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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

My eating lately has spiralled out of control. We ran out of fresh veggies, and I started reaching for junky stuff. It's amazing how eating the wrong things can leave you wanting more, eating more, and never really getting you "full".

The worst part is how I feel. I feel (and look) bloated and uncomfortable.

While listening to SparkRadio today, though, I think I figured out why. Because of my husband's grandmother, spring break, and other stressors, I haven't been getting much sleep. Lack of sleep is linked to slowed metabolism, increased carb cravings, and all of that seems to jive with my experience. I'm working on getting back on track, but it's hard. If you have a bit of time, listen to today's SparkRadio episode. You'll be glad you did (even if they sound a little bit like those ladies in the public radio skit on Saturday Night Live):


Sleep is SO important!

I'm getting back on my plan... a plan that, by the way, I can tell you about now. :) I was selected to receive a free advance copy of the Spark Solution, and I figured the best way to review the book would be to follow the plan!

I won't go into detail here, because in a few days, I will be posting my full review of the plan.
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    I have a problem with certain foods and when I'm stressed or tired, I want to go for those foods. It helps me that I'm aware of this now and I am motivated to get the rest that I need.
    1600 days ago
    Keep the faith and fight off those bad urges. It's a day to day struggle for even the strong willed folks.
    1600 days ago
    Stress and lack of sleep are both really bad for the body. Hopefully you can get both under a little more control soon. Any chance of finding some backup plans for when you run out of fresh veggies? What about having an 'emergency' stash of frozen or canned veggies? It's not the same, but it might be helpful. Glad you were able to get an advanced copy of the book to give it a try.
    1600 days ago
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    1601 days ago
    I struggle everyday with eating, but I haven't been able to label my triggers yet. Sleep is a problem for me too. I have four children, a boyfriend and a full time job. Between family and work and squeezing in an hour at the gym I am exhausted, but there is still so much to do.....
    I am determined to stick to my plan this time though. I've lost 88 pounds about three years ago. I vowed I would never allow myself to go over 200 pounds again, but I have. I recently started going back to the gym and it feels great, even though it leaves me exhausted.
    Good luck and I hope you reach your goals. emoticon
    1601 days ago
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    The Spark Solution! That is so cool! I get off my plan SO easily. I have been traveling a lot and not only am I now completely broke, I have gained 8 lbs in 3 months. I just can't focus when I have too much going on. So I feel your pain. And sleep is such a major key to the puzzle.
    1601 days ago
    Yes lack of sleep can sffect you in that way.
    1601 days ago
    I'm kind of a chronic insomniac. Sometimes a bad stretch can last for WEEKS. And mine is more of the 'stay asleep' problem than the 'go to sleep' variety.

    My PR for insomnia? 14 days with no more than 45 minutes of sleep in 24 hours (not bragging...that's nothing to be proud of!) I was a wreck. Went to the doc and got some REALLY strong, non-addictive sleeping pills. They work, but I must take them no later than 8:00 or I'm still zonked the next day.

    I'm sure you've tried all the natural remedies. Sometimes chamomile tea will help. Sometimes a warm bath in lavender scented bubble bath will help. Sometimes NOTHING helps. (Melatonin has never done any good at all for me)

    Spark Solution, huh?
    Dang it! I had my money on green tea ketone pregnancy hormones.
    1601 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2013 1:25:20 PM
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