Friday, April 05, 2013
So yesterday I had some leftover cake from my birthday and peanut butter MM's. But I guess it's normal to have a relapse, so I'm trying to not let it bother me and just move on, doing better today. I'm trying to not make this into an excuse, but I know that I do need to learn how to eat sweets in moderation. I know I can't live without sweets for forever. And I don't want to. :) But I DO want to live without going on crazy candy binges. I am by no means giving up on my sugar rehab plan, but I think when it gets closer to the end, I'm going to need to make a gradual reintroduction plan so that I don't just fall right back into another crazy binge. I think it really has helped, though, to get a lot of the sugar cravings out of my system and not make me want it so much, and it's helping to break my habit of wanting dessert after dinner.
Another thing I need to work on is sleep. I got this sleep tracking app that supposedly uses the gyroscope function in my phone to detect how much I move at night, which supposedly tells which part of the sleep cycle I'm on. Then it shows you how much sleep you got, a graph of deep sleep versus light sleep, and how efficient your sleep is. I don't really know how accurate this thing is, but it does keep track of when I go to bed and when I wake up. My average bedtime is near midnight and average amount of sleep is 6 hours and 15 minutes. That's not good. I need at least another hour of sleep, if not more. I'm tired and grouchy and impatient most days, plus usually late to work. And I read a Spark article about a very small study that found that a lack of sleep made the particpants' eating hormones off balance and made them feel hungrier the next day. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/re
sp?id=651) Maybe that's one of my problems? Why I want to eat everything I see sometimes? I don't know, but I'm going to work on getting more sleep.