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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Let us begin.

Diet today has been...not good. Once again, I gave in to the temptation that is buttered jammy toast, not once but twice. Another 4 slices, another 500 calories...dammit! I've also bought a waffle iron today...I figure waffles are like anything else, if you can make 'em, you can make 'em healthy and since the only necessary ingredients are flour, milk (or water) and preferably some egg, sugar and accompanyments I can make them no matter how skint I am, as opposed to say scrambled egg on toast or cereal, which I often run out of. Problem is, I was test-running the waffle iron and...well, let's just say the recipe book lies. When it says "makes 20 waffles" it doesn't mean it makes 20 of those little sections, it means it makes 20 SHEETS of waffles (each containing 5 small waffle sections) and I ended up eating about 1,000 calories worth of those too, I think :-( Not happy. But ah well; a bad day today doesn't invalidate yesterdays acheivements or my hopes for tomorrow. Beyond that, I was pretty good; a couple of slices of egg and toast this morning, a liquid lunch (1/2 cup nuts, 1 cup porridge, 1 meal replacement shake and water) which also counted for both snacks, and lots of water.

I've not done as much exercise as I would have liked, either. I'm so tired today (see more about my sleep in the next paragraph) and have just about managed 10 minutes on the wii fit...even that was hard to muddle through! I was going to try and do some belly-dance training, not so much the real work-out as a reminder of how to do each of the steps. I was really upset the other day to discover I just couldn't do it. It's not that I've forgotten, but I'm not ready to jump back into the intermediate spot where I left from last time. It shouldn't take more than an hour and tends to be pretty relaxed, but if I want decent sleep tonight I'd better not. I'm hoping tonight I'll have a better round of sleep, and tomorrow morning I can do Week 1 Day 2 of Couch to 5k before college. I already know I probably won't do much of my exercises in the next few days, though; my boyfriend will be staying over and since he's kind of coming empty handed he won't have any of his self-entertainment tools, so I can only kick him out once between tomorrow evening and Friday evening. Thursday will be my workout day, I think! Then Friday I can do day 3 between classes (I have a 2 hour gap, and want to see if I can feasibly run home for the workout, change and wash, then get the bus back to college. Should be easy, but I want to see). Then on Saturday/Sunday I'll have workout times while the beast is doing his own workouts at the gym.

The first day of the sleep challenge was easy enough. Here's the results of the sleep journal (completed last night/this morning).

What time did you wake up today?
What time are you lying down to go to sleep?
What, if any, was your bedtime routine?
None, really.
What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.)
A little seeded bread cake thingie at 10:30.
Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.)
Yes; 25 minutes walking/jogging in the morning and 30 minutes on the wii fit in the evening.
Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
Yes; several BIG cups of tea and coffee, and a can of pepsi.
Did you take any medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter) today? (Include type, amount, and time of day.)
Did you take any naps today? (Include number of naps, duration of each, and time of day.)
What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?
None, really, though I'm anticipating a stressful school day tomorrow.
How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)
4.5. REALLY hungry!
How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)
2. Could have been better, could have been worse.
How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)
2. I'm not terribly irritable when I'm tired; that tends to be more about stress.


How long did it take you to fall asleep last night?
No time at all.
How many times did you wake during the night?
Several; my son climbed into bed with me at about 01:30 and is a very restless sleeper!
How many hours of sleep did you get?
A total of about 5 1/2; 2 1/2 hours short, and it wasn't solid sleep!

I'm going to work on my bedtime routine tonight. I have a few high-revved YouTube vids I usually watch shortly before bed, but I'm going to watch them now, then turn them off between 10 and 10:30 (having done my aromatherapy research in the in-between) and spend an hour doing some pampering and reading a book before bed. Let's see how this one goes!

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    There is a super yummy waffle recipe on here that my whole family loves:
    For me it makes about 6 waffles. I always double the recipe and freeze leftovers. Sometimes I puree and heat strawberries that we picked and froze over the summer to use as a healthy topping. So good!
    1846 days ago
    Try to change up your bedtime "snack" to yogurt or cottage cheese...only protein, no carbs. Carbs are energy food. You don't need energy to sleep.

    Just a suggestion! Good Luck!
    1846 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    Good luck with your sleep challenge.
    1846 days ago
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