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We are one week into the New Year, and I decided to look at my resolutions and see how I am doing so far.

  • Lose weight – I lost .2 pounds, and my measurements went down. While .2 pounds is a weight loss, it’s not as much as I was hoping for. I’ve logged in what I eat faithfully. I need to start switching up some of my meal choices.
  • Exercise on a daily basis – I blew this one away. Over the week, I’ve ridden my stationary bike a total of 220 minutes (over 3.5 hours) and I’ve gone 32.8 miles.
  • recumbent bike
  • Reduce stress – I’m still working on this one, but I think I made some headway this week with the exercise. I’m smiling more.
  • Take time out for myself – I’ve made progress here, too, with the exercise, and I’ve had time to read.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – I’m working on this, too. School hasn’t started up yet, but I’ve tried hard to do this at work. I do what I can do and let the rest go.
  • Read more – I’ve been reading a lot this week. I read while exercising, at lunchtime and at bedtime.
  • Blog on a regular basis – I’ve also succeeded here. I’ve blogged something every day. I hope to keep that up.

I’d like to add one new resolution – I need to sleep more. According to webmd, “A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. A second study found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of all foods, increasing weight gain. And in a review of 18 studies, researchers found that a lack of sleep led to increased cravings for energy-dense, high-carbohydrate foods.” When I get up in the morning and make plans to go to bed right after I get home from work, I think that’s my body/brain trying to tell me I didn’t sleep enough. Of course, I never go to bed right after work – that’s just wishful thinking. If sleeping more helps me with my losing weight, I’m all for that.

sleepAll in all, I’m pleased with how the week went. I’m moving around better than I have in ages. I hope the pounds start disappearing soon!

 

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http://www.webmd.com/diet/sleep-and-weight-loss