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Saturday, August 17, 2013

I've been in a funk for a while and I have been struggling to put together the pieces. But then I had a small "aha" moment:

1. I have been feeling overwhelmed a lot lately. Part of it is my ADHD and will always be something that I need to manage, but this has been more than usual. Between the final push for DH to finish his degree last May (and I to take on more so he could focus on his studies) and child care falling through this summer (not a good thing for the self-employed), I've been pushing myself to stay awake longer to try to accomplish as much as possible.

2. I wake up with a really good attitude. Like, "I am just going to nail it today." Eating in the morning is never a problem. I typically don't have much of an appetite, so I just keep it small. Lunch is usually well-controlled, too. The amount I can do is hit or miss depending on if I have child care and how long the to-do list is (too many things lead to the aforementioned overwhelm, which can lead to analysis paralysis).

3. As I hit the afternoon, it all starts to fall apart. I have more cravings and less ability to resist them. I am feeling exhausted, but I push through because I have "so much to do."

4. I try to stay up later than my husband so I can get some distraction-free time to work. More often than not, I fall asleep at my computer, wake up at some wee hour of the morning, and drag myself to bed for a few more hours of sleep.

Not a good pattern to be in at all.

You may be reading this and thinking, "Really? Of course your lack of sleep is a problem!" And I get how sadly obvious this should be, but when you are in the eye of a storm, you don't necessarily get the full extent of the chaos that is happening around you.

While the sleeplessness is not the entire source of my issues, it certainly is a contributing factor. So one thing that I am going to dedicate myself to for the next couple weeks is to get enough sleep. Going to bed no later than 10:30 pm, and sleeping at least 7 hours.

I know my erratic sleep schedule has probably messed me up, so it might take some time to get used to something normal. But it will be interesting to see what this one thing will do to affect the rest of my efforts.
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    Sometimes nailing details like sleep make it more feasible to whack those other moles which pop their heads up and are such a wishes, I know you can DO THIS!

    1615 days ago
    Sleep REALLY does affect weight loss on many levels. I didn't realize it until I was only getting about 5-6hrs. When I started getting 8hrs, my weight loss picked back up. I hope getting to a normal schedule helps!
    1615 days ago
    I've been there and go there recently. After my kids go to bed I sit down to "get some work done" and wake up hours later with swollen ankles and a stiff neck. Plus in the evening I cannot get enough to eat. I've come to conclusion that I'm tired. And being tired means my willpower is low plus I'm eating just to keep myself awake. So I'm trying to just go to bed. It's very hard but at the end of the day (or night), I am not making much progress anyway. I might was well let my body heal by sleeping and have some good energy the following day. I also have to remember that I just might always be behind and that's ok. It is my life. :)

    Hope you can get more rest as it will do you sooo much good!
    1616 days ago
  • LISA579
    I didnt realize how little sleep i was getting til i started to track it. I eat alot more when i am stressed and tired. Night time is really hard so i have tea, popsicles and or rice cakes. They come in alot of different flavours
    1616 days ago
    Realizing it is half the battle.. work on slowly changing .. maybe try a relaxing bath or shower.. Routine is always best.. the same one and they say you sleep better if hour before bed no electronics devices .. including TV ..maybe a good book ? just ideas and hope you find some sleep soon.
    1616 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I have made the same mistake. Not eating enough in the morning or skipping lunch and then I keep chasing that hunger all night long even though I had a great dinner.
    1616 days ago

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    1616 days ago
    I liked your blog! I feel like I don't get enough sleep too. It helps to be well rested in losing weight too. I think that is one of my downfalls. Yes, really try to sleep by 10:30pm. It affects everything. Good luck!
    1616 days ago
  • DIONNE1972
    Good luck getting back in a good rhythm of sleep and work and life, nothing is worse than having to function on not enough sleep. emoticon
    1616 days ago
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