So it was an off day

Well everyone can have an off day and that seems to be almost the type of day I’m having. It literally started at midnight with the power going out (blessed be noise machines that are fully charged and can last the duration of the power outage)—realized that I can no longer really sleep in a totally quiet room (or at least can’t sleep in a room that sounds like a tomb—not to mention how much darker it seems to be when the power goes out (even though all the lights are turned off because everyone is in bed).

So with the disrupted sleep, I slept in again (which means that tomorrow will have to be an alarm set so that I make my meeting on time). I am trying to just do 7-8 hours of sleep, but usually end up 8-9 1/2 hours of sleep. Depending on the interview goes tomorrow (and if I have to debate between two jobs), the sleep could go back to 6-7 hours (depending on when I would need to show up to work).

I know getting enough sleep is critical for both getting healthy (losing weight) and also for lowering anxiety (two things that I have been struggling with lately). I’m one of those people who needs at least an hour of waking up before I would consider myself to be “awake” around most people; so I usually end up getting up at least 90 minutes to 2 hours (if not more) before I need to be somewhere (this though can include the commute time as well). So if I need to be at work by say 8:15 (and if I don’t have to walk the dog), I’d be getting up at say between 5:45 and 6:15 am; but if I have to walk the dog I’d be getting up even earlier than that. Then I usually require about 45 minutes to an hour of relaxing before turning out the lights (usually reading something on the Kindle); so usually I try to aim for lights out by 10:30, and hope that I can fall asleep by 11. This was the cycle I was in during my time out in Boston (where I considered walking the dog 2x a day (3-4 on the weekends) and walking everywhere to be my daily workouts); coming home my sleep schedule almost corrected itself to about 8 hours, until my last job where for the past year or so I’d try to be at work between 6:45 and 7:15 in the morning so that I could be out by 5 four days a week and then have a short day of Fridays. So to sum up this mini rant—I’ve screwed up my circadian clock over the past couple of years and am slowly trying to fix it, but being in the sciences (and academia) probably isn’t going to help fix it any time soon.

I may reach my bear minimum steps (11,500) for the day by bed time. I was going to march in place and then get the workout in—but the afternoon thunderstorm kinda derailed that plan (nothing like being stuck on the couch for about 45 minutes with a 50 pound dog quivering on you, due to her not liking thunder—yes my dog is a baby (though she isn’t the largest one we have). So, basically all I’ve managed today is my steps. The next workout for Shift Shop (which is Sculpt 45) will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m proud of myself for sticking with this program (it isn’t easy), and I know if I can dial in the nutrition I’ll start seeing results a little faster. Tomorrow I’ll be off the couch a little longer since I have to be on campus for part of the morning (plus again on Thursday). If I can find either this part time job, or maybe a full time job—being active during the day won’t be that big of a problem. I know that the inactivity on the weekends goes back to sleeping in and throwing off the circadian clock and all that jazz.

I just have to make it a goal to get through various programs on BOD (need to determine what the rewards would be), and that way I should stay motivated (and won’t have to worry about a TV right away—though it would be nice so that I can do PUMP and Combat), and get back on track to getting healthy and fit.

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Sleep Challenge Day 6 and “Off the Couch” Challenge Day 2

I’ve realized that when I have something interrupt my sleep, that is usually when I can sleep later in the morning.  Deep breathing exercises are going to be tried if I keep running into the problem of my mind deciding to kick into overdrive at an early hour and keep me awake.  Next week could be an alarm week (depends on how the job interview goes Wednesday and a few other things).

The “Off the Couch” challenge is a little more difficult than I thought it would be–the weather is to muggy to be outside doing yard work or walking around the block with the dogs (unless I do that in the early morning hours); I can only do so much house work before I get bored; so I end up marching in place to movies. Tomorrow might be a little more house work (or maybe going to Belk to get a new pair of dress/interview shoes if I can’t find my current pair).

Water was about 65 oz or so today (I still have a mug to drink, but I also have my mug of decaf sleepy time tea to finish as well).  One think I have noticed that I need to do–make the daily to-do or goal list so I can make sure that I’m keeping on track for various things (plus need to make my list of SMART goals and break those down into easy, step by step goals and rewards).

One thing I have noticed over the last two weeks–for the most part the indigestion that usually has been induced by anxiety and stress has been gone; I only have the slight indigestion before bed, and that could be due to the tea, water, or who knows what. But for the most part I’m not having to deal with acid indigestion or reflux; so being put on layoff status, and cutting out the coffee has help to reduce the anxiety quite a bit.

I’m slowly but surely getting my anxiety under control. The next step will be trying to keep a journal with me so that I can journal whenever I start to get nervous (instead of rewriting different books in my head; I have a habit of taking characters from different series and then melding them together into a new series in my mind).

