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  • The article had good advice. I just had one problem with the "treating yourself". All the treats required spending money. I would have added free things to the treats such as a weekend camping trip away from people or go visit your favorite aunt that you haven't seen in years if possible. Little things can be free.
  • I can't seem to figure out which is better...wake up at 5:30 and get in a workout, or forego exercise for sleep. I lose an hour of sleep when I wake up to work out & my schedule is literally so tight that I don't have that 5 extra minutes to add each night. I run around until midnight, then pass out.

    So, my question continues to be...sleep or exercise? It sounds like it would be easy to have both, but as a full-time, working mother, I would love to know where I could find that extra time.
  • I've tried the sleeping advice and finally got my sleep pattern down - almost. The problem I have is when the time changes. So, to combat that, I change my bed and wake up time to stay the same. In the summer I get up at 6:30am, and in the winter, I get up at 7:30am. Seems to be working. P.S. I'm retired.
  • Sleep, no sleep, sleep, no sleep, sleep, no sleep. Kind of gets me tired just thinking about it. This camper defiantly skimps on sleep. The pay off for skimping is I end up not having enough strength to eat right, exercise, and plan. Sooooo, this was a great article for me to read.
  • This was such a boost for me. I've been on the vicious, self-defeating cycle of good habits that go bad within a few weeks. I'm back on track now, but after reading this article, I have a more strategic means of staying on track and reaching my fitness goals. Thanks so much!
  • The thing I really like about this article is that it got me thinking. When I read something like this I rarely agree with everything that is written. However, I typically find something that encourages me to try something new, think of something differently, or find comfort in knowing that others share in many of my struggles. While the suggestions for more zzZZzzzZzs won't help this insomniac sleep easier tonight, I can replace those sad (most likely rancid) almonds that have been in my glove compartment for months. This just goes to show that knowing and doing often show different parties! I need to see that they hang out together a little more often...heading to the garage right now!
  • I started at the beginning with the first assumption made in the article and was frustrated by the end. I loved veggies as a child. My sleep has always been an issue, all my life, yet I am told "just do yoga" or some other foolish thing. I've tried it all, my sleep continues to be messed up. I was very active as a child, as a teen, as a young adult and didn't change until my metabolism really messed up in my late thirties. Metabolic diseases are highly under-researched and easily dismissed yet they cause more damage than anyone realizes. Trust me when I say, after my gut healed (IBD), I was celebrating that I could eat veggies again.
  • Just started to change my eating habits today. I will eat smaller portions, healthier foods, no seconds, and make myself walk on that treadmill that has been gathering dust this past year. I need to do this to feel good about myself again.
    I am 70 years old and a professional dieter just not a professional loser. I have put on about 40 lbs in the last two years due to A-Fib, Planters Fasciitis, and knee problems. My Dr. is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist (for A-Fib) and our primary doctor both recommended cutting carbohydrates.
    We started this new way of eating since Dec 26 for a jump start but want to get into a long term habit. I have talked about diets for years. I now have a renewed since of focus and need to prove myself. I quit smoking on 7-24-07 at 10PM (who is counting?) I can do this to help with AFib, blood pressure, knee, and heel.
  • Good advice! I think gas stations would go out of business overnight if it were not for their convenience stores. I am one who does not care for the image of gasoline and food together, but they were a godsend on road trips where traffic jams delayed us in the middle of nowhere and we had to get food and drink, and fuel. I do avoid them except for emergencies though. I do not even know what some of the food advertised is- what is a "tornado" for instance? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen...
    Such great advice. I definitely saved this one in the favs!
  • Easy to say get to "get cranking" but when you are exhausted from a 12 hour work day it is difficult to get motivated to cut veggies for snacks and cooking is right out of the question. And walking for 5-10 minutes really does nothing.
    Might be helpful for some, but not me.

    If I miss a workout, it's due to an unplanned incident that just can't be helped - my son freaking out over something and insisting mommy "fix it", the cat having hairball issues that need cleaned before aforementioned toddler plays with it, etc. I don't emotionally or mindlessly eat, sleep is gotten the best I can (set bedtime, screen limits, etc), and I never eat 'on the go' unless it's nibbling bits of my breakfast while making it and my son's simultaneously before sitting to eat with him and honestly I think I would pass out if I didn't!
  • This is great article but I found it very disruptive to have all the embedded ads popping up.
  • Great points I'd never thought about,and good suggestions, too! Thank You.

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