FAQ Installment 19

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 3, 2009

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great day! :) I sure did. Yup, still riding the endorphin high from my first workout in 7 weeks! haha.

I have been getting some great questions as usual today so I thought I would do another FAQ installment.

FAQ Installment 19

Missed 1-18?

157. AGS asks, “I was wondering if you could speak to stress and sleep at some point.  I’m so stressed (I love what I do, but it’s still stressful) that I’ve been having trouble sleeping.  Have you dealt with this?  If so, how did you deal with it?  The main problem is that when I’m not well rested I tend to have to drink coffee/eat more to keep energy levels up.”

Great question- I and so many others struggle with this too! I have always had problems with sleep. I tend to have lots of anxiety and ruminating about situations and possible future events is one of my weak points. It is something I am constantly working on. During high stress times of my life, such as last summer when I was finishing my Master’s degree as well as working FT and planning my wedding, I had such a problem falling to sleep at night. I tried many things, many of which did not work. I tried a herbal sleeping pill, melatonin, ‘sleepy’ teas, etc. None of these were powerful enough for my anxiety, nor did they quiet my brain running at mock speed. I even tried over the counter sleeping pills, but they actually had the opposite effect on me- they kept me wide awake!

As my background is in psychology, I knew that I was only trying to mask the problem by using pills. I had to stop and address a few questions with myself. I encourage you to try writing this out for yourself- it helps! Here is an example of mine:

1) What specifically are the thoughts that I am thinking about while in bed?

I am never going to finish my thesis analyses or finish and defend my thesis for that matter!

I am not finding good/significant results with my data.

My study sucks!

I am going to fail my defense because they are going to find some major flaw in the thesis/analyses.

Work is stressing me out…I have this presentation next week and I haven’t even finished entering in the data or analyzed it let alone writing it up!

How am I going to arrange the seating plan at the wedding so it pleases everyone? What am I going to say in my speech? What makeup should I pack in my purse for emergencies?

What groceries did we run out of and need to pick up?

As you can see, my thoughts can be anything and everything! I am sure many people can relate to this. During times of stress my thoughts tend to be quite negative. This results in a vicious cycle. Negativity breeds more negativity!

2) How can I counteract these thoughts?

E.g., “I am never going to finish my thesis analyses or finish and defend my thesis for that matter!”

Of course I am going to finish! What a ridiculous thought. I am driven and motivated. I will figure out my analyses…sure it is taking me much longer than anticipated. To get there, I am going to sign up for some special stats help at the math learning centre this week. I’m sure that will put me back on track.

Some nights, I would write out all of the thoughts that were bothering me, and then I would write a thought to counteract it and then cross out the original thought. The act of crossing it out is a metaphor for eliminating the thought from ruminating in your mind. Try it out!


158. Ashley H asks, “What do you plan on doing to help you fit into your dress?  I know you don’t count calories so I was just wondering.”

You are right, I don’t count calories anymore and I want to show others that it is not necessary to count calories to drop some weight. I am making small cutbacks in my diet. For example, instead of having almond butter with jam I might have hummus instead (lower calorie). I am eating the same foods, just substituting lower calorie foods when I can. Small enough so I don’t feel restricted, however they will add up over the course of the day leaving me with a moderate caloric deficit. I am also working out each day on the elliptical. My aim is to burn 300 calories or more through my daily workouts.

Stay tuned this week for lots of examples!


159. Lindsey asks, “Quick question – I’ve noticed lately on some of your posts there is a “click here to read more” link – is this due to the length of the post?  Just curious – I’m not a blogger, so I have no idea how they “work” on the development side of things. thanks!”

I just recently learned how to do this (it is the image of the split page in the wordpress toolbar) and I do it every now and then when I want to create a little suspense in my post. For example, I used it to cut to my pick for worst dressed at the Oscars. It isn’t related to anything more than that- just something I enjoy doing once and a while! :)


160. Lydia asks, “Hi! I have been reading your blog for a short time and really like it. Wanted to ask- do you ever use Stevia? I don’t know if it is available in Canada. Just curious- I often use it to sweeten up things without the calories, or the “artificialness”- it is a plant derived sweetener. Great blog! You are inspiring!”

Thank you!

I tried Stevia a while ago (2 years maybe) and I didn’t like it, but I am starting to think I should give it another chance! I think it gave me some stomach problems when I tried it, but I can’t fully remember.


161. Jody asks, “Question regarding the flax in the “green monsters”, do you grind it up before you toss it into the blender?”

Nope! I don’t need to…my Kitchen Aid blender has a ‘liquefy’ setting and this grinds it all up. Perfecto!

Keep those awesome questions coming!


OSG Announcements:

1) Crap Free Week!

Day 11 CFW complete! I have exciting news….my sugar cravings are gone! They actually vanished yesterday. :D How crazy is that? It only took 9 days for the sugar demons to shrivel up and die (for now anyways!). Thus, CFW is feeling darn right easy at this point….sugar didn’t even cross my mind today. It is really encouraging me to stick with it at least until I am back in that wedding dress!

Have any of you found any improvements or decreases in cravings as a result of CFW?

2) Oh She Glows

Remember the exciting blog announcement I was talking about?

