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.
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 store....as 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!
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.
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.
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 control....like 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 anyway...it 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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