Wake me up

We all know that over-indulgence is, generally, not good for us. We rarely hear, however, about under-indulgence and its effects. I’m prone to both, and neither are working.

A few weeks ago, I ate six desserts in one sitting. I am a self-confessed chocoholic, but even for me, this was a first (and a last). I should point out that I wasn’t just being greedy – I was supposed to be tasting and giving my opinion on all six as part of a student’s assessment (yes, I have a somewhat mixed job). The desserts were excellent, where I went wrong was with the Easter egg I ate later that day. Unsurprisingly, I was a little bit ill that evening.

Most people over-indulge in food or alcohol. I over-indulge in sweets, work, and studying. Having had two weeks of holidays recently, I returned to work expecting, and ready for, a very busy schedule, and I wasn’t disappointed. Over the last week I barely lifted my head, working my way through student problem after student problem. I like being kept busy, but when you’re so busy you can’t stop for lunch or even a quick coffee, something has to give. In my case, two things gave – studying, and proper food. As much as I enjoy sweet food, a jam doughnut for dinner is simply not enough.

It’s not unusual for me to find an entire work-week has passed without any studying but, usually, I’d be able to make up for it at the weekend. This weekend, however, I was so tired I felt ill. I had to go back to bed in the afternoon, and when I got up and went to meet a friend I could barely speak. This whole weekend has been a write-off. My under-indulgence in food has made me ill, and my under-indulgence in studying has made me annoyed with myself.

I need to find a balance again. I had it for a while, but then I lost it. I need to get a better sleep, I need to get some exercise, and I need to eat properly. I’m going to forgive myself for a few days this coming week until I feel a bit better. I hope to be back to studying by Wednesday when I have an exam to invigilate and will have a few hours of peace during which I can read.

So, I’ve ordered myself a new alarm clock – one with a light that will wake me up ‘more naturally’, apparently. I’m going to be setting that alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier than usual so I can have a brisk 2 mile walk before work each morning. I’m also going to be visiting the supermarket on my way to work – it might seem like a strange goal to some, but I’m aiming to eat lunch every day this week. Believe me, if I manage, that will be a major life-goal met!

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