Sunday, March 20, 2016

Time. For. A. Change.

Linking up with my gals, Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin for the weekly wrap up.
Warning, this is recap of a sleep deprived, cognitively challenged individual trying to stay on a fitness journey. Not my best moments being shared here. (this week)

I need to sleeeeep! 

I had issues sleeping (again) last week. 
Night after night, no matter what I  took. 


Why is this stuff showing up in my IG timeline when I can't sleep.  
Sleeping less than four hours will age you fast, this just adds to the sleeplessness anxiety. 








Mondayrest and way too much eating!
Tuesday Treadmill 2.01 mi (21:01)
core work (45 min.)
walking outside 3.28 (56:27)
WednesdayWalking and talking 5 mi (1:29:18) ran 1 mi (10:29)
Thursdayrest and a ridiculous amount of eating
FridayBiking around my neighborhood 17.05 mi (1:30:35)
SaturdayBiking around my neighborhood 7.56 mi (30:34)
upper body weights 75 min.
Sunday and another rest day (sigh)



I am obsessed with this tree. When the wind blows it looks amazing, my picture doesn't do it justice. 
















I tested out the treadmill Tuesday. Maybe it was lack of sleep, but this felt draining...
I use 1% incline and you would have thought I was running up a mountain. 








Girl's night with run buddy. I had not seen her in a few weeks. Walking is our party. 
I ran a mile after our walk. 
Great song, but I wonder what the heck this picture means every time this song pops up on my PL








Even after six miles Wednesday evening, I couldn't stay asleep all night. I wanted to cry...

I was like a zombie heading into work Thursday...
and of course there is always something to tempt me, but I made it through the day without eating any cupcakes. Totally blew that later...



The green beer did not keep me asleep all night either. 
Sonic only charges $1 for drinks at 6:45 a.m. - I said, "Give me two!" ugh...when I fall off the wagon, I fall bad. 


















I have only indulged in diet soda a few times the past three months, but being tired and grumpy got the best of me. 

Friday, when the button on my pants hurt my belly, I said enough.

Operation Time. For. A. Change.

I went for a good ride after work around the neighborhood. (hilly)  




I woke up and went for a bike around the neighborhood again. 
Later, the hubs and I went to gym. 

















I had every intention of going to the gym to work legs, but my head hurt and I felt kind of blah. Medicine started to kick it by 4ish, but I just declared it a rest day. I can do legs tomorrow. Eating - very reasonable :) I didn't fall apart because I didn't work out. 

Lack of sleep the past few weeks has been a big contributor to my weight issues. 7 lbs now...ugh.

The past few weeks: 

  • two extra servings of pretzels late night 
  • extra tablespoons of peanut butter on my banana
  • appetizers and soup....sure, why not?
  • sure another cocktail is fine (because I can't get up and run) 

I been eating all the food, plus some. 

This weekend went much better. I am gaining control.  

A little runfession...sorry Marcia, I am early with this one. 

The marathon I hoped to run was March 13th. Instead of crossing a finish line, I am more out of shape than ever (my own fault) and it just ate me up a bit. I can't change that I am still NOT a marathoner right now, but I don't have to be getting all roly poly. 
Among other things, I think this played a big part in my lack of sleep. I am trying to be over it. 

Do you catch yourself snacking and eating more when you are tired? 
Who else had green beer St. Patty's day? 
Sleeping well lately? 
How was your week? 

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by    
Karen

43 comments:

  1. I was having big time insomnia in February. Hot flashes, night sweats, the whole gamut. Plus I was wearing that faux Strassburg Sock, which was bugging the crap out of me. Now I start out with the sock, but I tear it off once my foot tells me too. Sleep is better. Coincidence? I think not.

    Hang in there!

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    1. I have been there with the hot flashes, not fun! This sleep disruption has not been so much that, as it is terrible restlessness.
      That strap would be hard to sleep in! Sleep is better for sure, you have plenty of massage techniques to help the foot during the day.
      I am doing good with my reset :) We will get through this!

