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Scaling back my aspirations to establish a new normalcy.

 

Hard to get a running jump without a sound foundation, right?

 

After working at a reduced schedule for almost 4 months, I started back full time in February.  Work eased me into my first two weeks of full time. Now I'm back at full force, 45-50 hours a week over 5-6 days a week. My job is very flexible, not forced to work 6 days a week but it makes things more manageable.  A reduced schedule, I was dealing with time management and insomnia but could muddle through. Back at full time, it's started to affect my health. 

 

Went to the doctor a few weeks ago, blood pressure is up, electrolytes and protein way too low.  Not enough fluids or protein. I attributed my blood pressure to grief gain from after mom passed but my doctor wasn't gonna let me off that easy.  She correctly pointed out I was 280-ish 4 years ago and had 119/70 blood pressure not 135/95. 

 

So it's back to basics.

  • No drinking fluids 10 minutes before or 30 minutes after eating meals This is a weight loss surgery thing. (tldr, had it in 2002, HW 415 talk about it more in my Battle Log) Not drinking gives the pouch more time to absorb nutrients and stay full longer.  It's like a funnel thing. But I also need to...
  • Drink at least 6 cups of water a day   Need all the luck on this one. This is sooo tough!
  • No cell phone/tablet after 11pm. Bedtime 11:30-1:00 am. All week long.  My goal is no electronics period but my Kindle with earplugs, sometimes necessary when you sleep with a snorer. The thing that keeps me up is the rabbit hole of the internet/youtube.
  • Exercise 300 minutes a week.  This is a repeat from the first quest of 2019 where I managed a B effort and want to keep this a part of my routine.

 

 

Let's go!

 

 

 

 

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Heyoo, Doe! Cheering for you!

 

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and wishing you well for your water-drinking goal! it can be tough but you'll get there! :D

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38 minutes ago, Miaulin said:

Heyoo, Doe! Cheering for you!

 

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and wishing you well for your water-drinking goal! it can be tough but you'll get there! :D

 

 

 

Thanks so much!

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Week 0, what can I say?  

 

I'm glad it's not Week 1.  lol.

 

Had my first panic attack at work in years. Took me awhile to realize what was going on.  Then I didn't know what to do, I used to call my mother. Aside from being a great mom she was a social worker, psychologist, and overall mental health advocate.  Went to the break room, laid down in the nap nook (every office needs this) and called my boyfriend. Was able to calm down enough to go back to my desk and wrap things up. 

 

I've been doing okay on not drinking before eating.  It definitely changes what you eat and how you cook. Made some chicken breasts last week for mealprep and it was a little dry, won't make that mistake again.

 

The water drinking is a slow effort, but that's why we have practice weeks right?  Averaging 4 cups a day. Hit 6 cups Thursday and Friday.

 

I just realized this week my Kindle randomly stopped working but it's under warranty so I should have a new one.   Electronic thing hadn't been working as well.

 

I didn't exercise much at all this week. It was that time of the month and it was a rough one.  They're getting worse, is this an age thing? Is it karma for having light ones for almost 20 years? The last 15-20 years have to suck?  Sometimes I feel like the key to mastering life is being able to function during shark week.

 

Heading to dance practice so that over an hour! 

 

 

 

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Dance practice sounds like a really fun way to get your 300hrs in!

Good luck with all your goals, I'm rooting for you!

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On 3/15/2019 at 8:21 AM, Tova the Vibrant said:

Hi Doe! Good luck on all that water drinking! It's a beast, but you can do it!

 thanks I'm already feeling like an ocean is inside me

 

On 3/16/2019 at 4:05 PM, Fonzico said:

Dance practice sounds like a really fun way to get your 300hrs in!

Good luck with all your goals, I'm rooting for you!

Thanks!  I appreciate it!

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 today was the first official day of the challenge and it's been going well. 

 

I worked at home today, very busy day.   So far I've drank 5 cups of water. It's about 9:40 pm here so I still have some time.   

Ate a nice salad for breakfast:  smoked salmon,  boiledegg,  heirloom tomatoes, spinach,  red onions,  with a homemade lemon tumeric dressing. 

 

Waited an hour after eating to drink fluids.   

 

I didnt plan well for lunch, ate a small bag of chips.  But I mean they were delicious,  lays crab seasoning?  Kinda like old bay.  I forgot I liked that seasoning combination. 

