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Sleep, sloth and exercise

February 21, 2011 by Laura

I’m tired, but in the words of Connie Z., my dear Mother-in-law, “Nobody gives a shit if you’re tired.” So I try not to complain. Last night I went to bed early, around 9 pm. I was a little shocked, because I am NEVER in bed by 9, and now I see why. At some point I awoke, looked at the clock, decided it was close enough to 5am, and I might as well get up now before the alarm went off. I told Dale I was going to get the baby to nurse him and he said, “WHY?”

“Because it’s almost 5 o’clock.”

“No it’s not, it’s 12:30!”

Ah HAH, no wonder I didn’t feel all that well-rested. Next time I’ll put my glasses on before I make any big decisions. I continued to wake up every 90 minutes until I got the 5am phone call telling me that the unit was over-staffed today & would I please be on-call. Finally I got a little sleep…

But sleep is not really my problem. My problem is more like sloth. Of all the lifestyles I may enjoy — Northern California, Wine Country, Middle Class, Festivarian, Nutritarian — the Sedentary Lifestyle is the one that comes up on most health questionnaires. Does anyone else go to bed with a very clear vision of what health promoting activity she will do tomorrow only to have tomorrow go by without so much as an elevated heart rate, let alone 75% of VO2 max?

It wasn’t always like this. Waaaaayyyy back in 1999, I rode my bike around Lake Tahoe. In 2003 I was in the best shape of my life. I could wear a little bikini. I could run about 5 miles; swim about 2; and bike 50 with no problem. Not all in the same day, but I was working toward that. I had promised myself that I would have a daily exercise habit by the time I was 35. Having accomplished that, I failed to maintain it. Nursing school started, and my daily exercise habit fell like ice cream off a cone. So I have to make that same promise all over again, only this time I have to turn 43. No big deal, I was going to turn 43 anyway. They say that exercise is very good for you. They say you feel all kinds of nice things when you exercise regularly. I simply remember feeling superior to people like the current me. Maybe that’s motivating enough!

Here are some of my ideas for making this happen:

1. Join the Y

2. Commit to iWalk Sonoma and walk up my road every day.

3. Use up my class credits at Tone

4. All of the above?

Any suggestions for one who needs to get over the inertia hump? Don’t tell me to “Just do it,” because I’ll just want to punch you in the nose. But seriously, I’m going to start doing SOMETHING soon. Very soon. Maybe even tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I plan to put together a couple of recipes & maybe pictures. Stay tuned.


  1. Cora says:

    Laura, what a great blog! I have been trying to get BACK in shape. After turning 50, the body started breaking down; broken foot, broken wrist, herniated disk, sciatica. Now at 52 I can run again and work the muscles that were vacationing.

    I can’t wait to read your next post! See you at work.

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Cora! I remember you had a spate of injuries there. Glad to hear you’re back at it. If I look as good 10 years from now as you do, I’ll be very pleased with myself indeed. See you soon.

  2. Sarah holland says:

    Its hard to make the time. One thing I’ve found is on-line stuff like this free 21 day yoga challenge. It does not have to be 21 days in a row, and if you can only do 10 or 20 minutes thats good. Check it out.
    21 days will get you into a habit, breaks the inertia, then you can move on to other routines. Also if they have Zumba in your area, try out. Its an intense work out and fun.

  3. Donna says:

    In the words of my mother. “Just do it, if you are sitting around waiting for motivation you’ll be on your butt forever.” She was talking about me doing my homework but it applies to this situation as well….don’t punch me next time you see me.

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