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Sleep Challenge Update and Sleep Journal

Friday, March 09, 2012

I'm in the Better Sleep Challenge and should be at the end of week 3 (of 4). I am doing much better lately, getting closer to 7-8 hrs each night for the last three or four nights. I had been staying up waiting for my husband to get home, which was turning out to be 2-4 AM. Then I had to be up at 7:30-8 AM, so I was not getting enough sleep at all. I had to start going to bed earlier. I have and I feel much better. I have more energy all day, I can exercise more, I stay on track with healthy eating more, I can resist sugar cravings better, and I have more patience for my son and husband. It is close to bedtime right now and I just lost a huge post about this due to some technical glitch of it suddenly saying I had entered my name and password wrong and then the window closed. I have no idea what that was about. This is briefer than the first write-up.

1. What time did you wake up today? - 6:30 AM

2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? before 1 AM, close to midnight

3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? - take out contacts, use bathroom, and brush teeth, stop listening to loud music if I was, and just get to bed. I can usually fall right asleep. If I can't, a little reading helps.

4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.)

Fish dinner at 9:30 with Hake fillet, broccoli, and brown and wild rice. Then an ice cream bar and green mint tea - by 10 pm. This was a bit too late for me to eat my meal.

5. Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.)
Yes, two walks - one mile in 22 minutes and .8 mile in 24. My knee went out of place during second walk this evening and I was not able to do my dance party exercise.

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
Yes, black tea about noon, and two cups of green tea - late afternoon and right after dinner (10 pm). Still very sleepy, though.

8. Did you take any medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter) today? (Include type, amount, and time of day.)
No, just my vitamins

9. Did you take any naps today? (Include number of naps, duration of each, and time of day.)

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?
husband annoyed me somewhat, but mostly the stressor was my sore knee hurting and preventing me from exercising as much as I wanted.

tomorrow - my son will probably bug me to play a lot. I hope my knee will be better. Husband will be home.

11. How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)
3- normal, moderate hunger. I ate regularly.

12. How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)
somewhere between 2 and 3

13. How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)
no more than 2

Next, draw a line of Zzz's across the page beneath your answers to these questions.


When you wake up, answer the following questions below your "sleep" line:
1. How long did it take you to fall asleep last night? (This may be an estimate.)
less than 5 minutes. Falling asleep is not usually a challenge for me.

2. How many times did you wake up during the night? (Include times you woke up and how long you stayed awake.)

none.. just about 6:15 when I figured my son would be up soon.. and then I got up at 6:30.

3. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night?
6 and a half! Felt just a tiny bit sleep deprived.

Heading to bed in about 5 minutes now.. so it will be close to midnight again. Getting more sleep has definitely been helpful!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LINDAKAY228 3/10/2012 12:28PM

    Getting enough sleep really does make a huge difference. SO glad you're able to get better sleep and feeling better and more able to do things. Have a great day!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/10/2012 8:34AM

    Cool, so glad you are getting more rest. It truly makes a difference in your weight loss and overall well being. emoticon

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LADYGLAMOUR 3/10/2012 3:34AM

  This sound like a great challenge to take and certainly one I could benefit from. However I'm already so bogged down with Spark teams and emails I'd never keep up!

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KIMMYWIZZIE1 3/10/2012 2:19AM

    Glad you are sleeping better. I need to take this challenge. I've had a lot of problems with sleep lately.

GOOD FOR YOU!!! emoticon

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Vlog- Walking and Talking on 3-8-12

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I actually have a total of 30 test strips for the blood glucose monitor, not "30 extra boxes and the 10 that come with it" which I incorrectly stated. Used one for the control solution to make sure monitor worked right and then one for my husband to test his and demonstrate how it was done.

I walked 1.4 miles in 34 minutes.

Later on - 5 minutes hula hooping.

And then I did 50 minutes Dance Party from about 5-6 pm.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WINTERJEWEL39 3/9/2012 10:20AM

    I SO want a hula hoop! Cannot wait to see those in the stores this year. :) I'm going to teach my girls how!

