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Spring clean in progress

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hopefully my spring clean will be done before spring is over. Anyway, the bedroom although still a little cluttered, is sparkling. My kitchen table is a joy to behold. Some parts of the living room are orderly. The garden has a charming disorder, and is full of flowers and scent. And DH is inspired by the activity and has volunteered to do some picking up after himself.
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SANDYBRUNO 9/10/2011 9:10PM

    It sounds like you are gettng a lot done. I wish I was. I have a bunch of kids to dirty up one area as soon as I clean it. It is very frustrating.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/10/2011 7:25PM

    Do you mean Fall cleaning??? I do my cleaning this time of year too but I haven't started yet

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SUECHRIS50 9/10/2011 6:45PM

    Girl!You are making me feel guilty as heck!It's fall here and hot!Wildfires keep popping up and ashes get all over the place and tracked on the floors!The dog went outside and came back like she had dust all over her fur!Happy Cleaning sweetie!!

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Sleep challenge week 2

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The end of week 2 of my sleep challenge and I'm feeling a bit sick of writing in my sleep diary. I thought I would be closer to my golden 8 hours sleep but so far it has eluded me, so I feel somewhat despondent. I guess I will just have to trust the process to carry me along...
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PEARL10 9/11/2011 3:24AM

    I have had some major problems with sleep. Tried antidpressants which only made things worse. Went to a sleep clinic & specialist in Hamilton, problem solved. If u wana know more,message me.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/10/2011 6:32PM

    Thanks Sandy. I've been putting some time into figuring out what to do and think I have an approach that should work. Fingers crossed we both get a good night tonight.

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SANDYBRUNO 9/10/2011 5:22PM

    I'm sorry you are not getting much sleep. I didn't sleep well last night. I kept waking up. I tried to take a nap today but it just doesn't seem like that is in the cards either.

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Looking back...

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

... With some friends from Christchurch New Zealand on Facebook as we peruse an album of photographs of the centre of our gracious home town as it is demolished. It has been devastated by a series of earthquakes that began a year ago, since which time the wreckers have been clearing the debris. No one except the demo crews and engineers can access the central city, which is steadily being razed. Who knows what the reconstruction will be like, in a time of economic uncertainty? If there even is a reconstruction. The soils beneath the city centre have been found to be unsuitable for building. And I can't help but fear the developers, they are not known for building beautiful buildings... At the centre of Christchurch is a beautiful botanic garden, maybe we can extend it and truly become a garden city.



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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/9/2011 8:10AM

    Yes lots of folk lived there and no they mostly couldn't get their belongings. They left and aren't able to return until the dangerous buildings are demolished. The army guarded the cordon around the central city. My niece grabbed her camera and laptop and ran but she said three days later she was wishing she had grabbed a change of clothes, there was no water or power... It did have a lovely central city...

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SANDYBRUNO 9/7/2011 3:24PM

    I can tell from the pictures that you had a lovely old hometown. It is a shame all of the earthquakes struck. It is sad that all of the beautiful buildings have to be torn down. I do like your garden idea. Keep us posted on how things are going. Did many people live in the part that is being torn down and if so were they able to get in an get their belongings?

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Three month Sparkaversary

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.

  
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JAMARIGOLD 9/6/2011 2:59PM

    Happy Sparkaversary!!! It sounds like you are off to a roaring start! Good for you! Best wishes for continued success!
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SANDYBRUNO 9/5/2011 5:30PM

    Sleeping better is also beneficial to your weight loss. You actually lose better if you get plenty of rest. I feel a lot better physically when I exercise but with my knees bothering me so bad I'm not able to walk quite as much. I have to rely on shorter walks.

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Goal setting practice

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?
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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?
Any suggestions?

  
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PATTYKLAVER 9/3/2011 9:33AM

    Sounds like a great way to train yourself to sleep more. I should probably try it.

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