Have to see how tonight’s sleep goes to see how long I sleep tomorrow morning, and then decide what I’m going to do to try to stay on my feet for most of the day (that doesn’t involve just marching in place to movies).

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Sleep Challenge Day 5 and “Off the Couch” Challenge Day 1

Well, the water was better than  yesterday (I was going to the bathroom more often, so I think I was drinking a little more).  That challenge seems to be on track for now (will keep track to make sure that I don’t slip up all that often; some slips are fine–we’re only human after all).

Sleep was good–I was in bed at a decent time and actually up at a decent time (still about 9 hours, but hey–we’re slowly working back towards 7-8; before my job ended I was only getting about 6-7 hours during the week, so I think I’m still playing catch up on the sleep).

Off the couch challenge is going to be just that–a challenge.  I’ve just slowly realized how much moving around I did with my job, and now that I’m home I start getting jumpy after awhile (but usually only M-F; weekends I seem to be fine with sitting on my tush). The way I stayed off the couch (or daybed) was marching in place to get the steps in (which is my go to thing 99% of the time) while watching a movie (this afternoon that was Independence Day 2).  Tomorrow will be doing house work and slowly starting to go through things in my room and discard what I don’t need or want anymore.  Another small challenge is trying to pare down on things that way when I move I won’t be adding to many more boxes to what is already in the storage unit.

Tomorrow will be getting up at a “normal” hour; cleaning the house; paring down on junk in the bedroom; getting the steps in; and starting week 3 of Shift Shop.

Until tomorrow: Remember, beauty is all around us; just open your eyes and your heart. Also love conquers all.

Namaste.  🙂

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What year are we in????

I’ve been debating on whether or not to post anything political on this blog, but with the events of today, I decided that it needed to get said (and who knows if anyone is actually going to (1) read this entry; (2) respond to this entry; or (3) care about this entry) and hopefully I’ll sleep a little easier tonight as well.

Last time I looked at a calendar it stated that we were in the year 2017; not 1917, not 1897, not even 1957; BUT 2017.  This alternate reality that we’ve been stuck in since January is starting to get on my nerves. We’ve become both a joke and a threat to the rest of the world, due to who is living in the white house and who he has surrounded himself with.  It doesn’t help that he has insulted basically all of our allies, and is making kiss-faces with a government that I wouldn’t trust any further than they could be thrown. The pure hatred that took to the streets today in Charlottlesville made me both sick to my stomach and madder than hell–yes, we have the first amendment to protect for free speech, and peaceful gathering and protesting–when you come armed, and you ram your vehicle into counter protesters–then you aren’t being peaceful and your message sure isn’t peaceful then you should be labeled what you are–a home grown terrorist.

Here is a news flash–we are all the same; our differences come from the different arrangements of the ACGT of our DNA. Also if you aren’t Native American, then you are a descendant from an illegal immigrant (because news flash–Europe stole the land from the Native Americans who were already living here). So if you are wanting all immigrants to leave–you should also be packing a bag to leave.

Hate should not have a place in this country, fear should not have a place in this country. This country was founded so that people could live in peace without fear of persecution, and there is enough of that fear throughout the world; we should be acting as the beacon of hope that we had been for so many years before the current administration got into power.

Remember–Love over Hate.  Our differences is what makes each of us unique and special.  #nevermypresident #dotofblueinaseaofred #lovenothate #stillwithher

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Water Challenge day 7 and Sleep Challenge day 4

Today seems to have been one of those days where you really don’t want to do much of anything. I’m pretty sure I got at least 60 oz of water in for the day (less than what I normally do, but more than what I’ve done on some days). Tomorrow I just have to remember to drink more water before lunch and dinner (but also during both lunch and dinner).

So this marks the end of the week for the first challenge (making sure I’m getting my water in); so as I go forward with these challenges–the title of the posts will reflect the “active” challenges, but I’ll reflect on all the challenges within the post. So FYI the posts may start getting even longer………….. 🙂 LOL 🙂

Sleep was decent last night, I seem to be averaging probably 8 1/2 to 9 hours of sleep (I try to be in bed between 10:30 to 11; so that I can get up hopefully by 8 or 8:30–so far that hasn’t happen (and probably won’t unless I set an alarm).  So I may try to stay awake a little longer to see if I get up any earlier or if I sleep in later tomorrow.  Tomorrow will also start the third challenge: which is keeping off the couch–or moving around more often (and normal exercise can’t be counted within this challenge). So we shall see what I can come up with for this challenge.

