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Sunday, January 06, 2013

I learned a wonderful lesson yesterday. Friday night I drove into work – 100 miles one way and that was fine. After work, I ran one errand and then picked up my Mom for dinner. We had a lovely dinner and visit and it was then time for me to drive back home which takes approx. 1 ½ hours. So I get home about 8:30 and am ready for bed. Then I get a phone call and before I know it, it is 10 pm and I need to get up at 4 am, which is only 6 hours of sleep. Normally this wouldn’t be so bad, but I was overly tired. The next day at work was horrible. I was tired, no energy, ate everything sight to stay awake, no motivation, etc, etc.

So while at work, I was emailing back and forth with another work at home co-worker and asked if she wanted to start a new goal for the next 21 days. Mine is to be in bed between 8/9 pm and to get 7-8 hours while she chose one that works better for her. If we are able to accomplish this 90% of the time between 1/5 & 1/26 we get a reward. Mine will be a new shower curtain for a bathroom that I will be re-doing¸ turning into my spa if you will.

I am realizing that this is a good foundation goal to build on. If I get enough sleep the rest of my health goals will be much easier to obtain. So yesterday I did go to bed at 8:30 and I had 7 hr 48 min of sleep per my fitbit. The day went much better and I am curious to see how things will go once this becomes consistent behavior.

Re: my spa bathroom, I have primer, paint, material to fix the hole in the wall, candles and lots of pampering stuff thanks to Walmart’s Christmas clearance. I am so looking forward to using this as a nice get away space!

Hope everyone has a good night! I am off to bed for another good night's sleep!
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    Getting enough sleep should make all your other goal more achievable. Great to have an accountability buddy.
    1990 days ago
    Awesome! Love it! Reward yourself!
    1991 days ago
    Better sleep habits is one of my resolutions this year. So far, I'm not doing very well.
    I too have to get up at 4 most mornings and I rarely get back home before 6 or 7 pm. I still have to find dinner at that time and I just don't want to go to bed as soon as I get in the door. I want to unwind and enjoy being at home, log my nutrition and exercise on sparkpeople, etc. I still have intentions of getting in bed earlier. I'll just have to compromise and prioritize.
    Good luck to both of us! emoticon
    1991 days ago
    Good reward and you're so right . . . . with a good night sleep, the rest of your health does improve. Good luck and get that shower curtain.

    1991 days ago
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