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9/21/12 4:33 P

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Thanks for your help Schoob. I figured it was anxiety. Funny thing is that I bring it on myself lots of time. I will go to bed and think that I don't want to be anxious and then I feel my body tightening up. When I am too tired to think of anything is when I sleep.
It sounds like you are getting your sleep issues resolved. You really need your sleep for as busy as you are. I think I will get my self hypnosis book out and re read it. Also I am going to check in iTunes to see if there is any free self hypnosis downloads for my iPod. That used to work for me with my tape player.
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9/17/12 1:46 P

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Thanks everyone!!! I really appreciate the support! It really means a lot to me!

Yes, at first, it was hard to fall asleep earlier. It has become a lot easier to fall asleep lately though. I think my body just had to get used to it. Unfortunately, it's still hard to force myself to GO to bed, and I do still slip up and stay up late, but I'm doing a lot better at setting aside the millions of unfinished tasks on my to-do list and just go to bed. I'm learning that I really have to make it a priority. There isn't going to be some magic change in my schedule that opens up a block of 8 hours for sleep. I have to make it happen. So for those of you still struggling to find the time, ...like Nike says, ...Just do it! haha :-) (easier said than done I know) :-)

Marie, It almost sounds like your sleep problem is coming from an anxiety issue rather than a plain old sleep issue. Has anything significant happened in your life recently? Or is something coming up? Try identifying what might be causing the anxiety that wakes you up, and work through it to see if that helps your sleep. The only other things I can think of to help you would be similar to the ones I use for my kids (which work for adults too!). Make sure you are getting enough sunshine first thing in the morning to signal to your body that it's time to wake up. Get plenty of exercise during the day to wear yourself out. And about an hour or two before bedtime, turn off the tv, computer, etc, turn down the lights, and do calming things like read, or just simply get ready for bed (brush teeth put on jammies, put on lotion, etc.). Sunshine in the morning and turning down the lights before bedtime are supposed to signal to your body that it's time to produce the chemicals/hormones that wake you up and put you to sleep. But I really think something else is going on with you. I've had time periods in my life where that has happened (I won't get into the reasons why.) but the sleep problem went away when I dealt with the issue. Good luck sweetie. I hope you get some sleep soon!






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That's awesome. It feels so good to find something that works for you. And it makes sense, the sleeping thing. I have the problem that my schedule is all over the place and I'm constantly oversleeping, then undersleeping. I have no real schedule at all. It's hard with the work that I do and it's no doubt affecting my weight. I bet when we get the right amount of sleep we feel more in balance and we don't crave the wrong foods or too much food.

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I am familiar with your story as it is a close parallel to my situation but I am still not getting the sleep I need. Maybe the day will come for me as well.

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Congratulations. Your story is similar to mine. In 1992 and 93 I had 2 children. I continued to work, but the hours were from 6a to 2p, 10 days on and 4 days off. I also worked a lot of overtime. Anyway I no longer work and can not believe the difference that sleep makes. I am glad that things are working out for you and good luck to you emoticon emoticon .

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This is a huge leap forward and I am so pleased for you. Keep on getting that 8 hours as much as you can!

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9/16/12 4:01 P

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Congratulations!! That's awesome!! I think I've been struggling with the exact same problem. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
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9/16/12 2:51 P

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Big congratulations Schoob. I wonder if you discovered the secret. I am a very poor sleeper and I also can't lose my weight. I have been very faithful to the South Beach diet since April this year and I have lost a big 5 lbs and nothing more. I lost 30 on the same diet in 3 months,when it first came out so didn't think I would have any trouble doing it again. It must be the sleep. But I can't sleep most nights. I go to bed really sleepy and fall asleep but then wake up in about an hour feeling very anxious and can't fall back asleep so I get up and watch TV or read for an hour or two and go back to bed and hope that I can go to sleep. I don't want to take medication for it. Sometimes I drink sleepy time tea, or a glass of warm milk or a glass of wine and they work except I have to go to the bathroom in an hour and can't always fall back asleep. I fall asleep watching TV all the time (making DH mad) I get 4 to 6 hours sleep most nights but sometimes it's only 3. I have read that lack of sleep is a killer so I know it's important. Do you have any trouble going to sleep earlier? Anyway, I'm so happy for you and hope you continue to lose weight.
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Hello,

I know I haven't been a very active member of this board, but I had some good news to share, and couldn't think of anyone who would truly understand how this felt, better than the people on this board. So I really wanted to share this with you!

3.5 years ago I had my last child. I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been. 230. Somehow, I gained over 20 lbs during the week I spent in the hospital, on top of the pregnancy weight gain. Thankfully a lot of that came back off pretty quickly. (I think a significant amount was swelling.) But I have been stuck at roughly 210 for over two years now. Nothing would budge it. Occasionally I would slowly gain to 214, and then drop back to 210. I could easily drop to 210 in 2 days time if I tried, but no matter what I did, I could not break 210. I religiously took Zumba 3 days a week. I tried dropping my cals to 1200, I tried raising them thinking they were too low. I had the ability to eat 2500 calories (and sometimes more, up to 3000) without gaining weight, but dropping them didn't change anything. Exercising more didn't change anything (I started working out 5 days a week). Taking vitamins didn't work. After a while I was starting to have trouble finishing my workouts, and would fall asleep on the couch when I got home. My energy level was gone, and I slowly dropped back to 3 days a week. I realized I was way to low on protein at that point, and fixed the energy level problem somewhat. But still nothing would allow me to drop past 210. I seriously thought at one point that my scale was broken! But that wasn't the answer either because my clothing wasn't fitting any differently, and my measurements weren't changing.

But FINALLY after two whole years of not getting anywhere, I have finally broken through the 210 barrier! Three weeks ago my weight had crept back to 214 again, but as of today I am at 207! I've lost 7 lbs in three weeks! 3 lbs past my barrier! I know that doesn't sound like much, but after 2 years, that's HUGE! I'm so excited and happy that I broke through! I just had to share this news with others who could understand just how huge this is!

And you know what the "missing ingredient" was...?..? Well, I'll never know for sure, but I think it was SLEEP! I finally realized that on the weekends when I would "sleep in", I would lose weight, but during the week (since I was getting less sleep) I would gain. (which pretty much cancelled each other out) This was regardless of anything else I was doing to lose weight. I think that after all these years (almost 16 years) of having kids (and sleeping 4-6 hours a night because of those kids), my body thought it was in crisis mode and just wouldn't let go of the weight. So when I started sleeping 8 hours a night, it was a signal to my body that the crisis was over. It was the only thing I changed this time, and it's working!!!!!!!!!

Truthfully, I don't care what it is that finally started working. I'm just thrilled that it's working!
Thanks so much for listening! :-)






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