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Night Clothes and Other Such Sundries

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I remember a year or so ago when I read a blog here on SparkPeople about having to purchase new underwear because of weight loss. That is just not something that we think of! As I had lost/gained/lost/gained a few times, I had nice fitting good quality underwear stashed away so I didn't really need to get any. But I have found that I new need sleeping attire! My old stuff, which is typically XL, just wasn't working for me anymore! Even the stuff with drawstrings was falling off me. Last year I bought a couple of cute things to wear to bed and this year I have bought a couple more. When winter comes I will need to get a couple of warmer items as I pretty much freeze all winter long and I just don't feel inclined to wear those gigantic garments any longer. Interesting, we often think of a new wardrobe when we lose weight, but undergarments and PJs aren't usually something we give too much consideration.

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SUCHANUT 6/1/2014 11:34AM


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MICKEYH 5/31/2014 10:42PM

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KELLIEBEAN 5/31/2014 10:11PM

    You are so right. Underwear and sleepwear was always the last thing I thought about when trying to lose weight!

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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AJDOVER1 5/31/2014 8:22PM

    It's time to think of our current weight as the new normal. I've been wearing too big sweatpants for far too long!

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HOLLYM48 5/31/2014 6:43PM

    I know it is so exciting to buy those kind of items and know that the sizes are smaller than they have been in years! Love that feeling. It is so rewarding! Good for you for needing smaller sundries and other items! Keep up the excellent work. You are doing great!

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Stress Journal

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I am on week three of the stress busting challenge. And things have been going pretty well. Honestly though, I think that this is because work has been pretty low key for the past couple of weeks. I stayed focused and pushed through on my work so that I wasn't stressed at the end of the month trying to meet deadlines. House is a mess though and I am not really thrilled about that! This weekend I am going to have to buckle down and get some stuff taken care of around here! Messy house is a stressful point for me!

My biggest stressor I think is sleep. I did the sleep better challenge over a year ago and probably I should do it again. The challenge didn't really solve my problems but I did find it beneficial as I did establish a couple of habits that have helped a bit.

But I still have two major issues with sleep - other than the main problem, which is that I am just not getting enough! First problem is that I don't get to bed early enough. I get up for work at 4:30 a.m. and I feel that I need a minimum of seven hours of actual sleep - seven and a half would be better but beggers can't be choosers! Anyway, the other side of the coin is that my sleep quality isn't very good. I wake up a lot during the night, for various reasons. I wake up because I am cold, because I am hot, because I am thirsty, because the cat is petting me, because my husband is snoring, because I have to go the bathroom, just because. Last night I woke up two hours after going to bed and once an hour after that. I can go back to sleep so it isn't as bad as it could be. Right now my FitBit is telling me that I am awake for approximately an hour of the time that I am in bed. I am only in bed between five and six hours. That means I am running on four or five hours of sleep...not enough! This week I made a goal to get in bed by 8:30 each night. So far that hasn't happened! But I have had SOME improvement and have been getting in bed by 9:30, which means that I am getting about six hours of sleep when you subtract about an hour of wake time. Still not enough! I find that I don't recover as well from my workouts if I am not well rested and I also cannot focus on work (which adds to the work stress).

So why am I not getting to bed earlier? I am just soooo darn busy! Tuesday after work I went to an exercise class, got home at about 6:30. Had to eat dinner, get clothing and food ready for the next day. E-mailed my mom. Was pretty much going non-stop until I fell into bed at 9:30. I had tried to be very organized so I wouldn't have as much to do that evening but there it is. That is what happened. Last night got home a little earlier and I had worked out at lunch time so I thought it would be better. We had dinner and I thought it was going to be better but discovered that we needed litter supplies for the cats and had to make an emergency trip to the I was there and didn't want to go back later, I did pick up a few other things. It was already 8:00 before I got home and I still had to get the food ready for today and send an E-mail to my mom! Yikes! Somehow I have to manage this better, and I am working on it...yes I am, and it is going to get better, yes it is!

