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Habit blog: keeping on track

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today's question is "What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?" Well, now is a good time to think about STARTING that! As noted before, checking off the Other Goals related to sleep doesn't do much for me. Blogging about my need for adhering to my bedtime does help, though. It makes me accountable to you, my friends & teammates.

Last night I missed the window by only about 10 minutes, which is definitely progress. Unfortunately I had a hard time falling asleep, though. Was it the decaf tea I had just before bed? Decaf still continues a small amount of caffeine, & I've found it can affect me. I'll make sure to avoid it that close to bedtime in the future.

When I woke up with the alarm at 6:45 I was still pretty tired, so I got back into bed to see whether I needed a bit more sleep or was waking up enough to do the planned exercise. Fortunately soon my body let me know that it WAS time to rise! I am just easing back into exercise after more than a week's hiatus because of that nasty cold, so I did the 12-minute Cardio-Sculpt routine from the SP 28-Day Bootcamp DVD. With warmup & cooldown, 23 minutes total. Because of my lingering infirmity, I allowed myself to regress to the beginner level on a couple of the exercises. It felt just right in terms of muscle challenge & length of time. Today at work I'm feeling a bit more energetic, doubtless because of the exercise.

So tonight I'll plan to be in bed before 11, & Wednesday a.m. I'll be putting in a longer cardio-only session. I hope to have a good report to post tomorrow!
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    Sleep has been a challenge for me too. I'm happy to hear that blogging is helping you. Sometimes I fall asleep too early and wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall asleep for a while. Sometimes I go to sleep late. I am almost always reluctant to get out of bed! I do really want to start exercising in the morning. Putting it off until the end of the day is not a good strategy. Here's to us getting enough sleep and getting up for morning exercise! emoticon
    1843 days ago
    I'm trying to work on the same habit this week. Sounds like you are making progress and have a good plan mapped out. Not everyday will always be perfect but taking these steps will get you there.

    Continued success! You can do it! emoticon emoticon
    1843 days ago
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    sounds great! emoticon
    1843 days ago
    Our bodies will let us know what they need if we will learn to listen!
    1843 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/4/2013 9:18:39 PM
    Great blog..good luck on the healthy sleep can do it!!

    Go Starfsih emoticon
    1843 days ago
    I've been lucky, in that having 2 young kids, I get myself ready for bed while they are also getting ready for bed.. so I'm ready between 8-830!! ;)
    Once you get into the habit of getting ready ealier, it will be so much easier!
    Happy sleeping!

    1843 days ago
    emoticon Hopefully as you ease back into exercise it will also help your mind and body shut off each night and you will slowly start falling asleep more easily each night. I have spinning tomorrow and I know I'm going to to sleep like a baby tomorrow night!
    1843 days ago
    Wishing you sweet dreams as you stay on track with your bedtime!!
    1843 days ago
    Great strategies for success!!
    1843 days ago
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