Monday night I got another restless 6 hours of sleep and felt like I normally do Tuesday morning – tired and cranky.
Followed the rules no problem on Tuesday, and took an Ambien (very rare for me) to make sure I got 8 hours of sleep.
Got my 8 hours (just barely) woke up at 7 a.m. today feeling tired and cranky.
And as usual, did not feel up to facing the world until 10 a.m. Having an incredibly demanding toddler plus a just learning to walk baby does not help the situation. I only feel like I can really wake up once baby V takes her morning nap and Jane sits down to watch tv while I get myself organized and have some tea.
So, not feeling any dramatic benefits of the challenge yet.
But, I did finally try to cook Amaranth. It’s a gluten-free grain with lots of fiber, iron, and calcium. And about half the price of quinoa. It has a sort of porridge like, chewy quality. It wouldn’t substitute well for rice in a fluffy salad, but would be good for a casserole and I also like it in a salad – it binds together the ingredients and makes the salad feel hearty so you can eat it with a spoon. I threw together some romaine, amaranth, steamed cauliflower, tempeh, avocado, nutritional yeast and lemon juice and it was really, really good.
Then this afternoon I went to a hard workout class and it was the most beautiful sunny summer-like day and I didn’t hesitate to say yes when Nathan suggested having beers and sitting outside. This is why I suck at challenges, but honestly, I doubt I’ll feel any worse tomorrow.
Score: Day 4, total success, Day 5, 75% success.