16 July 2011

Serious Journaling

For the next 7 days I am going to conduct some scientific research. Clearly what I eat is affecting the way I feel and I need to get to the bottom of this. So for the next 7 days I am not only going to avoid sugar - which I know sends my body into a tailspin - I am going to keep a detailed journal of my food. I will record what and how much I eat; when; and any adverse, or positive, reactions. There has to be a pattern here and I am bound and determined to find out what it is.

Right now I'm trying to decide what to do. I really don't feel like running this morning. I could take Bella to the beach but it looks like it's going to rain. I could look for expoxy garage floor coating for the bird room. We need to do something about the floor in there and I really have no idea what.... Maybe I'll just shower and start working on my thesis. I need to get going with that.

15 July 2011

Time to face facts-

For years I've known I had some eating issues, actually I guess I should say food issues. I've known for years that I'm hypoglycemic. Even though I've been tested and retested and the tests always say I'm fine, I know how my body reacts. I know how I feel and what's going on inside my body. I have had this knowledge for 30 years. This knowledge has altered my eating habits but not always in a good way. Knowing that I would react if I ate some sugar, there were times i would keep eating sugar to avoid the crash. Definitely not good.

In the past couple of years I've begun to notice other things. About 5 years ago I realized that eating as many carbs as I generally did caused severe intestinal distress. So I cut back on carbs and there are days I don't have any. At one point I noticed soy didn't agree with me, so I stopped eating soy. And there were other things. I realized that most of my problems and the way I felt could be directly tied to things I ate. Powerful knowledge if you use it.

Recently I have been having some issues that I think it's time to sit down and really examine. On Tuesday I awoke really tired. As a result I was extra hungry and wanted carbs - that is definitely something I do when tired. Instead of forcing myself to have a good breakfast, I jumped in the car and went to the store. There I bought 4 bagels, 3 packages of mini-donuts, 2 types of cheetos, I think that was it. I came home had the smoothie hubby left me and a bagel. About an hour later I had the powdered donuts. About 15 minutes later I had the chocolate donuts. I took a nap. I woke up and started to develop a headache. By the time hubby got home around 1:30 the headache was blowing up. He brought lunch - Chinese food - and I ate that. Went to lay down because the headache was getting bigger. Around 3ish, I busted open the bag of Cheetos and proceeded to eat a bunch. By 5-5:30 I was dying. I had a pounding headache, my eyes felt like they were going to pop out of my head, my stomach was really upset, and I was soooooo tired. Ugh!!! It was horrible. I ended up missing a meet-up with some friends because of it. I even posted about it here. I talked about eating the crap but clearly it did not sink in. Why you ask? Because today I sat and ate more of those damn Cheetos. In an hour and a half I was starting to feel like crap!!!! I had to lay down and take a little nap. It was only 15 minutes but that's not the point. The point is I can not eat like this. I have to stop eating crap that doesn't agree with me.

What I need to do is really get a handle on what and why. So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm go 1 week eating only whole, natural foods. No snacks, no sugar, no wheat, no junk of any kind. I have done this before but only for a day or two. I start feeling good and go right back to my old ways. I need to stick with it for a full week to give it a chance to work. When I can get by eating an apple for dinner I know that something is wrong. So there it is, time to act like a grown up.

13 July 2011

Did anyone get the number of that bus

Wow, did I feel like crap yesterday. Unbelievable how bad I felt. I woke up feeling more tired then when I went to bed so I decided to take it easy. I was dying for a bagel so I ran to the store and got some and gave in to the craving for processed carbs. I ended up buying 3 little packs of donuts and 2 bags of Cheetos along with my bagels. Once I got back from the store I drank a smoothie, ate a bagel, ate one thing of donuts, at the other thing of donuts, felt like I was going to collapse, so I lay down and took a nap. Woke up with a headache much worse than I started with and felt even tireder - if that's was possible. I worked for a while on my thesis until it just got to be too much. I found I could not stand upright for more than a few minutes at a time - then I needed to go lay down or at least recline. As the day progressed I got worse and worse. By 4 pm I was starting to get nauseous and my headache was so bad I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head. It was horrible. I ended up lying on the couch snoozing on and off all afternoon. I did make myself a nice stir-fry for dinner. Once I ate that I started to feel a little better. Around this time I also took some ibuprofen. By the time I went to bed I was feeling a little better. I slept pretty good and woke up feeling a whole lot better than I did yesterday. I don't know what that was or why it happened but here are a few thoughts I had.

