Welcome to January 3rd. By now, you are probably well into your resolutions. You've thought long and hard about them and you are ready to rock and roll on weight loss, exercising, and everything in between. You probably googled the best diet to lose the most amount of weight quickly.

Somewhere around the 10th of January you will probably stab someone for a McDonald's french fry. Trust me, I'm the expert on this.

Dieting is not a foreign concept to me. I've tried them all. The soup diet? Yep. Weight Watchers? Did it. Shakes? Been there.


Those are my before and after pics. The sad part, that before pic is more flattering than it should be.

But in my journey, I've learned a few things. Dieting and weight loss is not all about food. It's not all about portion control. It's not all about exercise. Trust me.

I'm not an expert, but I've tried just about everything. I've been there. I've looked in the mirror and been disgusted. (Wait, that was just yesterday).

Part of weight loss is about being good to your body. If you are dieting and watching what you eat, chances are you are limiting your carbs, sugars, calories, fat grams, everything your body is used to. You are probably really tired. You feel like you need a nap.

Sleep is essential. 8 hours of sleep a night is a necessity. It's one of the best fuels that you can pour into your body, excluding water, but that's a whole other post.

Feel like you don't have time to sleep? Or maybe you only got a few hours in? This is where I tell you that you have to make time for two things in life. That's sleep and exercise. You have time to check Facebook, blog, tweet, instagram and online shop, right? So I'm willing to hedge a bet that you have time to get a few hours of shut eye in.

Trust me. Once your body gets those eight hours of sleep, you'll be ready to wake up the next morning, work out, eat right and ready to face those scales.

I'm not perfect. I don't always get eight hours. But when I do, I can really tell.

Do me a favor and make a resolution to get eight hours of sleep a few nights a week.

You can send me a thank you card in the mail.