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  1. Alison – I am so proud of you and all that you are doing. It has taken huge chunks of courage to step out of your past into your present with a world of possibilities in your future – and so very much of what you do blesses so many of us.
    Let me briefly share my “sleep” story. For most of my life I have functioned on 2-4 hours of sleep a night – single parent, performing artist, athletic competitor and for the past 15 years personal trainer, Spinning® instructor, etc all demanding early hours.
    When I became a competitive cyclist, I had the privilege of working with an excellent but demanding coach who had me clock more than my workouts, HR, W, pace, mileage, etc. If I did not record a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night, he would no longer train me! That got my attention! The results were astonishing – vastly improved VO2Max (and yes I did many of those awful tests!), strength, body composition and endurance.
    In the fall of 2017 I took the next step. I told all of my 5 and 6 a.m. clients that I could no longer preach 8 hours and get up at 3 a.m. to be able to start my day that early AND encourage them to begin theirs! That was difficult. I was able to find some another trainer who would meet early with them (as I fully understand the need to train before work), move some to later in the day, and, sadly, some left not thinking well of me. But, I needed to do that.
    I hope all affected clients are now at peace with my changes. I, for one, am now able to face my day of clients and classes (adding Yoga to the mix) better rested, usually having a morning meditation or quiet reading time to myself, prepared for my day in more ways than mug upon mug of coffee, and eager to share.
    In my mind, we are only beginning to plumb the depths of the value of sleep and the destruction of deprivation. There is so much more to be said about life’s necessities and the accommodations each of us needs to make at times during our lives, but we should at least work towards a goal of a thriving lifestyle.
    Thanks for all you do to encourage us along the way. XO

    July 16, 2018
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