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Day 3 - January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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

Came closer in sleep last night: almost 7 hours. Was not groggy when I got up, though body a little stiff from the exercise yesterday.

I had 54 minutes of exercise, including the 9 minutes of challenge video. I've gotten a little off track with my recording here, because this is the beginning of day 3, and goals 2 and 3 have not been fulfilled for today. I'll come back later to finish those out, so that the sleep challenge will be for the night before.

Still do not have Xmas stuff put away. The tree is gone, and the ornaments and lights have been neatly arranged by my husband; it's just a matter of getting them back into the plastic bins. We had a weird tree this year... much smaller than normal, so we put it on my craft table which (though we had to remove it to make room for sleeping bags), had no place to go.



Because we had 14 people there, this table arrangement made a lot more room for gifts. The long legs on the right had side belong to my other redhead... creative girl who always wears mismatched socks that still look coordinated somehow.



Our youngest grandchild. He was the charmer of the holiday, as is usually the role of the youngest. Our daughter's five children had taken their turn, now is was Aden's. We have a tradition with the grandchildren of them covering our sidewalks with chalk, and this was no exception. Our driveway was full of "Merry Christmas," "welcome" notices , dragons, and other favored themes.

TODAY:

2) Exercise at least 10 minutes a day emoticon
3) Nothing to eat after 8 p.m. emoticon

Did The Jumpstart Video, one part of which was a real challenge. Six minutes of Cardio... got interrupted and never went back to it.

  
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ANDREA0301 1/9/2013 12:42PM

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/9/2013 11:26AM

    Your grandson is a "charmer"!

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Day 4, day 2 of January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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

Only 6 1/2 hours of sleep, and this might be the time I naturally need for sleep. I still haven't dismissed the overwhelming scientific idea that I need 8 hours, but I'm going to have to adjust to going to bed earlier to test that theory out. I get really sleepy about 4:30; I've thought for a long time that is when my blood sugar, biorhythm, or whatever you want to call it, is at its lowest.

Did the 8 minute cardio from day 1 of the new January challenge. It was hard for me. Also did another 30 minute Walking with Leslie tape. This morning I wasn't as stiff as yesterday morning; exercise is really necessary for me.

Made another coaster, or "mug rug" as a friend called it. Love this little project.



This picture was taken on top of my new cutting board made by my grandson. I put it on our cooking surface; the triangular shape on top right is a reflection of the backsplash. The lining up of the lines there is pure serendipity.

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/28/2013 12:15PM

    Is this crazy quilting? On a small scale, I know, but just wondering if this is considered what you call crazy quilting.

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HERBKAT 1/8/2013 1:34PM

    Good work! I question the 8-hour thing too. I've always been at my best with 7, and that's how long I naturally sleep without an alarm.

Love your mug rugs. emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/8/2013 10:53AM

    Glad to be doing the January Fitness Challenge "together". My knees were a little achy last night after doing those squats.

The mug rugs are adorable. Thanks for posting a picture.

Try going to bed 15 min before you normally do. Hopefully you will reach your sleep goal soon. emoticon

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OGMAMA 1/8/2013 10:40AM

    Your mug rugs are beautiful. A great way to use up scraps. Love the cutting board, too.

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BEATRIZ269 1/8/2013 10:40AM

    Cute! Nice mug rugs and your grandson is very handy to make a cutting board.


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3rd day of lack of sleep

Monday, January 07, 2013

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

Ligts out at 1 s.m. (however, I took a while to get to sleep), awake at 7 a.m. This goal is only half under my control. Although I can make a choice about getting to bed, waking up is not. I've never been able to lay in bed after waking, and with a late bedtime, I seem to sleep about six hours naturally, when I have late nights. I'm curious about whether or not adjusting bedtime to a earlier time would result in more sleep. Most of the time, though, if I go to bed early I just lie in bed getting frustrated at "wasting" this time. Here's a question: reading, playing computer games, or watching TV: are these not also a waste of time?

If I have 17 projects waiting to be finished (I've counted them!), is not any time not working on them, other than daily chores, also a waste of time? Would love to hear from those of you who have little wasted time. What makes you feel, at the end of the day, that you've accomplished what you wanted to? Did you work at tasks 18 hours of the day? Was there "sit down" time? Was there moments of joy in the day? I write in a journal every morning. I think I'm going to write about the definition of wasted time.

2) Exercise at least 10 minutes a day emoticon

10 minutes on the elliptical, doing interval training, which drives up the calories pretty fast.

3) Nothing to eat after 8 p.m. emoticon
Didn't eat very much, but I didn't realize how late it was.

  
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STONECOT 1/7/2013 5:17PM

    Thank you for the invitation. I think I would define wasted time, as time spent not doing what you wanted to do, or would rather be doing, no matter what that is.

I am fortunate, I live alone and I'm retired, so I can tailor my time to suit myself. If the night is clear, I go outside and practice my stargazing, as well as I can for the light pollution! It's convenient for an amateur astronomer to have a bit of insomnia! Otherwise, there's my coursework, practice my karate kata, or tai chi, knit, practice the piano, with headphones on so as not to disturb my neighbours, cross stitch, etc.

At the end of the day, I consider I've achieved something, if I've enjoyed what I've done. I certainly don't do 18 hours of chores! Today I was waiting in for a parcel, but I tidied the kitchen, cooked dinner for today and prepared tomorrows dinner, played with my cats, set up my new laptop, watched a program I recorded over the new year. Watched and recorded the birds coming to my feeders. Tomorrow is all exercise, which doesn't seem to make me sleep any better!

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OGMAMA 1/7/2013 4:00PM

    11:30 to 6:30 straight through :) I have noticed I sleep better and longer when I have exercised that day. It also depends on how much snoring is coming from hubby's side of the bed.
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JENAE954 1/7/2013 3:43PM

  Slept 7 hours and feel well rested

exercised 10 minutes times 12

Had nothing to eat after 8 pm



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JENAE954 1/7/2013 3:41PM

  Got six hours and felt well rested.

Exercised 10 minutes times 12.

Had nothing to eat after 8 pm last nite.

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Peaceful Sunday morning

Sunday, January 06, 2013

We have a small backyard overlooking a creek. The back two wings of our house form what is now like a little cave since the two bay trees on each side have grown quite large. Looking out, a stream of sunlight is making it a snug little grotto, with a squirrel tail whipping around from the overhead gutters over the bird feeders as he tries to figure out how to finally jump on the (squirrel-proof) feeders. Husband and I sitting together in the den, silently working our own computers. Is this the new "togetherness?"

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/28/2013 12:13PM

    When you start emailing each other as you sit in the same room....

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/7/2013 11:59AM

    Sounds peaceful.

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ANDREA0301 1/6/2013 12:18PM

    Sounds quite similar to my Sunday morning. Husband and I are sitting on the couch in our family room while the dogs laze around us. I'm on my computer and he's watching a special on the History Channel about Genghis Khan. If this is the new togetherness, then I'll take it over being alone any day. emoticon

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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?

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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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