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I Want to Streak!

Friday, December 18, 2009

No, I'm not talking about running naked across a football field, I'm talking about achieving goals I set on SparkPeople. Oh, I'm doing fine on exercise, drinking water, eating fiber, taking a daily vitamin pill, walking, drinking milk, but I'm having a terrible time with my goal to get 8 hours sleep every night. Man, would I like to have even a week of that streak!

I'm sitting here yawning and thinking about it, because last night was a short one. I know sleep is important; I type through the fog of my sleepy head. I 'm hatching a plan to try to get more sleep, although I may need to be more alert in order to come up with a plan that has a chance of working. Will let you know of progress.

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AMBUDMAN 12/19/2009 11:29AM

    I rarely get 8 hours of sleep. Some people don't need that much sleep. If you are really concerned maybe you should check with your doctor. I do know I need at least 6 hours of sleep, under that I am very sluggish the whole day.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/19/2009 10:59AM

    I go to bed about 10 pm and get up around 7am that does not mean I go to sleep right away.My legs bother me at night so I have to take 2 pm when I go to bed.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2009 10:50AM

    I often have the same problem. Sometimes I think it may have, dare I say, an age component. I have older relatives who have the same problem. There are some great articles on sleep on the SP health articles. I found some to be really helpful.

Hang in there and get some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's!

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MONGO2TEN 12/19/2009 5:23AM

    I've never been able to get in the 8 hours either. It happens maybe 1 time a week.


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GAIASUZANNE 12/18/2009 8:05PM

    Well, you got my attention with the heading!

Have you ever tried Melatonin? It is a natural hormone that when we get older we produce less and less. I take it and it works great! Start slow though, 1 mg at first. For me, I have to plan on having 8 hours sleep when I take it, otherwise I am a little groggy. It's different for everyone. Here is what I found on WebMD:

"What is melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement.

What does natural melatonin do in the body?
Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.

Light affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.1

Natural melatonin levels slowly drop with age. Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all."

Hope this helps!

Good Luck!
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Don't Panic

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Don't panic -- track! I knew I had overeatten on Monday eve. Because I tracked I knew it was about 700 calories over and I would have about 1/4 pound to lose. But Tuesday morning I was up more than 3 pounds. I figured it was sodium. Wasn't too worried. But Wednesday morning I was still up over 3 pounds and I'd done so well on Tuesday. Hmmm. I felt persecuted -- like I was being punished for something I hadn't done or more like being punished excessively for a minor infraction.

Well, this morning there it was - 132.4, only 6 tenths of a pound over what I was Monday morning. Don't panic. Just keep on keeping on. Eventually the scale will reward your effort. Okay now. If I stay at the low end of my calorie range or just under, that 6 tenths will be gone in no time!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/18/2009 5:19PM

    This sort of blog is really helpful, showing how others share the same challenges and deal with them. Thanks for sharing your experience.

I hope you don't mind that I've added you as a Sparkfriend because I like your blogs and always feel drawn to read them.

I agree that Natalie is adorable, too.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2009 8:44AM

    Don't panic! Remember that you rode 11 miles yesterday too. You are in the process of changing to muscle which weighs more than fat. Initially I always gain during this process. Then, suddenly your weight will drop back again. Your weight can fluctuate as much as 3-5 pounds in one day depending upon how much sodium you eat. Sometimes upping your calories every once in a while will actually help you lose in the long run so don't worry. You are doing a great job! Keep up the good work!
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PEGGYANNSCH 12/17/2009 8:24AM

    I been there to.One day The emoticonsaid one thing the next day it said something difference.Just hang in there.

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MONGO2TEN 12/17/2009 8:14AM

    That happens to me all the time. It's part of maintenance, but can be frustrating. I'm getting used to it.


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DONNABRIGHT 12/17/2009 7:58AM

    I would go nuts if I weighed every day. No more than every two weeks for me and I'm trying to get to once a month.

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SKEPCHICK 12/17/2009 7:02AM

  Exactly. Don't panic. Hang in there, keep at it.

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BILL60 12/17/2009 6:58AM

    Good stuff! Thanks

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Hitting the Ole Trail

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today I ventured across the highway with my new bike on my new bike rack attached to the trunk of my car. I wasn't sure I could do it, but I had to try. I had no trouble lifting and securing the bike, driving with it, parking, and getting it down. I rode just a little over 11 miles. It was a beautiful 72 degree, sunny day, with almost no one else was on Fort Frazier Trail in the afternoon. I was afraid I'd be wobbly, but I did fine. Next time I can go when the trail is busy and not be too worried about embarrassing myself!

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CONNEALS 12/17/2009 9:57PM

    That sounds wonderful!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2009 8:39AM

    That sounds like fun! I hope you had a great time. Keep up the good work!
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Exercising Restraint

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

This morning, while watching my dear granddaughter Natalie, I decided to get caught up with my SparkPeople strength training. Natalie was playing happily with PlayDough and I thought I could get in a set between checking on her.

Well, my first scheduled exercise was "Bridges." I kind of shut my eyes to concentrate on tightening all those muscles involved when suddenly there was 34 more pounds on me.

The last time this happened (maybe 2 months ago) it was push ups and I just had to quit. Might have to quit those even now. But the Bridges I could do with her on me. She thought it was really funny. I got an extra work out!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/16/2009 2:49PM

    Keep up the great work! emoticon

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/16/2009 8:29AM

    good job

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FRAN0426 12/15/2009 2:38PM

    Great job, you have more strength , nice way to find out with the precious granddaughter. We can amaze ourselves finding out how much more we can do when we keep up a good workout routine.

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RENA1965 12/15/2009 2:27PM

    I grab my son for donkey calf raises. 40kgs is okay, he holds on for dear life and asks if I am finished shortly lol..

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Gaining Confidence

Monday, December 14, 2009

My mom just left after a 10 day trip from Tucson to our home in central Florida. I cooked a lot, ate out a lot, had less time than usual for exercise, and my food tracking was spotty -- the worst tracking I've done in over a year. Yet, this morning I just weighed 131.8, my lowest weight in 32 years.

This experience is a big boost. I'm beginning to truly believe that I can maintain this weight!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/15/2009 7:30AM

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PO_PAZZA 12/15/2009 1:33AM

    Isn't it nice to know you can have fun, live normally and still keep from gaining weight. That's a true sign you've internalized what you need to know to do it forever.



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WALKINGANNIE 12/14/2009 6:21PM

    What a lovely boost for you - and well deserved. Congratulations.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/14/2009 5:43PM

    You did better than you thought you could - those habits come naturally now.

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ONTHEGOMO 12/14/2009 3:39PM

    That is wonderful. I've had similar things happen while on vacation. Maybe it is that we are distracted from thinking about eating? Just an idea. And, no doubt, being mindful helps, too. mo emoticon

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LADYHUNTER82 12/14/2009 3:36PM

    Wohoo! Way to go! Looks to me like you have down your nutritional goals real well.... and didn't even realize you were doing it! How neat is that! Congrats!!!!

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