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The next few little changes

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I think have the latest round of little habits pretty well down, though I need to track them at least one more month on the Challenge forum.

I'm definitely getting more walking in during the day, and I think what I'm doing will be sustainable even during the winter months, and during my busy season at work. I'm pretty much maxed out at 40 minutes a day, though, if I only walk at work. I'll have to ponder what else I can do and when I can fit it in.

I'm still not eating the quantities of veggies that I should be, but I'm at least paying more attention to it. I think reinforcing that habit's going to be on my to-do list for quite a while.


So what's next? I need to cut some calories, and I also need to start working VERY SERIOUSLY on getting more sleep. That is one habit I have never, ever mastered. It makes me sigh just thinking about it.

I'm going to kill two birds with one stone on this one, and cut back on my daily coffee. I still want my coffee first thing in the morning, but I really don't need it anymore during the rest of the day, so I've already started cutting back on it this week. I'm having a mug and a half at home, and at work i'm getting a small decaf instead of a large half-caf. I usually get another half-caf at lunch too, and that's probably contributing to my not being sleepy at the right time. I've always been pretty sensitive to caffeine and never have ANY after 4pm, but even that might be too late in the day.

So far I haven't been drowsy at all during work, but I'm definitely feeling sleepier earlier in the evening since I started this habit this week. And I'm definitely consuming fewer calories and carbs. (I finally had to give up on heavy cream. I just put too much in my coffee, so I'm back to using half and half, and sometimes even watering it down.)

I should probably write a separate blog about sleep and why I don't ever get enough. I actively FIGHT having to go to sleep, even when i'm totally beat. I will actually nod off while I'm playing World of Warcraft, because I'm just not willing to quit.

I just don't like sleep, and I put it off until I literally can't keep my eyes open anymore. I also HATE not getting to sleep right away. Back in my teens and twenties I had a miserable time getting to sleep. Back then I was sleep-deprived, but it wasn't because I didn't go to bed on time, I just would always toss and turn for an hour or more before I finally dropped off.

And then I started having a couple of beers before bedtime, and that's been the pattern ever since. It's a crappy way to self-medicate, and it's been responsible for the majority of my weight gain, but, meh, it is what it is. I've cut back drastically, but I'll probably always enjoy those couple of brewskis.

So, I have my work cut out for me. I have most of my lifestyle in hand, and will hopefully just need to keep making adjustments and tweaks as time goes on, but the sleep issue might be where I finally hit the wall. I mean, I'm yawning as I'm typing this, and I'm still determined to watch last night's Daily Show on the web. Oy. This could take some time....
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    I, like you, pretty much have my program at a spot that works for this gal; although, as time goes by, I do find that I need to make adjustments - sometimes going back to what worked in the past - i.e. no eating after eight o'clock in the evenings, come what may!

    Some years ago (after years of coffee drinking) I found it necessary to cut caffeine. It was not an issue of not being able to sleep - I just knew that my body couldn't take it any longer. Interesting how that worked! I still enjoy my very occasional "cuppa"; however it is now decaf for this gal. emoticon

    I enjoyed reading your Blog.

    God bless!
    1695 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    when i read that you put off sleep until your eyes are closing.... I thought to myself WOW.... I do that too... so I am not alone LOL smiles.

    Thanks for posting such a great post!
    1721 days ago
    oh me too! That quiet time when everyone is sleeping- the quiet- priceless!! And I agree- getting up early I do all ready, as soon as one kid sees I'm up they're ALL up!! aaack! LOL!
    1725 days ago
    Well, at least you are trying to find ways to get rid of bad habits! This is probably going to sound strange to you but sometimes I'll have a cup of regular caffeinated tea before going to bed because it actually makes me sleepy! lol I don't think I could drink a cappuccino though before going to bed because I think it would definitely keep me awake. Sometimes though I'll watch a television show on the iPad if I can't fall asleep in bed. I'll watch something like Battlestar Galactica because I know I'll end up falling asleep watching it. :) I hope that making these small changes will help. Good luck!
    1725 days ago
    Good job finding small habits to tweak. Good luck cutting back on the coffee! I personally don't like coffee so I haven't had that problem but I have a lot of friends who love it.
    1726 days ago
    I hate sleeping too. I think it's because I always have "something else" to do. I hate to "waste" time sleeping. I also have trouble falling asleep in a quiet room because then my mind starts racing. My DH can't sleep with any noise (except white noise) so it's difficult for me. Maybe headphones like someone else mentioned would work.
    1727 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Seems that some of your solutions may help get others done. If you cut the caffeine, you may get sleepy at 10, and be able to get more sleep.

    For more veggies, try to make a stew, or stir fry. I find that veggies added in to something are easier to pile up than if they are in a side dish.
    1730 days ago
    Interesting. I had the same problem a while ago...thought too much about solving tomorrow's problems at bed time.

    I bought a pair of Sleep Phones;


    Now I listen to everything from BBC Radio Plays (I'm a big fan of audio theater), comedy shows, or just music. Give it a try
    1730 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2013 8:16:49 AM
    I actually do keep melatonin on hand, but not for me, for my kids. Every time they have an extended break from school they stay up later and later (sound familiar?) and melatonin helps get them back on track the couple of days before they go back to school.

    The paradox here is that I generally haven't had trouble getting to sleep for years now, though I still dread it happening. I just don't WANT to go to sleep, even when I'm really tired. I think it's this set of antagonistic behaviors/attitudes that keeps me from breaking the cycle. I'm not just addressing one issue, I'm addressing many, some of them contradictory.

    I also suffer from Mommy Syndrome: for many years my leisure time came dead last, only after every other essential task was done for the day. That really isn't often the case anymore (though sometimes it still is) but I still tend to want to stay up later than everyone else to enjoy the peace and quiet. And please, no one tell me to get up earlier than everyone else to enjoy the peace and quiet in the morning! I already do, and I still don't like mornings! XD

    1730 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2013 8:15:21 AM
  • ADZY86
    I'm really terrible at making sure I go to bed on time. I get home so late after work and gym (sometimes around 9pm) and I have all these programmes saved on my Sky player that I really want to watch. I'll be falling asleep watching them, but still want to get to the end of the programme. Why do we do it to ourselves?!
    1730 days ago
    Have you ever tried melatonin? My pediatrician told me it was ok to use when my lil guys struggles to sleep and he tells me he sleeps great when I do use it. I do not do it often, but the ped said it is all natural and very safe...just a thought.

    I am cutting down on coffee also.....but between that and not much sugar, I can be a real witch! Hope you can get your formula figured out! I think sleep is such a luxury!
    1731 days ago
    I have big sleep issues too. Coffee definitely doesn't help. I don't drink coffee in the a.m. only evening. A bad habit from my Norwegian Grandma, we all drank coffee before bed?! Back then it didn't matter. Now I'm wondering how Grandma got to sleep!!
    I used to like to go to sleep, but now I don't.
    1731 days ago
    That is so strange, about fighting sleep when you are sleepy - I can hardly wait to go to sleep, most nights, and barely make it to 10:00 lol. :)

    You are probably right about the coffee and cutting back; I used to be able to have any sort of caffeine at any time of day and still sleep just fine, but as I have gotten older, I have noticed that I'm more sensitive to it, and can't have it after midday. So if you were already sensitive, then definitely!
    1731 days ago
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