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Four Week Challenge

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm into the fourth week of the Official Better Sleep Challenge. I go to bed earlier, at a consistent time, exercise earlier in the day, reduce my overall caffeine (almost all before noon), and greatly reduce the size of my evening snack. I usually take a bath and listen to relaxing music in the evening. I am delighted to say that last night made my fifteenth night in a row of good sleep. It has probably been years since I could make that claim.

There are some things I am giving up. I used to exercise right up until bedtime, so I am giving up an opportunity to burn more calories. A lot of the TV my hubby likes to watch now comes on after my bedtime and I miss watching with him. When I first started the challenge, it bothered me that I was giving up quite a bit, but not seeing results. Team mates reminded me it is a four week challenge for a reason. I guess they were right.



  
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BESTSUSIEYET 9/24/2010 1:33PM

    Rejoicing with you -- what we 'give up' so often is minimal compared to what we gain!!! Thanks for sharing another great blog!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/23/2010 10:34AM

    Glad you are having some good results

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JANEWATKINS 9/23/2010 9:41AM

    I've given up computer and TV an hour before bed. I sit on my lanai with a candle and drink wine and visit with my daughter. It's heavenly . . . and I'm sleeping better.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/23/2010 9:13AM

    Good to hear!

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JHADZHIA 9/22/2010 9:21PM

    Wow! Its great to hear this has worked for you!!
I just can't imagine getting regular, good sleep!!
Hope you have continued success!
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JOYINKY 9/22/2010 8:48PM

    Glad you've experienced success with this. It is important! emoticon

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PMFISH 9/22/2010 7:24PM

    Right now with a bit of cooler weather I am having to fight to stay awake. The body heals, energies renew lots of good things happen when we get a good nights sleep.

Glad you are setting a healthy habit. Your older body will appreciate everything you do to keep it healthy.

Pat

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:59PM

    Awesome Marsha.

I 'graduated' from the challenge today - after 2 days, and nights, away from home but still with benefits that I never envisaged. The first couple of weeks were tough but it has definitely got better.

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GEINAHG0757 9/22/2010 3:47PM

    Sleep is probably my "Last Frontier" of a healthy lifestyle...as in I don't get near enough. What all have you done to change this? What is the "4 Week Sleep Challenge"? I am in need of assistance with this.
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A Small Victory

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Well, the apple pie and the mini Baby Ruth bars and finally even the Butterfinger bars I blogged about over two weeks ago are gone from the kitchen counter. I did not eat one bite! I did not even put them out of view. I was patient and determined. That is a victory.

  
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JHADZHIA 9/22/2010 9:23PM

    You are proving over and over again why you are succeeding in this healthy lifestyle!!
There doesn't seem to be anything you can't do!!
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/22/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon that is more than a small victory...rate it huge!

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BAGGYPANTS5 9/22/2010 3:25AM

    Wow! That's pretty good.
I couldn't do that.
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MISSWINGS1 9/21/2010 10:42PM

    What will power!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/21/2010 10:39PM

    WTG ~ YOU ROCK.

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JOYINKY 9/21/2010 7:58PM

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That's a biggie! Victory is yours!

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KALIGIRL 9/21/2010 7:22PM

    That is a HUGE victory - must signal some 'grown up' healthy lifestyle habits.
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DONNABRIGHT 9/21/2010 5:29PM

    Amen!

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RHONDA_11 9/21/2010 4:42PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/21/2010 4:04PM

    WTG!!

I applaud your victory!!

I voted for your blog!

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Three Year Old Suggestibility

Monday, September 20, 2010

This morning I was reading to Natalie, my 3 year old granddaughter. (Incidentally, she is known as the New Big Sister as of last Thursday.) I read Puss in Boots and in our version the king lifts his cup and toasts the marquis as they celebrate plans for the marquis to marry the king's daughter.

Natalie could hardly wait to read the last sentence or two. She announced, "I want toast. Can I please have toast, Old Mom? Can I PLEASE??" I did good not to laugh too hard in her face! I explained the different meanings of the word toast, but pretty soon we had to have a morning snack of toast and fresh peaches.

