So life happened, and I’ve decided to temporarily suspend my gym sessions in favor of sleep. Since last Monday, I’ve been working 12 hour days at my company in Houston, Texas. My daily 2 hour commute, in addition to12 hour work days, is already proving to be stressful on my mind and body. I feel like the continued daily hour-long gym sessions would be more harmful than helpful at this point.
I firmly believe that sleep is just as important as diet, exercise, and hydration when trying to lose weight. I won’t try to go into the scientific details because truthfully, I have no idea why that is so. But in my own weight loss journey, I’ve seen that the amount of weight I lose is directly relative to how much sleep I get.
Yes, diet and exercise are important, along with staying hydrated. But unfortunately, when you start having to sacrifice your body’s natural recovery time (aka sleep) for these things, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Last week, I existed in a state of guilt all because I wasn’t going to the gym. I was still sticking to my diet and drinking water, but in my mind I felt like I was doing something wrong. This week, I’m much more at peace with my decision to skip the gym. I know that I’m doing the best thing for my mental and physical state.
I already know what happens when I give up. I want to see what will happen if I don't.