Until tomorrow folks.  Remember–beauty is surrounds us, open your heart and your eyes to it and realize that everything and everyone is beautiful.

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Finding my way

Sail a stormy sea,

What new adventures await me?

Sail a calm sea,

What new dreams await me?

Sail a turbulent sea,

What new ideas await me?

Cross the oceans three,

Who crosses with me?

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Water Challenge Day 6 and Sleep Challenge Day 3

Water was on basically on track today for about 80oz (I will be the first to admit I lose track when I’m filling my 20oz mug up constantly).  I think that I’m basically able to function more or less on black tea (this is day 11 of my no coffee (or limited coffee) challenge) in the mornings. As much as I love coffee, I love not having to deal with indigestion first thing in the morning even more.

Sleep was wonderful last night (not counting the hour lost due to the thunderstorms and the fact that we have 4 dogs that do not like the storms). So I went to bed about 10:30 last night and got up at about 9 this morning (when you take out the hour lost to the storms, I’m averaging about 9 hours of sleep)–this is still slightly over the recommended 7-8 hours, but who knows in a week I could be down to 7-8 hours (depending on weather and various other issues).

My hopes for tonight’s sleep challenge is to be in bed by 11 (or at least in bed by 10:30, so that hopefully I’ll be asleep by 11), and then hopefully awake by 8-8:30 tomorrow morning; still getting about 9 hours of sleep but slowly working back towards 7-8 hours (to where hopefully I can wake up early without having to set an alarm when I start working either part-time; full time; or a lab tech (for free with the idea of getting my name on papers).

So until tomorrow–remember, beauty is all around us, we just have to open our eyes and recognize it.

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Nice selection of small changes one can make over a year

So depending on when you’ve visited my blog before, you see that I’ve started a 52 week small challenge.  So that challenge is based on the book 52 Small Changes: One year to a happier, healthier you by Brett Blumenthal.  Tonight I finally got around to writing my review of it on Amazon and thought that I’d share it here as well:

So this was the first book I started to read on my road of personal development. I’ll admit that the main reason why I picked this one was the name was catchy, and it seemed like the changes could be introduced slowly over a year (hence the name of the book by the author). I liked that the book covered everything from fitness, to nutrition, to having breaks to mentally recharge, and tips on how to keep the house a little cleaner (see weeks 7 and 31). Most of the changes were things that I’d been doing in the past before I let stress, and everything else derail me; but there were also changes that I probably wouldn’t have thought of (weeks 20, 40, 44, 48, and 52).

Each week is a different little change that you can work into your day to day life to where hopefully it helps to make your life a little healthier, and a little happier. As I was reading I noticed that there were some challenges that were going to be easier than others (mainly because I live with my parents and I’m not sure how they’d feel about those particular changes), and the slightly more difficult ones may have to wait until I’m living on my own again to implement.

But I have started to work each little challenge into my day to day life (some go a little easier, since I’ve been doing them already, and other will probably take a little longer).

Even if you know you’re doing most of these small change already, I’d recommend this book just for the fact that you may or may not have thought of the other small changes that could also have a positive impact on your life. A great book for anyone interested in personal development and getting happier and healthier.

So in conclusion, if you are following my blog you will find me blogging daily about how I’m doing on this challenge; in addition to starting a 30 day challenge based on the other personal development book I’ve just finished: 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to stop being lazy and overcome your procrastination by S.J. Scott.

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Practical ways to combat procrastination

So here is the review that I just posted on Amazon for 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to stop being lazy and overcome your procrastination by S.J. Scott

With figurative curve balls being thrown lately, I realized that I now have the time to start reading more books on personal development. This was one of the many that found its way onto my kindle (and its the second one I’ve finished in the past week and a half). The advice offered in the book is practical, sensible, and written in such a way that you can pick and choose which habit you want to try to cultivate first. Plus, the author points out that the process takes time, and that if you slip, thats fine just keep working on trying to be better than before. Personally, I know that it will take me awhile to conquer my procrastination, but with the choices that this book offers in being able to overcome that habit, I know I will—the author even states that you just need to be patient with the process.

I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is working on personal development, and is willing to admit that they have a problem with procrastination.

So now the post is going to be a little longer than what I posted on Amazon:

My major take away points were:

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals for areas of your life that have current personal significance.

Write down ideas that always pop into your head

Create project lists

Create checklists for everything

Batch similar routine tasks together

Create self imposed deadlines

Become publicly accountable

Start small

Reward yourself

Develop project based skills

Take a 30 day challenge

And always be patient with the process.

 

So in addition to doing a 52 week small change challenge (that I’ll be blogging), I’m also going to start doing 30 day challenges (and blog them here to be held publicly accountable).

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