Week 1

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Here is the summary clip of week 1 and below lies day to day documentation. Beware, they are not filled with sunshine and daisies…

Monday:

Alarm went off at 7 am… Stayed in bed till 8 am… IT WAS JUST SO HARD.

But when I eventually stood up I went straight to the piano to start some productive practicing (and intended noise so the rest of the household would wake up too-misery loves company.). Felt really tired the whole day but it was fine. I spent the rest of that day finishing up the last day of The Career Research Challenge, I felt really proud of my work, check it out on the Menu. My hunger levels were 100% normal (as in I felt hungry basically all the time even though I had 3 big meals). But my mood was above average because I had a really productive day AND went for a jog. I happily went to bed at 11pm. Overall: No change whatsoever from the norm except a whole lot more hours to be productive.

 

Tuesday:

I actually stood up at 7am this time (did a mini mental victory dance). Again I went and smashed the piano keys. I felt normal (high levels of) hunger despite having breakfast and a snack until I finally got to my very satisfying lunch. My friend Rebekah randomly showed up and took me shopping with her, I felt happy as I do around my good friends but there was definitely an edge of lethargy inside me. When I got home I felt a little down and so I went for a jog (I felt much better afterwards). I got back and showered in the 30 seconds that Cape Town water restrictions permits me and went to bed. It was harder to find a comfy position and drift off. Usually I stay up in bed on social media till my eyes involuntarily close so this is definitely not what I’m used to. Overall: A little hungrier than normal, the usual subtle mood swings and procrastination. Felt especially tense now that The Career Research has ended and I have to face new, greater tasks (and its precisely because of this that I have to challenge myself, the things that we are scared to face are usually the only things that will help us grow).

 

Wednesday:

7AM. I’m up but not feeling energetic or happy whatsoever. When this happens I usually turn into a selfish, pot-bellied troll who guards the fridge like a hawk. I procrastinated until I realized that “I have 2 hours until going out with my “Guuuurls” for margaritas so I’d better go exercise!” I felt much better after I had burned some energy and went out to have a fun, loud girls night. My mom fetched me early specifically so I could go to sleep at 11PM… TALK ABOUT DEDICATION. It felt like I was in primary school again. I stayed disciplined to my sleep time BUT, very inconveniently, a mosquito decided to choose me as its target so I had to hide under a blanket and only come up for strategic Mosquito spraying moments. I estimate that this lasted for 20 minutes before I was able to relax and drift off. Overall: Moody and hungry. I can honestly say that I slouched around uselessly until my work out. This too is a normal type day in my life…

Thursday:

Getting up at 7AM is a semi routine now so I managed alright. However, I still didn’t feel bounteous amounts of energy and happiness like the scientists said I’d feel after 8 hour sleep (you’ve got 17 days left Scientists). I went to my laptop for some challenge inspiration and research (I also tried to make a pretty Youtube video but it didn’t quite work out so we wont talk about that for a while…hah, you win some you lose some). Felt hungry throughout the day as usual but I ate sweet potato and felt much better.

Okay wait lets talk about this for a moment guys! If there’s only one thing you take away from me doing challenges, this website, ALL OF THIS: Sweetpotato is the best, healtiest, most satiating carb out there. You can’t go wrong with it. EAT MORE SWEET POTATO.

Overall: Felt on edge, tired and grumpy.

 

Friday:

I think this has been the worst day so far. I only got out of bed at 8AM even though alarm went off at 7, so much for the semi routine of getting up at 7 (note to self, never take a habit you have for granted). Feels like I’m back at day 1. Okay let’s just say it. Today was not a good day. I felt tired, sad, apathetic, HUNGRY (but then again that tends to happen when you only eat pasta for most of the day-I also had some sweet potato, still felt meh.). Apart from practicing piano and washing windows I just lay on my bed with that dull feeling one has when they don’t know what they are supposed to be doing in life (this feeling comes and goes and I move on, don’t think this is a sob story. It’s just how my day was). Literally I have been laying in bed since 7PM and now its 2 mins to 11 so I must go sleep. Gosh I thought this 8 hour thing helped…

 

Saturday: *My parents 25th anniversary.

I get out of bed at 7AM feeling really tired, hungry and annoyed. It feels like this 8 hour sleep thing is doing nothing even though I want to believe it will. I unleashed my wrath through another morning piano session. When my family woke up I was even more annoyed. There were lots of preparations to do for the celebration later so it felt like I didn’t have much time to do anything for myself. This made me even more on edge. I wasn’t excited to be thrown into a crowd of my parents friends. When a few people started arriving at 4:30PM, I excused myself for a jog. I ended up going for a walk to a park and just sitting on a Jungle Gym slide, staring dismally at nothing. When I came back it was time to be the wonderful daughter. Honestly, the celebrations were a success and I had a good time! I ate way to much celebration food though (you know: pies, cake, sandwiches. I swear, when there’s a celebration it’s as if the guests ask themselves ask themselves “whats the oiliest, most un-nutritious food I can bring?”). As I lay in bed at 11PM I felt tired and groggy but socially fulfilled. Overall: Definitely didn’t feel happier, less hungry or more energetic than usual. I understand that it’s only the first week but what if all I can testify from this challenge is that it changes nothing…

 

Sunday:

7am? Nope, my feet only hit the ground at 7:49. I drifted off easier than usual last night yet still felt too tired to get up at 7… This is confusing. Maybe it had something to do with all the junk I ate the previous day but I just felt groggy, moody and HUNGRY. I sat around and nibbled on things until 2PM when I made farewell plans with a friend (she’s moving to “Irrrreland”). That evening another friend came to sleepover. It was awkward having to explain that I couldn’t stay up late with her because of The Sleeping Challenge. Let me tell you, sharing a single bed at 19 is the perfect formula for bad sleep. At some ungodly point I had to get up and fix up a mattress for myself. Needless to say, I was groggy the next morning.

So concludes week one…

PLEASE LET THE NEXT 2 WEEKS BRING THE SAID BENEFITS OF 8 HOUR SLEEP!!!!

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