 

Dinner was pork loin, spaghetti squash and tomato sauce. 

 

Did about 15 minutes of exercise,  watching tv tonight.  Used my bands for resistance and focused on upper body.  Also did my necessary stretches for my mending strained hamstring.  

 

It's almost 10pm and I want to start working again but I think it might keep me up.  the scary deadlines are mostly Gone till Wednesday.  Going to set things out for tomorrow instead and hopefully drink more water. 

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14 hours ago, Tova the Vibrant said:

Ooooo what kind of dance practice?

And yeah, when I up my fluid intake more than normal, I feel like I'm sloshing around! 

 

I'm in a body positive (chubby girl) dance group. We do few performances a year and have a standing rehearsal on Saturdays 1215-245pm.  Since there choreography It's not dancing non-stop but it's definitely a lot! 

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Day 2

Fluids after Meals: Waited at least 30 minutes after each meal 2/2
Daily Water Intake: 40/48 oz 
No electronics/Bed: Put up the phone around midnite. Got to bed before 1. 1/2
Weekly Exercise: 60 minutes today. 75/300

 

Yesterday was stressful and enlightening at the same time. I've been reading a few self-help books which feels like a sign of age.  Never thought much of self-help books, partially because I was inundated with them as a child.  When your mother is a psychologist/social worker, you might get the teen version of "What color is your parachute" in an Easter Basket.

 

"Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind" was the title. That's a big promise, right?

I couldn't help but notice there was 0 mention of laundry, cooking, transit/commuting, exercise, child-rearing or older parent care.    Ignore your messages, do your creative work first,  just do it, it sounds quite good in theory but also a good way to get an entry level fired., I thought. haha.  Still, I gleaned some useful things from the book.  

 

You ever get fired up about a book? Want to put it into practice and then realize yours is not that gilded life? That was me yesterday. Parking at BART has gotten impossible, didn't plan well and it took me almost 2 hours to get to work, 15 miles away.  When I'm focusing I try to turn off Slack/Outlook for awhile and that did help allot with few ill effects.  Soon remembered why I tend to start and finish late. It is impossible to get anything involved done in the middle of the day. 

Perhaps this experiment in early work will prove there's a better method for me. Or maybe I'll transform into a morning person. Hasn't happened in 30+ years but anything is possible.

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10 minutes ago, Doe said:

Or maybe I'll transform into a morning person. Hasn't happened in 30+ years but anything is possible.

Shifting your schedule is doable, but it helps to do it slowly and consistently. When I first did it, I shifted my wake up time by 15 minutes every few days. So, if I normally woke at 7am, I'd start setting the alarm for 6:45 and be religious about waking up at that time. Once that felt okay (3-5 days) I'd shift to 6:30 and repeat. One key is to not focus on getting to bed earlier but on waking up earlier. I found that if I focussed on getting to bed earlier, when I inevitably went to bed late, I would justify not waking up early. If you wake at the same time every day and let yourself go to bed when you feel tired, that can make a huge difference.

 

Key takeaways should be, be rigorous on getting up a the correct time, don't do it all at once, ease into it over a few weeks, go to bed when you feel sleepy.

 

And it is funny how these books on time management don't take the Bay Area traffic into account

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49 minutes ago, Doe said:

Still, I gleaned some useful things from the book.

 

Well, at least it wasn't a total waste of time.  :-)  This is most of my experience with self-help books.  I find them to have one or two useful notions among a lot of nonsense and noise.

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12 hours ago, GoodDoug said:

waking up earlier. I found that if I focussed on getting to bed earlier, when I inevitably went to bed late, I would justify not waking up early.

That's a really great point.  One of the balances a flexible schedule is the lack of routine.  When I think about when I had a set schedule, my insomnia didn't flare up as often. 

 

12 hours ago, GoodDoug said:

And it is funny how these books on time management don't take the Bay Area traffic into account

 right!? I'll never reach full salary potential because I value sanity and my personal life more than a silicon valley job.  

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23 hours ago, Doe said:

Yesterday was stressful and enlightening at the same time. I've been reading a few self-help books which feels like a sign of age.  Never thought much of self-help books, partially because I was inundated with them as a child.  When your mother is a psychologist/social worker, you might get the teen version of "What color is your parachute" in an Easter Basket.

