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by moi  May 22, 2016 11:25 am

Are you getting enough sleep?

The correct question for this blog post is, “Am I getting enough sleep?” The answer to that would be not only no, but a lot less than I thought! I’ll start by reminding readers that good sleep is absolutely necessary for weight loss. The CDC says you should get 7-8 hours of sleep a night as an adult. I know I need 8.5-9 hours to be at my best. I also know I do not get that much or anywhere near.

The Fitbit One can track your sleep. I know there are other trackers out there that do it too. I have an app on one of my tablets that can track my sleep.  I already knew I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I work 12 hour shifts and I’m TIRED as all get out when I do my 3 day run. I recently started tracking my sleep with the Fitbit and I was shocked at how little sleep I was really getting. I’m averaging about 4.5 hours of sleep.

I used to work graveyards.   Funny thing that when I did I got MORE sleep than I do now.  The good TV shows aren’t on at 7am in the morning, nor did I need to cook or putz around the kitchen.  I did what needed to be done and went to bed.  There was always this timer going off in my head that counted the hours of sleep I would be getting until I went to bed.  I slept through the day as a result of a sleeping pill.  It was great!  Now, not so much.

Things happen in the evenings.  Booster meetings, band & choir concerts, rides to be given here or there, dinner, and then … the TV.  Who doesn’t zone out in front of the TV after work.  This right here is my downfall.  Meh.

Right now I am getting somewhere between 4 & 6 hours of sleep.  No wonder I’m so tired and no wonder I can’t lose weight or think.  I need to work on getting to bed earlier.

by moi  May 15, 2016 11:25 am

Fibit One

I am the proud owner of a FitBit One.  I’ve had it for a few years now. If you don’t have a Fitbit or some other fitness monitor and you’re trying to lose weight or get fit, I HIGHLY recommend one.  Doesn’t matter what brand or version you get, even if it’s a free pedometer.  Remember you get what you pay for.

Fitbit One tracks your steps and sleep. On their website where all your info gets stored it has some default goals, one of which is 10,000 steps a day. I haven’t been getting anywhere near that, mostly because I’m just too tired from working to get very many steps. I started wondering, why 10,000 steps? I wasn’t sure so I went looking for information.

Since I was so disappointed in never making my goal, I decided to change it to something that would be a TRUE goal at my current weight and fitness level, 2500 steps. It could be argued that I’m not challenging myself enough with the 2500. Got news for you, at this point I’m having trouble getting to 2000 so I think that 2500 steps is just right, for right now. When I can start getting 2500 steps on a consistent basis then I will move the goal up.

Let’s address the sleep aspect of a fitness tracker in another post.


by moi  April 27, 2016 8:56 am

Falling all all the bandwagons kinda sucks.  Well maybe not all of them.  Once you’ve figured out that you’ve fallen you need to pick yourself up, dust off, reassess and jump back.   I mean it really IS that simple right?


It should be that simple, so why isn’t it?  I think it’s because you thought you were going along for a while and then all the sudden everything you were doing somehow isn’t working.  Maybe it’s because what you were doing was no longer effective.  Maybe what you were doing out lived it’s purpose.  Maybe you’ve plateaued and it’s time to shift gears.  Maybe you just don’t kn ow.  I think I just don’t know what to do anymore.


I am starting to feel like I’m swimming in thick fluid and not moving.  I know I am moving but it doesn’t feel like it.  I think I’ll spend the next few entries reassessing things and see where I am.  It’s that simple, right?

by moi  August 27, 2014 3:58 am

Since January I’ve been working graveyards.  I stay up late on my nights off when I can so I can keep my body from flip flopping.  I’m not very successful at it because there are day walker tasks that need to be done on my days off.  I really hate working graveyards. I do what I have to do to pay the bills.  While I’m up late I’m drinking water or other liquids, especially last night.  It was hot and I was bloated.  I decided to jump on the scale because of what I saw the other day.  OUCH, are you kidding me?  It registered as 200.2 lbs.