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CANDOK1260 3/9/2012 10:18AM

    gtrat b log

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/9/2012 8:14AM

    So glad the doctor was able to give you some help.

Way to get your walking and hooping in. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 3/9/2012 7:57AM

    What a great mom!

Keep walking and enjoy the weather! emoticon

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    You're very coordinated! Walking the dog, videotaping, talking, and no tripping - I'm sure I wouldn't be able to do the same!

I loved your video, and thanks for the reminder to eat the veggies today! Aside from actually doing my workouts, it's where I struggle the most! So thanks for the peptalk!

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Free Kiva.Org Loans to Women in March

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Have you ever used to help someone else with a $25 loan? This is a great program. I did it before about 10 years ago and did get my money paid back eventually. I think it's a great system. So there is a huge donation by a company which is paying for up to 4000 loans as free trials - to female borrowers. So check it out, pick someone to donate to, and sign up - for free. I did that and picked one more to lend my own money to.

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MERLE641 3/9/2012 9:07PM

    Sounds like a great idea! Even if you don't get your money back, it's only $25, and you can consider it a gift.

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Vlog-DanceParty Wednesday and Woohoos

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

This is a Dance Party, Woohoos, and update on me. Positive energy.

The end of that was trying to explain that I am at 43 HDL (good cholesterol) and it should be 50+. For every 10 lbs you lose you go up 1.5 points of HDL.. So to get 7 more points, I need to lose another 50 lbs (or 45). 50 lbs from here is my main goal = 199 lbs. So it's just added motivation. :)

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CANDOK1260 6/13/2012 4:50AM

    emoticonfor dancing with me cute son as always

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NPA4LOSS 3/8/2012 8:16PM

    emoticon Great Dance Party! You are doing what you enjoy and it is paying off!

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4THEJOURNEY 3/8/2012 11:50AM

    I love your dance party Vlog--it's so motivating! I love to put on music and dance also. What a great way to get exercise and to celebrate your successes! You're doing so great!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/8/2012 8:30AM

    emoticonTo all your activity...WTG emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 3/8/2012 1:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sounds like a wonderfully active day!

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Today's Woohoos!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I made a new video for a vlog tonight. It will be posted shortly. It's a pep talk, dance party and update on me.

I attended a SparkLive class tonight (and will be going on Sunday, too). It was fun and informative. Glad to see a couple people I'd met in my first SparkLive class.

I'm cooking salmon for dinner- marinated in low-sodium teriyaki sauce and a little maple syrup. With it I'm going to have a sweet potato. Yummy!!

My knee wasn't bothering me today so I was able to -

Do 25 minutes of hula hooping today ! And the weather was nice enough and warm enough (about 50 degrees) to be outside.

Do a full strength training routine.

Walk a mile with my dog.

Do a Dance Party! (I did about 7 minutes so far and will do more of that after I eat.)

And - I got past the binge I had last night and right back on track this morning with my healthy foods and exercise. Yay! Once I tracked it, I felt better, as it wasn't anywhere near as bad as it could have been (or used to be) and I still had a calorie deficit of -281 due to exercise.

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LINDAKAY228 3/8/2012 10:54AM

    WooHoo!! Lots of awesome things accomplished! Way to go!

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CAPECODBABE 3/8/2012 8:42AM

    Sounds like things are going well.

I just tried a hula hoop, and I can't do it anymore!!! It's big, is smaller easier?

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BLUE42DOWN 3/8/2012 1:24AM

    So glad your knee seems to be well on the mend. And having a binge be less damaging than it would have been in the past PLUS honestly tracking it is a major sign of progress.


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/7/2012 10:04PM

    emoticonYou are doing GREAT! emoticon

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HJFOGARTY 3/7/2012 10:00PM

    way to go!!! you are doing the right things and you will see those results! continue to take care of you and your dinner sounds amazing!!! yummy! enjoy!

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BROOKLYNROSE 3/7/2012 9:55PM

    awesome! emoticon

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CHICSHAN004 3/7/2012 9:46PM

    ooo-that salmon sounds good...gotta get me some! :)

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