I can see where getting so many of them - or the wrong ones - can be really off putting. I personally love a *good* self help book, but I'm pretty strict in what constitutes "good". I find maybe 1 good one a year, but read several. Well, I'll start several. When they are really bad I put them down. 

 

23 hours ago, Doe said:

Still, I gleaned some useful things from the book.  

 

You ever get fired up about a book? Want to put it into practice and then realize yours is not that gilded life? That was me yesterday. 

Yes! So many things sound good on paper, but then real life gets in the way.

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Day 3

Fluids after Meals:  Yep! 3/3
Water Intake: 48/48 oz Goal Met
No electronics/Bed: Stopped electronics around 12:30. Just squeezed into bed before 1am.  
Exercise: 20 minutes light exercise 95/300

 

Work has been crazy so that's all the update for now

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On 3/21/2019 at 5:44 PM, Cheetah said:

Good update!  Keep up the good work!

 

 

 

Thanks! 

 

Day. 4

 

Fluids after Meals:  Yep! 4/4
Water Intake: 48/48 oz Goal Met
No electronics/Bed: nope on electronics but did get to bed by 1
Exercise: no

 

day 5 Reno

Fluids after Meals:  5/5
Water Intake: 32/48 oz 
No electronics/Bed:  in bed 130. Used electronics. 
Exercise: 30 minutes   line dancing 125/300

 

Day 6 Reno

Fluids after Meals:  didn't did so great 5/6
Water Intake: 60/48 oz Goal Met
No electronics/Bed: nope
Exercise: none 125/300

 

I haven't stopped the challenge. I'm in Reno for a coast guard auxiliary training conference.  It didn't go very well.   Luckily my boyfriend came up last night and we'restaying an extra night.  

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I'm sorry that your conference didn't go well.  I'm glad you're keeping up the challenge though!  Keep up the good work!

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Day 7 Reno

Fluids after Meals:  No 5/7
Water Intake: 50ish?/48 oz Goal Met
No electronics/Bed: nope
Exercise: Walked around downtown Reno for 20 minutes 145/300

Week 2

Day 8 Reno traveled back home.

Fluids after Meals:  Yep  6/8
Water Intake: 48/48 oz Goal Met
No electronics/Bed: nope
Exercise: none 0/300

 

T he first week of the challenge went pretty good. I could have worked out more while in Reno but hopefully drinking less alcohol than usual helped balance things out. The taste of plain water is bothering me less. Sometimes I use 1/2 single serving pack Crystal Light after I've hit 48 oz but only lemon/lime fruit till I hit the 48oz mark.

 

Last night we stopped by California Pizza Kitchen, I got a salad with no cheese or dressing. Honestly it doesn't need it having bacon, chicken, beets, etc.  Without drinking fluids, I couldn't even make a dent in the salad. Finished between the late night and the morning.  It was just a strange sensation to notice the difference.  During the conference, I talked with another auxilarist who had WLS mentioned the same thing. Once she went back to not drinking during meals she lost 30lbs of her regain. I can see how.  

 

Reno threw off my sleep and electronics schedule big time as casinos tend to do. No other big schedule derailments planned during this challenge so hopefully, I can develop my bedtime routine. 

 

 

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16 hours ago, Cheetah said:

I'm sorry that your conference didn't go well.  I'm glad you're keeping up the challenge though!  Keep up the good work!

 

Thanks, I missed a training that I need. Allot of politics and bureaucracy. The rest of my trip went much better. 

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Day 9

Fluids after Meals:  Yep  6/8
Water Intake: 76/48 oz Goal Exceeded
No electronics/Bed: Well I"m still up even though I need to be up at 6. Hopefully get to bed in the next half hour to hit the bedtime. 
Exercise: none  Went to the gym. cycled 30 min plus strength 60/300

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Last night we stopped by California Pizza Kitchen, I got a salad with no cheese or dressing. Honestly it doesn't need it having bacon, chicken, beets, etc.  Without drinking fluids, I couldn't even make a dent in the salad. Finished between the late night and the morning.  It was just a strange sensation to notice the difference.  During the conference, I talked with another auxilarist who had WLS mentioned the same thing. Once she went back to not drinking during meals she lost 30lbs of her regain. I can see how.  
 


Well done! So great that you've found a tactic that's going to work for you!
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