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  2. I agree that I have a much harder time doing everything, including eating well and working out, if I'm not sleeping well. Sleep really does seem to impact everything. I hope this week goes better! And that really is a beautiful tree :)

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    1. Sleep had become so much more important as I get older. Friday night I slept wonderfully, it as amazing how different I felt overall.
      Isn't that tree cool :)

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  3. I've been eating my way through a pity party all weekend worrying about my foot. It's so counter-productive but old habits die hard! I hope you are feeling better and get some good sleep this week.

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    1. I have been doing that the past few weeks! Hit reset with me :)
      I hope this week is better! I have my fingers crossed your foot was just fatigued and it will shape up.

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  4. Not being able to sleep RUINS MY LIFE. I know you are frustrated Karen, but I know if you can get some good solid sleep you will be READY TO TACKLE IT ALL! When I can't sleep, I get so depressed, everything is a chore and it is just so... dark. You did A LOT even though you were tired.

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    1. That is me exactly! It ruins me. I wish you could sleep consistently too, it makes life a little sunnier. I am having such a bad time keeping up, I just try to enjoy what I can. Friday night I slept nine hours and Saturday was the best day! I worried about working out Sunday because I was so run down from the week. I feel like I did enough, it wasn't perfect, but no reason to push, right.

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  5. Aww Karen I'm sorry you're unable to sleep. :( I have to say I've not struggled with that ever but soooo many coworkers and friends do that it scares me.

    I eat really poorly when I'm tired or sick. My cravings are for junk food then as well.

    You have to listen to "Hurry up we're dreaming" by Midnight city! My fave!!!

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    1. Thanks Heather :) Aging is hard on the sleep cycle, I hope you don't go through it! Sleep is a must for training.
      I do that, I crave sugar and junk whenever I am feeling sick, which is the last we need lol it is weird...
      I really like the song I Need You and Echoes! I do need to listen to more :)

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  6. Who is that creepy person on your phone? Ick. I'm the self proclaimed World's Worst Sleeper. I don't want to bum you out or anything, but could it be due to mmm...age? The significance of 3/13 would have sent me into a tailspin. We still talk about how horrific I acted the weekend (week, month) of Chicago. LOL. You helped lift me out of my funk this week. Thank you! I know you will reset, recharge, renew. No doubt. It helps to have a goal -- this about a beach in December if it helps! Thanks for linking with us Karen.

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    1. Sleeping has been more challenging as I age and I have been through bouts of hot flashes and night sweats, but this just feels like total anxiety. My mind just goes. I try to find a reason to laugh, it helps! The problem last week, I kept sinking pretty fast. I understand the funk Chicago would have put you in.
      I am glad you are feeling better now :) You continually lift me out of funks. I am looking forward to December, very exciting :)

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  7. Oh Karen I totally understand your feelings about March 13 and the marathon that got away. Today is the 9th anniversary of my first ever half and I always hold that race (and how I ran it) as a yardstick to compare myself then to now and I am nowhere near the runner I was then. That course would kill me now. So sorry about the sleep. Of course that's fueling the grumpy mood. I do love that sweet pic of you and your hubby. Love that he's such a good sport! Hang in there my friend!

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    1. I really wanted to be a marathoner before I turned 50...but it is not meant to be.
      I am getting ready to go go to lala land now, I hope I can stay there :) I need to start the week on a high note.
      Thanks, I do enjoy working out with my hubby :) I hope you have a great week!

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  8. When I am tired ALL my control and will power go out the window. Completely. I have found that cutting carbs and sugar do wonders for my sleep. I have done a 21 Day Sugar Detox a couple times in the past, and never slept more soundly. I also find if I eat less in the evening I sleep better. Surprisingly, exercise does not help me sleep better. Hard weekend workouts must stimulate something and I hardly ever sleep well after one.

