Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sleep and new systems

My norm these days is about 6 hours of sleep inturrupted several times a night (usually by pain, sometimes by gymnastic cats). I DO have 'sleep aids' but I will not take them every night, as they 1. lose effectiveness and 2. create a level of dependency I find abhorrent.
When insomnia sets in for 3 days or more, I am glad to have them around.
In the past 7 days my sleep was going from 6 hrs to 5 hrs and then 3 days in a row of 4 hours a night or less. Yuck!
I took the sleep meds last night and slept for 9 hours!!! I feel MUCH better.
I realized from this past episode of insomnia when I am short on sleep, my food cravings are off the scale, in direct opposition to my will power. When I weighed myself this morning, it was a relief to realize I only gained 1/2 a pound. I've been 'emotional eating' like crazy for a week, so 1/2 a pound was better than I had hoped. I've lost 25 pounds since February. My goal for the next 6 months is to KEEP it off, and if I lose more, all the better. Winter is a horrible time for Oscar and me, as we both have S.A.D. Winter in Michigan has very little sun. After this past week, I've learned finally how important sleep is. Maybe we'll install even more lights in the livingroom. It would be good to have them before Samhain.
Today, with 9 hours sleep behind me, my appetite is back to normal. A piece of high protein non-wheat bread for breakfast, and a bowl of lentil soup for lunch satisfied me completely. For supper I'll likely defrost a bowl of Balsamic Pepper Chicken and Rice, and if I am peckish later on I'll have a frozen fruit bar.

Another part of my good mood today is I figured out how to do Ebay without spending an inordinate amount of time sitting upright. There is just no room to have the book lots in the livingroom with me so I thought creating the text of the auctions would be relegated to the studio computer (sitting upright for hours, not good) BUT I realized I can just note the title and author of the books in my Ebay stencil document for each auction, and use the flash drive to transfer the stencils and the photos to the laptop. Then I can use the laptop to go online and fill in the info from book descriptions out on the web and put the auctions up on ebay while reclining. Yay!

We're wrestling the kitchen into shape. We bought a George Foreman Grill that I plan to set up low enough that I can cook from the chair. With Oscar's help the things blocking my way will be cleared out in the next few days.

1 comment:

Ysabeau said...

I love hearing about your progress, and creative approaches to your path. One suggestion about the SAD is that, when you can afford it, try to get the OttLights that are 24 watts... I just got mine and I love them, they were 40% off at JoAnne's, and they give a huge amount of "daylight" type light for the amount of power they use. In the meantime, get one of the daylight type bulbs that give a wider spectrum of light. Then the lights will have more effect on the SAD, as I understand it. B*B, Ysabeau