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Waving Goodbye to Week 3 of the BL Summer Challenge

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!

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LMBARR1 6/24/2010 9:33PM

    It was just a "pit stop." Just let it go and get back on track. You are doing great and are living more and more of your best life! emoticon emoticon

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MINIUM 6/24/2010 3:30PM

    YES, do go back on track! emoticon

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JOKNOWS 6/24/2010 9:53AM

    It's a journey -- and sometimes you just gotta stop for some Special K and almond milk. And even though you may have slipped with some EE, you kept it healthy and still sensible. You're right to move on and hopefully learned what may trigger an EE episode to prepare yourself against it in the future.

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JENNYPENNY29 6/24/2010 6:58AM

    Sorry to hear you're stressed. I hope you get some sleep soon!

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LEASIM1231 6/24/2010 2:16AM

    Congrats on the improved choice of food for emotional eating :P

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Day 4 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover and "Final" Thoughts

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!

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LEASIM1231 6/22/2010 4:49PM

    This is sooooooooooooooo off topic! But, Natalie just send me a few tracks of that infamous brought back good memories of the summer :)

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MINIUM 6/22/2010 7:16AM

    Excellent! I'm so happy for you! Keep up the good work! You're an inspiration!

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LEASIM1231 6/22/2010 1:53AM

    I have many theories of how sleep helps EVERYTHING!

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LMBARR1 6/21/2010 8:07PM

    I love it! You are just going to town, girl! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooo happy for you! emoticon

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Day 3 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover

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!!!

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MINIUM 6/21/2010 5:36PM

    See? If you don't get used to your new routine, your kitties will make you!
Have a lovely evening!

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GRANNYS5 6/21/2010 10:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
It will all come together soon...
keep up the great work


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LEASIM1231 6/21/2010 2:00AM

    Yay for success :)

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TREATL 6/21/2010 12:00AM

    Good for you--for putting your sleep at a high priority!

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Day 2 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover

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.

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GRANNYS5 6/21/2010 9:59AM

    Hope it's not your kitties, but unfortunately sounds like it may be. I use to be TERRIBLE allergic to cats. My children always wanted a cat when they were young, tried it several times - they usually never lasted more than a few weeks. Now I have 2 cats, I outgrew my cat allergies - emoticon but not everything else I'm allergic to! emoticon My children say I just didn't want them to have a cat, so I pretended I was allergic emoticon(not at all)
Good luck with your sleep and your kitties...
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LMBARR1 6/20/2010 11:05PM

    You are willing to try to improve. That is what matters. Perfection usually never happens, but progress does! Way to work on improving the quality of your life! You're doing awesome! emoticon

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BABSDOTTER 6/20/2010 8:50AM

    I think it's especially hard to stick with a timetable when you don't have outside mandates (like job hours) on you. More power to your efforts. It's hard to establish any habit, but you're working on one that will help in your healthy lifestyle. Good luck...and good luck with the job search. One day at a time...... Janet

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MINIUM 6/20/2010 3:27AM

    I'm glad you're making progress. Being in bed doesn't mean you're going to sleep straight away unfortunately. This is something that my Hubby doesn't understand - he's the only one I know (maybe on earth) that instantly gets 'switched off' when he lies in bed!
Maybe the economy is getting better just like our healths are getting better - very slowly. But we know our situations are improving so we just have to be patient I suppose (obviously, easier said than done!).
Lots of love to the kitties!

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LEASIM1231 6/20/2010 2:29AM

    Have you had cat allergies before? Well, you are allowed to sleep in on Saturdays :) Good job on being in bed before 12:30!

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Day 1 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover Challenge

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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LEASIM1231 6/19/2010 5:59PM

    How was day 2?

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MINIUM 6/19/2010 3:35AM

    I think you're doing great since you're slowly getting there. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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LEASIM1231 6/19/2010 3:07AM

    10 minutes is nothing compared to the 8 hours :P Some people's clocks are 10 minutes off...

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