Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shrinking Jeans - 21 Day Challenge #3

I've completed two weeks of the 21 day challenge and I'm not as excited as I wish I were. My goal habits were:

More sleep - at least 6 1/2 hours a night.

Eat regular food but track my Weight Watcher points religiously.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

I only faltered in one area and maybe it makes sense that I can't post a loss since last Wednesday. I just haven't been getting my sleep. I like to get up in the morning and stay up. And I like to stay up late at night and watch TV with Mr. Right. We always have almost 100% of our recording time used up so there are shows that HAVE to be watched! (And I know how dumb that sounds.)

Here's what's bad about staying up late and not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep profoundly affects our will power. I read once that people on 12 step programs are urged to not get sleep deprived lest their will power starts to slip and it makes perfect sense to me. We just aren't as strong, sensible, or motivated when we're running on no sleep. In addition to that, when we're staying up too late, we do things to help us stay away. Like munching. At least I do. As long as I'm eating, I'm awake. And then there's the fact that longer awake hours give us more time to eat. And that's something I don't need. So there you have it.

Thanks to Shrinking Jeans and my exercise and my point counting - no matter how bad it was, I maintained. And next week I'll lose. Maybe it will take me a little bit longer to establish this 'more sleep' habit but whatever it takes is what I'll do.

I want to be healthier, more energetic, and happier and I think the road to these goals is in the habits I can create. Thanks Shrinking Jeans for not letting this uninspiring week de-rail me.


  1. I don't feel you should feel bad at all! Maintaining is awesome! Just remember how we had weeks when we didn't lose any, and sometimes we even gained, but we were still successful. Keep at it, you're doing great!!

  2. I so needed your post today. You are my inspiration to get back on track. I also didn't have a good week, but I'm starting over in the morning. No wait, I'm starting tonight by getting in bed at a decent time. Only three more weeks of school and then we can start walking together. I can't wait!!

  3. I think you're doing great. We've been working out for TWO MONTHS now about four times per week for an hour each time and I've lost maybe 3 pounds AT THE MOST!!

  4. Just until recently, I was really bad on the sleeping thing, too. You just have to make yourself do it. It's tough, but I know you can do it. And you are going to feel so much better!


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