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Freedom Challenge Week 3 - Sleep, SLEEP!!

Posted Jan 27 2009 7:06pm
I haven’t heard any feedback about the Freedom Challenge, so I don’t know if any of you have participated to this point. You can see the weeks in the sidebar.

For me no negative self-talk has gone well, but some days have been a truer battle than others. Those would be the days when stresses peaked more than others, like two days ago when I found out my daughter had skipped significant days of school. There’s something about a misbehaving child that brings parenting abilities into question. I fought the urge though, because in all honesty I know I am a good parent, she’s just making poor choices. Kids will do that from time to time.

The day I found I out what she'd done I was fine, I did a fabulous job of keeping control on myself, my temper, my eating and my thoughts. Yesterday was a bit different. I was downright exhausted. All day I fought to keep awake. I had diet soda yesterday, a small bag of Cheetos Crunchy. I looked at the back of the package and shrugged. That one bag was 330 calories. “I better not eat it all,” I thought, but it was as week as my alert level, and I ate the whole thing. After work, I went home and ate dinner, a 12-inch whole-wheat sub with roast beef and cheese, mustard, lettuce and green olives. Then I blew it again. I had three oatmeal raisin cookies, and likely would have eaten more, but they’re all gone. 6:30 I fell asleep and woke between 6:30 and 7:00 this morning. Today I feel better. I’m definitely less irritable than yesterday. I won’t beat myself up over the bad day. First because I know that was better than a lot of days could have been before, and second, because I simply can’t change it.

Today is a new day and today, after a good night sleep, I feel much better. Yesterday I put down to one thing – tired. The more tired I am the worse I do at being nice to myself. A couple of times I was dinged for negative self talk. So, for this reason, this week I challenge you to SLEEP.

Seriously, I’ve read so much about how important sleep is to weight loss. If you don’t get enough sleep it can be a huge defeat to everything you do right, because lacking sleep can undo all the good. Getting enough sleep is as simple as counting back the hours from the time you need to get up. Approximately seven to nine hours is what we should be getting, so that means I have to get to bed between 9:00 and 11:00 to be up for 6:00. Generally that is not the case, it’s more often than not 12:30 or 1:00. In this way I am my own worst enemy toward success.

How many of you are suffering from lack of sleep? Hormones get thrown out of whack, and that can result in those who lack sleep overeating. This is true for me. The more tired I am, the hungrier I feel, and avoiding food is definitely harder when tired, because I have to fight harder against the ‘who care’ mentality at my weakest state.

An article I came across, which you can read in full in the Thyroid Disease section of states:

These findings, presented at the 2006 American Thoracic Society International Conference, showed that women who slept 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study, compared to those who slept 7 hours a night.

“Those women who slept 6 hours per night were still 12% more likely to experience major weight gain, and 6% more likely to become obese, compared to women who slept 7 hours a night.

“This is the largest study to track the effects of sleep habits on weight gain over time; it included nearly 70,000 middle-aged women.

When I gained the majority of this weight, it was after some pretty major events, and I didn’t sleep worth a hill of beans. In fact, I still struggle to get proper sleep, and sometimes it just boils down to laying down and closing my eyes. After all, if I did, I’d fall asleep easily.

For every reason that pops into your head about why you can’t get to bed any sooner, ask yourself one question. What would that matter if I didn’t have my health or my life?

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