Can’t sleep?

I have a lot of trouble sleeping. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But staying asleep, well, that’s different.

One of my yoga teachers Vickie has told class many times that Legs-Up-The-Wall is a great pose to try when you are having trouble sleeping.

But you gotta either drag yourself out of bed or just flip yourself around while in bed and do it right there. Yup, it takes a little effort.

Because Curt and I were staying in a hotel last night and had two beds I decided to try it while in bed.

I stayed in the pose maybe 10 minutes. I didn’t fall asleep immediately. But I felt much more sleepy and fell asleep at a point before getting frustrated while tossing and turning.

The benefits of the pose are that it can relieve tired or cramped legs and feet, it stretches the back legs, front torso and back of the neck (the pose forces you to have a long neck).

It can also relieve mild back pain and calms the mind, which is where the having trouble sleeping comes into play.

According to this site, Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is an inversion, the blood circulation … Continue reading

Dealing with that pesky time change

Ugh, I seriously hate time change.

Most places in North America will Fall Back tomorrow at 2 a.m. Most areas of the world have already Fallen Back.

You can see the whole schedule here.

My body just doesn’t do well whether we lose an hour or gain an hour.

I wrote about Springing Forward in March.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative Yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night. (My schedule is gonna be a little tight tomorrow so I hope to make it to Restorative Yoga–if not, maybe I can practice on my own–take my own tips below.)

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

My advise to all who need some extra help tomorrow morning:

Feeling good, feeling healthy

Yesterday was my first day back toward a healthy lifestyle. I am getting back into my regular exercise routine along with much better food choices.

I was a little shocked when I stepped on the scale and saw the weight gain in my four weeks off the healthy lifestyle wagon.

I have felt so tired and unhealthy lately.

I was so ready to get back to a healthy routine.

I think what will keep me in a regular exercise routine and not stuffing my face (and feelings) with junk food and booze will be remembering how I have been feeling recently.

I just didn’t feel good, didn’t feel healthy. And I was much more tired than the normal getting up at 5:30 a.m. not getting home until 7-7:30, being a busy kind of person tired.

And my motto is, if you have the right tools and you want to lose weight you will lose weight. If you don’t want to lose weight you won’t. It really is that simple if you have the right information.

And so far Day 1 and Day 2 have been going well for me.

And my exercise routine kicked back into gear on Saturday with … Continue reading

Sometimes you just need a break

I had every intention of going to the gym tonight. I packed my gym bag last night.

My gym buddy texted me today telling me that she wouldn’t be joining me for class tonight. I still planned on going on my own. I was going to run an errand before class started.

But once I got on the shuttle I realized how tired I was. I haven’t been sleeping very well this week. And last night was the worst.

I even napped a little on the shuttle ride.

(It’s funny. I just saw a commercial for MidNite, a sleep aid. The website states the tablet is non habit-forming dietary supplement made from a complex of natural sleep ingredients, including the same substance your body makes as part of your natural sleep cycle. I plan to do more research on this later.)

Once we got back to our cars I realized it was best if I just came home. I normally exercise every day. So taking an occasional day off is fine. I came home and cleaned the house as we have a house guest coming tomorrow. (Yippee! I’m excited about my friend Jen visiting.) If I would have gone … Continue reading

Why I am Child Free By Choice

I think being a mom is the most important job in the world. The second most important job is being president of the United States.

I don’t want to be either.

This post is about why I, along with my husband, have chosen to be Child Free By Choice. It is not a reflection on or judgment  on anyone else. This is about ME.

I don’t ever remember having an overwhelming desire to have a baby.

At some point in my 20s I decided if I was still single at 30 I would adopt a baby.

By the time I was 30 I was married. When Curt and I got married I figured we would have kids. Because that is what you do, right? Get married … have kids …

A little more than a year after we were married we moved to the Bay Area. We were no longer in newspapers, which meant we were no longer working nights, weekends, holidays. We had the same days off and could actually do stuff together. What an amazing concept.

About six months after moving to Berkeley my temporary gig became a full-time job and money was starting to be less of … Continue reading

Connecting to benefits of massage

As I have mentioned in recent posts work has been exhausting and overwhelming lately.

