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Hasn't it been great?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Final day of Habit Blogging, & I declare the week a great success! Even though I won't be blogging about it daily from now on, making my 10:30-11 bedtime on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) has become a higher priority for me & I intend to stick with it. It's become something I do faithfully to be my best & healthiest self. emoticon Thanks, friends, for your cheers & encouraging comments. You strengthen me!

I'm posting on Amtrak--taking a weekend trip to St. Louis to celebrate Bea's 2nd birthday! Tomorrow I hope to get a guest pass at the gym near her home, to put in a good hour of exercise during her afternoon nap. As for eating, there may be some birthday cake, but other than that I expect to eat only nutritious things. My son & DIL don't keep sweet treats around the house very much these days, which makes it easier.

My weigh-in this week was disappointing--a pound up. It's not surprising, though, as (analyzing it now) I was eating for maintenance rather than for weight loss. I do know the difference, even when I don't track! Now I'm going to shift my focus to tracking as much as possible, getting in the exercise, & shedding those love handles!

(Oops, I forgot to report on bedtime last night! It ended up taking me quite a while to do all my SP stuff & then work through the loan papers & then pack. I didn't get to bed till about 11:40. Since I wasn't going to exercise this morning, I could sleep a little late & thus it didn't cause me to lose needed sleep, so in that sense I was fine.)

  
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SHANSHE 3/9/2013 10:41AM

    Have fun and i cannot believe your lovely Bea is going to be 2 already! Have fun!
Shan

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TEXASTITCHER 3/8/2013 11:05PM

    Have a wonderful trip.

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DONNACFIT 3/8/2013 10:53PM

    emoticon Have a great weekend!!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/8/2013 9:34PM

    hope you have a great trip. you have a good plan in place to get in your exercise!

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YOYOSMA1 3/8/2013 9:16PM

    Have a great trip!

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HONDURASDONNA 3/8/2013 8:16PM

    Have a great time at the birthday party! Allow your self to celebrate, but mindfully!

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BEATLETOT 3/8/2013 7:59PM

    I'm so excited for you! And a little jealous. It'd be nice to get to spend time with family...

I picked up Sammy this morning from his pet hotel. He's been sleeping allllll day. I imagine he hadn't slept much without me. I want him to get up so we can snuggle, but I'm a little lonely tonight.

But that's neither here nor there. You're going to have a blast! I think it's so cool how well you eat...even when traveling. School me!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/8/2013 7:53PM

    Have a great visit with your family!!! emoticon

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MTULLY 3/8/2013 7:49PM

    Wow! What great weekend plans! I am sure you are going to have a wonderful time. Good for you for planning mindful eating and exercise while you are out of town.

About your being a pound up - I really appreciate how you reacted to that. You used the scale exactly as it should be used, as a tool. You took the time to think over the choices you made, came to a conclusion, and came up with a plan for moving on. I am working on that, but sometimes I still have unfair expectations for what the scale should say. You set a great example for where I want to be!

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Do I need motivation or advice?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

That's today's question. I think I answered it yesterday in regard to motivation: Right now the daily blogging & feedback are helping to maintain my motivation, but long term I want to internalize my motivation so that a good bedtime becomes just a normal part of self-care for me. The word "faithful," which struck a chord for me & for a couple of friends, will help me with that. (I like it about 100 times better than "dutiful," emoticon though duty has its place.)

As for advice, it's always welcome, but right now there's no specific issue I'm craving advice on.

Last night I didn't do quite so well: I got home close to 10 (after seeing a really great Spanish comedy & then enjoying conversation over a light supper with a Colombian friend) & realized that I needed to catch up on leaving feedback as well as track on the team thread. It all took enough time that my bedtime ended up being 11:10. Still, that's SO much better than between 11:30 & midnight as it often had been in recent weeks. This morning I was able to get up & get in some good cardio for a little over half an hour, yay!

Tonight I have two pleasant tasks (besides blogging here & commenting on one or two more friends' blogs): signing all the papers for my condo refinancing & packing for my weekend trip to St. Louis! If the appraisal comes in as it should, I'll be getting a 15-year mortgage with an effective interest rate of 3.015%. (I've never been sure why there are two different rates--the other one is 2.875%, I think.) I'm super-happy about that. And March 11 will be my Bea's second birthday, so my trip is to celebrate! SUPER happiness there too!

