Sunday, April 25, 2010
First, thank you to one and all for the suggestions to taper off instead of cold-turkeying it (is that a word?). I appreciate your concern and took your comments to heart.
I did get lots of sleep. I was in bed and asleep before 11:00. Didn't get out of bed until 9:30. Ten and one half hours! Got up, ate the breakfast that DH made for me and promptly curled up on the couch and took a nap! LOL!
Didn't really get moving again until around 1:00 this afternoon. Had lunch and headed to the gym. During all of this time, I had water and tea, no DP, no energy drinks. Oddly enough, I had no headaches either. I was fully expecting one as I have been through caffeine withdrawals and headaches suck!! I'm thinking that I had some caffeine still in my system so my body used that instead of kicking the stuffing out of my head!
As I was cooking dinner, I started really craving a DP. No headache still, but a strong craving. I learned awhile ago to go ahead and have the craving (especially when it lasts for longer than 30 minutes). Otherwise I eat my way around it. I ended up having two cans of DP with dinner. And guess what! Yep, now I have a headache!! (that's DP in the martini glass, honest!)
Oh well. I'm planning to have DP tomorrow. Just less of it than normal.
Thank you, again, to all my friends for worrying about me!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
That's the plan anyway. For Sunday.
Okay...let me explain stimulants. First, any and all stimulants I take are 100% legal. Maybe not healthy, but legal. I am specifically referring to caffeine (Diet Pepsi in my case), "energy" drinks and plain old sugar.
Today, I awoke at six (after going to bed at midnight) to get my workout in before my daughter's softball game. Before my workout, I stopped by the convenience store and bought a NOS. It is an energy drink that I'm starting to really like. I drank it right before and in the first 5 minutes of my workout. Did I need it? No. But I liked it! (Switched to water for the rest of the workout, BTW.)
After the workout, time for softball. Took a liter of DP with me and drank it during the game. Went grocery shopping after that and got myself another NOS. Bought 20oz DP at my last grocery stop. (Side note - I drank 12 glasses of water during this time as well.) (Side side note - I do know where the bathrooms are EVERYWHERE I go. LOL!)
Went to dinner, had iced tea. Came home, ate three Golden Oreos. Finishing up another can of DP. Everyone say it with me "Too many stimulants!"
It may be obvious to you now why I think I should go stimulant free tomorrow. Here is my plan.
No Diet Pepsi - none!
No NOS (or any other type of energy drink)
No sugar - such as cookies or donuts or candy. If my enchilada sauce has sugar, I'm not going to worry about that.
I am going to allow myself to have iced tea. It doesn't have "too" much caffeine and it gives me a different flavor besides plain old water.
I will drink a minimum of 12 glasses of water.
I will sweat out all the caffeine I took in today. Okay, so I'm really going to shoot for one hour of exercise. If I tried to sweat out ALL of the caffeine, I would miss half of my next work week! LOL!
I will sleep at least eight hours tonight. Preferably 10. And yes, even with all the stimulants, I will be able to sleep. That's just the way it is for me.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
so I can go out on a date with my husband? Let me start by saying that I do not plan to do it. But I did think about it!
Saturday's, DH and I have been going out for dinner. Just the two of us. We're not gone long, but we enjoy ourselves and it's nice to have time to ourselves. Since DD is 13 (practically 14!) and DS is 11, we feel comfortable leaving them alone for a couple of hours. More comfy if DD is home since DS has his moments. tee hee
Tomorrow, DD has a birthday party to go to that just happens to be a sleep over. That's Saturday! Do I have to let her go? No. Am I going to? Yes. DH and I will either not go or take the boy or let him stay here. Or who knows. Either way, it's the weekend, so all is good. DD can go be a teen and I'll step up and be the mom...but just for a couple of hours!! LOL!
Friday, April 23, 2010
For example, I worked in a bakery during my junior and senior years of high school. Yes, I tasted every single one of those doughnuts! Had to!! You can't recommend a good donut if you have not personally tasted every variety, right?
Anyway, every morning, the baker would come in and bake the donuts. Some Saturdays, I would pull the morning shift and be there right as the donuts were coming out of the fryer. Do you have any idea how delicious a doughnut, straight out of the fryer and freshly glazed, is? Oh...I do! And because I do, donuts are not usually a food that I eat. Because they're not fresh. The closest are the Krispy Kremes when the line is running. But most of the time, I'm not willing to spend my calories on donuts.
Another example is candy. If I really think about how the candy will taste, I almost always walk away without buying any. The flavor just isn't quite "it". Most sugar-based foods fall into this category for me.
However, I've never met a cheeseburger that I didn't like (okay, one, but I still go back. What's up with that?) French fries? I don't think you can screw up french fries...even if they've been sitting in the warming bin for awhile and someone puts them back in the fryer to"freshen" them up. I'll eat those! As you can tell, I'm more of a salty cravings kind of girl than sugar.
Any ideas on how to make myself budget those calories on salt as well as I do on sugar? Anyone have a french fry?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I plan my food for the next day fairly religiously. If I have relatively high calorie foods, I will be at the upper end of my calorie range. That generally includes three meals and two snacks. But what about my last snack of the day?
I like knowing that I have some calories left to be able to have a snack after I've worked out and before I go to bed. Not a huge snack, just 100 - 200 calories is plenty. I've noticed that if I don't have that leeway, I feel deprived ALL day! And because I feel deprived, I have a tendency to overeat on those days (yesterday, for example).
That means I need to make sure that I don't have two (or more) high-calorie meals in one day. OR (and this is a novel idea), I could give myself permission to go a little over. Have that healthy snack and be over by 100 - 200 calories instead of the 600 and up that I go over when I feel deprived. Working on both approaches. Doing good so far! Of course, today was day one!
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