Wednesday, June 23, 2010
And so another Biggest Loser Summer Challenge week comes to an end. This week will not go down in the record books as a stand out. I ate near or over the top of my calorie range the whole week. Most days I just seemed hungrier than usual, but last night I actually ate for emotional reasons for the first time in a long time. I could get down on myself about it, because I thought I had a pretty good handle on my emotional eating, but on the other hand my "binge" consisted of a cup of Special K Vanilla Almond cereal and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Not much in the calorie department, but 100% of the calories were unnecessary from a hunger point of view. Blah. I also stayed up past 1am stressing, which is another unhealthy behavior that does not do my body good. I hope the scale is kind to me tomorrow. However, no matter what, I will be back on track tomorrow FOR SURE!
Monday, June 21, 2010
As planned, I was in bed at 12:30am last night and woke up with the alarm at 8:30am this morning. Yay! I am no longer staying up until between 1am and 3am, having trouble getting to sleep or getting up in the morning. This is next to amazing considering for how long I have struggled with this. Double yay!
In addition to having a sleep schedule for the first time in months, this little experiment has had several results that I hadn't expected.
- I now know that I can set a sleep schedule, stick to it, and adjust it as I see fit. As a result, I plan to continue shifting my sleep time by 15 minutes until I'm getting 8 hours of sleep and am happy with my wake-up time.
- I can see how a little change practiced over four days can give a sense of success and make a minor improvement, which is a doable step in the right direction.
- When something seems really challenging or perhaps even overwhelming, just break it down to really small steps, then take one small step at a time until the once challenging or overwhelming goal has been met. Also, doing it over four days doesn't seem like a huge commitment, but is long enough to see actual change.
- I feel like I have more control and feel calmer and less irritable.
I felt rested and energetic when I woke up this morning and my allergies (?) seem to be getting a little less severe. Today, after my Pilates class, I jogged on the treadmill, hoping that I could complete Couch to 5K's Week 7 Day 1. I jogged twice last week, but wasn't able to go the full 25 minutes either time. Today was different. That's right! I jogged for 25 minutes straight! And I actually felt like I could have continued, which is surprising in a happy sort of way. Is this what a well-rested body can do? Bring it on!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Last night was cutting it close, but I actually crawled into bed at 12:36am instead of by 12:30am. Not too late, but not on time either. However, when my alarm went off at 8:30am, I quickly turned it off but did not go back to sleep. Not long after, the kitties jumped up on the bed and started ripping around and pouncing on any toe or finger movement under the covers. They have so much energy, that Hubby and I couldn't help but to wake up with smiles (and nibbled toes). I call this a success!
I'm feeling a bit less tired today. I'm not sure exactly why, but I'm happy nonetheless. I'm looking forward to this week. Have a great one!!!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The goal: to be in bed at or before 12:30am, then wake up at 8:30am.
The reality: in bed by 12:25am, but asleep by a few minutes after 1am, then woke up at 9:20am (after turning off the alarm when it went off at 8:30am, because "I didn't want it to wake up Hubby." MmmHmm.).
I'm pleased. I'm making some progress. And I've been very fatigued lately. I am actually a little concerned that I may be a tad allergic to the new kitties. I am very congested, sneezing constantly, have itchy eyes, and feel overwhelming bouts of sleepiness. I'm hoping that I'm just getting used to the new babies and will be feeling myself again very soon. In the meantime, I will be kind to myself.
On a side note, I met a lady today who is also looking for an attormey job. She suggested we help each other out by keeping our eyes out for job opporutnities for each other and reading each others cover letters, etc. I'm excited about the prospect of a new friend. I'm highly agitated, though, after learning that she's having as much trouble finding a position as I am and she has over a decade of experience. How can the evening news keep saying that the economy is getting so much better? I'm just not seeing it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Last night was the first night I was supposed to go to sleep at or before 12:30am. How hard is that? It shouldn't be, but at 12:30am I got up to go to bed and just had to pet the kitties goodnight. Too bad for me that the kitties are so adorable and wanting lots of pets and scratches. I just couldn't leave them, so I was in bed, ahem, at 12:40am, which is 10 minutes late. Not a very auspicious start.
This morning, my alarm goes of at 8:30am, just as scheduled. So what does my sleep-addled mind reason? I can snooze for 10 minutes because I went to bed 10 minutes late. What the??? Which means I got up at 8:40am, which is 10 minutes late.
This is clearly not going to be as easy as I thought. It just goes to show that if this was really easy for me, then I would already be doing it. On a sad note, even with a full 8 hours sleep I was still fatigued all day. On the positive, I got to sleep and woke up earlier than I have in I can't remember how long.
One day at a time...
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