Fall Back

Oh, time change, how I dislike you very, very, very much. (Hate is a strong word.)

Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this doesn’t apply to you as much. But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones.

One of my family members once asked me if an hour really made a difference. Believe it or not, but it is a huge difference for me.

When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek. And if you have things to do on Sunday mornings like I do you are already running late when you wake up.

When you Fall Back, you gain an hour. But really, I gain nothing. On Sundays I normally roll out of bed around 7. So that means I am up by 6. Yippee! I am pretty much off the whole day and sometimes into the week. My body has to try to go to bed an hour earlier on Sunday night. Which these days is not much of a problem. I am normally exhausted around 8. On school nights … Continue reading

Dealing with that pesky time change

Ugh, I seriously hate time change.

Most places in North America will Fall Back tomorrow at 2 a.m. Most areas of the world have already Fallen Back.

You can see the whole schedule here.

My body just doesn’t do well whether we lose an hour or gain an hour.

I wrote about Springing Forward in March.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative Yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night. (My schedule is gonna be a little tight tomorrow so I hope to make it to Restorative Yoga–if not, maybe I can practice on my own–take my own tips below.)

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

My advise to all who need some extra help tomorrow morning:

Handing out Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I made a second batch of Peanut Butter Energy Balls on Friday. I used the ground flaxseed, which the recipe called for, instead of sesame seeds I used last week.

And I have to say, this second batch is much tastier than the first. I also added a little more peanut butter. I actually made two batches this time around: one with chocolate chips and one with raisins.

I think I like the raisin ones better, crazy, I know. But the raisins are smoother than the hard chocolate chips. Curt and I snacked on them over the  weekend. I think I snacked a little more than he did. 🙂

I found the ground flaxseed at Trader Joe’s in the cereal aisle with the various oatmeals.

I took some into work today for my co-workers.

I handed out a a bunch of Peanut Butter Energy Balls to co-workers today. Of everyone I got feedback from, the energy balls got a thumbs up. (And they could possibly be a cure for Spring Forward exhaustion. OK, maybe not. But they could help, just a little.)

Here’s the recipe again, in case you want to try it yourself:

1 cup regular oatmeal
1/2 cup … Continue reading

Springing forward

Most places in North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m. (The UK and Europe will follow in a couple of weeks.)

Being from Arizona I never had to do this until I moved to Oregon in 1997. And initially I had no issues with the time change.

It’s different now and has been for some time.

I hate changing time. Yes, it is only one hour. But whether we are Springing Forward or Falling Back it completely messes me up.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night.

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

This is my advice on how to deal with the time change:

Dealing with time change

Tomorrow very early (2 a.m.) we fall back. I hate falling back or springing forward. The time change completely wreaks havoc on my body–physically and mentally.

You would think one hour wouldn’t be a big deal. But for some reason it is. (Being from Arizona I never dealt with time change until I first moved to Oregon at 23.)

During the week I wake up to an alarm, which goes off at 5 a.m. so sleeping in for me is about 6:30. Sundays tend to be my lazy day, so let’s hope I can stay asleep a little longer than normal, especially tomorrow.

I have found that the best way to deal with the time change is to make sure I exercise. When we sprang forward in March that Monday was a rough day for me. I made sure to make it to my regular noon spin class even though I was tired and really didn’t want to go. I felt like a different and new person as I walked out after class and a shower.

No matter how tired or wacked out you are tomorrow try to do something active: take a walk, take a yoga class (that’s what … Continue reading