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Monday, November 14, 2016

I walked from the train to work today. The closest Metro station from my office is about a 12-15 minute walk. There's another stop that's a 25 minute walk, but it's five stops and a transfer closer, so I figure that more than makes up for the 10 minutes difference. Plus, there's always someone playing music at the top of this station, and it makes me smile. I can hear the music from the bottom of the escalator, so I smile all the way up.

Maybe it was the walk in relatively cold weather, or it could have been the long weekend, the makeup colors I chose or the application thereof, that I was having a better-than-usual hair day, the face mask I put on after my shower last night or some combination of factors, but when the receptionist at my job saw me, he said I looked very fresh today! It really made my day!

I did really well with calories today, but one habit I need to focus on is putting my food into my tracker before I eat it. I have had so many unpleasant surprises tracking after the fact that I think this is an important habit to have. I imagine the best, most foolproof way to go about it is to track breakfast and lunch the night before, and then dinner after lunch. I tried that today, but then I changed my mind about what I was having for dinner, and I didn't change it in my tracker until after the fact. That's fine, especially when I still come in where I want to be, like I did today, but I think too often I do go over where I want to be.

I also am working on catching up on sleep. I went to bed early enough to get 9 hours of sleep last night, but I still felt tired this morning. I'll keep trying to catch up on sleep and then see where that goes. I have an app on my phone called SleepBot that tracks my (and probably my husband's and dog's) movements and sounds during the night and has a smart alarm that will wake me up earlier than the alarm is set if it senses that I am (or maybe my husband or dog is) entering a lighter part of the sleep cycle. I'm enjoying it, even though I'm pretty sure these two are skewing the results for me. I hope that over time, I'll have some insights into how much sleep I need and how to get the best sleep possible. I'd like to feel fresh everyday, even though that probably means people won't say anything, since it will be routine to be so fresh. I'm willing to make the tradeoff. =)
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    That sounds like a special train station! I love music too, live music like that. So cool!

    It sounds like you've been taking good care of yourself, and that complement was like icing on the cake! Good for you! emoticon

    I've had some surprises too, after tracking something I ate. And then you can't eat snacks afterwards, because you ate up all the calories for that day! I hate that.

    I'm not sure I would like that sleep app, if it woke me up just because I was getting lighter sleep. (or possibly my dog or husband is). I thought all the phases of sleep were good for you! Well, if that starts annoying you, maybe you can change the settings to just let you sleep until the alarm goes off.
    1183 days ago
    Good for you for working on getting more sleep. It remains an issue for me!

    (Don't put your phone right next to your bed - at least not for months on end! The radiation isn't healty, I hear.)
    1195 days ago
    I love your blog posts! It's so great to read such thoughtful writing. :) Anyway-- regarding sleepbot and other apps-- I worked in sleep medicine for years. Honestly, given what we had to do to accurately measure sleep cycles (electrodes for EEG, EMG, core body temperature, blood assays for hormones, etc), I can't give those apps much credit. There are too many variables that affect the human body's circadian rhythms. Anyway, what's helpful though is consistency and light exposure. If you can get yourself to bed and up at the same time every day, you'll do yourself a world of good. And of course, no light exposure at night if you can help it. It suppresses and shifts melatonin. Anyway, that's the quick and dirty of it. Best of luck getting the rest you need!
    1195 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1196 days ago
    It's motivating when people say things like "You look fresh." That's a welcome compliment! But don't you hate it when people say, "You look tired"? Does that ever happen to you? It's happened to me a few times recently. How do they think I should respond? What do they mean by that? It makes me a little PO'd, to tell the truth, even if no offense is intended.

    Sorry to go off on a mini-rant. So glad you are getting enough sleep and taking good care of yourself!
    1196 days ago
    Sounds like a good day! I always track my meals the night before for the whole day. I can always change things later if I decide to eat something else for breakfast or lunch. I put it in there before I eat it. Sometimes I even track a couple days.
    1196 days ago
    Wishing you many more "fresh" days! emoticon
    1197 days ago
    I have found sleep (getting enough of it) to be really important to having a good state of mind. Also helps me not snack after supper, as it seems my brain thinks if I am tired, eating something will fix that, And hearing music on your way to work sounds like a delightful way to start the day.
    1197 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Sounds like a great start to your day! I like the idea of tracking before you eat - give you a chance to cut back or eliminate a certain food before you eat it and have to look back with remorse.
    1197 days ago
    Lately I have always felt tired in the morning, probably because I wake up frequently during the night, and according to my Fitbit, have restless moments throughout the night. They average about 17 - 18 times per night. One time recently, I was restless 23 times. Then I go non-stop all day, and, lately, I have had the desire to go to bed earlier than my dh. He is like a clock, 10:00 PM, it's lights out, watch TV for 2 or 3 minutes and then sleep until 8 or 9 o'clock the next morning. I am actually envious of him and his sleeping habits. Maybe, I have to many worries in my life.
    Hope, you find many more mornings when you can walk to work. I's so refreshing and a good start for your busy day.
    1197 days ago
    Walking is a great exercise and getting it in on the way to work is a great way to start the day
    1197 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    1197 days ago
    When I worked in downtown Minneapolis I always got off the bus at the first stop and walked. We were lucky to have a very intensive skyway system (overhead walkways) that connect almost every building in the downtown area. So even when it was 20 below I could get off the bus, duck into the first building and walk to my office. I miss that, although I don't miss working!

    Daisy and I took a walk this afternoon, It was a bit brisk but I sure felt good when we finished!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day!
    1197 days ago
    1197 days ago
    What a great way to be greated upon arrival at your office. emoticon

    Keep taking care of you and there'll be more fresh days to be had ... emoticon
    1197 days ago
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