And I think I can still make it to bed before 11!

  
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RAINBOWCHOC 3/8/2013 4:30AM

    good luck!

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DONNACFIT 3/7/2013 11:19PM

    Great blog...good luck getting to bed on time...you are doing great..keep up the good work :)

Go Starfish!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/7/2013 10:48PM

    Way to go... 11:10 is pretty good considering you we're out so late!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/7/2013 10:37PM

    Happy that 'things' are falling into place for you. Congratulations on having your refinancing for your condo done. Enjoy your celebration with Bea. Sounds like lots of things to be happy about this weekend.

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SHANSHE 3/7/2013 10:26PM

    Sorry i got so far behind on your blogs and to see that you are blogging daily puts me even MORE behind! Glad to hear things are looking good for you and that you are working on bedtime!
Hugs, my friend!
Shan

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BEATLETOT 3/7/2013 9:54PM

    Indeed, we have lots of time before 11! I am so happy for you! Congrats on the refi.

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TEXASTITCHER 3/7/2013 9:44PM

    Congratulations on your new condo. I'm glad you enjoy blogging (I don't). Keep up the good work

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Improvement

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Last night I made it to bed about 5 minutes after 11--which was VERY virtuous of me considering that today is my work-from-home day, so I didn't need to be up as early this morning. And indeed this morning I let myself go back to sleep after waking naturally at 6:50. Got up a little after 8, did the Total Body Challenge routine (41 mins. total), & feel really really great now as I sit on my futon in the bay window, snow everywhere outside, a mug of tea at my side.

Today's question is, how can you improve? I think the main thing for improvement over the long term is to internalize the need for a reasonable bedtime as a way of loving myself. After this week I won't be posting daily reports on my bedtime behavior--that would be really tedious, no one would want to read it! But I don't post daily reports about flossing & brushing my teeth, yet I still do those every night. So my improvement goal is to add the 10:30-11 bedtime to my internal set of things I do faithfully in order to be my best, most faithful & most healthy self. I will practice thinking about it in that way this week.

  
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BABY_GIRL69 3/6/2013 11:50PM

    Trading my slightly bad habits for healthier or better habits.....

God bless & thanks for sharing Ruth!

Dee

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/6/2013 8:48PM

    I continuously struggle to get enough sleep. I think that is a large part of why I've gained weight the past few months.

I like thinking of it as something I do faithfully in order to be my best! Great way of looking at it.

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MTULLY 3/6/2013 6:51PM

    "Things I do faithfully in order to be my best" - what a great way of phrasing it! It truly puts things in the most positive light and emphasizes that we are doing these things forever, not just until we lose the weight or until it gets to be inconvenient. It is truly all about developing a healthy lifestyle and staying true to it. I know that intellectually, but I don't think I ever really internalized it. That would explain my frequent setbacks. Your words just hit me over the head with a hammer. I think I get it now!

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MONAKIN314 3/6/2013 3:51PM

    Getting to bed ontime for is hard for me too, there always seems to be something else to do.

Keep up the great work!

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WALLAHALLA 3/6/2013 3:36PM

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AMYLONGHORN 3/6/2013 2:22PM

    This week seems to be good for everyone!! WTG on getting in bed close to your goal time! I really like what you say about how you don't log every time you brush your teeth or floss, it's just something that you DO. This exercise has shown me that these healthy habits are things that you just have to DO!! You're doing fantastic this week and I really hope this is something you can stick with - loving yourself is VERY important!!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/6/2013 2:02PM

    Yes you just have to tell yourself you DESERVE the 8 hours!!

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How am I doing?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today's blog prompt is simply "How are you doing day to day?"

It varies. First I'll respond at the level of working on the bedtime habit. I succeeded last night in getting into bed right at 11:00. emoticon This did not lead to morning exercise success, unfortunately--I woke up more than an hour EARLY but then work issues required me to hurry off to the office. At least I took public transport because of an impending snowstorm, so I got in some good brisk walking to & from the train & bus. And I'm definitely making progress with my bedtime, which is really great.

