Monday, September 05, 2011
I can't believe it has gone by so fast. In the last three months I have oriented myself on Spark and there have been quite a few changes in my life. I am doing something good for me every day. I feel happy, energetic, and more focused. I thnk I am well recovered from my illness. I am doing more around the house, although I haven't quite sorted out the housework yet. I am sleeping better. I have incorporated more exercise into my life. As I type my elbows are both a bit sore from stepping up my strength training program a little too enthusiastically. My hips both ache rather pleasantly from a new set of exercises. My knees don't trouble me as they did, although my weight hasn't changed noticeably. I am purposefully moving towards improved health and fitness. Spring is here and the birds are singing. Right now, all is well and I am grateful to be alive, and to be living in this beautiful country, with my sweet companions.
Friday, September 02, 2011
I've just done week 1 of the sleep challenge and looked at my sleep journal today. Quite an improvement from before I started to tackle my sleep habits. But plenty of room for improvement. I found out that the days I exercise are the nights I sleep longest. Amazing, eh?
And I noticed some other things too, and here is my plan to get me to 8 hours sleep. First I will aim for seven hours, and see how I go. I will
1. Lie down to sleep, eyes shut by 11.15 pm six nights a week.
2. Enlist my subconscious by telling myself I will sleep seven hours when I close my eyes to sleep.
3. If I wake up before 6.30, the only activity I will do is to listen to a sleep hypno app on the iPad.
What do you think? I'm not so sure about the message to my subconscious, should I go the whole hog and tell it eight hours? Subconsciouses are dumb as, you can't confuse them, they only do what they are told. But on the other hand am I setting myself up for failure with a possibly unrealistic goal at this stage?
Friday, August 26, 2011
When I was flatting with a group of friends, and latterly DH & I still do this from time to time, every now and then we would call for a sock amnesty. We would bring out our partnerless socks and lay them out on the table or the couch - somewhere in the sun is best as socks tend to be rather featureless, and see whether we could match any up. Good clean flatty fun.
I've been getting organised and this morning took two minutes to match up my socks. I found six pairs!!!!
Still have several singletons though, maybe it's time for a spring sock amnesty.
On the subject of getting organised, I am finding that it is true that decluttering my environment makes it easier to move ahead in other areas.
Off to declutter my garden. (Possibly nature is too big for me, but I'll give it a go.) Watch out weeds, here I come!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Commisserations, Chris on having to return to work. I can say this because I am on day 2 of my six day break, mwahahah! Last week at work was interesting and fun in parts, but I am luxuriating in being able to do as I please this week. My nephew was to visit for three days but had to reschedule, so my time is mine, all mine! On the sleep front, I have not been as focussed as I need to be to get myself to my goal. Just a little bit of taking the eye off the prize can have such an effect, such is the power of habit. Still, chasing this sleep goal is a great way of checking out how the SP approach operates and how I can sabotage myself, something I am really good at! I am a cunning chick. Cunning enough to come up with a cunning plan to foil my self sabotage. So I am onto myself. Yay for me.
Yet again I am looking to tackle another set of goals, even though I haven,t achieved my sleep goals. This break is a great time to establish new behaviors and I am taking the oportunity. So I'm off to do more planning.
Oh, for those that don't know about the Curate's egg, he was having breakfast at the Bishop's table, and was served a bad egg. When the bishop asked how was his egg, he replied, Good in parts!
Friday, August 19, 2011
I'm so glad it is the weekend, my last short weekend for a while i hope. I work part time and have been doing extra hours, but now will resume my usual three days. What joy, I am looking forward to the next weekend which will be really long, six days! I don't know how you full timers manage just two days off. You can't fit hardly anything in, no wonder the idea of a day of rest goes by the board.
On another subject, I am getting really close to attaining my goal of eight hours sleep. Just 10 minutes to go, squeee! It's been cool using SparkPeople for this because though I have weight to lose and exercise goals to set, I've done those things before and had some success and also backslid, and here they are there to do again. But this is my first sleep goal, and it is great to try SP methods on it. I will attain my goal and I'll figure out what it takes to maintain it and i will work to maintain it, and it will be a model for using the method for the other goals. This learning will be the foundation for successfully attaining and maintaining these other goals. I feel a bit geeky writing this, but also quite excited, hope you can see why.
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