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For the ladies: a warning about melatonin pills.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I've been taking melatonin pills irregularly for the past month to help me stay on a regular sleeping schedule when i needed them. I'd say once every three days. They have really helped, I really like it, I kind of felt normal and I could rest easy.

However, I noticed my period was late. Really late. It's almost three weeks late now. I was worried. I'm not sexually active and I noticed I still had PMS around the same time, but it was terrible. My periods are always on time. That didn't bother me, but I had overwhelming anxiety the week before it was due and I withdrew from everything and just slept all day.
I didn't even think the melatonin pills I was taking had anything to do with it. I just attributed it to the PMS anxiety, which I probably also got due to the melatonin.

So be careful ladies. I feel like a balloon and I had never felt so awful as I did last week. Can't say everyone will have the same experience but I'd likely start with lower doses if any.

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SUPERACHIEVER 7/17/2012 12:23PM

    I never knew this either and would like to thank you for the heads up on this. I too take them on again, off again but not very often. Has to take a lot for me to take one or two at bedtime.

I also take a vitamin known as 5HTP which appears to have similar effects and is geared towards calming one down. Helps a lot with my anxiety and hyperness, if that's a word.

Just food for thought. :)

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SAHMLUVSKIDS 7/17/2012 9:24AM

    Thank you for sharing! I hope everything fixes itself for you soon. I have been thanking of trying them my sleep cycle has been crazy lately. Now may just try some herbal tea. emoticon

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MRE1956 7/17/2012 6:37AM

    Just goes to show that everyone reacts to things in their own way.......thank you for sharing this, though - this may help someone considering going that route!

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SABBYBRU 7/17/2012 5:21AM

    I've never had that problem with melatonin pills, which I take on and off (my insomnia comes in cycles), but it's good to know in case that ever happens.

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A great Stretch Regimen for anyone!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hi guys, so my exercise routine was interrupted unfortunately,, but I did notice that cutting out soda, and the extra workouts made me lose 8 POUNDS in less than two weeks. That made me pretty happy.

Today I thought I'd share my stretching routine with you that I used when I was a brass leader in marching band. We would often spend 8 hours a day marching and running with heavy instruments all summer. I have never been more fit than when I did marching. I was put in charge of a group of guys with more upper body strength than me so I was under constant pressure to improve my upper body strength and stamina to outmatch them. I added some other things to my stretches to make that easier.

Stretches are extremely important in preventing you from pinching nerves and being in more pain, but they were also necessary to stop pain when you have muscle soreness already. I always know I will feel more hurt if I don't stretch before a workout, so do it whenever you are about to do anything that will exert a lot of effort.

Here's the marching stretch:
= Start standing straight forward, feet slightly apart.

= Extend your foot forward without bending. Rest it on the heel. Stretch your toes back towards you. This is called a Heel.
In this position, now lift your heel and bring your toes down to touch the ground, heel still in the air, pointing toes forward. This is called a Toe.
Each rep consists of a Heel and a Toe. Do 4 of these for each foot.

= Next you do Up-Down. Lift yourself up on the front of your feet and lift your body, then drop back down each second.
Each rep consists of an Up and Down and you do eight of these.

= Rotate the shoulders front and back. You do four rotating forward and four rotating backwards.
Then you rotate the neck in a circle left, and rotate in a circle right, four to each rotation.

= Then we do a stretch down. Roll your head down towards the chest. After about two seconds, you add the shoulders, slouching forward, with a slight downwards tension. Then roll your chest downwards with it, bending forward. Then you roll your back down as well, coming to bend down as much as you can at the hips.
Reach for your toes and relax. Give yourself 8 seconds that way and then roll back up. Back, Chest, shoulders, head- until you are standing forward again.

= Torso stretches. With body straight, you turn your upper body counting to four seconds, then hold for four seconds to bend as much as you comfortably can in that direction. then four seconds to return forward, and you repeat on the other side.

There are two other exercises I had to tacked on with this in my marching.
=One was a thigh stretch, where I pulled up my foot with my hand and stretched my upper leg as far behind as comfortable tension allowed a couple times.The next one was for my biceps which got the most abuse.

=Reach one arm behind your back, elbow towards the sky like you're scratching your back. Reach your other arm the other way with the elbow down. I linked arms and stretched my arms a little bit.
If that's not possible its just important to stretch both arms this way, elbow up and elbow down because it will prevent pain in your arms, shoulders and shoulderblades, and upper chest area.
And you're done!

That's a lot to read I guess but I have always stretched this way and it helps so much. If you're not sure the best way to stretch before an exercise this has always worked well for me. Good luck to everyone today!


Day Three - Updated with Pictures

Wednesday, June 06, 2012



I made like three recipes tonight, and it took me forever to cook- but it was awesome, and I was really content after.

Today we got a rowing machine to put into our tiny little workout room. We cleaned out the back garage storage room one day, put in two doorways, and started gathering cheap workout equipment at goodwill when we find it. It's really awesome, though I don't use it yet.

So I took some pictures, even if it's really not much. It's something, especially the tennis-ball carpet.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/6/2012 10:29AM

    GREAT PICS! Now start using that equipment!

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NUTRON3 6/6/2012 4:50AM

    Love the pics

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BJPENNY70 6/6/2012 1:43AM

    The food looks delicious! Nice workout room.

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HAVANABLUE 6/6/2012 1:35AM


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LATTELEE 6/6/2012 1:25AM

  Nice photos

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So I am sore. REALLY sore.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I woke up at almost 3PM because of how sore I became last night. I was expecting to be sore, but I wasn't expecting this.
There's two other factors that made me sleep probably more than 12 hours as well. I was almost afraid to get up this morning. I just felt like if I moved it would kill me!

But I've been through this before. When I did marching, I'd have to get up despite feeling like this and go march. You have to power through the soreness- it won't kill you to. After an hour of stretching and working out, it doesn't hurt as badly, if at all. Eventually you won't feel soreness at all even after all the workouts.

So this means I skipped breakfast, so I suppose I am going to go ahead and eat lunch. I don't really know what else I could do!

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    careful with those workouts that leave you sore for hours...they tend to mess with the ability to be consistent in the process.

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HAVANABLUE 6/5/2012 5:23PM


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NANTUCKETRED 6/5/2012 5:14PM

    All part of the plan.


Second day is the only day harder than the first; your resolve means you'll get past this and be golden.

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Day Two - Update with Pictures!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Today was a good day to get ahead and beat Red.
My lunch: Filet of Salmon with onions, apple, a pita with some soy butter, and some milk.

This still feels like a big meal to me, but I don't know if I should cut anything out.

I finished my strength training this morning, then did a 14 minute cardio workout. Later I went on a 2 mile run with Puck.

Halfway through my run.

I have been using the MapMyWalk app that records my distance, time, and elevation on my phone while I run. Pretty cool! Even gives me my calories burned.

I got some shots of my running partner too. This is Puck! He is a Cattle Collie.

Halfway through we took a break. I think I wore him out!

Playing with the ball he found.

I can tell I will be sore tomorrow, but I will take an aspirin before bed and that should help a lot.

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NANTUCKETRED 6/4/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

this is you and puck takin a break w/ a tennis ball lol

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HAVANABLUE 6/4/2012 7:26PM

    Aww, thank you! emoticon

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HONEYKISSES1313 6/4/2012 7:21PM

    good job

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