As for most or all people, sleep is important. It definitely is for me. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep well. A good night of sleep for me is only waking up two or three times during the night.
Right now for some reason I am in my bad cycle of sleep. This means I wake up 10ish times a night and sometimes when I wake up I can’t fall back asleep immediately. I usually end up in the spare room at some point and sack out on the futon.
I almost never have a hard time falling asleep. I do that great. It’s the waking up all hours of the night that is tough on me.
Now that I get up at 5 a.m. for work, sleep seems even more important. I am not super happy if I don’t get enough. I try to go to bed between 9 and 10 p.m. But really I prefer between 9 and 9:30.
I remember hearing that sleep-deprived people tend to eat more. This article, Why a Lack of Sleep Can Make You Fat and How to Keep From Gaining Weight, from Health.com talks about how lack of sleep can alter your appetite.
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On the back of the Ziploc® brand containers I noticed a list of healthy snacks, all about 100 calories or less:
1 3/4 cups whole strawberries
1 small baked potato with a 1/2 cup of salsa and 2 tablespoons of fat free sour cream
1 3/4 cups cantalope
1 3/4 cups raspberries
1 3/4 cups popcorn
1/2 mini bagel and 1 oz. smoked salmon
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, plus 5 strawberries
This week has been a tough one at work. A particular project plus everything else I have to do is keeping me rather busy and slightly frazzled.
At some point in the early afternoon I knew there was no way I was going to make my 5:30 spin class. I just accepted it and moved on and continued working until about 7.
At least I took a lunch break and visited Emeryville’s Farmers’ Market, which is still pretty new. I went a couple of weeks ago and bought some amazing organic blueberries. Curt and I both really enjoyed them. So I went back for more. For lunch I had veggie spring rolls, which were pretty good and surprisingly filling. To drink I had French lemonade, which was sparkling, with lavendar ice cubes. So yummy!
I came home tonight tired and decided to have a beer. Sigh.
I realized when I got to work today I had plenty of healthy snacks to keep me going for the week. And it wasn’t even all planned.
I did have a yogurt and some light butter popcorn today. I also had some blueberries and strawberries. I still have carrots, edamame (leftovers from dinner last night) and various fresh fruit.
I love summer fruit. The blueberries right now are so good. I also have cherries, peaches, apples, blackberries and strawberries as I mentioned before.
If you plan right you can have plenty of healthy, low calorie and filling snacks available at any time you feel snacky.
So today started yet another round of me getting back on track with my health and fitness.
I went to my morning yoga class today.
My menu has been: Cheerios with blueberries and strawberries (love summer fruit!); cup of coffee with Silk creamer; Pesto Chicken Lean Cuisine and salad with spritzer; piece of cheese and turkey jerkey; orange; and for dinner: brown rice with Brussels Srpouts and a Boca burger. There have been a couple of Coke Zeros thrown in (one regular and one vanilla). So far 7 servings of water.
I also weighed myself this morning. I seem to jump around these same 5 pounds. But that’s OK. So I would like to lose 5 pounds to get back to my goal weight.
Tomorrow is free pastry day at Starbucks.
Here is the link to the coupon if you would like it.
I find it frustrating that Starbucks doesn’t have nutritional information for their goodies. They do for their drinks–which can be a rude awakening if you look up your favorite drink. After reading that information you may need tons of sugar and calories to get you out of shock.
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OK, I know you aren’t going to believe this, but I was wrong. You have to click like 300 times before you can find goodie nutritional information on the Starbucks site–it is there, just not that easily.
Here are a few of their goodies listed:
The Apple Bran Muffin with Omega 3’s & 7g Fiber has 350 calories and 9 grams of fat; Reduced-Fat Very Berry Coffee Cake has 320 calories and 9 grams of fat; Blueberry Scone has 460 calories and 22 grams of fat.
Starbucks does claim in their new recipes:
No artificial flavors; No artificial trans fat; No artificial dyes; No high-fructose corn syrup (These things are really great. But that doesn’t mean that their goodies aren’t still loaded … Continue reading
I just read an article giving tips on making your butt tighter and firmer. (I hate the word tush and refuse to use it, even though the article does.)
I dislike squats and lunges, but that is what works for the firmness.
All of the exercises seem pretty good, except for the jumping lunges. Those seem a little dangerous, especially for a klutz like me.
But I will let you be the judge: Look Divine From Behind.
I write this as I am having my night snack of fresh cut strawberries with a little Splenda sprinkled on them. Yummy!
I decided to take a crack at making a healthy smoothie at home.
(Too much of anything can be bad–just an FYI.)
On Saturday I made a simple smoothie. Half a cup of orange juice, half a banana, and not quite a cup of frozen strawberries. Throw all in a blender. Yum!
On Day 2 I made a smoothie with a half cup of orange juice, the other half of the banana, and a cup of fresh strawberries, which I froze. It was harder to blend because of the honker frozen strawberries. But I think the second one was much better.
Frozen or freezing your berries is a great way to keep it thick and cold especially if you don’t have ice. And we never have ice at home–unless we are having a party.
The only negative is that I have to drag out the blender and then wash it.