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Sleep and Water

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A few days ago, I decided to work toward changing two bad habits that are impacting my ability to lose weight.

Bad habit #1--Not sticking to my 10:30 pm bedtime. My night owl tendencies often result in me staying up at 11:00, 11:30, or 12 am. Then, I can't get up the next morning and when I do, I'm a zombie.

Update: For the last few days I've been going to bed at 10:30 pm. When I did this over the weekend, I noticed I woke up without an alarm clock at around 6:30 am, but couldn't get up until about 7 am. I am going to keep my bedtime here for the time being, but I may have to move it up to 10 pm, if it continues to be challenging to get up at 6:30 am.

Bad habit #2--Not drinking my water. It's not that I dislike drinking water, it's just that its been crowded out by coffee and diet coke. Plus, I get tired of making frequent trips to the restroom.

Update: Now, I've been focused on keeping the 16 oz cup on my desk filled with cold water. So far, so good. I don't care for all the trips to the restroom, but I guess it's something I'll need to live with. I weighed myself shortly after increasing my water intake and I was two pounds heavier. Those two pounds are now gone and I'm back to my plateau weight. I think it's a sign that my body no longer feels the need to retain any water I consume.

I've made a dent in the six other bad habits I documented in a previous blog, but I'm not making these changes a priority until I'm done focusing on my water and sleep.

I did buy some things to make a few green smoothies this week. I found a recipe for one that calls for apples, which are cheap and abundant this time of year, so I'm going to try it out.

I also have a list of fruit and veggie "staple foods" that I can buy at the grocery store if I'm low on food but haven't had time to plan a menu. So yesterday I bought bananas, grapes, apples, spinach, zucchini, squash, eggplant, red onion and carrots.

Anyway, I'm still pluggin' along so it's all good.

Onward and downward.
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  • MPLANE37
    Good progress. I ditched my night time comfort eating by going to bed early, at 10:30 the latest, exactly when I used to start feeling the need for comfort food. It is a very good idea indeed.

    On the other hand, I find much more productive to focus on a single habit to change at a time. The problem with tackling many habits at once is that you have limited energy allocated to your prefrontal cortex (this is scientifically proven) and you would not like it to be depleted too early or too soon. To get results in the solution of a problem (like changing a bad habit) that we are not familiar with (because we have never done it before), we need to really focus on that particular problem only and ignore any other, until we are done with the solution of that problem at least.

    If you are curious about these aspects of brain function, take a look at the book by Daniel Kahneman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
    Daniel_Kahneman (he is a psychologist awarded a nobel prize in Economics - a very peculiar situation indeed).
    1872 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    Good job on keeping up with your goals and keeping yourself accountable!!! You are doing a great job!
    1872 days ago
    Excellent plan!
    On The Pretty Girls team, post your water intake in our chat thread.

    Best Wishes, soror!

    1873 days ago
    emoticon I struggle with enforcing bed time, but it's so worth doing! Water is easier for me, but I still have to pay some attention to it.

    I found early on that when I was consistent with water, it crowded out soda and tea. And tea was a trigger for eating stuff, but water isn't. Go figure.
    1873 days ago
    emoticon That is so true, keep making small goals for yourself & you will see your plans come together & lose more weight.

    God bless,

    1873 days ago
    You made great progress with these two goals!

    Water was easy for me, but I the owl tendencies...
    I need to watch my bedtime too, I often stay up late for no reason whatsoever just to ne tired and depressed the next day.
    1873 days ago
    Good job with the sleep and the water! I tend to be a night owl too, but during the work week I tend to be tired enough at bed time to go to bed. Our bodies usually need more sleep than we realize, especially with our increased amount of exercise.
    1873 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan - Good luck -- I too have found these 2 items VERY important in my weight loss journey. I have even moved my bed time to 9:30 - read for 30 minutes and then lights out. I have increased my water to about 75 oz every day, and after 5+ months of that my body is really craving water when I slip on the weekends and don't get it all in. Bathroom runs have also reduced since my body seems to be getting used to the higher volume of water. emoticon
    1873 days ago
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