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Epic Fails are really just a chance for re-calibration! Time Change Sucks!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

I was going to write a blog about my epic fails this week but after reading some really inspiring blogs I think I will just quickly recap.

Epic Fail #1...I started off the week by making a goal of losing 2 lbs. I typically weigh in today. Well, I am up early and have been battling a little insomnia this week due to anxiety so no weigh in today for me. Why add to my stress. Its ok, I still feel good about most of my choices so maybe not such an epic fail?

Epic Fail #2... tracking my food. Since August I have been going gang busters trying to get back to goal. I have really been killing it most weeks tracking my food. This week, not so much! And I think I figured it out, Time Change.
Epic Fail #3... exercise. I was not very consistent with my exercise this week. Mainly due to having a hard time getting out of bed!

Epic Fail #4 lack of sleep. I have been having a hard time staying asleep. I am getting about 6 hrs of good sleep and then the brain chatter starts and I can't seem to turn it off. All of my efforts only work for a short time. I thought it was work stress but now I think its the time change.

Minimal tracking until yesterday, minimal exercise, lack of sleep, anxiety and stress from work, SAD ( Seasonal Effective Disorder). Ugh, its a wonder I can stand up straight!
I am trying to ask myself why andI think this is the reason...Time Change, ugh, need I say more? It really comes down to recalibrating myself. The time change really kind of kicked my butt. So I think instead of this being Epic Fail week it should be Re-calibration week!
The easiest thing for me to do at the moment to re-calibrate is to try and make sure I get plenty of vitamin D to help keep my energy levels up and combat SAD. I have been using my light therapy starting yesterday. Since the time change when I leave work it is almost dark. Yesterday we got a humdinger of a snow storm after being in the mid 60s for the last week. Those two things combined would have me down in the dumps usually but I am going to try to keep moving forward.
So, back to tracking this week. It really does help me focus on weight loss.

Next, exercise. With the event of snow, it will be harder to get out and run so I need to adjust my schedule. My daughter and I have been menu planning for dinner, which helps in staying on track for nutrition. I haven't laid out a workout plan. I think this will help keep me accountable for my exercise.

So the last thing is sleep. I have been having a lot of brain chatter lately. It is mainly due to work stress. I do a lot to combat this most of the time but looking back at this blog, I see that all of the epic fails have probably contributed to this instead of helping. Maybe focusing on getting in a good workout every day and tracking my food will result in a better nights sleep and then that will result in a good number on the scale. What do you think? As a goal, I think its doable. Its the execution that will need some work.
Thanks for reading.

Keep Sparking!

Paige


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JMARIES51 11/19/2012 10:56AM

    Looks like you are getting your plan under control. Good for you! Now it is just the execution that is important. Good luck.

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FLGIRL1234 11/19/2012 10:42AM

    You've already done the first steps.....Layed out the issues, addressed them and now you are going to tackle them. You can do this!!!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/16/2012 9:55AM

    I agree with many of the comments here - you are not even close to failing... you are blogging, you are being accountable and recognizing what is going on and perhaps what things need to change to move it forward.

I have had a real tough couple of months and have re-gained half the weight I had lost - but keep striving to recognize what IS going right and the good choices I make.

Every single day, we have so many things to be grateful for and the act of recognizing this brings about so much more. I'm grateful for our new found connection today.

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MIZINA730 11/12/2012 7:07PM

    Well, I don't think that you have had epic fails. You're just human, that's all. It's something that you're going to have to work through, and I know you'll figure it out. You're doing some good things already to combat it. Vitamin D was a good thing to bring up. It does help. SAD can be very powerful. I had it big time in the winter of 1994/1995 and it waylaid me in a way that surprised me. I did get over it by going outside for 10 minutes a day. That's all you need, according to my doctor (he's still my doctor). And it doesn't matter if it's cloudy. You'll still get enough light, he said. Still, the light is a sensible solution because of your work. I just wanted to let you know so you can try it over the weekend.

For exercise, why not try stretching? It takes strength to hold the stretches so it's not a waste. I bought a stretching video years ago (Karen Voight) and I thought it was fabulous. I don't know if it's available on DVD but any comprehensive stretching vidoe by an instructor worth their salt should do a good job for you. It's a way to keep fitness in, at least a component of it, and pamper yourself a little bit too. You need a little pampering right now. Being nice to yourself when you're under stress is a must to get you over the hump.

As for myself, I've been epic failing a lot more than you have and I'm ready to command my life again. It's not due to stress, it's choices mostly. I made a choice I'm not ashamed of, but it's time to get back to my precious tracking and exercise. I feel better already after one day of Sparking like I should. I'll blog about it as soon as I can. I'm balancing quite a bit right now. It's interesting how wholesome activities can be a problem if you unbalance your life for them.

Best wishes and I hope you feel better soon!

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BTW, I live where we had a big weather change too. It was 29 degrees colder this morning than yesterday morning. We had a little snow this afternoon. But outdoors was still therapy.

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LOWFATFOODIE 11/12/2012 1:50PM

    sorry about the rough transition. hope you get some sun time and that the light therapy starts to work. Been having trouble sleeping for a few weeks now- definitely stress related and hoping it resets soon.

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NISSANGIRL 11/11/2012 8:28AM

    I may need to get a day light lamp girl!!! Thanks for the tip! and ps U are still doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/10/2012 9:08AM

    Like you I'm a big fan of a "daylight" lamp once we get into the November gloom: mine is 10,000 lux and really helps. Have it on right now, in fact.

What helps me most with the insomnia thing is some relatively recent research on polyphasic sleeping which in effect "normalizes" intermittent sleeping patterns historically/biologically. I worry less about not sleeping . . . (there's a blog somewhere in my archieves on this topic linked to the research).

All in all: I'm thinking you're doing great!!

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NELLJONES 11/10/2012 8:43AM

    You can control whether or not you track, what food you consume, how much to exercise. Only God can determine how much loss will result. Do your part, God will do His. Patience is one of the most important things I had to learn in weight loss.

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