty 30!!

  • Reply Dr Eva Lantsoght (@evalantsoght) December 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Of all books I read in 2019 (59 so far), the one that I enjoyed most was Nino Haratschwili’s Das Achtste Leben (The Eighth Life https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41071389-the-eighth-life ) πŸ™‚

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:07 am

      wow that looks ambitious but fascinating!! awesome job with 59!! i am going to top out in the 40s this year πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lori C December 9, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Some notes- #1 thank you for recipe references, you read my mind #2 working out most days is good, but something about training for a half (or longer) just brings out the lazy/hungry monster… (at least with me it does) Have you thought about scaling back? 3 or 4 days running, maybe 1 cross train, and other days rest? I mean, 21df extreme is tough… don’t forget your in training! #3 I am sure stress is playing into both your exhaustion and frustration levels with kids. I vote you rest more!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

      I do only run 3 days πŸ™‚ I just do 2-3 days of 21df and while they are fairly intense they are only 30 minutes so . . . I guess it doesn’t seem like a ton? But yes – maybe I just need to rest more. Maybe I’m getting old . . .

  • Reply Dominique December 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

    It sounds to me like you are so tired because of the let-down of stress over finally selling the house. I feel like long term stressors like that take more out of people than they realize.

  • Reply Alyce December 12, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    If you are tired, it’s okay to rest.

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