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The Gifts of Sleep and Exercise

With a December birthday I make make my new year’s resolution as part of my birthday. On my last birthday, I decided to give myself the gifts of sleep and exercise. For me, every month should have health and fitness day.

In January, I bought a new bed and decided to carve out time for physical activity. I’ve made it a point to go to bed at 9pm so that I’m asleep by 10pm (I wake at 5am to workout). I got a slow start on the activity because I was worried about re-injuring my back, but I just listen to my body and stopped phoning it in as Jillian Michael’s says.

I’m almost embarrassed to post the following photo. But it was who I was, not who I am and a reminder that committing to sleep and exercise makes a difference.

On the left (taken March 8, 2012 indoors), I’m pasty, white and my cheeks and chin kill me while on the right (taken August 30, 2012 outdoors) I’m freckled, not pasty and am not embarrassed by my face.

It is amazing what the depths of negativity will have on my lifestyle, the emotional eating and the lack of regard I have for myself when I’m stressed are overwhelming and I’m still learning how to respond positively. I strive to maintain the person who is pictured on the left, she’s happier when healthier!

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  • Andi (@udandi) September 9, 2012, 6:42 pm

    {New Post}: The Gifts of Sleep and Exercise http://t.co/mrNJn2Cg

  • Kristen Scott Brown via Facebook September 9, 2012, 6:58 pm

    You look amazing!!

  • maureen Jacob September 9, 2012, 7:03 pm

    a picture’s worth a thousand words and there’s no denying what an incredible accomplishment you’ve achieved in just five months! you are an incredibly strong woman and your resilience is inspirational! I’m SO proud of you! you go girl! ((HUGS))

    • Andi September 10, 2012, 9:42 am

      Thanks Maureen! I was amazed to find that photo on my computer and see the date. Jt is a great reminder of where I’ve been, where I’m going and what I’m capable of doing.

  • Julia Barber Cabral via Facebook September 9, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Both girls are beautiful and fun, but the new you seems to be happier!! Good for you!

  • Amy Prewitt via Facebook September 9, 2012, 7:47 pm

    You look great!

  • Dawn McMillan via Facebook September 9, 2012, 8:05 pm

    Such a beautiful girl!

  • Tammy Geise McConnell via Facebook September 9, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Awesome post andi! Congrats on actually Doug what you set out to do (as opposed to my goals, which always start on Monday, and when Monday comes, next Monday)! You look great!

  • Tammy Geise McConnell via Facebook September 9, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Doug should be doing 🙂

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:35 pm

    Kristen Scott Brown Thank you! I always like seeing your workout updates.

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:36 pm

    Julia Barber Cabral thank you, I am!

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Amy Prewitt Thanks, I often think WWAR when I need a little extra motivation.

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Thank you Dawn McMillan!

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Tammy Geise McConnell Thank you, anytime you want to walk/sprint those neighborhood hills, call me!

  • Amy Prewitt via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:41 pm

    I notice you didn’t write WWAD… That acronym puts you in a whole ‘nother realm of trouble! 😉

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 9, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Amy Prewitt ha! I like WWAR as in warrior!

  • Heather Churchman via Facebook September 9, 2012, 10:11 pm

    You are an inspiration & you look great–way to go, AB!

  • Carol Freytag via Facebook September 9, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Good for you 🙂 I would never be able to do the 5am thing.

  • Mandira Jacob via Facebook September 10, 2012, 10:30 am

    looking fab andi…very inspiring and motivating 🙂

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 10, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Heather Churchman thank you! remember our healthy eats email? I’m doing it!

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 10, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Carol Freytag Friday’s post is dedicated to you and the others who ask how I welcome 5am with a smile 😉

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 10, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Mandira Jacob thank you! I’m not kidding when I say my IG followers are my accountability buddies!

  • Heather Churchman via Facebook September 10, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Is this THIS Friday’s post on 5am wakeup times or one from last Friday? (I can’t find it)

  • udandi.com via Facebook September 10, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Heather Churchman I’m writing a post how I wake at 5am and workout, not just that photo of me smiling at that hour.

  • Emmy September 10, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Great job! Looking good! 🙂

    • Andi September 20, 2012, 9:44 pm

      Thanks Emmy! It’s been good to have supportive friends on Twitter and Instagram!