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AJDOVER1 5/31/2014 8:20PM

    I've suffered from early-morning awakening problems for ages. It's forced me to go to bed earlier. I find when I work late my mind keeps spinning and it's hard to fall asleep.

I agree with the need to get organized. I'm investing some time in decluttering this weekend. I wish you all the best!

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HOLLYM48 5/31/2014 5:35PM

    I know your pain about staying asleep. Some nights are better than others. I don't have an easy answer to that problem. I would suggest a sleep specialist but they may just prescribe a sleep medicine so it depends if you want to go that route. I am glad that at least the stress is better this week. Keep on trying to get rid of that stress!

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STEVEN_D 5/29/2014 11:50PM

    Curse you insomnia. If I could just get 6 hours with laying there thinking about stuff I shouldn't be worrying about. Then have to work harder the next day to stay on top of lack of sleep. If you find a solution, let me know!

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TUDAFD 5/29/2014 10:33PM

    You sound so much like me except I have kids in the mix. I'd say you're doing pretty well already. It takes time for change to happen and it looks like you'vealready made some good progress. If you don't do it already, maybe you could start a running grocery list. I'm not always successful, but I try to put an item on the list when there's only one left or it's about to run out so I always have it in the house. emoticon

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Stress Journal - Home

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Home is my happy place - that is where I want to be. But I am not here enough because I am at work, commuting, etc. I struggle to keep up with things at home and am constantly stressed by the things that aren't getting done. I keep getting more and more behind. Seriously, it is bad. We moved to this house about four and a half years ago and I still can't find things that I need. I am constantly going to the bonus room which is full of unpacked boxes - looking for something that I need. Last week I was looking for a basket that I knew that I had and I needed it for something but where was it? I looked in the cabinets with the other baskets (I don't own many baskets) and it wasn't with the others. I asked my DH and he said he had seen it and he thought it was in a box in the bonus room. Fortunately I was able to find it pretty quickly but I just need to get that stuff put away and give away the stuff that I don't need. At a glance the house is clean and appears to be organized but the closets, drawers and cabinets are unorganized and it takes me forever to do anything since we are not home so much. My husband is pretty oblivious to stuff. He tries to help but he doesn't really notice things...lately every time I open a particular cabinet, stuff falls out on my head. He does the dishes and puts them away but he just tosses stuff in with no regard to where it should go or how it should stack or whatever. So lately when the stuff falls on my head, I have just been leaving it sitting on the counter because I don't have time to reorganize those cabinets AGAIN. I have to do it all of the time. I even tried taking photos once after I organized it and told him THIS is how to put the stuff away...did no good. It is a disaster again. A few months ago I started working on my closet, getting rid of the big clothes, but I had to try things on and it was time consuming so when I started studying for my exam, I had to quit. So now I need to start that task over again. And now I am even smaller than I was so the stuff that fit well back a few months ago is probably too big now. I just can't seem to get caught up. It seems like when I get home from work I am on my feet trying to get dinner, get a few things done around here, getting things ready for the next day, getting about 45 minutes of exercise, and next thing I know, it is past my bedtime and I still have a million things to do! I used to plan meals each week, make a grocery list, go to the store and cook but lately I have been having such a hard time doing that. I just can't seem to find the time! And almost every night I am going to bed way too late, which adds to my stress...I am usually running on only about five hours of a sleep a night as I try to get caught up. Somehow I need to figure out how to streamline things. Just not sure yet how to do it.

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HOLLYM48 5/21/2014 7:52PM

    I think you need to take a couple weeks off, 1 to relax and 1 to organize and put things away and get things back to where you want them. I know that I really like taking 2 weeks off at the same time so I can do something fun for one and then do some home stuff for the 2cd! I hope as the summer progresses you find some time to get things figured out. I think the thing I would work on the most though would be your sleep. I know that I could not last on 5 hours of sleep a night. I would have a migraine every single day.
Take care of yourself and I hope you can find a solution to some of your issues. That can be stressful but you are more important that boxes full of stuff. There is always another day to deal with it.

