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After 10 Months, I'm 2 Weeks Old!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Although I joined Spark People this past January, which was 10 months ago, and although, so far, I've lost fifty pounds, (although I'd gained a few back which I'm now re-losing)...I decided that I needed a fresh start and to take the program a lot more seriously than I had been. So I bought 'The Spark' and read Part One and now am on Part 2 chapter 7...I am going through all of the advice and the recommended steps much more carefully this time...and I'm getting so much more from it!

I completed the Fast Break in Chapter 1...and now am doing the "Healthy Habits" of Chapter 2. I decided to set some new goals of my own in addition to the three that the book gave for this chapter, simply because I've been with the program for so long, that some of what was suggested, is now simply second nature for me and is ALREADY very literally, a healthy habit. But there are some topics which this chapter deals with where I am having very real troubles. So I designed my own goals around these areas.

My first goal is sort of something I've been doing pretty well with lately, but I know my lazy self, and it's easy to slack...and that is: "To exercise daily" Right now I'm doing Jillan Michaels' 30 Day Shred and am praying to survive the full thirty days!

The next area is one that I have real trouble with and that is getting enough sleep. My problem is NOT (as it is for most people) a busy schedule and finding TIME to sleep...My problem is that I go to sleep and wake up two hours later in pain....so then I move to the recliner...but must grab a snack on the way there (funny, I don't think up a flight of stairs is "on the way there")...Then I doze for maybe another hour or so, when I wake up, again, in pain, and think, "Well, my night's sleep is done for..." so I turn on the light, and grab my laptop....or a book...and try to pass the time...However, I doze off and on, so neither the book, nor the computer, NOR MY SLEEP gets my full attention and none of it is of good quality.
So my goal? My goal is to stay up til a decently late hour at night (I often go to bed too early which makes for too long of a night), and then NOT TO TURN THE LIGHTS ON until 6:00 AM. I know this will be a hard goal for me to keep...it is comprised of breaking years of habit. But, I'm on new pain medicine that is helping a bit more, so there really is NO REASON for me to stay up (and eating) all night long!

I might even consider, for the first few nights, removing the lightbulb from my lamp by the recliner...and putting it upstairs or someplace inconvenient, so that I am not tempted to break my promise to myself. I know that if I could just turn over and try to go back to sleep, I probably would. The first few nights may be rough and choppy, but I think once I change my habits, I will be much better off.

Sleep is essential to weight loss. And that, for me is true for two reasons. One may be the hormonal reason given in The Spark, but the other is that, when I'm UP and BORED, I eat. And that is completely sabotaging my efforts to lose weight. EVery single day, I'm within my calory limits,,, UNTIL I GO TO BED!! Then,,...well...forget it.

And my other goal is to eat the five serviings of fruit and veggies. I used to do that, no problem. but lately I've gotten lazy about prepping food...and well, when that happens, fruits and veggies are the first things to go.

So I made a 3"x5" card with a chart on it. It has a place for one week's worth of fruits and veggies allotment and also one week's worth of 8 glasses of water. (the water, I'm usually pretty good about, but never do keep a very accurate count).

Those three things are this week's goals. I did it last week. I can do it this week!
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    Good ideas, should help you get there! emoticon on having the tenacity to try different ways to sleep soundly!
    3487 days ago
    I'm so curious to see how you did with these goals this past week and I hope you're being kind to yourself along the way. Breaking long, in-grained habits is never easy, I know. Pain on the other hand, is a complication or barrier, to achieving your goals. Hopefully, you'll find an answer there. Best of luck and let us know how you're doing.
    3626 days ago
    Way to go! I hope to hear some great news from you soon! I hate the way pain can control your life sometimes. I used to keep the pain meds and a little water next to my bed so I had no reason to get up! emoticon
    3630 days ago
    You can do it!!! emoticon
    3630 days ago
    I will be here cheering you on - you go girl!!
    3630 days ago
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