On a deeper, more existential level, how am I? Wobblier than usual. Lots to sort out. I won't go into it here, but I'm doing lots of thinking & praying about my inner health & my relationship to God & my whole orientation to life. I think in the long run I'll be fine, but healing & learning are still in process.

  
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SEATTLESIMS 3/6/2013 11:15AM

    great news on the bedtime habit.. and walking to and from the public trans is totally extra fitness minutes! good luck with your next internal goals!


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KOKITTY 3/6/2013 12:41AM

    Glad to hear you got sleep! But sorry you had to rush to work instead of getting in your fitness :( We can only plan so much, the rest is up to fate!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/5/2013 8:54PM

    One step at a time! Just keep moving forward!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/5/2013 7:20PM

    You're doing better than you think. Your comments reflected our discussion in Bible study today.

I'll keep you in my prayers!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/5/2013 7:17PM

    Glad to hear things are going better with your sleep... sorry to hear you are having personal/existential issues, but I know you'll be OK emoticon emoticon

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Habit blog: keeping on track

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today's question is "What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?" Well, now is a good time to think about STARTING that! As noted before, checking off the Other Goals related to sleep doesn't do much for me. Blogging about my need for adhering to my bedtime does help, though. It makes me accountable to you, my friends & teammates.

Last night I missed the window by only about 10 minutes, which is definitely progress. Unfortunately I had a hard time falling asleep, though. Was it the decaf tea I had just before bed? Decaf still continues a small amount of caffeine, & I've found it can affect me. I'll make sure to avoid it that close to bedtime in the future.

When I woke up with the alarm at 6:45 I was still pretty tired, so I got back into bed to see whether I needed a bit more sleep or was waking up enough to do the planned exercise. Fortunately soon my body let me know that it WAS time to rise! I am just easing back into exercise after more than a week's hiatus because of that nasty cold, so I did the 12-minute Cardio-Sculpt routine from the SP 28-Day Bootcamp DVD. With warmup & cooldown, 23 minutes total. Because of my lingering infirmity, I allowed myself to regress to the beginner level on a couple of the exercises. It felt just right in terms of muscle challenge & length of time. Today at work I'm feeling a bit more energetic, doubtless because of the exercise.

So tonight I'll plan to be in bed before 11, & Wednesday a.m. I'll be putting in a longer cardio-only session. I hope to have a good report to post tomorrow!

  
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RUNNERRACHEL 3/5/2013 1:22AM

    Sleep has been a challenge for me too. I'm happy to hear that blogging is helping you. Sometimes I fall asleep too early and wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall asleep for a while. Sometimes I go to sleep late. I am almost always reluctant to get out of bed! I do really want to start exercising in the morning. Putting it off until the end of the day is not a good strategy. Here's to us getting enough sleep and getting up for morning exercise! emoticon

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KAYTIE22 3/4/2013 9:54PM

    I'm trying to work on the same habit this week. Sounds like you are making progress and have a good plan mapped out. Not everyday will always be perfect but taking these steps will get you there.

Continued success! You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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HHB4181 3/4/2013 9:27PM

    sounds great! emoticon
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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/4/2013 9:18PM

    Our bodies will let us know what they need if we will learn to listen!
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DONNACFIT 3/4/2013 8:36PM

    Great blog..good luck on the healthy sleep habit..you can do it!!

Go Starfsih emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 3/4/2013 5:45PM

    I've been lucky, in that having 2 young kids, I get myself ready for bed while they are also getting ready for bed.. so I'm ready between 8-830!! ;)
Once you get into the habit of getting ready ealier, it will be so much easier!
Happy sleeping!


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/4/2013 5:29PM

    emoticon Hopefully as you ease back into exercise it will also help your mind and body shut off each night and you will slowly start falling asleep more easily each night. I have spinning tomorrow and I know I'm going to to sleep like a baby tomorrow night!

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AMYLONGHORN 3/4/2013 5:01PM

    Wishing you sweet dreams as you stay on track with your bedtime!!

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ZUMBAGIRL6 3/4/2013 2:59PM

  Great strategies for success!!

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