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MICKEYH 5/19/2014 6:52PM

    Is that possible to hire a professional help for organize your closet and help for un pack bonus room? Kudos to you and good luck. emoticon emoticon

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TUDAFD 5/19/2014 12:07AM

    Wow! Are you sure that we don't live in the same house? My husband is exactly the same way with the kitchen and add a couple kids to the mix...

We have been remodeling for the last 3 or 4-years and I still have boxes to unpack. Fortunately, a good share of that has happened because my mother-in-law came to visit at Easter so I worked hard for many months to try and make our house look decent. The cupboards are a mess, though, because that's where I shoved most of the stuff that I didn't have time to deal with. It seems like I'm looking for stuff all the time, too. The last time I was really organized was when we lived in CA before kids (over 14-years, ago). I know where to find everything in that house because it's the last time I had time to be truly organized.

I, too, am working from the time I get up until I go to bed which for months has been later than I want it to be. At least you are still managing to exercise and lose weight. Can we call that the silver lining? Maybe we could get together and help each other clean house. :) My project for this year is to get ready for a rummage sale that I plan to have next May. Have a good week.

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AJDOVER1 5/18/2014 11:38PM

    I'm right with you on these issues. I just realized that a big problem for me is that I've got a routine and I continue to do the basic tasks in a number of areas. It allows me to work, run my household and maintain my health and weight, but there's no freedom for anything else. The clutter in my home is a constant source of stress. I have a few projects I want to do, but I can't imagine starting. I guess I should just be grateful that I do have my successful routine and the basics are covered.

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JEANKNEE 5/18/2014 11:14PM

    I hear and feel you on this one!

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Stress Journal - Work

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I think that work can be really stressful for just about everyone. Even if we love our jobs, which I do, there is always going to be some stress to go along with it. Lately my pain point at work has been meetings. I am lucky that in my current position I haven't had tons of meetings. But right now I have three projects and there have been more meetings than usual. This past week I had several. This is stressful because if I am in meetings, I am not doing my work. One thing that is going on right now is that the project manager scheduled a meeting once a week for very late in the afternoon - after I leave for the day. That means that at least once a week I have to stay late. That means worse traffic (see last weeks blog about my commute). I definitely am a team player and want to do my part but I also have become very protective of my personal time, which is anytime after work hours and my lunch break. If I have to stay late occasionally, no problem. If I have to stay late because I didn't get my work done, no problem. During our month end closing (which is the first five business days of each month) I know I will be staying late at least once or twice during that time...during the early months of each year while we are doing regulatory and statutory filings, yep, I know I will need to stay late sometimes. But I am not to excited to have a meeting scheduled every single week for who knows how long that is after hours. MAJOR stressor for me, and nothing I can do about it! As I mentioned in some of my other blogs for the stress challenge, a lot of my stress comes from things that I cannot control, so I guess I just need to learn how to manage the stress a little better.

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AJDOVER1 5/17/2014 11:18PM

    I feel the same way. I feel resentful over meetings that are scheduled late in the day, or during my lunch break. I have to keep reminding myself it doesn't happen too frequently -- but even the infrequent occasions are bothersome. It does seem your work is somewhat predictable and that's a blessing. When you know that stress is inevitable, please be kinder to yourself!

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    That does seem like a frustrating and stressful situation. I know that you can handle it though because you seem like a very balanced person. emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 5/17/2014 7:57PM

    Have you consider asking your boss to see if you could use flex-time instead of overtime? You would forfeit the overtime pay for staying late but you could then leave early on another day in the same pay period. Going home an hour early one day a week is a treat.
Be sure an plan a stress free evening for the days you have to work late. A rotisserie chicken, freezer meal or crockpot meal can give you some extra evening time back. Hope the meetings are stimulating. It's hard to keep your expressions in control,if they are boring. Can you bring some work to review or read while you are at the meeting?

