My goal right now is to get down to 215 pounds for my cousins wedding in September. It will not be easy, but if I continue with my diet I should be able to make weight. The other thing that is helping out a lot is the fact that I am consistently getting into the gym for a workout. 3 weeks straight, I have been able to make it at least 4 times to the gym. I switched up my schedule at work and can now get my WOD in during lunch and leave my evenings for family time.
My family time has taken a small hit recently. I picked up a third job, which now takes up my entire weekend. It’s really tough because I miss out on a lot with my wife and especially with my son. Unfortunately you sometimes have to make sacrifices if it is the best thing for your family. I still make sure to kiss my wife every day when I come home and I always read my son a bedtime story. Then we play a fun game where he thinks he is pushing me and I throw myself across the room and bang into things. It makes him laugh so a few bumps and bruises don’t bother me (although my downstairs neighbors probably want to kill me for all the noise).
The one thing I worry about with my new lifestyle and achieving my goals is the plateau I am bound to hit eventually. Unfortunately I may see a few of these along the way. One of the biggest reasons for this is going to be because of my lack of sleep. Sleep is huge when trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. After we consume food the pancreas releases insulin. Insulin signals muscle and fat cells to absorb glucose from food. As a result, blood glucose levels return to normal. When we deprive ourselves of sleep it creates a problem called Insulin-Resistant Metabolism. What happens in this case is that baseline levels of insulin do not signal muscle and fat cells to absorb glucose. When glucose levels are elevated, the pancreas responds by releasing insulin. Blood sugar will then rapidly drop. This repeating of this on a daily/nightly basis could lead to type 2 diabetes.
Sleep loss can affect the basic metabolic functions of storing carbohydrates and regulating hormones. Reduction of sleep from eight hours to four hours produces changes in glucose tolerance and endocrine function.
The other side effect of sleep deprivation is lack of appetite control. Sleep plays a vital role in regulating metabolism and appetite. When sleep deprived, the metabolic system will be out of balance, which will ultimately affect the dietary choices people make. Teens who are sleep deprived crave more carbohydrates. Sleep deprivation is a risk factor for obesity among young adults.
I definitely have been lacking in sleep for the week. It is something I need to pay more attention to. Other than that, I think I have been doing a pretty good job. I’ll pat myself on the back.