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Walking Done !!! Five day streak

Monday, February 03, 2014

Well I did it folks did my 3 miles and even through in some old fashion leg lifts, toe touching, and butt lifts. Really feel like I did something today and I am feeling great. Exercising really does boost your mood. I just feel on top of the world.

I do have one small problem I would like any advice anyone has. I am a night time snacker.
I can go all day and be right on spot and around 9 or 10 I am starved. I know you will say
keep busy, but am trying to relax so hopefully I will get to sleep at a decent hour. I have a
terrible time sleeping. Last night went to bed at 2:30 and up at 8:30.

Another question does anyone have problem digesting fish oil capsules I want to take them because they say they help prevent stiffness after exercise, but those things make me so sick to my stomach.

So friends through any hints you my way. All will be appreciated.
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SUSIE505 2/4/2014 1:10AM

    Thanks for all the tips

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SUPERSAY 2/3/2014 11:27PM

    Way to go on walking, sounds like Leslie's videos which I love for winter.

I've tried hot tea at night no sugar, especially with the winter.

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KICKINGIT@56 2/3/2014 2:15PM

    Hi Sue,

So glad I read your blog today. It was like reading a page from my journal. I certainly understand the discouragement of night time snacking. It seemed to negate all the hard work I'd done during the day. I am also a "night owl" (used to work night shift in a hospital) so when most people are winding down for the evening, I seem to get a "second wind" and perk up looking for things to do. When I realized that both things were related I was able to devise a strategy for both.

First, I would make sure you are eating sufficient calories during the day and not going more than 3-4 hours between meals. Complex carbs (whole grains, fiber-filled fruit and veggies) will keep you feeling fuller and adding good fats to your meals will slow digestion and keep your blood sugar even. (If you blood sugar is dropping at night that will definitely produce hunger or cravings.) Also try to get in those 8 glasses of water in between meals..

As for the night snacking and late bedtimes what has worked for me is to have a cut off time for eating and stimulating activity (computer, TV, etc) I go through a session of relaxation with soothing music, dim lights, massage or whatever is relaxing. A warm bath or shower may help. I also brush and floss early in the evening so I won't be tempted to eat again. Then I usually read until it's time to turn out the lights.

At first It took a long time to fall asleep, but gradually over time I would fall asleep faster. A sleep mask also helped to block out all light. It feels so good now to get 8 hours of good sleep. I tried melatonin but it did not seem to make a difference, but that is something you may want to try.

Don't expect everything to come together at once. Your five day streak of exercise is a great accomplishment. You are will on your way to establishing a healthy life long habit. Add other areas slowly.

As for the fish oil there are many formulations. Experiment until you find one that is compatible; also don't take them on an empty stomach. You may also consider krill oil which has similar benefits, or flax seeds which also have omega 3's.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you. Keep "sparking"

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LUANN7 2/3/2014 1:56PM

    way to go on your exercising.-keep up the good work!

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