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Stress = Not Sleeping = Eating in the night again

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For those of you who don't know, I started struggling with eating during the night - when I should be sleeping - shortly after starting this journey in March. I had no sleep problems at all when I did my intake. It was something that took months to overcome and once it was gone it was hard to believe that it was so hard to ditch. It has been about 5 weeks ago that I could say the problem was gone.

Well...last night I ate over 1000 calories between 12am and 4am. This isn't the first time in the last week either. Last night I went to bed with the intention of starving all night if need be. the end I just needed to try anything to fall asleep. Thinking of food was keeping me awake. I have come to the conclusion that part of the problem is being awake in the first place, either from pain or other reasons.

I had reviewed my goals for the remainder of 2013 this weekend and one of them was to go through my online weight loss classes again. I only did the first 2 or 3 and have ignored it on my calendar every Wednesday. But I really do want to do them again so I had planned on starting again today. There are also classes on other health related issues like sleep. After last night I decided that is where I need to start.

Once on the site I realized that the sleep class is the 3rd part in a group of 3 classes. The first class was Stress and Your Health. I wasn't that interested in it but thought it won't hurt. After all my blood pressure is staying high even though I have lost weight and am exercising regularly.

Well... This class was great at showing me that I did have a stress problem and that it is effecting my life. It even referenced a book titled When The Body Says No by Gabor Mate which I read years ago and it rang very true to me. If I don't start slowing down, my body will force me to. Hmmm I sure don't want that to happen again. So I need to do something about the stress in my life right now because I think it may already be starting to happen.

One way to deal with the stress is to increase your resiliency and resistance to stress. Examples would be exercise, healthy diet, relaxation strategies, support from family and friends, express feelings, humor and spirituality.

I chose to do something for my spiritualty. I set a SMART Goal like I should be doing each week – oops. They are effective.

SMART GOAL – Read Bible verses and devotion each day of the week
I have started a small group to go through a devotion magazine called Todays Light that I love but never stick to. Its just wrapping up the last few books of the Bible in Nov/Dec and then will be starting in Genesis again in January. So I have 5 weeks to get into the grove of this if I don’t want to be chronically behind. I started the group so I would have some extra incentive to keep with it and keep it simple so that I can actually manage to do it.

I’m going to try and include a picture of my SMART goal worksheet which is upstairs at the moment.

In Action Plan Wording
I will do my daily devtions
It will take about 20 minutes
I will do it while I’m eating my lunch
4 days in the next week
Confidence is 7/10

If anyone is interested here is a list of the classes that you can do online
Go to – wcmprod2.ucalgary

And click no email to choose from this list - let me know if this doesn't work in US
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Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes online courses
1. Introduction to Online Diabetes Essentials :
2. Norm’s story: Diabetes control in an imperfect life
3. What is diabetes? /
4. Testing your blood sugars at home:
5. Making sense of your home glucose readings: /
6. Using food to help diabetes:
7. Label reading with diabetes:
8. Using physical activity to help diabetes:
9. Stress and your health:
10. Diabetes medications:
11. What are complications of diabetes?
12. Summary & wrap up of Online Diabetes Essentials

Weight Management
Getting Started with Weight Management
Weight management benefits & challenges
Skills for weight management success – THIS IS WHERE SMART GOAL WORKSHEET IS
Calories and fad diets – what works, what doesn’t
Top 5 calorie culprits
Transform your eating for weight loss
Meal planning tips and label reading
Eating out and managing weight
Managing your hunger
How to control your appetite
How does moving matter?
I’m ready to get moving! Help me!
Change your thinking to help manage your weight

1. Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Protect Your Arteries: Managing Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and More!
1. Protect Your Arteries! 9 ways to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack
2. Manage Blood Pressure to Protect Your Arteries
3. Manage Cholesterol to Protect Your Arteries
4. Healthy Eating for Your Arteries

Stress and Sleep
1. Stress and Your Health
2. Focused Breathing
3. Tips for a Good Night's Sleep
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  • PATTYR81
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    1602 days ago
    Sounds great Jen, I know when I have struggles, it usually comes down to lack of sleep. Who knew lack of a regular sleeping pattern can cause so many issues. Good luck with your Bible study.
    1605 days ago
    emoticon Good on you for catching the behavior early and taking steps to correct it, that's fantastic! Sounds like you are setting yourself up to do great!
    1606 days ago
  • ELSAT137
    Jen- I'm praying for you. Awesome that focusing on God is your main goal. That is mine too and it really helps! emoticon Let me know if I can help with anything!
    1606 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Jen, SMART Goals like this will help putting one foot on front of the other and pushing through. Sometimes you have to fake it til you make it" or "Just do it," right?

    I imagine in the future, a lot of this will seem just natural and a habit.
    1606 days ago
    Wow! I have the same problem! Only I have no stress, I don't know what's causing me to eat but I can't sleep, and when I can't sleep, I eat. Usually candy!

    I also study the Bible feverishly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1606 days ago
  • JAROL7
    Been there, done that. Sounds like you have a plan. Do it! Write everything you eat down.
    1606 days ago
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