LUCYPAPERHANGER's SparkPeople Blog LUCYPAPERHANGER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 23 miles this week!!! I am SO proud of myself-- I just found out I jogged/power-walked 23 big miles this week! I use Leslie Sansone's DVDs, and she has the miles all measured out. <em>58</em> <BR> For me, this is a HUGE accomplishment: the most mileage I've ever completed in one week in my life! I feel really good, and I notice I am sleeping better, too (well, except for last night because of our teenager keeping us up with his drama, but that's a whole 'nother story)... I have more energy during the days, ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:05:56 EST I am back and need to learn how to manage my STRESS this time! Last year I started out on SP wanting to lose about 20 lbs., and I lost half of that-- 10 lbs!-- using this wonderful website! I was beginning to look better in my clothes, had lots of energy, and I was feeling terrific! Additionally, my aches and pains were going away, and even my bad back was doing much better as I strengthened my muscles. <BR> <BR> Then I let the stresses of life knock me down; e.g., unexpected dental bills, my husband's losing his eyesight in one eye (long story, and h... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:06:49 EST Need to SPARK through seasonal illness! Well friends, I'm so discouraged, I just wrote a SparkCoach (I'm in the SparkCoach program; participants can email a Coach f they have questions or need encouragement). It seems like ever since this school year began, our four sweet boys have been bringing home every single GERM! <em>46</em> A bug will go though our house, and then start all over again! We used to home school, so maybe we never built up our immunities?? But it's been crazy. So anyhow, I feel like, every time I get ba... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:38:59 EST Today's SparkCoach Action Step This was my SparkCoach Action Step for today: <BR> <BR> "Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?" <BR> <BR> Hmmm... I know I want to lose about 15 more pounds (initially!), but what is behind that goal? I guess I just accepted the goal weight that SP gave me when I answered the questions in setting up my account. Why do I *want* to lose the we... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:22:57 EST Today's SparkCoach Action Step My SparkCoach Action Step today was: "Blog about all the ways in which you've noticed improvements in your life since adopting healthier habits." <BR> <BR> First of all, since I've been trying to eat healthfully, now when I give in to temptation to eat bad foods, they don't even satisfy me like they used to. I am now actually beginning to *prefer* to eat healthful foods over junk food! <BR> <BR> Second, my sleep has improved a lot since I started SP, and especially the Official Better Sle... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:13:03 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 11, Afternoon Last night I went to bed at EIGHT O'CLOCK!!! That's how beat I was. Hubby came in at 10:30 p.m., and unwittingly woke me up. I tossed and turned, while he jerked and snored. Finally, in exasperation and sleep-deprivation, I yelled at him to go on the couch or *anyplace* (definitely *not* my best wife moment)! <em>46</em> <BR> Then I finally began to catch some <em>102</em> , and woke up at 6 a.m.-- a little later than I'd wanted to, but at LEAST I got some much needed sleep. I hop... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:22:02 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 9, A.M. {{{sigh}}} <BR> <BR> I was doing well during Week One, even enjoyed a few nights of decent sleep... and then I stupidly stayed up much too late Thursday night watching a movie with Ricky! We didn't get to bed until 11:45 p.m.-- waaay past my bedtime. Of course, I tossed and turned all night. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Now, you'd think I'd learned my lesson, right? Here's how I blew last night (Friday night): first of all, I had a Diet Coke around 5 p.m.-- much too late for me to enjoy ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:37:51 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 7, A.M. I am answering questions from SP's "Keeping a Sleep Diary" article: <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> 1. I was *awakened* by kids a little before 6, which means I would have slept if I hadn't heard them, and that's a vast improvement! <BR> <BR> 2. I lay down to go to sleep last night around 10:30. <BR> <BR> 3. I was so tired I didn't even wash up (gross, I know)... watched a 30 Rock with the hubby and drifted off to sleep. <BR> <BR> 4. Last foods were at dinner: two ground beef tacos... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:42:08 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 6, A.M. Questions from SP's "Keeping a Sleep Diary" article: <BR> <BR> 1. I woke up at 5:45 a.m.-- perfect! <BR> 2. I lay down to go to sleep at 10:45 last night. <BR> 3. Bedtime routine: wash up, brush hair, watch a little TV with Ricky. <BR> 4. Last food I ate was at dinner: 1/2 sub sandwich (no cheese) with 1/2 cup potato salad. Had an early dinner, finished by 5 p.m. <BR> 5. Yesterday's exercise: I briskly walked 2.5 miles-- half of which was UPHILL! <BR> 6. No alcohol. <BR> 7. Caffe... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:40:55 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 5, A.M. Answering the questions from SP's article entitled, "Keeping a Sleep Diary": <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> 1. I awoke at 5:30 a.m.-- just when I *wanted* to wake up! <BR> 2. I lay down to go to sleep last night at 10:30; fell asleep probably around 11. <BR> 3. The usual bedtime routine: brush & floss, cold cream & moisturizer, brush hair, unwind with a little TV with Ricky. <BR> 4. Last foods consumed were at dinner: chicken burrito w/brown rice, vegetarian refried beans and tons of vegg... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:04:51 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 4, A.M. Answering the questions from the SP article: <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> 1. I woke at 4 a.m., fell back to sleep about an hour later, and re-awoke at 6:30 a.m. <BR> 2. I lay down to go to sleep last night around 10:30 p.m. <BR> 3. Last night's bedtime routine: brush teeth, floss, cleanse face w/cold cream, moisturize, brush hair, watch a "30 Rock" with the hubby. <BR> 4. Last foods: Sunday dinner of med. rare tri-tip, half a baked potato w/lite sour cream, dark leafy salad w/broc... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:03:13 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 3, A.M. <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=849 </link> <BR> <BR> Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... <BR> <BR> 1. It took me-- no kidding-- five torturous hours to fall asleep last night. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I fell asleep around 4:30 a.m., and awoke at 6:20 a.m; couldn't fall back to sleep, so I just gave in and made my morning tea. <BR> <BR> 3. In total, I slept almost two measly hours last night. <em>46</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 16:08:01 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 2, P.M. I am answering the first thirteen questions here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=849 </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> 1. I woke up around 6 a.m. <BR> 2. Trying to get to sleep by 10:30 p.m. tonight. <BR> 3. I'm SO tired I may just grunge it and do all my creams and stuff tomorrow morning... I know, I know-- eewwww!! <em>198</em> <BR> 4. Fully loaded homemade low-fat hamburger on whole wheat bun with lots of raw veggies, seve... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 01:05:22 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 2, A.M. Every morning and evening of this SP Challenge, I will be answering the questions listed here: <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=849 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. I don't know how long it took me to fall asleep last night, because I had the clock turned around so I could not see the time, and to keep the light from being too bright. However, it seemed like *forever* until I fell asleep! I tossed and turned and tossed and turned-- even though I was DEAD TIRED. ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:39:38 EST SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 1 I will be answering the questions listed here: <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=849 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. I awoke at 3 a.m. this morning. <em>198</em> <BR> 2. I am laying down to go to sleep at 10:30 p.m. this evening. <BR> 3. Tonight's bedtime routine: took one melatonin, cold cream & moisturizer on face, brush & floss teeth, brush hair. <BR> 4. Tonight's dinner, 6 p.m: TJ chicken (2 sm. pieces), peas, sweet potato "fries," salad of baby romain... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:28:01 EST