So its been about a week and a half after the birth of my daughter. I have returned back to work and life is returning to, well maybe not returning, but establishing a new normal. Over the past week we have been adjusting to having a newborn around. With countless diaper changes, bottles prepared, and outfit changes (my daughters not mine) it was hard to get a workout in and it was appropriate not to spend time away from those duties mentioned above. I had been finding brief moments at work to get my sets in prior to birth and I plan to continue to do so. However, I am not getting much sleep and still have all the responsibilities at home. So its time to focus on maintenance and adjust my goals and in order to do this right.
No or little sleep poses a big problem especially when it comes to working out. For one when you tired you have no energy to do it. A more pressing matter is recovery. Your body repairs itself during one of the deep sleep stages. If I’m not getting into those deep sleep stages (3 and 4) which occur around the hour mark then no growth or muscle repair is going to occur. So for right now I am going to just throttle back and just do what I can to maintain and avoid any overuse injuries.
Today I just did three sets of bent over rows, the robot trio, air squats and the baby press. I also reduced the weight. While it wasn’t a fight to get all the reps done it wasn’t easy. Clearly the lack of sleep has an effect. I also readjusted my step goal for the day back to 10,000 and my sleep to a bare minimum 6.5 hours. I am also going to only do the strength training Monday, Wednesday and Friday giving my body ample time to repair itself. We’ll see how I do.
“I love the Lord because He has heard my appeal for mercy. Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call out to Him as long as I live.”
Psalms 116:1-2 HCSB