Update Time!

So it has been 55 days since this journey has started and I have lost … drum roll please …. 14 pounds. Yay! I’m well on my way to 20 pounds I originally wanted to lose. I’m doing so well that I have upped my target to 25 pounds (in 224 days). Still an easily achievable target.

I thought I would put it in graph form – I bet you didn’t know I was a excel guru as well!

 

Graph

 

I know it will get harder, particularly with Christmas coming, and things will get super hectic as we approach the wedding, so I’m glad I’m ahead of target. I won’t complain if I get up around 30 pounds either. I really don’t want to lose more than 30 pounds, as I think that is my ideal weight.

Here’s a song that I have been using to motivate me when walking or exercising. I like upbeat songs with a happy message behind them. They get you bopping, feeling energetic and before you know it full of energy and ready to take on the world.

How can you not be happy after this song…

 

Importance of a Good Night Sleep

So I have been continuing my good work. I have dropped 3 more pounds, so I am definitely heading in the right direction after that hick-up a few weeks back. One thing I have been reading up on is that there are a lot of things that go into being healthy. There is obviously what you put into your body (food and drinks). There is also your physical output (exercise etc), plus your extracurricular activities (e.g. smoking, partying etc). But one thing that is often overlooked is sleep and just how important it is.

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Because everyone does it, it is often overlooked, but a good nights sleep is critical for anyone to lead a healthy lifestyle. Okay, so why is  it important?

  1. Helps your memory – Sleeping is when your brain converts short term into long term memories
  2. Live Longer – Sleep studies have shown that sleeping too little (or too much) can lead to a shorter life span
  3. More focused – If you have a good night sleep you will be more focused and want to achieve your goals the next day
  4. More energy – More energy means that you are more likely to want to exercise.
  5. Your body heals itself – This is very important, particularly after exercise.

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So the important question is how do you ensure you have a good sleep. Here’s a few tips…

  1. Dark Room – Make sure that your room is dark. This will help you not only sleep, but help get into a deeper sleep, with less waking up during the night.
  2. Noise – there are basically two choices here. Either you need a completely silent environment, or if you can’t get that, you should use a white noise. Either option will ensure that you get to sleep all the way through the night
  3. Comfortable Bed – You don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night with a sore back. A comfortable bed, like my Saatva Mattress, will ensure a good night sleep.
  4. No phone near the bed – or any other thing that can distract you trying to fall asleep.
  5. Sleeping patterns – Some great advice I have received is to sleep at the same time as your partner. The last thing you want is to be drifting off to sleep to only be woken as he/she gets into bed.
  6. Set a routine – Having the same daily going to bed and wake up time will help in your sleep pattern.
  7. Go to the toilet before going to bed – No need to wake up in the middle of the night for a run to the bathroom.
  8. Don’t sleep with pets – They like to move.. a lot!
  9. Here’s some more.

Well there you go, there is my advice on sleep. I’m no doctor, but I’m sure there is some good stuff in there!

Have a great week 🙂

Source – http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-studies

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-to-sleep-better.htm