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Poor sleeping habits

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I'm going to start with my blog today first thing before breakfast, so I can get the first item out of the way.

1) Did you get at least 7 hours of sleep last night? emoticon

I only got 4 1/2 hours last night. For almost a month I've been going to bed from 1 to 3 o'clock in the morning. When I actually turn out the reading light, I check the time. Last night: 1:42 a.m. This morning when I woke some time after 6 a.m., I decided to stay up and see if I can break this cycle. The emotional/psychological side of this dilemma is that after about 10 p.m., I feel free to do whatever I want to. If I could give myself permission to "have fun" during the day instead of constantly feeling as though I need to stay on task (even though I don't), I could keep a more healthy sleep schedule. This problem is a basis for a lot of other health challenges, including no energy, eating late at night, and avoiding exercise.

2) Exercise at least 10 minutes a day emoticon

3) Nothing to eat after 8 p.m. emoticon

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STONECOT 1/5/2013 11:38AM

    Do You actually need that much sleep? All my married life I sgtruggled with the fact that my husband seemed to need to spend his entire life asleep! Now I'm on my own, I regularly go to bed about one, and sleep till about 6am. I don't sleep during the day, and I exercise a lot. I've come to the conclusion that I'm one of the people who don't need a lot of sleep, could you be another?


ps I used to use recue remedy to calm down my neurotic cat! Worked a treat.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/5/2013 11:09AM

    So, Is the only time you read is when you are in bed just before going to sleep? I know for me when I get engrossed in a book it is hard to put down - therefore I only allow myself to read while on the treadmill. I accomplish two things reading and exercising:)

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TRUCKERSMRS 1/5/2013 10:51AM

    I've struggled with sleep for many years. OK growing off, just keep waking up. A friend has recently recommended Bachs Resuce Night Remedy - put 4 drops on tongue before going to be and it's supposed to help. It's all natural too.
I tried it for the first time last night and had a much better night. Not perfect but a good 100% better than for some time.
I've also been doing the official sleep challenge - that has helped too.
I hope it sorts itself for you soon.

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Borrowing an idea....

Saturday, January 05, 2013

emoticon From a SP friend.... three goals a day to help nudge me to better health.

1) Did you get at least 7 hours of sleep last night? emoticon

2) Exercise at least 10 minutes a day emoticon

3) Nothing to eat after 8 p.m. emoticon Did NOT meet this goal. I used to never eat in the evening, but I've gotten in the habit the last couple of years.

Thanks, SewingMama, for the idea!

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EBURGITE 1/5/2013 11:51AM


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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/5/2013 11:06AM

    You're Welcome emoticon Hope this will help reach your goals. I know it keeps me focused as I hate to put down I didn't reach a daily goal.

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/5/2013 1:44AM

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Last three years:

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

In 2010 - Gain of 8.8 lbs.
In 2011 - Gain of 2.2 lbs.
In 2012 - Loss of 3.2 lbs.

A loss of 3.2 pounds in an entire year is pretty pathetic, particularly viewed next to the 30 - 60 lb. losses you see all over Spark People, but that halting of an upward progress makes me feel that I've accomplished something.

Desserts and traveling are still my biggest challenges, and I'm sure they'll continue to be.

New Year's Day traditions:

Starting again in Genesis, reading the whole bible. This year I have a chronological bible with a lot of additional material interspersed throughout, so I'm taking two years this time. It means a much more doable short reading that'll make it easier to do every day, rather than have several catchup days through the year. I just finished a really wonderful study with an entire class, with questions for every day and great discussions and lectures throughout the year. The best class ever, thoroughly enjoyable, with a teacher passionate about pleasing God.

Renewing my amaryllis, which I supposedly stop watering in October. (Almost never happens)

Getting out the Franklin Planner and delving into a new year. A office supply store groupy, I love this ritual. It's like opening your new notebooks on the first day of school.

