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Happy for several reasons

Friday, October 05, 2007

1. As of this morning, I've lost another pound!

2. I did get up in time to work with weights for about half an hour--hurray!

3. Our Chispa Chicks (Buddy Challenge Team) is coming together. I'm happy to be part of a small group that will be egging each other on toward greater health!


This time it worked!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

I got to bed by 10:45 last night--hurray for me! That meant that when the alarm went off this morning at 6:25, I was (after a few minutes) able to rouse myself & (1) put kidney beans, leeks, green pepper, & spices in the slow cooker for tonight AND (2) go out jogging.

It wasn't a long run. I needed to deposit a check, so I ran with it to the bank & then came home--just shy of a mile. Did some stretches afterward. With the walking part of my daily commute, it adds up to a decent amount of exercise.

As always, I felt sleepy on the train, but that's just a function of not being a morning person. By the time I got to work, I was feeling great. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up in time to do my weights routine!


Exercise versus sleep

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Unfortunately sometimes they are at odds for me, even when I'm not being tormented by insomnia. There are times when no matter how consciously I try, I don't manage to get to bed until after 11:30. Then I know better than to get up at 6:30 to exercise. I really need at least 7.5 hours of sleep.

At least every weekday I get in 25-30 minutes of fast walking between trains during my commute. Still, I'm determined to keep working on establishing an earlier bedtime so getting up at 6:30 won't be too difficult.

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MARYLOUD 10/3/2007 11:25PM

    Insomnia SUCKS, to put it bluntly. I know, because I suffer from it frequently. I've tried all the home remedies and the prescription ones too, but it still persists. I'm so sorry you suffer from it. Try not to let it interfere with what you're working toward though. Big sympathetic hug.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

On Saturday I made yogurt! I hadn't made it for years. My old yogurt maker (from the 1970s!) now has only three cups and the plastic lids have all bitten the dust, so instead I ended up using a big bowl in the oven & then on the stovetop while I baked rolls. It turned out runny, a sort of kefir, so I've been using it to make smoothies the last few mornings. I've added banana, frozen blueberries, &/or frozen strawberries, plus generous shakes of cinnamon & a bit of sugar. Yum!

I haven't wanted to take the time to enter each ingredient by hand in the SparkPeople nutrition tracker, so my nutrient count has been off the past few days (& every day I have eaten something I can't find in the database). But I'm happy that these shakes are increasing my intake of protein, which has tended to be on the low side. My stepdaughter is vegetarian, & normally the only meat I eat is the single slice of Trader Joe's turkey that I bring in my lunch. (Which reminds me, I've gotta make sure to soak some beans to cook up tomorrow or Thursday.)

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ILYSE721 10/3/2007 4:09PM

    Home made yogurt sounds yummy.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

I can see that, at least during the period of the Buddy Challenge, what's left of my lunch break after eating will necessarily be devoted to recording my nutrition & exercise & adding a short blog post. I almost never go out to lunch or eat with colleagues--I have a long daily commute, so I keep lunch short. (I could do my SparkPeople updates at home in the evenings, but that would cut into family & freelance work time.)

Another of my sanity-preserving strategies is to eat practically the same lunch every day. The other day I was pleased to read a SparkPeople article recommending this kind of simplification! Some would find it boring, but my life is full of other kinds of stimulation, so I can afford to be repetitive with breakfasts & lunches. :-) Here's what I've been bringing most days:
* a slice of turkey on pumpernickel or rye bread (no mayo or even mustard! the bread is tasty by itself)
* a few baby carrots
* fruit--an apple, peach, tangerine, orange, or some grapes

Normally I like to catch up on the news online after I eat, but I'll willingly sacrifice that for now in order to stay accountable with my eating & exercising.


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