Good morning shrinkers! We hope you had a fantastical first week losing weight for this challenge! Did you rock your water? Is the number on the scale a smidge bit smaller? We sure hope so!
Go ahead and jump on your scale and let us know how you did!! We’re so excited to hear about your progress. It’s been awesome keeping up with all of you this week on our Shrinking Jeans Weight Loss Challenge Facebook Group. I love that it’s a place we can all go and post without worrying about what our other friends will think. YES! Our group is private and invite-only, so anything you post there stays there. If you’re not already a member, please come over and join us!
Last week’s mini-challenge was to get 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Keep it up! It’s so good for you, inside and out! Tell us this, do you feel better? Is your skin clearer? Do you feeeeeel more hydrated?
This week’s mini-challenge is pretty simple. Maybe.
How many hours of sleep do you get every night? Do you religiously get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, or do you trudge by on 5-6 hours a night?
According to a Harvard Medical School report, here are just a few of the things that getting adequate sleep will benefit:
- Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
- Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
- Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
- Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
- Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
- Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
I know it’s a hard transition, but it’s definitely worth the effort to get that time in. Shut down your computer earlier, turn off the TV earlier, take the non-essentials off of your to-do list…whatever you have to do to get your head to hit that pillow earlier.
Here are some interesting articles from the Sisterhood this week.
Did you know we put together a monthly fitness challenge? This month it’s called Ocktober #Sweatfest, and it’s totally gonna make you sweat. All month. If you do it! For more information, you can check out the post here. And you’re also welcome to check out ALL of our month fitness calendars.
Each month, we also do something to make this whole weight loss and fitness journey a little more interesting. We put together a monthly Photo-A-Day calendar and ask you to share your #Sisterhoodshots each day. You can share them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or whatever social media platform you prefer using the hashtag #Sisterhoodshots. (OMG there are SOOOOOOO many!). Check out #Sisterhoodshots today, and feel free to catch up on yesterdays shot.
Also, tomorrow is the VERY LAST DAY to register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K/10K/Mile Walk & Run! No exceptions! We will be sending out our super-awesome-cool tees and finisher’s medals just as soon as they are done printing mid-October! Race day is October 27th! GO! REGISTER!