Sleep, Emotional Health, and the Weight Loss Journey
It is funny. I produced this video two days ago. At that time, I had a great night’s sleep. Today, when I am ready to share it, all I can say is wow, what a great night.
I know it wasn’t a full moon, but my Grate Dane was on one. Barking at the neighbors until 11:00 PM. Normally, it is a good thing to have your dog protecting your home from those dangers that lurk in the dark. The only problem is, I am an early bird, that needs to catch his worms at 3:00 AM. So Spot’s schedule and my schedule did not mix. Ouch. What to do with the stress hormones? What to do about the weight loss journey?
Weight Loss Journey
I am feeling motivated, even though a little tired. I must turn to my app (Weight Watchers) today for guidance, so that I can keep myself aligned to the intent of my goal. When we are tired, we get unfocused easily. We then let old habits slip into our unconscious awareness, and food can act as a tempting source to not only divert our boredom, but also to replenish the missing energy that naturally builds during the sleep cycle. As Schwarzenegger once said, “Sleep Faster!”
I did… and I feel better for it. I am up, and writing. I am getting my daily dose of adrenaline in a different manner. But today is somehow different. Before, I would have reset my alarm to allow me to sleep until at least 6. Getting my normal 6 to 7 hours sleep. I didn’t. This is because a new habit pulls me forward. The habit of health. I formed a habit of accountability, not only to myself, but also the journey I am committed to. As Bob Proctor once said, commit to higher standards, and your whole life aligns to those standards. Commit to a goal, and how long does it take to negotiate your way out of that commitment.
It is all in the way the mind perceives its reality.
Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal conflicts, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."
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