Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This week I joined the Better Sleep Challenge, and I'm logging my sleep/wake cycles. It's surprising that I function so well during the day. I'm not getting any great quality of sleep. So today I see this article, and it's worth a try (notice the average age of participants--I'd better get a handle on this now:
New study: Researchers gave 79 women with insomnia (average age 72) printed material on good sleep habits or four weeks of behavioral therapy that included in-person counseling. Result: Those who received therapy significantly improved sleep by going to bed later, waking up at the same time each morning and limiting time in bed. Theory: Turning in later increases one’s natural sleep drive. If you have insomnia: Go to bed later, when sleepy, and get up at your usual time each day. Your total time in bed should equal your average amount of actual sleep plus no more than 30 minutes.
Daniel Buysse, MD, professor of psychiatry, Sleep Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Sounds easy enough, but I'll take any suggestions you have. Got any tricks for getting a good night's sleep?
Saturday, October 01, 2011
I'm enjoying the comraderie of the A Team as we post our daily activities, emphasizing exercise minutes and drinking water. There's no pressure, except we do want to accomplish our goals.
I'm not impressed with my week 1 accomplishments. Oh I have great excuses for not sticking to my plan, but I'm just not going to whine and am jumping back into the game with both feet today.
Going out now to do my 3 miles. Oh, let me chug-a-lug a coupla cups of water first.
On to Marrakesh! (It's a friendly competition we have going.)
Oh, that's right. Now it's on to the Galapagos Islands!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I'm excited to get started. I've weighed in, measured and now it begins. I ran 2.5 miles and walked 1 mile in the rain this morning. I know what to do, but you never know if it will actually yield the desired results, so I'm a little scared too, I must admit.
Oh well, what's the worse that can happen if I exercise 60 minutes daily and track my meals closely to stay within my ranges and I don't lose a lb.--at least I'll be the healthiest at this weight that I've ever been, right?
But I'm not that pessimistic; I'm sure I'll lose some weight--it's just that the last 10 are the hardest, and that's my goal. OK, Buck up, Jonnie.
Henry Ford said: If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
I think I can, I think I can...chug, chug....
Friday, September 16, 2011
I'm happy to report faithfully following my challenges--I am participating in several that seem to support each other, more or less. The good thing is they keep me planning and tracking what is going into my mouth and how much I am moving my body.
Now that I've "graduated" from my walk/jog training and am running a slow 2 miles in 30 minutes (and walking 2 more miles afterward), the weight is slowly but definitely coming off along with the inches.
My weigh in today showed another pound + 2 more inches lost. And I'm not hungry and I feel great!
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