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  1. Yesterday was good - except I couldn't update as my internet was being slow. Today is another good day for exercise. I did my normal 10 minutes first thing plus a 30 minute walk before work and a five minute walk at lunchtime (maybe not worth much exercise wise but it seemed to help fend off the afternoon slump). Food too is going okay though I think I may need to up my calories a touch. When you go to ask your manager for more work and ask for more food instead there's a problem. Finances: Tomorrow is payday. I ended up using £40 of overdraft this week. Nex
  2. Once again not a bad day. On the downside I slept badly last night and then got attacked by the world's worst afternoon slump. It's really hard to work when your brain is fighting you. And of course the caffeine and sugar monsters came sniffing around sensing vulnerability but I fought them off. I dread to think at what cost to my willpower. I really need to sleep tonight, On the upside I still did my ten minute workout before breakfast and then went for a 25 minute walk before work. I also stuck to my eating plan again. :-) Financially there isn't much to r
  3. The day isn't quite over yet but it's already another good day. :-) Mealwise I've kept to my healthy eating plan. I still have to cook dinner but it's all planned and there's really nothing untoward to eat in the house. I'd have to go out in the wet and dark to fall off the wagon tonight. (Yeah, not happening even if I wanted to. (I don't want to)). Well I say that but I did once comfort eat a kilo of raw carrots because it was available when I needed something so maybe I could manage it. Exercise: 10 minutes kickboxing dvd and a 20 minutes walk before work. Bus gets me
  4. I hope people don't mind that I'm using this battle blog to talk finances as well as health. The two are entwined for me. When I get fat I feel lousy. Everything aches, my sleep gets shot, I have no energy and I generally get down. All in all it's a vicious cycle I need to break. I've been back on the wagon for a week and in that week I've lost 8lbs. Now I just need to stick with it for more than 3 months. I'm eating healthy and exercising. I just need to stop this thing where as soon as I'm jobless I fall into a blind panic and gain weight. I'm a temp and e
  5. It's been about a year since I last posted, and it's been a very rough year financially in which all my willpower points have been invested in keeping my head above water, which unfortunately means I have had no willpower to spend elsewhere. Things are finally looking up so I am attempting to climb back on the wagon. Slowly, carefully because my anxiety is pointing out that I am still financially insecure - new job pays well but is temporary so I have to consider it could disappear at any time. All the same I'm taking advantage of this island of stability to try and relaunch my que
  6. Still on track with exercise and the writing and housework. sleep - last night I got under 5 hours :-( I was in bed in time but just couldn't sleep. I think I got about 4.75 in the end so not too large a disaster.
  7. Yep, did 15 mins housework and wrote well over 300 words.
  8. First thing first today was weighing day and I've lost another 2.5lbs :-) Sleepwise I got about 7 hours last night but that's because it's the weekend. Still haven't gone under 5. For the 20 mins exercise it depends on the day but it's a mix of body weight exercises (mon/wed/fri) and brisk walking (other days) mostly. Did writing and housework (it is seriously startling how much difference 5 minutes a day makes) yesterday. Need to do them again today.
  9. Over the past 2 days I have done my 20 mins exercise and my writing and housework goals. Slaying the sleep beast is still proving troublesome but so far I haven't gone under five hours which is progress.
  10. That's a good idea about the going to bed thing rather than focusing on actual sleep. I'll have to consider it. Thanks. Todays report. Was in bed at a time that should have allowed 6 hours sleep butt got about 5.5hrs. Exercise achieved. Writing and housework achieved.
  11. Challenge 2, day one report: As I feared the sleep beast will be the hardest to slay. I considered last night to be a dry run as I was going to bed on Sunday and the challenge didn't start until Monday but all the same I was in bed in time that I should have been asleep in time to get 6 hours sleep. Instead I got about 5. Hopefully I'll do better tonight. 20 minutes of exercise was achieved with very little trouble. Long may it continue. wrote 300 words. Did 5 minutes housework.
  12. Hi! With regards to sleep my main plan is to be in bed by 11pm in the forlorn hope I'll be asleep by 11.30pm, so I'm going to set an alarm on my phone for 10.45pm. I'll also avoid caffeine after 4pm (I've been doing the no evening caffeine for a couple of months but it doesn't help as much as I'd hoped). The main reason I didn't set my target as regards bedtime is the time I turn out the light and lie down is no guarantee as to sleeping. My biggest problem is I'm an Owl on a Lark schedule. I struggle to sleep before midnight no matter how tired I am. Thanks for the support :-) Becky
  13. Okay, so I successfully got through my first 6 week challenge and now it's time for the next step. You can see my start of challenge photo (warning underwear shot) here. Main quest: 1. The healing power of sleep. This one is going to be tough. Eating healthy is just a matter of not being lazy for me and exercise is okay but sleep I struggle with. Eventually I'd like to sleep 7-9 hours a day like all the experts says you should but I know how far away that is for me. I really don't sleep enough and that's not good for my body. At the moment I regularly get less than 5 hours sleep and
  14. Woo! I made it, barely. The last few days were the hardest ones. Unfortunately first day out of the challenge (It's already monday here) I only managed one circuit of the MBBWW, before I nearly fell over. I suspect that's my body's way of telling me something. I think I need to set some sort of sleep related target in the next challenge.
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