The Daylight Savings Time Blues

I always feel jet lagged for about a week after a time change. Sunday wasn’t so bad since I got to sleep in and get a leisurely start on the day, but my problem began Sunday night. When my usual “bedtime” rolled around, I still wasn’t sleepy. My body thought it was an hour earlier. So I stayed up that extra hour. But my alarm clock relentlessly went off at 4 a.m. as usual.

For the first time in a long while, I was tempted to skip the gym.

But my recent encounters with MyFitnessPal.com (see tomorrow’s blog post for details) convinced me otherwise so I got up and with more desperation than typical, swallowed my first cup of coffee for the day.

strength meets size
Photo credit: Bodybuilding.com

At 5 a.m. I found myself at the gym as usual and Monday is chest day. I decided to go a little lighter than I did last week which was a good thing since it felt like gravity had been turned up 500% overnight. I also did the reverse grip incline dumbbell press first since that move takes a lot of power and I was (and still am) a few quarts low. I did manage to throw in an extra three sets of dumbbell bench presses at the end before moving on to gut work, so I didn’t feel like I was a complete loser.

Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep or are otherwise fatigued, you get tired workouts. Adequate rest is essential, not only for workout performance, but good rest helps out in fat burning, too. That’s two strikes against me.

But this time it’s not my fault, well I guess it is sort of. If I’d have gone to bed when I was supposed to, I might have slept more. I did wake up around 2 a.m. (Sadly, as usual) to use the bathroom, but otherwise don’t remember a thing until the alarm jolted me awake (and probably my Long Suffering Wife as well, at least momentarily).

Hopefully, this won’t be how all my workouts go this week.

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

Mark Caine

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