Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Apart from exercise, incorporate regular and routine activity into your lifestyle.
I am coming to the realization that these missions are clearly taking me more like 10 days to wrap up instead of a week. I can't seem to get started on time and then I just can't get to the blog often enough. So bear with me on that.
Anyway, "Week" 3. Really, all I have in my life lately is "regular and routine activity", and no actual vigorous exercise. I walk the dog a few times a day, I live in a three-story home so I am up and down those hideous stairs all the time, I walk to run errands. I am fine with "routine activity", I think. But getting exercise, on the other hand? Total bust. I did not exercise once this week. On the other hand, I stress about exercising pretty much constantly, so there is really no danger of my not being worried about this part of my life.
Onward! Next mission: Start a food journal. Ugh! I hate food journals!! How can I possibly conduct my secret binges on Double Stuff Oreos (or pretzels dipped in peanut butter) if I have to write about them?! Or, to be honest, just feel guilty because I am totally not going to write about them!? Ugh. Food journals.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Earlier this week, after three nights of sleeplessness, I threw in the towel and moved myself into the pull-out couch in our office (we don't have a guest room/bed, sadly). It is so uncomfortable, but at least I'm the only one thrashing in there. Now let me tell you a little more about our house. We live in a condo complex, and everyone faces each other around a courtyard. We have a neighbor I call The Hacker. The Hacker is a lady who sits on her porch for, oh, I don't know, 19 hours a day, smoking and coughing. And I can hear everything, because it echoes around in the courtyard. So anyway, I moved into the guest room, and I'm almost falling asleep when... The Hacker starts hacking. At 2:00 a.m. So if it's not the Snorer, it's the Hacker.
So last night I was at my wits' end. I was ready to call this Mission a bust because I just haven't been able to get better sleep going for myself. Then - eureka! - I finally came up with the idea of looking for a white noise app for my phone. I found one! It has about 10 different sounds (crickets, ocean, train tracks) and a timer, so you can start it up and then it will turn itself off when you tell it to. This worked GREAT for me last night. It did not drown out the snoring (or the hacking or the coyotes that howl every morning at 5:00), but it did give me something else to focus on so that I could get back to sleep quickly. It kept me mellower, I think. I am going to keep trying it and will report back again next week. This could be what I have been looking for!