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HOLLYM48 5/17/2014 7:27PM

    I hear you! My time is so important to me and I don't appreciate late meetings either and the traffic after 330 is horrendous! I can feel your pain! Hang in there and hopefully things will be better once school is out! I know for our family, I loved having the kids done with school because it meant no more homework and no projects or plays or other activities going on for a few months! I hope it gets better soon!

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NICKYCRANE 5/17/2014 5:46PM

    very realistic response to a frustrating situation!

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Stress Journal

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

For the stress challenge I am supposed to keep a stress journal about my common stressors. A lot of the things that I stress about are things that I cannot traffic. I am so tight on time that I just can't stand the thought of sitting in traffic. Geez, come to think about it, I just hate being in the car...ever. It is such a waste of my time and energy to be in the car when I could be doing many other more desirable activities. Unfortunately my commute is a minimum of 45 minutes one way and that is when there is no traffic. It can easily turn into an hour or an hour and a half if traffic is bad. People always suggest listening to E-books but that just doesn't work for me. I am an avid reader but whenever I try to listen, my mind wanders too much and I end up having to repeat it and sometimes I just end up getting the actual book because I missed so much of it. If I am RIDING as opposed to driving, I get car sick so I can't do anything except sit tight. So being in a car is a real drag. I just hate that we live so far away from work. I want to move somewhere closer but that is something that we just can't do right now...and my husband LOVES it where we live. He would rather move further out - and his commute is even longer than mine! The only thing that I have found to help ease this problem a little is that I go in to the office very early. There isn't too much traffic when I leave the house at 5:15 a.m. and sometimes I can even get there in 40 minutes! But the afternoon commute, there just doesn't seem to be a good time for that...I leave at about 3:30 p.m. if I can and it is already awful by then. Argh! I love the company for whom I work and I love my job, and no way would I ever quit to find a job closer to home. And there aren't too many jobs in the area where I live seems like most of the jobs are on the south side of town and I live north. I guess I need to learn to deal with this. It isn't something that I can really control, it just is, and I am not sure that there is much more that I can do about it!

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TUDAFD 5/17/2014 12:02PM

    I really don't like traffic either. Fortunately, where we live, it isn't too bad although it's gotten worse with the "wonderful" oil boom. Music sounds good to me, too.

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HOLLYM48 5/15/2014 1:35PM

    I hear you about traffic and the commute. I live in a large major city and the commute is not bad in the summer and I only live 14 miles from my work so on a good day it is 20 to 25 minutes which is bad enough, I wouldn't want to live further because I am with you, that is wasted time! The one thing I do enjoy about my drive in and home is that I really like music and so it is relaxing for me to either have the radio on if they just have music or I listen to a CD if there is bad music or talking going on. I try to make it a time to think about what I need to do or to decompress on the way home so by the time I am home, I have thought about it enough and I can let it go!. Good luck with your drive, hopefully you can meditate while driving and just find some inner peace. Of course if traffic is horrible, that is a whole other story!

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AJDOVER1 5/15/2014 12:37PM

    It sounds like you're making the best of it with the hours you choose to work. I find traffic very stressful and my commute is nothing like yours!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/14/2014 11:18PM

    AMEN! I hate being in the car longer than a half hour. I left a high-stress job a mile from home that I walked or road my bike to most days. Now I have a 40-minute commute each day.

I love to read but just the thought of audio books put me to sleep. I joined a reading challenge on Last year I was SO close to my goal and little time to sit and read at home so I broke down and picked up an audio book. It helps if the reader has a good voice and the story is good. I started to really get into it.

I also pop on my iPod playlist and sing. I'm a terrible singer but nobody can hear me in the car so I belt it out and feel better.

I hope you find what works for you!

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