    Even if you can not run like you would like, have you thought about finding another goal ? A bike race ?

    Sending hugs to you !

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    1. That is a bummer exercise doesn't help you sleep. If I am outdoors in the air it usually does help me. I don't get the same thing from gym exercise though.
      I have not thought about any other kind of race, that is an intriguing idea, but I am big chicken riding bikes close to anyone. I'll to look and see if I can find something though :)

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  9. OMG, when I'm tired it's so hard not to eat. It's like I think eating will make me feel less tired . . . NOT!

    Have you considered going a bit slower since you're just getting back into running? Sometimes we just need to do that when we're coming back -- just be consistent & the speed will come back.

    45 minutes of core? Are you INSANE????

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    1. I am so glad I slept some last night! Makes life much easier :)
      I have been trying to go at an effort that feels manageable, not over exertion, and a few weeks ago tried run/walk intervals...I may stick to intervals as the heat increases here. I always lose all my pace in summer anyway.
      Ha! My core that was all the stuff on the ball I was trying and my hip abductor exercises and leg lifts and crunches, it was an usually long session- but i need it! LOL

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  10. I can relate here. I have insomnia/hot flashes night sweats...ugh. I have found that I sleep MUCH better when I don't snack after dinner, and if I don't have my usual glass of wine (or 2 :) )! It really does help, but it isn't fun. I think once you are able to sleep, you will be back on track. I over eat when I am tired too, because I feel like it *should* give me some energy...

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    1. I hate the flashing phase of life...
      I have noticed that about wine, white or red, seems to really disrupt my sleep. That just doesn't seem fair LOL

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  11. Awe Karen! Hang in there! There will be other marathons for sure!! You can do it! You're always smiling ( at least when I see your pictures ) so try to keep that positive attitude! You can do it! And diet soda - you and me sista! I LOVE IT! I NEED IT! It OWNS ME!!! :(

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    1. Thanks Gina :) I try to take running and life too serious, but you how those emotions get ya! I am trying to release it.
      I understand lol diet soda is like a drug to me. I have cut way back though!!

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  12. Sorry you are struggling with insomnia. It seems to come in waves for me, but hard exercise usually does the trick. I'm surprised after that longish run that you had trouble. My doctor also says that Diphenhyramine (active ingredient in benedryl) is fine to take occasionally. It really helps me alot.

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    1. I find that benedryl works some nights and not others, very random. I go through phases where I sleep great and then boom! That wave will come...
      Usually being outdoors is good cure. This too shall pass :) I hope lol

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  13. I always have to watch my snacking. I could do it all day every day.
    That cover art for that song - that's just scary!
    I love weeping willows. Makes me think of Pocahontas :)

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    1. That darn snacking, it just adds up so fast :(
      Maybe I just need to stay outside and watch the tree more lol

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  14. I am the worst sleeper. Until I realized that my fitbit tracks my sleep, I didn't know how bad. I usually sleep 5 hours on a good night. Never even get 7 or 8. I haven't tried stuff and they don't work. I don't want to take drugs.

    Anyway, I still you look great. Maybe you were 7 pounds too thin... or your jeans shrunk.

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    1. Thanks Darlene :) I worry because this is what happened to me before, one week my pants were tight and the next month I was 20 lbs more. I couldn't even tell last time how it happened, at least this time I know.
      I have tried the heavy sleeping stuff but it doesn't always work either.

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  15. So sorry to hear about your sleep problems. Do you read the Coach Debbie Runs blog? She had a post a few weeks ago about an all-natural supplement that really helped her sleep through the night. I do wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but I have no problem falling right back asleep IF I do one thing. Otherwise I toss and turn and can't fall back asleep. This thing really helps me get enough sleep. It is going to seem really silly, but I encourage you to try it. Okay, ready? When you get in bed for the night, repeat to yourself, "I will sleep through the night. I will sleep through the night" like a mantra. That's it. It sounds hokey, I know. But I SWEAR it works for me, and I think it's because the mind is so powerful that I've been able to will myself into sleeping well. Also, congrats on reigning in the eating. No one's perfect, and stopping our eating issues when we recognize them is the best thing we can do.

