Progenex Cocoon: Holy $#!%, I Can Sleep!

Edit: This is so long. I’m not sorry, though. Read it if you’d like to know my story with sleep and how Progenex’s Cocoon changed my life. If not, the take-home message is this: Give Cocoon a try. For me, it’s tasty, makes me sleep, and I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and like a morning-person. Maybe it’ll do the same for you!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a very complicated relationship with sleep. If I wasn’t sleeping for 13+ hours, I felt exhausted. I went to private school up through the end of 8th grade, which allowed me to sleep until 8 every day, since school didn’t start until 9. When I started high school and had to wake up at 6am, my world started crumbling around me. Every morning I would wake up and throw up within an hour of being out of bed. No doctors could figure out what the hell was wrong with me. The only thing that would keep it from happening was when I could sleep until 9 or 10am. We finally gave up trying to figure out what it was, and decided that it was my body going into shock from lack of sleep. I threw up every single day of my freshman year of college. Sometimes it happened at home before leaving for school, sometimes it was out the car door on my way there, and sometimes it was in the parking lot or bathroom once I got to school. When I got my own car, more often than not I’d skip my first class and drive to the Whole Foods’ parking lot and sleep in the back of my Ford Explorer for an extra two hours. I missed a LOT of school, but somehow managed to graduate with a pretty good GPA. Woo, public school system.

Fast forward to college. I finally learned to manage my sleep schedule and get enough sleep during the week, but on the weekends I’d sleep until 2pm. Waking at noon was early for me. Even so, getting out of bed literally made me feel like I was dying. I’d cry every morning before my 8am classes because I felt so horrible. My body ached, my head hurt, and the idea of having to sit through a lecture was worse than anything else in the world. But I did it. Thankfully, this university had a very strict absence policy, where if you missed more than 4 classes (more than 15 minutes late also qualified as an absence), you failed the class. I didn’t want to waste my parents’ money, so I made it work.

Needless to say, I’ve never been a morning person. I don’t know what it feels like to get up and feel ready to start the day. I don’t know what it feels like to wake up before an alarm, or to be excited to make breakfast and have a leisurely morning getting ready to leave the house for the day. Or not snoozing alarms. Or not setting alarms for when I SHOULD get up, and back up/real alarms for the absolute latest that I CAN get up without being late to wherever I need to go.

That all changed about a month ago.

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Friday 9/14 WOD at PCF

Yesterday was a really awful day. It seemed like every hour there was something else that went wrong. I didn’t go to Crossfit because of lots of different things, but I am so SO glad that I wound up going today. Today was an infinitely better day, and I feel amazing. School was great, my break in between classes to sip a pumpkin spice latte and knit and decompress was great, Crossfit was more than great, my run after (yes, after!) Crossfit was great, and all of a sudden it’s 7:45pm and I can’t stop smiling.

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes:

  • 2 Hang Squat Snatches45lbs. I literally wasn’t sure if I would be able to do 35lbs, so this was a big surprise.
  • 2 Ring Dipsassisted, with only one yellow band!!!!!! This was the least assistance I’ve ever used. I’m so close to unassisted!!!

This was awesome. I probably could have done 50lbs, but I wasn’t sure since it has been months since I worked on squat snatches. They felt amazing and I only had one fail when I got a little too deep into my squat, and I just reset and redid the rep. Can’t even belieeeeve I was hang squat snatching that, after full snatching 50lbs last. So great!!!!! ALSO the ring dips!!!!! I am the happiest!!! So many super strong women at my box use one yellow band, and I look up to them all so much. And today, I was able to do sets of 2 full-depth ring dips with only one yellow band, barely even choked up!!! Gosh. I am just so happy. And this was only the strength portion!

WOD for Time: 11:23

  • Run 800m: Rx.
  • 30 Wallballs: 8lbs to 10ft, Level I weight, Level II reps. Hate. Wallballs.
  • Run 400m: Rx.
  • 60 Double-Unders: Rx movement, Level II reps.

This was AWFUL! But in the best way! The 800m run was great, and it took me 3:26. As long as I focus on my form, running doesn’t quite suck as badly as it used to. I was up with the top 10 in the group for finishing that run (a run that the coaches specifically said to run FAST, since it’s the first part and we should go balls out), but the wallballs destroyed me. I need to work on my form with them, because I think I don’t use my shoulders and arms enough, and try to rely too much on momentum coming up from the bottom of the squat. The 400m run was pretty bad, but I managed to sprint the first 200m and then really muscle my way through the second 200m, doing more of a jog, and cheered along some of the people I passed because I’m sure I was feeling just as bad as they were, but refused to stop. And today was just not my day for double-unders, but I pushed through. My speed rope was also all kinked and messed up, so I am going to blame it on that.

Then, on my way home, I decided I reallllly wanted to eat a sweet potato, but I didn’t have any goat butter. So when I parked, I stuffed my keys and a couple collars into the teenytiny pocket in the back of my shorts and ran to Whole Foods (where they didn’t have any goat butter, boo) and ran back, for another 980 meters. And it felt so great!!! So what did I do about my sweet potato predicament? Well, last night when I was having an awful day, I came home to Tyler cooking up my pound of bacon from the farmers’ market for me, to cheer me up (because he’s amazing), and he kept the grease! So I put some of it on my sweet potato and a little bit of coarse sea salt and HOLY CRAP I can’t even explain how amazing it was. Throughly enjoyed it, A+, will eat again.

Breakfast

My breakfast is the same thing every day: a disgustingly delicious green-brown protein smoothie. It looks absolutely awful but it tastes amazing, keeps me full for hours, and wakes me up enough to function through morning classes, which is definitely an extraordinary feat. It’s super quick to make, and the amazing blender system allows for a blend-and-go, single-serve smoothie with absolutely no clean up. I could rave on and on about this blender! I even convinced my mom to buy one! Pssst! And it’s on sale on Amazon right now! Make sure to keep reading for the link to go check them out!!

Ingredients!

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Frozen Mixed Berries (I like the kinds without strawberries, for some reason)
  • Bee Pollen (can be omitted or switched for Nutritional Yeast, if vegan)
  • Flax Seed (home-ground, if possible, and kept in the fridge)
  • Avocado (can use 1/2 a small banana instead, but you’ll be missing out on all the good fats!!)
  • VegaOneprotein powder (or whatever kind you fancy)
  • Water

To see how it’s all put together, keep reading!

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