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5/7/2006 Continued

Saturday, May 13, 2006

I am starting week 15 now of SparkPeople (almost time to go to the next stage huh?) and this was my Action Step for Lifestyle Change Strategy #3...

"We all have that thorn in our side, an itch we can never get rid of. We all have that one "trouble goal." As hard as we try, it always seems to come back and cause problems. Whether you have trouble eating 2 fruits and veggies per day, reducing late-night snacking, waking up without the snooze button, spending time with your spouse or significant other, exercising on the weekend, or improving your sit-up count, it can stand in your way and cause setbacks.

It’s time to make that trouble goal go away! Write about this goal in your online journal. Talk about why it happens, what problems it causes, and what you can do about it. "

I have spent so much time thinking about this not because I don't have any problems or troubles but because I have so many! I had to keep thinking which one would I focus on and write about? I finally came up with one that I felt was most appropriate and then Frannie made her comment on this journal and I knew that was what I needed to work on.

Frannie wrote "...and I can tell you that she works hard and I wish I could do as much as she does! I do have to say that I am a little worried about how much she works out and being tired!"

The reason I am so tired is that I just don't get enough sleep. Plain and simple. But do I not get enough sleep because I spend too much time at the gym and not enough time at home doing my "chores" so that when I get home at night I have to stay up extra to get them done? Or is it that I spend too much time on the computer? Or is it that I just don't make myself turn off the light and go to bed??

I think it's a combination of all that. I honestly go to the Y 3 nights a week. To me that's not that much. That leaves me Wed. and Fri. to get home early but I end up stopping at the store or having stuff to do on Wed.'s (like my Dream Dinners or a friend's PC party :) ), and then I book up my weekends (like yesterday.) I love all my workouts at the Y and my instructors and that's something I just don't want to really give up. Perhaps if I were an early person (see below) and in a few years when dd is older I can hit the gym in the am but that doesn't work. I also have a fantasy about starting to run and going for runs in the mornings (like at 5am) or doing Yoga at 5am (again, see below). But I just don't know if I can get there...

Honestly I have a pretty good system down where I can get my stuff ready for the next day or the next week in a very short amount of time. I wish I had more help keeping the house clean - if my mom would pitch in more but I know she won't. I had to do all her laundry last week (I won't fold it) - and it took her all day yesterday to fold it. Now I have to carry 3 baskets of clothes upstairs where they will sit for two months! And I am not exaggerating one little bit at all.

She did actually do the dishes at my request - I was shocked! She'll empty the dishwasher but not put the dirty dishes in there. She's getting better but it's been a long road to get her trained to be more "neat" and not such a slob.

But I digress - so why do I not get enough sleep? I don't know. I need to set my goal to be in bed, lights out, not reading, not putzing around. If I go to sleep at 10:30, which is completely reasonable, I would average between 7 and 7.5 hours of sleep a night if I get up between 5:30 and 6 am.

This also addresses my other trouble spot which is getting up on time. I think that if I went to bed on time I wouldn't oversleep. I don't oversleep that often but often enough to really bug me :)

I want to be able to get to work on a regular basis between 8 am and 8:15 which means I need to leave the house at 7:30 am. Right now I leave between 7:50 and 8:05 and get to work between 8:40 and 8:45. I want to bump that up by 30 minutes. I think that all of that is completely reasonable and doable - I just need to do it! (Oh, as long as I am at work by 9 am and put in my 40 hours no one cares. But I need to put more time in due to workload and "face time" there.)

So - what do I do? I need to focus getting to bed on time and making that my goal. I feel that if I do that in the process I will learn where I need to make changes to the way I do things and what can be "cut" (like reading too long before bed).

So that's my trouble spot.
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