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Monday, March 09, 2020

The great news is that I've managed to get two full nights of sleep without assistance of any kind. Insomnia has plagued me for the past few weeks, and that's been rough. I was worried about the Daylight Savings Time change, but it's fine.
Not so good, I've hit a bit of a weight-loss plateau. After a fierce February, I decided to take my foot off the pedal and just "coast" for a week. In part because I was just plain tired from lack of sleep, it felt like the right thing to do.
But as the week went on, I started to miss the challenge. Middle of last week I ramped up exercise, then started paying closer attention to portions. I am struggling with snacking; it's not wildly out of control--just a little too much.

Yesterday I laced up my new running shoes and tried run/walk intervals: 30-40 seconds of running, 90 seconds walking x 6. Plus a 20 minute warm-up walk, 10 minute cool-down, and stretching my calves and quads afterwards.
My bf commented that I've lost a lot of weight--he knew I had, but seeing me in running tights and top, I think he was startled just how much.

So that was a good day. Then I spent a couple of hours at a friend's house last night where I couldn't say no to all the cheese they served up. Again, I didn't go crazy, but it's cheese! It doesn't take much.
And the scale has ticked up again this morning. Drat. My next real weigh-in day is Wednesday.

Weight is a stubborn thing. But so am I. My fridge is re-stocked with healthy stuff, I'm finally getting the sleep I need--and I have the tools and the support to this, thanks to my dear fellow Sparkers!


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