Sunday, June 24, 2012

The whole sleep thing, revisited

Okay, for the weight stuff: up a bit but not concerned. I know I had some issues with water retention and with being on exercise restriction (except for walking). I'm off restriction as of Friday -- did a killer workout that day, I've been tracking well, and I know that come Tuesday, at least some of the gain (if not all) will be gone. It's all cool.

So my plan was to do some biking last night, some yoga and maybe a little more biking today..... POOF! It was all just a dream, apparently, because all I did this weekend was sleep. Okay, granted, I've been a wee bit sleep-deprived watching my SC Gamecocks in the College World Series (come on babies, let's 3peat!)....especially since night games = ratings bonanza (really, ESPN? 9:00 starts?)  But in general, I've  just been plain sleep-deprived. Again.

I had planned to do some cleaning this weekend but yesterday afternoon, sleep came calling first ..... and stayed for about 2 hours. Same dang thing this afternoon but for 2-1/2 hours. I also don't think I'll have any trouble falling asleep tonight. If by 10:30 I'm still wired, then I'll dip into the melatonin.

But long-term.... don't know. I honestly wonder if I have some sort of mild circadian rhythm disorder. I seem to be just a couple of hours off from what the rest of the world needs from me. I can't fall asleep before 11:00 but I have to have at least a good 7 hours. But getting up at 6:00, when I have to leave my house by 7:00 to be at work by 8:00 is not really a good option for me. Mornings are tough enough for me, so I need to ease into them.... hence, waking an hour earlier. 6 hours of sleep for 6 days a week does NOT make me a pretty person.

Anyway, this week is a little less chaotic (minus these three CWS games!) ..... and hopefully, I can treat myself with a little more love, lots more exercise, good sleep, and keep working toward a truly healthy life!

Friday, June 15, 2012


Last week was a not-too-good weigh-in. I was up, and I had a feeling I would be that day .... I woke up feeling puffy and yucky. But that just made me determined to work it off. I had a follow-up with my doctor on Wednesday, and I mentioned that I had eaten some higher-sodium foods and then...... she replied, "Oh yeah, that is one of the things with this type of HRT; you will really have to watch your sodium or you will definitely retain water." Since I'm already trying to watch it as much as possible, now I know I really have to.

So I worked this past week to do my best. I had one splurge meal on the weekend, but glad I had those 49 extra weekly PP allowance to help...... and come Tuesday, I was down over FOUR pounds!!! :) Who says tracking doesn't work? That and lots of liquids.

And I am trying yet another new fitness routine. I had gotten The New Rules of Lifting and as much as I like it (a lot!), it isn't a program for weight loss. I needed a routine that would allow for weight loss and yet still challenge me. So I am using Selene Yeager's Perfectly Fit. So far, week 1 is kicking me. It's not that I haven't done these moves before, and it's not like I've been a complete slug in the last few weeks either ..... but BOY, was I sore on Tuesday... Wednesday... Thursday.... (you get the idea). But I finish it knowing I've put in a good workout and that results are coming.

Oh, and my leader and I are having a Bike-to-Work challenge. On Saturday, July 14, our plan is to bike together from our hometown to work .... 14.4 miles away. And I do not care what they say: you can forget how to ride a bike!!! Not the mechanics so much but all the little things: high gear vs low gear, which brakes to apply when, even the feel of riding a bike. I haven't put in as much practice as I would like, but I plan to remedy that this weekend! I have a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads .... now where'd I put the first aid kit?

Happy Weekend everyone!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Long time no post....

....and for that, I apologize. Lots of reasons, none of which really amount to much in the long run.

I am working to get back on track, and I have started by getting back to a weekly meeting. I found one that works best with my schedule, and I am doing my very best not to miss! Over three of the last four weeks, I'd had losses -- small ones, but still with the MINUS in front of them. This week, no. But I know what happened and will correct it. I feel hopeful again.....

And with that, I'm up for some challenges -- good challenges, that is!
1) Weight Watchers' LifeLiveActive -- just started last week and goes through July 14. I am also taking part in a challenge with myself and my working leader (as opposed to my meeting leader) .... we're biking to work on the last morning of the LLA campaign!!! And as of just a few moments ago, I am 95% on the way to procuring a real-live bike for myself for this..... keep in mind, I haven't owned a bicycle (other than a stationery one) since high school. Actually riding one again as an adult is going to be interesting! Thank God for Craigslist and this nice family not too far from me that had one for sale (picking it up tomorrow)......

2) As part of Set a Summer Goal topic this week, I had also accepted a challenge in the WW Community section of e-Tools to aim for 10% by September 1. To do that, I'll need to drop over a pound a week to get there. But that's okay -- I can do this! I bought a posterboard for myself to make a calendar: one that I can cross off each day and put stickers on them -- almost like a child's chore chart..... hey, whatever it takes!!

3) My company is ALSO doing a walking campaign at the same time that WW launched LiveLifeActive.... PERFECT timing. So I'm trying my best (as wellness coordinator) to encourage people to move a little more. It's hard to do when our jobs are so dependent on PC's -- not mobile devices but actual PC's, so we sit. A lot. That was part of my problem last week -- so much data entry to be done and work to be done for month-end closing that it was hard to get away for much more than potty or lunch breaks. One of the ideas that I have had is to do a "Brain Break Walk" a couple of mornings a week --- just a quick 10-minute lap or two around the building (inside the building today, with the rain). I'd really like to make it at least 3 days a week -- for longer than the campaign!!

I know what to do. I know I have the skills, the courage, the tenacity. I have support out the wazoo. I have the tools I need. What I need is a little divine cosmic oversight to bring it all back together again! :)