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Question 3 about my new habit

Monday, March 04, 2013

By the time I'm done with this, I will have all of the answers in one blog!

This week's challenge - new habit and blog - 1 question per day. So, here are the questions for the challenge:

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
Frankly, anytime that I get more than two hours is an encouragement! I'm not sure I can think of a reward for getting more sleep. However, I will say that getting more sleep is certainly an energy reward in itself! Thinking a little more clearly is also a reward. To track, I think I will go to the SP counter that measures energy and put my daily energy level there. That may give me a better idea of how well I'm doing!

2) How will you do that?
a) I can't do anything about my DH's habit of going to sleep with the tv on so I will wear a night mask to bed to keep out the light.
b) No nightcap before bed. This will also drop calories.
c) Melatonin so that my restless legs (fibromyalgia) and hot flashes (menopause) are minimized.
d) My DH has started wearing his wireless earphones to be so that I don't hear the tv and get caught up in whatever's on.
e) This is the hardest - go to bed by 11. I'm aiming for 6 hours of continuous sleep. Six hours is about where I feel right. Eight hours often gives me a headache. Frankly, anything is better than waking up every 1 -2 hours.
f) Oh, another hard thing. Establishing a real routine and doing it every night. That's what this is all about, right?

1) What new habit you wish to develop?
I need to sleep. I think sleep is a good thing. I have been having a hard time sleeping. So, sleeping through the night is a habit I would like to develop. I think it is a significant factor in the number of the things that is holding back my weight loss


4) How are you doing day by day?
5) What can you improve upon?
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MICKEYH 3/4/2013 9:34PM

    Let's hope, our hubby will stop watching TV and go to sleep. Lol)) (*^^*) emoticon emoticon

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    I'm telling you.. the sleep monster got me.
I just looked at my BMFit and I got a total of 3 hours and 44 minutes.


I feel it too!

God help me get 120 exercise minutes.

And the eating of carbs due to being so tired... emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/4/2013 7:02:19 PM

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GEMLADYONE 3/4/2013 3:02PM

    Great goal! It's been a challenge of mine in the past, but I really focus on getting enough, and take Ambien if necessary to get it. DH knows (as does everyone at work) that I'm a very grumpy girl if not rested and fed, so I do get support from home and work when needed, so am lucky in that way!

Your e) point to get to bed by the same time each night was the key for me...if I'm up later than my bed time, it's harder to fall asleep right away.

Good luck! emoticon

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/4/2013 2:53PM

    Love your goals!

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MILADY_LCF 3/4/2013 1:28PM

    Sounds like you've got some great plans to put into place. Good luck! emoticon

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    Sorry your having sleeping issues. It really makes a difference in how you feel each day if you can't get enough. Sounds like you have some good goals to try and get more in! I can't sleep with the TV on either so I wish you luck with that!
Keep working at it and you will get there!

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MARCIAC10 3/4/2013 1:03PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. I hope it works for you!

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DASU1949 3/4/2013 12:26PM

    Good luck on the TV and your goals. My wife also needs the TV on. I have a timer set to shut it off after 1-1/2 hours. It usually does not bother me. I get about 5 to 5-1/2 hours sleep a night so when I turn in I am usually out within 5-10 minutes. More sleep would be nice but it just doesn't seem to happen. emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 3/4/2013 12:20PM

    Very cool, Quita, that you are figuring out how to get more sleep and that your husband is willing to wear the headphones to help. I take Valerian before bed and have my own routines before bed too. Sleep is so important! YAY!


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VONBLACKBIRD 3/4/2013 11:54AM

    I love your goals!!! Keep up the good work.

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