It made me think. You know, there is still a big three year old part of me who is very suggestible when it comes to food. I have to really exercise the adult part of me when the talk or the smell or the pictures are of yummy food!

  
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JOHAL52 9/23/2010 4:11PM

    Okay where did I miss the blog about the new granddaughter? I see a beautiful photo as wallpaper. Congratulations Marsha and so sorry I missed it until today!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/22/2010 3:30PM

    A lovely anecdote Marhsa - and yes I'm very suggestible too.

Glad you're having fun with Big Sister Natalie and hope that the rest of your family are well.

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WILD4STARS 9/21/2010 8:10AM

    Amazing sometimes how the lines blur, who is the student and who is the teacher. I know Natalie learns a lot from you, and WOW some of the things you learn from her.

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SCREWIE 9/21/2010 3:52AM

    Lovely blog :)

Congratulations on the new baby!

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 1:42AM

    Unfortunately, we are very suggestible to food. Giving up TV was one of the better things I did for my healthy lifestyle. What you don't learn from children..
Keep up the awareness! You are doing great!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/20/2010 9:04PM

    Yes, the old "OldMom" is Natalie's name for Grandma, Joyinky.

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JOYINKY 9/20/2010 8:40PM

    Ah yes, we are suggestible; and don't they know it! The smells that are vented in the stores and malls; those delectible pizza commercials on t.v. Tempting triggers are everywhere! I'm fine if I don't give in for that first bite.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/20/2010 6:02PM

    Great insight Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/20/2010 5:32PM

    Fortunately for me my granddaughter likes the crust cut off her toast so I eat one bite of that and it usually satisfies me. Good thinking to add the peaches!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2010 5:28PM

    I think there is a part of all of us that is susceptible to things that smell and taste good. We all have smell and taste memories and can associate certain foods with times in our lives that were fun and made us feel good. It will probably be a life long battle.

Congratulations on your new granddaughter! I hope baby and mother are both doing well!

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DONNYE2008 9/20/2010 3:38PM

    How I loved that! Children and grandchildren add so much wonder and humor to our lives.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/20/2010 3:32PM

    Amen, Marsha, I hear you about the sights and smells! And I love your new background!

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MONTY68 9/20/2010 3:29PM

    Marsha
I will raise my cup and toast to Natalie. What a blessing for you to be able to be with her so much. I feel we all should have a reminder that being child like is a wonderful idea. Of course as you said, the reminder of a food that is tempting is when the adult steps in to remind us.
You are so amazing and a lesson is always learned when you blog.
I love your new page picture.

Thank you for sharing.

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Lesson Relearned

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It seems like some lessons I have to learn over and over again. Last evening, after a supper I was still feeling quite hungry. I could still eat another 145 calories without going over my range, so I started adding options to the nutrition tracker looking for something that would not put me over my nutrition goals. Yogurt was going to put me over on calcium, 100 calorie popcorn would put me over on fiber and sodium, and a wrap with low fat cream cheese would put me over on calories. I messed around for probably 25 minutes trying to find something that I wanted, that I had in the house, that would fill me up without putting me over on any of those factors I am now tracking.

All of a sudden I realized I wasn't hungry any more! My supper had finally kicked in. I made it all the way to bed time with nothing more and slept unusually soundly last night.

I know that sometimes you have to wait for hunger to be satisfied. But I have never experienced it as clearly as I experienced it last night.

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/15/2010 10:26AM

    This is a positive reinforcement and you will definitely remember it. Now to just find something to do for 20 minutes

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DONNABRIGHT 9/15/2010 9:33AM

    Thanks for the good idea - next time I feel hungry after dinner I'll try it!

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SLIMLILA 9/14/2010 9:31PM

    Wow, bet that was such a great feeling! I had to eat at around midnite last nite cuz I was going to be fasting till 11am for blood work and it just did not feel right to be eating that much at that hour... so in addition to the success I reported on my blog today, little things like this I have just not been giving enough credit to!



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KALIGIRL 9/14/2010 9:29PM

    What a great experience. I hope to replicate it.
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MNNICE 9/14/2010 8:19PM

    Yep, it's tricky fitting in those snacks, but how great that we have this food tracker so that we can see exactly what we need or don't need at the end of the day to meet our nutritional needs!

