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New Pillows! New Pillows! New Pillows!

Sheraton PillowsYes, I’m a little excited. 🙂  It’s the little things I tell ya!  And it means I can cross an item off my “Check List!

I’ve been watching the little tracking widget on the FedEx website and I knew that my pillows would be waiting for me at the UPS Store.  I have a PO Box at the one close to my house because my neighborhood, while not a slum, is not the place you want boxes sitting outside your door.  Better to have the delivered to a place where they are more secure.  🙂

So…  My pillows!!  Woo Hoo.   I stopped off at the UPS Store on the way home and picked them up. The guy at the counter brought me this box and I was a bit concerned for a moment, because to fit in the box they must be squished a bit.   But then I noticed the top of the box bulging a bit.  And since bulges are a good thing, I set aside my fears of pillow squishyness.

I had gotten these pillows before (12 months ago) and I loved them.  Funny how as something slowly changes, you don’t notice it?  Well OMG!!!! When I put the old pillows next to the new ones….  “Houston we have a problem!”  OMG!  I briefly, very briefly considered taking a photo of the old pillows next to the new ones and posting it here, but nope, not gonna do it.  Let’s just say that the old pillows are past their prime and they have to go!

So tonite, tonight, tooooooooooniiiiiighhhhtttt (insert image of me singing like a broadway diva) I’m going to have a better night’s sleep with my new pillows.

See ya on the dance floor!

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Getting Healthy is complicated… …and it takes sleep, if you can get it.

Cat Pillow Hog (CC)

Continuing with the theme that “loosing weight is complicated because life is complicated” let’s look at another of those wildly interconnected facets of life that affects everything, including efforts to get fit and healthy:  SLEEP

Sleep… OMG!  I would *love* to get a good night’s sleep.  It has been years since I slept well on a regular basis; I routinely wake up tired, exhausted, and feeling as if someone has worked me over with a 2×4.  I can not seem to get a good night’s sleep.

Yet, everything I read, drives home the importance of getting consistent, restful sleep, especially when you’re trying to improve your health and fitness.  Yeh, right.  No pun intended, but dream on!   Fair warning, this post is about to take you through the backroads of my brain and my life so you’d better brace yourself… …it is likely to be a long, strange and bumpy ride.

After reading a lot about getting a good night’s sleep, being me.  I made a list and got to work figuring out what I could do:

  • First thing I learned is that being overweight is a contributing cause of poor sleep!

So, let me get this straight…  To sleep well I need to loose weight.  To loose weight I need to sleep well.   Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!   Can we say “downward spiral”?  Can we say “Catch-22?”  Hmmm???  Makes ya want  to snuggle up to a big bowl of oreo cookes, a gallon of milk and say “to hell with it all”.  Ok, ok, moving on….
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Getting Healthy is complicated and it takes time… …lots of time!

Stressed out man pulling hair (CC)Ever wish that you could just have three months off from your life to get your life organized?

Yep, I thought that might resonate.  🙂  Loosing weight is complicated because life is complicated.  Life throws curve balls.  And when you are trying to do something as fundamental as “get healthy”  it means that every part of your life is either affected by the effort or affects the effort.  In other words your whole life changes, not just a tiny bit of it.

Using myself as a case study of one in time management…

Stay with me here, you’re about to follow a chain of thought and interconnections and since this basically is inviting you inside “Tony’s Head” the experience could be frightening.  😉

Step one..the starting point.  THE GOAL <drumroll please> is to be fit and healthy.  For me, that means loosing weight, becoming more flexible, increasing my cardiovascular capacity, increasing muscle mass.

However, this immediately connects with and to some degree conflicts with other top level goals.    I dance.  I love to dance.  I enjoy competing in dance.  To dance requires that I have some disposable income for lessons, practice fees, travel expenses to attend competitions, more cash to pay for my pro’s travel expenses to attend the competitions to dance with me, costumes, and dance shoes.

Which means I need a job.  Or a sugar daddy.  (The sugar daddy position currently is vacant…applications now being accepted.  I think I could easily get used to being a kept man.

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