Today, this year.... it means doing SOME crazy quilt stitching. This is going to be my year of getting back into regular stitching. I've been doing mostly easy pick up knitting this past year, and I miss the more beautiful and soul satisfying work of crazy quilting.

Doing some organizing some where in the house. This year it'll be my sewing room. My husband is gone so much, I've sort of taken up the whole house for my creativity. Both sewing and my crazy quilting area had to be dismantled and stored to become sleeping areas for the family Christmas. We had 12 additional people here for several days of Xmas... both joy and confusion involved.

Today also will be taking care of a sick husband. He's sicker than I've ever seen him, caused by too much stress and too little sleep. He's a guy that needs 9 or 10 hours a night, cause his days are "full speed ahead" kind of days.

Hope everyone is having a great time today, doing whatever you want to do, and that the coming year brings good times and a healthy lifestyle.

Addendum: Still haven't started my Amaryllis, and it's January 6. I'm afraid they might have been damaged by the hard freeze we had here and don't want to face my neglect.

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    Yay!! Good on you for stopping the upward trend! That is awesome! It sounds like you have some wonderful goals for the year. I've started working on reading the Bible through this year. I've done it before but it's not a tradition for me. The chronological Bible sounds interesting.

Be blessed, my friend!!!

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TOWHEE 1/1/2013 1:00PM

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Everyone is different. My cardiologist wants me to loose .5 pound a month (that's only 6 pounds a year), so you are certainly on track. Me? I ended the year right where I started. I figure 0 is better than a gain.

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TRUCKERSMRS 1/1/2013 11:30AM

    As you say, you have accomplished something by stopping the weight gain and turning it into a loss. This is a really good positive. Whilst we all tend to compare ourselves to others, I agree with Bradia in that you should not compare yourself to others but focus on you and your journey/needs.
Hope your husband is feeling better soon.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and positive 2013.

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BRADIA 1/1/2013 11:08AM

    You do not have to compare to others´accomplishments but our own. The two previous years you had gaine and this last one you lost, that is the important thing.
I would suggest you watch your dessert intakes and lower it down to half of what you usually eat if cannot avoid it. That is a simple but good start.
God bless you

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Shaking up the workout routine

Monday, December 10, 2012

Since I've chiseled my "workout" back to a mere 10 minutes, "Routine" seems too important a name, but yes..... sigh, I'm getting tired of what I've been doing. I've been adding exercise "shoulds" to my daily routines without discarding old methods. I'm just piling on routines, and the perfectionist attitude has brought me almost to a halt.

Here's my plan: Curves on Wednesdays and Fridays, Leslie on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 minute routines every day. No thinking I've got to get another exercise video in there somewhere. I will be taking every opportunity to walk. I've been a member of the "park in Timbuktu" club for a long time. That's one thing shopping is good for... lots of walking.

How're you all doing? Finding a hard time fitting it in? Or already have such a good habit of exercise you scarcely break stride!

Here's for concentrating on fun and family, not food, for the holidays.


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NYARAMULA 12/10/2012 1:42AM


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Energy level

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I love it that I start getting antsy when I sit too long, sure proof that my body likes this increased activity.

Yoga in the morning helps my stiff joints, after I've been sewing too much, and just moving around more makes me feel better. My cat and I love those long sessions in a chair, me knitting and her curled up keeping me warm.... but when I get up, I can barely walk for a few steps. Great motivation for bouncing up and down from the chair. (Don't worry about Daisy the cat, she's back in my lap within minutes when I sit back down).

Baked the first batch of cookies yesterday, ready for our guests. Put them in the freezer ASAP, so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more than the one mandatory sample.


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TRUCKERSMRS 12/6/2012 2:23PM

    Everything that helps you move more is good and you are clearly seeing the benefits.
I agree with the owe cookie - you need to quality check (within reason)!
What are Snickerdoodles?

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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/6/2012 1:52PM

    Good for you! Anything that helps stiff joints is a win!

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