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UUCEEJAY 9/14/2010 7:22PM

    I've had that happen too! Postponing it does make a difference.

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JOYINKY 9/14/2010 7:02PM

    That's great! Wonderful reminder; thanks for sharing!

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PO_PAZZA 9/14/2010 4:26PM

    Isn't it amazing that this little tip we've learned in lots of diet books actually works? Who'd a thunk it?

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MONTY68 9/14/2010 4:13PM

    Hi Marsha
I always learn something everyday on Spark. I knew about the 20 minute idea, I guess that is why they suggest eating slow so it kicks in. But to be able to use it in the evening was a great discovery. Sometimes I think we think we are hungry, for what ever reason, like the need to have a evening snack or we have calories to use or habit.
So you , in your wisdom of not eating just anything ( a very wise idea) found out you weren't hungry. You are amazing and thank you for sharing that.
Also, I have a feeling that the 4 week sleep challenge is such that again, the mind has to change ideas about sleep and by staying with it, it develops into a good nights sleep. You are doing good.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/14/2010 3:57PM

    You made me smile Marsha. It's one thing reading information like this and quite another to apply it to ourselves! You did well to get to the solution by a conscientious approach.

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GATOR12 9/14/2010 3:38PM

    HOW MIND BOGGLING! I DO KNOW THEY SAY, IF YOU STILL FEEL HUNGRY TO POSTPONE EATING, WHICH YOU DID. SOMETIMES IF YOU GET YOUR MIND OFF YOUR HUNGER YOU FIND OUT YOU AREN'T ANYMORE. WAY TO GO. YOU'RE A WINNER WHETHER YOU ATE OR FOUND YOURSELF UN-HUNGRY. ALSO I LOVE YOUR HUDDLE--RE:LAUGHING TODAY. SO IMPORTANT TO AT TIMES NOT TAKE TOO MUCH SERIOUSLY.

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AQUAGIRL08 9/14/2010 3:27PM

    That is great news! They say it takes 20-30 minutes after you are finished eating for your body to register that you have eaten. Yours is a prime example of that. Thanks for sharing!

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MERALO 9/14/2010 3:03PM

    Wonderful! I love moments like that...now if I could just have that experience with the coffee...

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Unexpected Learning from Pilates Class

Monday, September 13, 2010

In pilates, our instructor frequently reminds the participants to move their shoulders down away from the ears. She explained that movement engages the lats, the latissimus dorsi, a big muscle in the back.

For years I have raised my shoulders to reduce stress on my chronically sore traps (trapezius) and levator muscles. For years I slept with my arms over my head thinking it helped. Maybe it did at first when I had acute pain. However, I found that I'm getting better relief now by lowering my arms and lowering my shoulders.

I'm very thankful to my pilates instructor.

  
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MONTY68 9/13/2010 10:44PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you, It is difficult to see what it really looks like when you are trying something different. What the instructor told you makes sense, The same comment . may come up in the balance class I started, Today, she told us we are not suppose to use our shoulders when getting up from a chair.
I will have to watch exactly where my shoulders are and probably will have to relearn something.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/13/2010 10:10PM

    That make since...I never knew except the dvd instructors all say it adds too much stress to your neck. COOL

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UUCEEJAY 9/13/2010 9:02PM

    I tried that and it does feel better. Thanks for sharing.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/13/2010 2:49PM

    Glad you're finding relief Marsha.

Thanks for sharing.

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JOYINKY 9/13/2010 2:48PM

    My keyboard is o.k. but I started having a shoulder problem because my mouse was too high; strange set-up. I've dropped the mouse down to a book on my lap and the shoulder pain is gone. Yep, it's all connected things like pilates and yoga get them all aligned again and the things we learn along the way! Just like here!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/13/2010 2:25PM

    learned this a long time ago. You also need to watch where your shoulders are when using the keyboard.

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2010 1:45PM

    Great info - I'm just the opposite - pull my shoulders up and don't relax enough.
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3016DEBRA 9/13/2010 1:34PM

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