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Stuff I Learned About Weight Loss #2

#2. Losing a lot of weight may force you to change your sleeping position. 


I’ve been a stomach sleeper since maybe my late teens. I don’t even remember when it started. I used to sleep on my side, but I don’t know what changed, but it did. 

For the past couple months, I’ve noticed that I really don’t have the urge to lay around in bed. I can’t to go back to sleep once I’m awake usually, so that’s part of it. But I’ve found my back starts to hurt a lot in the morning. I just figured out why…

It makes sense really, having a smaller stomach curves your back/spine if you sleep on it. Especially if you’re “gifted” in the boob area. (Yeah, that’s a whole other blog post.) Spines don’t tend to like being curved for extended periods of time. Watch a movie with your head turned to the side the whole time, see how you feel afterwards. Your neck’ll get sore, much like your back if its at a weird angle all night. 

I don’t like sleeping on my side since it makes my shoulders hurt.. So now, I have to try and convince myself as I’m falling asleep that laying on my back is a good idea. This is bad news for my roommate. Sleeping on your stomach helps snoring. Admittedly, I snore. Not really like a monster truck, but like an orca whale (My roommate’s description, not mine.) Sleeping on your back… well.. let the snorefest begin!!

  • 1st June
    2012
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A Timeline of My Neighbors Moving

So my upstairs neighbors have decided to move into the two story apartment that is attached next door with a private entrance. This is their journey…

10:00amish: Lots of noise from upstairs. Nothing unusual for them.

11:00am: Cop sirens, banging… Awesome, the teenage son is playing video games. Meanwhile, I start my laundry.

11:45am: *clomp clomp clomp doorslam* on the stairs adjacent to my living room …….. *doorslam clomp clomp clomp* on the stairs adjacent to the other side of my apartment. This is when my curiosity kicks in and I look out the window…. The kids.. All 4 of them (7 year old boy, two preteen girls, teenaged son).. are walking back and forth past my windows with stuff… oh…

12:17pm: They apparently have decided they need to open all their windows and blast music while they’re moving. Rap. Awesome… Teenage son..

12:24pm: “She thinks my tractor’s sexy..” wtf?

12:34pm: Rap is back.. we’re going to learn to Dougie now.

1:00pm: A hush has fallen over the building.. Lunch break?? Packing?

1:31pm: After several trips to the bathroom (yes… We hear that..) the running back and forth has commenced and the loud music had stopped.

1:34pm: Can someone explain to me why the 7 year old is half naked? Now I feel like a creeper.

1:45pm: The teenage son is now blasting some kind of Breathe Carolina type music from his car.

2:00pm: They’ve stopped coming outside… Why has the same song been on repeat for 15 mins?

2:01pm: Oh good, the 7 year old finally has clothes on.

2:13pm: Carpet cleaners are here to shampoo the apartment next door… Same song is on repeat still.

2:58pm: Carpet cleaners are done. Thankfully, the song repeating earlier is no longer playing.

3:06pm: The two preteen girls are both running around and screaming outside. Their mom just yelled from their balcony to shut up.

3:15pm The “shut up” didn’t work. :-\

3:50pm: As I left for work, no sign of the neighbors.. Let’s hope they complete their moving tonight.. I’m going to miss hearing them argue over who drank all the Diet Sprite and the infamous morning where the woman angrily yelled “are you serious???!?!” in the middle of sex… I hope whoever moves up there next is equally entertaining, but with less kids..

(Disclaimer: I was not staring out my window all nosy like… I could see/hear all of this while sitting on my couch watching Storage Wars and from the laundry room.)

  • 1st June
    2012
  • 01

Stuff I Learned About Weight Loss #1

As I said earlier, I’ve lost roughly about 50lbs. This has been over the course of a little over a year. I’ve decided to document some of the things that I learned during this process. :)

#1. It is NOT as hard as it’s portrayed to be.

Seriously. It’s not. The only hard part is actually getting started. Honestly, at first.. I didn’t try very hard. It was a lot of the “Monday. Monday for sure. I will start my diet.” Then Monday rolled around.. Tuesday, Wednesday… By the weekend I’d be saying “Okay! For reals, this Monday. Diet. Monday.” Then last summer I found motivation to start making an effort. The following months I continued to find motivation to try even harder. Having good solid reasons to WANT to lose weight is very key. I’ll spare you on the rambling on my reasons until a future post.

You are going to be hungry. There is no pill, supplement, protein drink, specific food, amount of water, etc. that’ll change that. You just have to get it in your head that you are probably eating WAY more food than you really need to. Any calorie counter will tell you that. You WILL be hungry… but you know what? After a few weeks, you won’t be anymore. Your stomach will get used to it.

And yes, you’ll make sacrifices. It’s different for everyone what you give up… but often, you end up completely losing your taste for that particular food. Partially due to the guilt you feel if you eat it, but sometimes you just don’t like it anymore. The first thing I consciously stopped eating was mayo. I work in fast food, and obviously I eat there, so immediately, no mayo on my sandwiches. Ever. It’s been about a year, and every once in a rare while it’ll show up on accident.. and it’s slimy and gross. I don’t like soda anymore either, but that’s an even longer story.

Working out.. People dread the working out. I didn’t join a gym until January.. I was already 20lbs down by then. I work on my feet all day, so it kind of helped. So if you’re just starting out.. Walk. A lot. All over. As much as you can. Invest in a few audio books or find podcasts you like, stick in your earbuds and walk. Walk around the mall, walk the park, just do it :P Or force yourself to join the gym and then guilt yourself into going because otherwise, you’re paying $39.99 a month for nothing.

In conclusion, it’s not that bad. I promise the benefits far outweigh the very few negatives. It’s just a mind set you have to get into and once you get into the habit, you’re golden.

(Disclaimer: This is for someone who’s making a strong effort to lose weight at a normal pace.. not the Biggest Loser pace.. and without any crazy fad diets or pills.)

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