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Guess sleep is my next Challenge.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Long week this week, and I have continued to be way too tired. Part of it is the weather, but part of it is that I am just not getting my head down often enough for long enough.

I did have a busy week, but no worse than usual. I've just been exhausted. Wednesday night, when choir practice had been cancelled, I got home at about 7PM after too long of a work day, and was in bed by 8:30. I had enough overtime that I left work at 2 PM on Friday, came home, and promptly fell asleep on the sofa--for almost five hours!! Went back to bed at 10 last night and slept until after 7:00 this morning. Plus, I have dozed off and on all day. I am beginning to feel more like myself, but have decided I can't continue to burn the candle at both ends.

I am still struggling with how to fit everything into my life that I want to do, the major issue being the extra time I am spending exercising. I am not willing to forego that, since it is obviously working, and I am enjoying it as well. On the other hand, five hours of sleep a night is not cutting it.

I know there is a "sleep challenge" out there, and have decided I am going to go check it out. Unfortunately, instead of cutting back, I've been getting an urge to write again, have a couple ideas outlined, and was looking at the writer's teams today to see if one of them would suit me. And I was playing the piano for awhile today, thinking I would like to get back to both that and my hand drums (Doumbek, Djembe, and Tar). I am so out of practice on all of them it is pathetic. And I want to get restarted on my counted cross stitch and crochet projects, which are sitting around in various pouches waiting for my nimble fingers to finish them. That's what happens when I get enough rest--I get energy and want to do things. Oh, and I still need to get more sleep. Does anyone else see a problem here?

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MMRB7111 3/4/2012 7:23AM

    I have a set bed time 11:00 pm at the latest but I still don't get enough sleep or have enough time to do all the things I would like to do after I finish working for the day. I have a set bed time, 11:00 pm at the latest but by the time I fall asleep I get about 5 hours a night.

WOW, we have alot in common. I also write and crochet.

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 3/4/2012 12:34AM

    I feel the same way you do, I don't have enough hours in one day to do all I want to do. I guess we have to accept that -set a sleep time and drop everything and go to bed. I am typing this to you after midnight. LOL

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JAMBABY0 3/3/2012 10:31PM

    good luck on getting sleep.

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I can't believe I hadn't noticed

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I discovered a weird and wonderful Non-Scale Victory today. I was looking forward to going to the gym after work, and intended to do a full hour on the treadmill, revving it up a little, since I didn't get there yesterday because of dealing with my non-hot water emergency.

So off I trekked, weighed in there for our Challenge, since I didn't get a chance to get in yesterday, and headed for the treadmill. I put it up 0.1 of a mile above what I have been doing, and decided to forgo the incline, since I was increasing speed.

Ten minutes in, my hips and knees were achy and my legs felt like rubber. I took it down from 3.3mph to 3.1mph. No help. I finally admitted that I absolutely was not going to make an hour, but doggedly stayed on there for 30 minutes.

As I was walking out of the gym, wondering what on Earth was the matter with me, I realized it was raining. Epiphany!! The problem was the weather!! It had changed from sunny and warm to cool and damp, disastrous for my poor arthritic hips and knees.

As I drove home, I reflected that I had had no pain all day, hadn't really even noticed the weather change. This is so different from a year ago, when on a day of this kind I would have woken up achy and stiff, crawled out of bed, taken some ibuprofen, and predicted based on how I was feeling that it was going to rain today. As it is, I don't remember the last day I woke with back, hips, and knees so miserable that it was hard to drag myself out of bed. I realized that it has been months since I tried to stand up after sitting at a desk for too long and been unable to unbend until I worked the kinks out of my joints.

This was one of my major goals when I started this: to be able to once again do all the things I enjoy doing which the misery in my joints had made difficult or impossible. WooHoo!! And Wheeee!! This really is working!!

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MIPALADY23 2/29/2012 8:02PM

    Sweet success, congrats on making your health important enough to work for it!!!

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NORASPAT 2/29/2012 7:55PM

    Way to go, Success without the scale. it is the only way to go for us. We have so many issues to work on we already have way too many goals without really perceiving them. What I have noticed is I actually am getting better results from the exercise part. It make me feel happy, it has helped m to be healthier. Diabetes and BP were problems a couple of years ago now with no medications they are normal. Even my cholesterol is normal but I have to take one pill.
HUGS,Yes,Epiphany emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Woo Hoo. Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 2/28/2012 10:26PM

  Good news is great. I believe we are all ready for my much needed sunshine.

