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Other Ways to Skin This Cat

So after I worked on addressing the medical drivers for this issue, I wanted to work on holistic options to help with it as well. I did some research and found two things on Amazon (of all places). One is a blue light that cycles on and off. You are to match your breathing to the light cycle as you go to sleep. Amazingly, I was able to go to sleep prior to the end of the 7-minute cycle on the first night. After a few months, I am now able to turn off the light and go to sleep in the dark in just a few minutes. This is something that I haven’t done in years. Needless to say, I am impressed and happy with the results.

The other item I bought was an alarm clock which mimics the rising sun. It starts to slowly turn on 30 minutes before the alarm time and then it plays bird sounds instead of a radio or buzzer alarm. I still hit the snooze button but I do find that I’m a little less irritable about waking up. I am a night owl, so it is tough for me to go to bed before 11:30pm. If I could just go to bed by 10pm, then I think getting up by 6am or 6:30am would be no problem. This is the next thing I am working on.

So, to sum up, I am able to get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up in a better state. Now if I could just get myself to go to sleep a bit earlier, I think this will continue to get better. I am definitely glad that I have made this a focus to improve my life.

train to run a 5K (read all 4 entries…)
I Signed Up for a Class

So I had a lot of trouble with this one in the past due to my asthma issues. It started to get a lot worse and I was huffing off my inhaler way too often. Once I had had enough, I went to the Dr. and got a better treatment plan. This has made a world of difference so far.

Since I now seem to be doing better on this, I signed up for a “get your fat rear end off the couch” 5K class. The form asked my current fitness level, from 1 (low) to 10 (triathlete). I put down “-4”. The class costs $125, I bought new sneakers for $40, and new running/yoga pants for $30. I’m fairly invested here and really just want to see this through. I would love it if I could keep this up and have a more healthful lifestyle. Losing weight would be a great side-benefit. I’m not sure that would happen, but it would be nice if it did. Keep ya posted!

Get a Great job (read all 2 entries…)
Got a Job!

I did get a good job on 2/2/2011 in my field for a major retailer. I’m grateful for the company to have taken a chance on me. Been more than a year now and I’m still going strong. We’ll see what happens next.

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