01 February 2012

Weight and sleep update

I'm not sure where I'm at right now.

I don't feel depressed, but I feel like I'm exhibiting symptoms, including some comfort eating. I'm just not interested in doing anything except concentrating on getting my sleep pattern and my exercise regime sorted out.

I've been in bed by midnight for the last 12 nights but after the first 4 days it became a struggle and has been consistently within 5 minutes of midnight.

I've done at least 30 minutes on the walking machine twice each day, gradually increasing the speed from time to time. I also set up the walking machine so that I can watch DVDs while I'm working out, and started watching the series NCIS from the beginning. Since the episodes are about 42 minutes, I'm now doing 40 minute sessions and I'm up to 6km/h.

I know that my stamina is improving, I'm building muscle on my calves (not sure if that's a good thing or not) and I'm gradually sleeping better but I still don't seem to be losing any weight. Before I started this I was gaining weight so stabilisation is a start. :)

I also need to get my mornings working better before I return to work. I've been off work since before Christmas, and hope to be back working by next week. In the meantime, I've started my morning exercise sessions. Initially, I was getting up, having breakfast then getting onto the treadmill. Somewhere along the line, I started checking Facebook etc between getting up and having breakfast. I've got to stop that, because I'm not going to be ready for work early enough in the mornings at the current rate. I think that I might have to adjust my goal to be in bed by 11:30 instead of midnight before the end of this week, too.

Sadly, I haven't been out to a cafe night in the past 2 weeks. This week, having been off work for so long, I even lost track of what day it was and didn't realise that it was Tuesday until about 6pm, when I should have been almost ready to walk out the door. Tonight is the first Wednesday of the month, meaning that it is a Central Coast cafe night. If I go, I'd need to leave by about 9pm to have any chance of getting to bed before midnight and even that would be a struggle. Hopefully I'll get home from today's errands early enough!

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