Nighty Nite.

I remember vividly when I used to be a good sleeper. I was in my twenties. I never needed a ton of sleep but 6-7 straight hours each night was fine. Even the bed didn’t matter. I could sleep on a regular bed, a waterbed, an air mattress or even the ground when camping. Ahhhh, the good ‘ol days.

Then I had twins. And my Z’s had to eat one ounce every three hours or their preemie arse’s would land back in the hospital. And to feed them one ounce in the middle of each night took and hour. One hour for Za, one hour for Zac, and one hour for me to clean up; get the next set of bottles ready; and nap. By the time I returned to work I only had to wake up once each night to get them both fed but I was still up for a couple of hours to get things done. And that’s been my sleep pattern ever since.

I remember being so tired that on some Sunday’s after dinner, my folks would take the Z’s and tell me to go home and rest. I’d pass out on their couch, not having the energy to get the few blocks away to sleep in my own bed. I have no idea how I got through those first six months but I do know I chuckle when I hear of TWO parent’s complaining about lack of sleep for their ONE baby. Toughen up folks, it could be worse.

My time in Texas reminds me of those days. Up at 5:15am, to bed at 11:00pm (if I were lucky) and going Mach II in between. I was exhausted, always exhausted. My training sucked, my piece of mind sucked, and every part of my life was less than what it should have been. Just because I was tired.

There are countless things in my life that are better now that I’m where I should be, but good sleep is not one of them.  I finally realized that I wasn’t making it a priority so that’s on me.  Knowing that I will likely still wake up around 2-3a.m. I try to be a good girl and go to bed at 9pm. It makes me feel elderly, but it works. That way, if I DO wake up (BTW, once I’m up, I stay up for at least a couple hours) I’ve already clocked a good 5-6 hours of sleep. What I’ve also noticed, is that if I force myself to shut off the world and go to bed early, I’ m more likely to STAY asleep. So in the last couple of weeks, I’ve had at least four or five nights of 7-8 hours of sleep…at one time!

My peace of mind is better, my training is better, and overall…life is better.

Sleep is the best meditation.

Dalai Lama

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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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