Well, Eric and I have been hard at work on Oh She Glows. We have transferred OSG to a new host! I am in the process (long, long process!) of finding a new theme/template. As I mentioned, Eric majored in Computer Science and he is a genius with computers, programming, and the like. I was going to pay for something to help me with this because he is so busy and works overtime, but when he found out I was going to pay for it, he refused and said he would do it. :D Gotta love it! So you can all say a big thanks to my hubby when the new site is revealed, hehe. Right after this post, I am going back to work on it! So much involved….but I can’t wait.

Stay tuned for an exciting NEW + IMPROVED Oh She Glows reveal in the next couple days!!!

Oh and because no post can be pictureless….

Me, Leah, and my friend Kristine at a bar celebrating Leah’s Bday (2008) and me passing my defense! We were up to no good that night! haha. The bartender kept giving us free shots and beer!

I had my trial up do that day which is why my hair is up all fancy.


Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” ~William Arthur Ward

What is a piece of encouragement you have received from someone that you will always remember?

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Bree March 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

i was actually planning on asking you that same question about the flax…lol but someone beat me to it…hopefully my “liquify” setting is as powerful as yours :-P


Valerie March 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Ooh congrats on the move of OSG! It’s always helpful to have someone techie around the house – my bf is going to school for comp sci right now and it’s so lucky for me because my computer loves to do weird things!

I love your answer to sleep problems! I used to have terrible problems with that (when I was getting my study for my undergrad thesis off the ground actually) and I would toss and turn forever with all these thoughts going through my mind (usually about how I would never get everything organized in time)! I managed to gain control over it using similar techniques and I sleep much better now.


Hallie March 3, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I don’t think I gave my CFW a long enough chance. I noticed some diminished sugar cravings but they’re def still there.

I did a pretty strict version, eliminating things I don’t consider crap at all like meat and nonfat milk. I’m thinking about starting over and doing a new CFW with my own rules instead of following a website’s guidelines and seeing if I can stick it out longer.


kaneil March 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Cute pic! I love your shirt!

Can’t wait for the new site!

Kaneil, balanceisbest


Bec March 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Can`t wait to see the new site!


Marianne March 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Congrats on getting your site transferred over to a new host. I’m sure I’ll be asking you in the near future about the whole process, since I’m hoping to do the same with my own blog.


Wiggs March 4, 2009 at 1:13 am

Yay for the new host! I can’t wait to hear how it all turns out, because I’m quickly starting to see the limits of Wordpress myself.

The two pieces of advice that I will always remember come from my grandmother: first, “Always bring less than you need on vacation so that you can go shopping,” and second, “Least said, soonest mended.” The latter of the two has gotten me out of some sticky situations…but I’m still learning to keep my lips zipped!


Leah March 4, 2009 at 2:13 am

Awesome about the sugar cravings being so minimal!!!

Can’t wait to see the new reveal!!!

Love the pic.. we had so much fun that night! We must do it again soon!


Ruby March 4, 2009 at 3:46 am

How wonderful that you can work out again! Was it tough going? And good to hear about the result of the Crap Free Week – I’ve been doing the same but with a bit more of a focus on cheese (but also refined sugar) and I too am feeling much less cravings! (Although I must admit I dreamt about cheese fondue last night…hmmm…)


Michelle Hisae March 4, 2009 at 6:38 am

Wow, your sugar cravings are gone? That’s awesome – congrats. Also, I can’t wait to see the new theme!


Lindsey (Mrs. LC) March 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

Can’t wait for the reveal!! :)


Colleen March 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

You are so inspiring! Just when I’m feeling down on myself I click on your blog and it’s always uplifting (even when tackling a difficult subject). Thank you Anglea for being such a sweetheart!


Holly March 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

Yay! I’m SO excited for you that you could work out. I know that feeling….not being able to move for SO LONG, and the high you get from your first workout back! It’s amazing. :-)

I’m on Day 4 of my CFW…while I haven’t cut out sugar completely, I’m hardly having any at all and it feels GREAT. I’ve learned SO many things doing it, I am going to try having one day a week that is “crap free.”


melissa March 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

Yay to being able to work out again. I know the feeling, as I broke my foot last year, and it was very frustrating not being able to exercise for awhile!
I’m on day 4 of CFW, and I still crave sugar. :( I eat some goji berries with almonds and that helps.


Beth March 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

Your skin seriously has the prettiest glow!! Every time I see a picture of your beautiful skin it motivates me to keep packing in those fruits and veggies! Thanks for the motivation!


Elisabeth March 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

I began running 5 years ago, but never got serious about it. I was mostly just trying to lose weight, and never ran more than 3-4 miles. Due to an IT band injury, I had to take a year off from running. When I started PT for my injury, I also decided that I was going to reinvent my running, and my sister (an avid runner who lives 400 miles away from me) convinced me to register for a 15K race with her this July.

Since I made that commitment, I’ve also registered for a 10K and two 1/2 marathons (all of these races are firsts for me this year).

Training has been a challenge due to mental and physical hurdles. My sister has been there to listen to me complain. Last month, when I thought I was down for the count, she told me I was doing great, and reminded me that “if it was easy, everyone would be doing it”.

I haven’t missed a day of training yet!


dailygoods March 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

can’t wait to see the new site all up and ready! so exciting! :) and congrats on cfw you are seriously a rockstar!


Dave March 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I just love that quote. I put it in my blog and gave you credit.
So true!


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