  1. I have used my working nights as an excuse to eat anything I want.  I bought some candy the other day as I started work and the girl commented that I eat these all the time.  That should have been a red light to me but it wasn't. I just laughed and ate them anyway. 
  2. While I have been running consistently, I haven't been doing much else.  I need to incorporate some weight training on the days I don't run. 
  3. Water, water, water.  I have been thirsty for the last week or so.  Because it's not really bad I just kind of ignore it.  No more. Water, water, water, is my mantra. 

So I'm going to look at this as a wake up call. I am not 16 anymore and I can not eat this way.  If I won't do it because I know it's the right thing to do, I need to do it because I can't live my life feeling this way.  

Now, I'm heading out the door for a run. Yes, a run.  There are a million reasons flying around my head as to why I shouldn't run this morning, but I'm not listening.  If I don't feel like running, I'll just walk. What I do know for sure is that I need to move and get the juices pumping... Moving, eating right, drinking water, that is the plan today. 

12 July 2011

Oh dear Lord

My head is killing me. I started feeling tired last night at work. I was really tired, bone weary tired. I made it through the night though and got home. When I went to bed I had a bit of a headache and thought about taking some ibuprofen but decided sleep was what I needed. Boy , was I wrong. I woke this morning still having the headache and being more tired than I was when I went to bed last night. Ugh!!! I had a really relaxed day planned anyway, so I figured I would just take it easy and nap if needed. I have basically felt like crap all day, sleeping on and off, and unable to stay vertical for very long. This afternoon my stomach started getting involved with nausea and gas. Oh, god this is fun... I better not be coming down with something. This better be a 24 hour thing because if I get sick now that I'm officially on break I will be pissed. I made a small, healthy dinner - stir-fry veggies and rice - and took some ibuprofen. I'm going to take it easy and head off to bed early. I had better fee better in the morning.

11 July 2011

Feeling Good

Yes, I am and I'm very pleased with myself. I have been running every other day and it really seems to be working for me. I would like to add in strength training on the other days but I haven't gotten there yet. It will. I feel like doing things. That is awesome. This morning I am taking Bella to the beach and then to the Petco grand opening. I'm looking forward to it. Then I have to work this afternoon but not till 4, so I have plenty of time. I'm hoping to get a chance to stop by and look at new phones in the next couple of days. I'm eligible for an up grade and I really love the HTCs. Maybe I'll check out the HTC HD7 or maybe even the new 3-D one. So I want to do that this week. I also have some maintenance to do. I have to schedule doctors appointment, car maintenance, etc. Then of course there is that pesky thesis I have to work on. Yeah, it will be a busy couple of weeks.

10 July 2011

Morning Run

It wasn't quite this early but it felt it. I met up with a friend visiting from China. She's been doing Couch to 5k for about a month longer than me so is more advanced than me. But she agreed to meet up this morning and run. One word: Awesome. I forgot how great it is to run with a partner. Don't get me wrong, I am most definitely a solo runner. I enjoy my music and my contemplation as I run. But every once in a while it is nice to run with a partner. We chatted, although she did most of the talking by far, and it was great fun. The real benefit is that I ran farther and faster than I normally do and that is awesome. I had zero pain anywhere, probably because I just didn't think about it. And it was a beautiful morning. There were tons of people out this morning. Runners. Bikers. Women in scrub tops and shorts. Okay, I seriously do not know what that was all about but hey, scrubs are comfortable. It was an awesome morning out there.

It is runs like this that make me think I just might be a runner again some day.

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