It registered as 200.2 lbs

This number is a huge for me.  I’m not even 5 foot and I showed 200 on the scale.  Last time I weighed that much I got a pretty little prize to the tune of 8lbs 15oz.  She’s turning 13 next week.  That number, 200 not 13, is absolutely unacceptable to me.  I had a reprieve this afternoon.  Mind you, afternoon is my “morning” so this is weighing myself after I’ve gotten up.  It showed 194lbs.  While this number is still not acceptable to me, it is a little bit better.

More water, Isagenix shakes and some walking in my near future.

by moi  July 16, 2014 3:43 am

I’m coming up on this age in the next 2.5 years.  Sounds kinda scary to me and on the other hand I think to myself, “Bring it on!”  I went through some hard hitting depression when I hit 30.  It felt like it was was the end of life, or just plain over the hill.  My brother did pretty much the same thing at 30.  Mom admitted that it ran in the family.  It wasn’t until I got pregnant at 30 did it hit me that life hadn’t ended, in fact it was just beginning especially when I was carrying a new life.

They say that 50 is now the new 30.  I can believe that.  While I know I look a lot like my mom, I can tell you that I don’t feel like she looked at 50.  I still have a lot of weight to lose and need to start working out .  I have a secret goal and it’s totally doable.  I’m going to share it here so it won’t be a secret for too much longer.  In 3, 2, 1…..

Look at Cory.  NCory at 50o I don’t know Cory (I’m giving credit to Ironman Magazine as listed on the picture).  I found her picture here.  This is a good example of my secret wish, to be one hot grandma!  Ok ok, Doll #1 is only 16 so I’m not expecting any grand kids any time soon but I know I want to be that fit at 50.

Making this a goal for my 50th birthday gives me just under 2.5 years.  27 months to be more precise.  I could do this.  The question is, will I?  Can I actually break this down and make small goals to make it happen?  That is a question that remains to be answered.  I’ve already started formulating a plan.

Pardon the non-sequitur a moment.  A classmate of mine named Mary passed away 2 months ago.  That’s a really shitty way to have an impromptu high school reunion, at a funeral.  Mary battled breast cancer for the past 6 years and finally lost.  I hadn’t even realized it had come back.  We were much closer in high school and a bit in college.  We didn’t really keep up with each other until Facebook surfaced.  We commented back and forth a few times and I saw her updates through both her and her husbands’ page and that was that.  I was devastated.  See, breast cancer research is my pet cause.  There are so many great causes out there and I can not support them all, so I choose to support just one.

non se·qui·tur
noun: a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.

In 2007 I walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.  That the 60 mile walk if you don’t know.  Its not a walk in the park let me tell you.  It was hard training, a lot of fund raising and lots of time!  I walked and walked and walked.  Friends walked with me, my kids walked with me, I walked alone.  I raised the money when I thought I couldn’t and finally entered the walk.  I only managed to walk about 25-30 miles in total.  I didn’t train hard enough.  That’s ok.  I was the fittest I have been since I had kids. I dropped 2 dress sizes. I weighed 165lbs but didn’t loose an ounce.  I’m not kidding.

This brings me back to the new 50.  My classmate died of breast cancer this summer.  I have a cousin that has won her battle with breast cancer.  I had a co-worker die from her battle.  I need to lose weight and I see a goal in front of my face.  I do believe I will sign up to walk next year.  I owe this one to Mary.  To Melody my cousin and to Cheryl my past co-worker.  I owe it to myself to get in shape and look as hot as I can at 50.

Now, who’s got suggestions on mini goals to get me where I’m going?

by moi  August 14, 2013 9:47 pm

My youngest daughter is doing cheer leading this fall for a “rec” team.  I am one of 2.5 squad moms for roughly 20 girls.  the .5 is a mom that doesn’t want to commit but IS willing to help.  We watched them stretch.  Maybe I should have stretched with them??

L-E-T-S    G-O   Let’s go, let’s go

L-E-T-S    G-O   Let’s Go!!

They broke the girls up into primary & secondary ages and they learned a dance & some cheers.  While they were cheering, I ran up and down the lines telling them I couldn’t HEAR them.  It was kinda fun.  There was a lot of walking back and forth across the field as the kids switched stations as it were.

I need to make sure I don’t get a coffee daily at the coffee stand in the parking lot.



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