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Lack of Sleep & Emotional Eating

Monday, July 06, 2009

I'm on part 5 of SP's stage 3 now and one of my tasks is to blog about the triggers in my life that lead me to emotional eating. So I think I'll probably stay on this subject for a week or so just to give ample time to explore it. It is an issue for me, though not a massive one.

I haven't actually thought about it much yet but I think the main trigger for me is stress, or better put lack of sleep. For instance, last week I had three days in a row where I had late meetings followed by early meetings the next day which eventuated in 4 nights of 4-6 hours of sleep. That's not nearly enough for me, especially when it happens several times in one week.

When I get tired like that, I don't make good decisions. I tend to turn to caffeine to keep me going, which I did, which then makes it harder to sleep at night (I don't usually have caffeine and therefore am pretty sensitive to it), and also diminishes the quality of my sleep. Being thus tired I become less disciplined, more impulsive, and my diet is usually the first thing to suffer.

What's the solution? Be a little wiser with my schedule and don't make evening appointments just before I have early morning appointments. I'm going to work on this and hope that it helps me to overcome this particular trigger.


The 4th Went Very Well

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I was concerned that I was going to gorge yesterday, but thanks be to God, I didn't. My in-laws had plenty of veggies on hand, which are very low cal, and so when I felt hungry or just like snacking I chose them.

It feels great to see the progress in my life in situations like this that used to always do me in!

Thanks, Lord! emoticon


Not Sure I'll do Well Today

Saturday, July 04, 2009

First of all I've been biking a lot this week and I'm hungry! Second, it's the 4th. Third, I'm going out on my father-in-law's boat for about 6 or 8 hours today and they'll be plenty of food, actually mostly good, but lots of it. All this is conspiring to give me this sinking feeling that I'm not going to be so disciplined today--we shall see!

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LOVELYANGE 7/4/2009 9:50AM

    I would say to not stress out about today! Keep it all into perspective. More importantly, enjoy the Holiday and our Independence! emoticon emoticon

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Going on a Group Ride this Evening

Friday, July 03, 2009

I've been training for a long bike ride all year but I tend to stay away from group rides because it's easier to stick to my training plan when I fly solo! Groups tend to get the adrenaline and competitiveness flowing which conspire to make me push harder than I want to.

But tonight my wife and I decided to go on a 25 mile group ride in the northern burbs of Mpls. It's a beautiful route and a friendly group, so I look forward to the challenge. I think I'm ready to push harder than normal and see if I can keep up with the leaders of the pack! They usually average 20+ mph so I don't know, but I'm going to give it a shot.


Training for a 300-Mile Bike Ride

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Every last full week of July, my wife Kim and I ride in The Ride Across Minnesota, or TRAM for short. TRAM is a 5 day, 300 mile charity bike ride that benefits the MS Society of Minnesota. My wife has MS so this is a personal quest for us each year.

This will be our 7th year at the TRAM, and the 3rd in which my wife has ridden. Her philosophy is that she wants to do things like this as long as she can! We've thought about getting biking shirts that say "I Ride for Her" (my shirt) and "I Ride Because I Still Can" (her shirt). We'll see.

Well, I've been riding a fair amount this year already, I've ridden about 1250 miles thus far. But early July is when our TRAM training really kicks in. So we're riding five days per week for the next four weeks, slowly ramping up the daily miles and then backing them off the week before TRAM so our bodies can recover well and hopefully peak at the right time. It looks like this:

Week One: 20 miles per day for 5 days
Week One: 30 miles per day for 5 days
Week One: 40 miles per day for 5 days
Week One: 20 miles per day for 5 days
TRAM: 60 miles per day for 5 days

This is slightly different than what we've done in the past but we think it will serve us well come the week of the TRAM. So we're three days into the plan now and we pray for grace to follow through to the end!

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KAT7457 7/2/2009 7:14PM

    good luck to the both of us and sorry to hear about your wife glad she is able to still do it. way to go girl

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