So today after work I treated myself to a massage. I have been going to Bellissima Day Spa for seven years. And probably for the past 3-4 years Thanh has been taking care of me.

And Thanh does an awesome job of taking care of me. She does amazing work with her hands and I can tell she cares about me.

We chat a lot during most appointments (though I don’t like to chat while getting a massage) and I always get a hug before I leave.

I noticed she changed things up a bit today. Sometimes Thanh will ask me how I am or what is going on and that helps her determine the type if work she will rub into my knots and muscles.

I have never been disappointed with Thanh’s work. And today was no exception.

I actually feel asleep briefly a few times. I don’t want to miss out on enjoying the massage during it so I don’t want to fall asleep. But I was really tired.

This Mayo Clinic article states some of the many benefits of massage:

My healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana

I love Eggplant Parmigiana. It is so delicious but so unhealthy with it being fried and all.

I also love eggplant. Lucky for me I like most vegetables (and fruit).

At Monday’s Earth Day event at work there was a mini Farmer’s Market. I bought some eggplant, which I normally steam in my rice cooker/steamer and mix with brown rice, seasonings and Kung Pao sauce.

Since I bought two I thought with one I would try to make a healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana.

I sliced the eggplant and baked in the oven for 10 minutes on each side at 350. After that I lightly slathered spaghetti sauce on both sides of each sliced piece of eggplant. Right now all I have is goat cheese. So I sprinkled a little goat cheese on top of each slice.

I had some last night on its own with some healthy and delicious sides. It was pretty good. Of course not as good as the real deal. But good enough.

For a late lunch today I cooked up some penne with a little bit of spaghetti sauce. I put the remaining two eggplants on top of the pasta and had a delicious meal. … Continue reading

Walking for charity

Today I participated in a charity walk with work and for the MMRF. (There’s still time to donate if you are so inclined. Click here for my page. Thanks to those who have already donated.)

Since I didn’t have time to go to yoga (and parking and driving into that part of the city can be a nightmare) I decided to take BART (subway) and then walk to the Marina Green, where the walk took place.

Just getting there was a 3-mile walk. I gave myself plenty of time. It took me about an hour to walk. I got to walk through a lot of the city and see some areas I hadn’t seen before. I made sure I had water and snacks with me.

I had never been to the Marina Green area before. And I realized that THIS is what people do on a beautiful Sunday in the city: There were runners, bikers, walkers, kite fliers, dogs, beachgoers, etc.

The MMRF walk/run was a 5K (~3 miles). There was a good turn out for both Team Onyx and the entire event. I walked with a few other ladies who were just fine to walk at … Continue reading

A good night’s sleep

From what I have read and what I I just know 7-9 hours of sleep at night is recommended and ideal.

Because I get up at 5:30 four days a week I try to get in bed between 9:30 and 10. I usually have no problem falling asleep. A lot of time I am crashing on the couch while watching TV. (And even on the weekends it is tough for me to stay up past 10.)

Falling asleep is the easy part for me. Staying asleep is another story. I wake up a lot. It seems to go through cycles. A good night of sleep for me is only waking up a few times and falling right back asleep. A bad night is waking up more than five times and and a few of those times being awake for 30 minutes to an hour.

If I am having a lot of trouble falling back asleep I will usually move to the spare room and try to sack out on the futon.

I do have Ambien. But I take it sparingly. If I have two to three nights of bad sleep … Continue reading

A year ago today …

A year ago today my life changed.

A year ago my company moved from Emeryville to South San Francisco.

 

That move changed my life in many ways. I am surprised I have lasted a year but then I am not surprised. Is that weird?

I now get up for work at 5:30 a.m. Something I never thought I would do. This means I have to go to bed between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

I still drive to the old building in Emeryville and then jump on the shuttle bus, which drives us the 20ish miles to South San Francisco.

Since I don’t drive to work I have become a bag lady: big purse; gym bag; lunch bag; laptop bag.

I have learned how to maximize my working hours and really focus on time management. I now work fewer hours–as in no longer averaging 10-hour work days. I just can’t with my long commute.

One thing that I have really been focusing on and excelling at is maintaining and enhancing my exercise. I work out 6-7 days a week. We have a pretty nice gym at work and I utilize it 2-3 times a week. The espinner is a … Continue reading