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Pointless ramble because I promised myself to blog

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maybe, as good as it felt to have an entire day free, it wasn't great for me. I am really low energy today. Went to the gym because I forced myself to, and did do 40 minutes of treadmill/elliptical, but it was a wimpy 40 minutes. Did a couple wimpy strength exercises, decided I had had it, and came home. Stopped at the grocery store and got the vegies I need for split pea soup in the crockpot tomorrow, but forgot the chickpeas for the dinner I had replanned for tonight (didn't get them on my grocery list, didn't go down that aisle, remembered when I got home and was putting things away). Ate way too much again. All in all, it wasn't an awful day, but not up to my personal standards of "good day". Tomorrow I intend to eat better, and probably will, but probably won't get a chance to exercise. My hot water heater quit working yesterday, so I'll need to get home to meet a plumber tomorrow. Went to the gym to shower this morning before going to church. Does this qualify as a Non-Scale Victory? That I have a place to shower on the way into town when my hot water isn't hot? I swear, there is ALWAYS something broken around here. If the economy ever gets back on track, I am thinking that it might be to my advantage to sell the place, andmove to an apartment where the owner has to cope with the repairs and maintenance. Blech.

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DIANEWEB 2/27/2012 10:46PM

    Hey, that wasn't pointless! You got your exercise in despite a very challenging, hot water free day. I totally call that a victory.
And I hear you on the appeal of renting. Our ancient hot water heater went out with a blaze of glory on New Year's Day 2009 -- the rusted bottom dropped out of it and flooded our whole basement. Good times. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 2/27/2012 1:12AM

    Hehe, I count having hot water showers at the gym a win. (It's not so much broken here as wimpy - usually never gets "hot" and cools down fast.)

Maintenance is that lovely hidden cost of home-ownership - sometimes it is worth it to not have to try to nag a landlord into getting something done, other times it is a pain to have to do it oneself.

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LJCANNON 2/26/2012 8:46PM

    emoticonWay To Go on showering at the Gym. I don't know if it counts as a NSV, but it is DEFINITELY a Blessing.
emoticonCongratulations on getting in those Fitness Minutes, too!!
emoticonHopefully tomorrow will be better.

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NORASPAT 2/26/2012 8:30PM

    OK Tomorrow is another day,just try to think positive and you can do it.
I was really negative and I was given a piece of advice that I really cling to.




i never realized I can change my mood with a bit of positive thinking and a few deep breaths to energize myself.

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
It will be better after the plumber fixes the heater and the bill is paid. That can make for a down day, for anyone. You can do it. Pat.

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Laid back lazy Saturday

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I have had the greatest day. Basically lolled around playing on SparkPeople this morning. Finally realized that I had better get up and doing, or nothing was going to get done. Did some basic chores around the house, went for a walk of close to five miles, and tried two Spark recipes. It would have been three, but when I went to make the one I had planned for dinner, I didn't have any chickpeas in the cupboard. Must have used the last can without realizing it. Oh, well. Had some soup instead, with a GREAT BIG salad to go with it. Tried a one serving brownie recipe that left something to be desired, but I think I know what I did wrong, and will try it again soon. I also made a batch of granola. I'll pick up the chickpeas when I am in town tomorrow, and have the dish I had planned for today for tomorrow night's dinner. Also planning some split pea soup in the crockpot for Monday. All in all, not a horribly productive day, but enjoyable and on track. I'm good with it.


A Sneaking Feeling of Relief

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's something no good grandma should ever admit, I suppose, but it's true. I am SO relieved that my granddaughter decided she didn't want to come out here tonight.

Most weekends, my 11 year old granddaughter comes out to my country place on
Friday evening, and stays until well into Saturday. This week, she decided she wanted to stay in town with her other grandparents so she could watch Saturday morning cartoons. I don't have a satellite hookup, so she can't watch them here, and apparently her dad recording them is not sufficient.

On the other hand, that means I have this entire evening and all day tomorrow free to do anything I darned well please. That almost never happens, and I have really been needing some "down time"--the real reason for coming home "sick" on Monday and skipping Choral Union practice last night, no matter what other excuses I give myself.

So, here I am, all chilled out. Because I didn't need to pick Cori up, I was able to go to the gym, and did an hour on the treadmill at 5% incline, and took the speed up a little at the end, then did three sets of five different strength exercises. I've also eaten well today (although I just looked down and realized it is 10PM and I haven't eaten dinner yet. better take care of that soon).

Since I have some discretionary time tomorrow, I am going to spend part of it working on some hobbies I haven't had time for lately, part of it going for a long walk (assuming the weather cooperates), and some time just assessing and planning for how to approach this whole time thing better. Since I am spending so much time exercising now, other things are going out the window, and I enjoy them, too.

In other words, I intend to have a really quiet, laid-back day tomorrow, and plan to enjoy every second of it. I hope all of you have a good weekend as well.

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3HOUSTONS 2/25/2012 8:19AM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. I enjoy a weekend without plans to do things other than things I like so I can just imagine that you are going to enjoy this day. I pray the weather is good for you to take a walk. Sounds so enticing I just might do the same along with get some things for work done that are hanging over my head and effecting my well being. So, Oakshaven, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy it to the max!!

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TEACHEROF4TH 2/24/2012 11:49PM

    Wow! I love your plan! I too love my children and grandchildren, but like you, I also deeply appreciate time to myself... whenever it happens! Enjoy your day tomorrow!

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