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    1. I will look back at Deb's blog. It may be melatonin, it gave me crazy vivid dreams lol I can try a mantra! It works when I run :)

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  16. I so feel your pain with the sleep problems. I had a major bout of insomnia last Thursday and it ruined me on Friday. My attempts to battle it Friday ended up affecting me on Saturday, too. Someone once told me that trying to fight insomnia makes it worse, and that you should just roll with it by getting up and being productive while you're up. Not sure I believe that but sometimes it does feel better than tossing and turning, right? Big hugs!!!

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    1. It really does ruin a day to go sleepless, and this has been dragging on a few weeks now. I slept over the weekend though and it sure helped!
      I may try getting up next time, it is better than laying there worrying about being tired.

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  17. Bummer on the sleep issues- I think all evils can lead back to the lack of sleep! My sleep is interrupted by coughing and it is starting to catch up with me. I hope we both have better weeks!

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    1. Cheers to a better week! SO far, this one has started out better the past few weeks :)

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  18. I just can not function without sleep and apparently I need more than my husband needs, which doesn't help me. Everything starts to fall apart, energy, appetite, workouts so I know part of your pain. It does sound like you made some progress this week, better than last week, huh? I hope the sleep gets better for you and then I thing everything else will fall back into place! Keep plugging along Karen!!! :)

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    1. I am making progress :) I do fall apart when I can't sleep day after day for sure.
      I need a lot of sleep too, my sweet spot is about 8.5 hours which is almost impossible, except on a weekend night. On vacation, I will that many hours night after night and feel amazing, then I go back to work lol and it starts all over.

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  19. Sorry about your sleep issues, ugh that sucks :-( Question: what time do you go to bed? Do you try to get to bed early? Believe it or not, that may actually be hurting you. I've heard a good tip is to force yourself to stay up a little later so that you're actually tired when you go to bed.

    One thing that helps me is that I will get out of bed and go sleep on the couch for a while. Sometimes I just need to get out of that room and go somewhere cooler for a little bit. It almost always works.

    Like someone above said, sometimes trying to fight insomnia does make it worse. Maybe getting up and doing something would help - it might make you tired and if not, well, you weren't gonna sleep anyway so might as well make good use of the time!

    Good luck!

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    1. I do go early! Just because my hubby has to go so early, I have to be fairly quiet about cleaning etc...I should try a little later and see what happens.
      Our room is really hot in summer no matter how much I crank the air, I need to use the sofa more.
      I thinking running really helps me crash, this has been much worse while I have been injured.

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  20. You two are adorable. I love your workout date pics. We had a weeping willow tree in our backyard growing up and I loved it. I used to climb it all time. I rarely seen them anymore though.

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    1. Thannks EB :)
      I don't see many weeping willows much either, and that one is so perfect, it's crazy how pretty it is in the wind :-)

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  21. I think you had such a great week of workouts! I know the eating too much can cast a shadow but you should be proud of your workouts for sure. I am so protective of my sleep. Back in my 20's I was a terrible sleeper and now I do everything I can to get a lot of quality sleep. And, yes, if I am overtired (like on Friday after being out late watching NCAA tournament all day/night in Denver) I will for sure eat more. But I know that is just part of it so try not to stress too much. I actually have to have a snack before bed no matter what time we get home. It helps me sleep...

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    1. Thank you Susan :) I started to type this yesterday and got distracted. I hate when I feel like my work outs are less than stellar because I tired. Quality sleep is so important now.
      I actually like to go to bed kind of hungry lol At this point if I go through a rough patch again I am willing to try a snack or tea or anything! Thank goodness this week has been better.

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