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One great thing about giving up daily caffeine...

Monday, January 11, 2010

is that when you really need a pick-me-up, a little coffee packs a wallop!

We didn't sleep very well or very much last night. I was restless, my husband was restless and our cats were insane. Generally speaking, however, I do think giving up my daily half a pot o' joe (on those days my husband was feeling assertive enough to make me share) has significantly improved my ability to sleep at night.

It's amazing to me how little, really, I miss it. I come from a serious coffee drinkin' family. My Mom's parents drank a couple of pots a day, each, for sixty plus years. My parents like to whip up an extra pot at 9:00 PM for, I don't know, that last caffeine kick before bedtime. I myself have had coffee every single day, and plenty of it, from 16 years old to just two weeks ago.

In the last couple of years, though, I've really started to feel all that caffeine. I've always thought I was something of an anxious, uptight personality. I was, you know, **just high strung**. Right. It had nothing to do with that fourth or fifth cup of extra strong Columbian.

It occurs to me right now that at about the time I started drinking coffee was about the time I started struggling with insomnia.

Dropping it was a week of misery, for sure, but not really that bad. My head hurt and I was cranky (my poor husband) but that's it. What I miss is the aroma and flavor - but that's what decaf is for, right?

And on days like today where I have too little sleep and too much to get done? Half a cup, baby and I'm bouncing off the walls!

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LYDIALOVE 1/13/2010 12:24AM

    Well, I really didn't think I'd be able to either. But it only sucked for 3 days. I was really surprised.

Comment edited on: 1/13/2010 12:29:58 AM

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NANC304 1/12/2010 11:02PM

    I don't think I can give up my caffiene. Good for you!

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I didn't want to...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

but I'm really glad I went on that walk.

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NANC304 1/11/2010 1:19PM

    Isn't it funny how much better we feel when we talk ourselves into exercise instead of out of exercise? good for you!

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BACK2HEALTHY 1/10/2010 9:59PM

  hehehe i don't know how many times i've said that too. and i ALWAYS say the same thing. not once have i gone and thought " nope, i was right, i shouldn't have gone." HA!

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AUNTKITTY 1/10/2010 7:45PM

    YES ! I didn't want to go on mine either . . . but I'm glad I did.

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To my husband:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Baby, I love you with all my heart. You are such a kind and supportive man. I am so lucky to have found you and I count my blessings for our sweet sweet love, every day.

That being said, I have the teensiest request to make, light of my life.


Really, baby, else I go out of my ever lovin' mind.

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LYDIALOVE 1/12/2010 2:41AM

    Oh Nan, I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. I gained a bunch of weight with my first husband - - we both would get depressed and there was lots of emotional eating. He was a saboteur in other ways... what I mean to say is I sincerely sympathize with how hard that must have been. I hope you are glad to be rid of someone who was doing that to you.

In this case, I didn't really communicate my need to have less CAAAAKE in the house, at least until I have the chance to get a good start on losing and build some better habits.

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NANDAY 1/12/2010 2:26AM

    My husband was a saboteur. If I was trying to eat a healthy dinner he'd go out and get a big feast of Indian curries to bring home. Sometimes I'd leave the dining room to avoid it but he'd follow and tell me he'd bought my favourite and I should have just a little bit. I don't have that problem with him anymore. (His new wife does).

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DXTREME45 1/10/2010 12:30AM

    You are so funny, but I get your meaning. My dh had the nerve to fry wingettes the other night. But I held out. I made a ham and turkey sandwhich and just stole 1 tiny piece of a wing. He said he knew I was going to do that. Well if you knew, why did you cook this %^&*? Who do he think he is.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/10/2010 12:12AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You have a husband like that too??!?! That is my DOWNFALL...cake! emoticon I honestly don't know if it's humanly possible to NOT nibble on cake if it's in the house!!

emoticon We can have some of this one. LOL emoticon

Just had to stop by, since I am in your boat with a hubby I adore, but WHAT is he thinking?!

~ Christa

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I'm teaching myself about food.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The last two years I've been teaching myself how to cook. My husband and I spent the first three years of our relationship not eating well - bouncing back and forth between Chinese takeout and delivered pizza with only the occasional home cooked meal.

We're both what you might call "big boned" - we genuinely both have large frames - but all that junk food made us gain way too much.

Enough was enough. I started paying attention to cooking programs and cookbooks. We gave up our daily sodas (they're a really rare treat these days) and stopped keeping the fridge stocked with icecream. I've really tried to include more fruits and vegetables with our meals.

Unfortunately, I've still been gaining weight. The food is so much better here, I'm eating too much of it! My husband, on the other hand, has been practicing portion control and is losing weight nicely. I think the problem is I've never really paid attention to what is really in my food - calories, nutrients, fiber...

Well, the past couple of days have sure been a lesson. Just two days of using the nutrient tracker has taught me quite a bit about what I've been eating. Too much fat and quite a bit of carbs and no where near enough fruits and vegetables.

I have so much more to learn and so many bad habits to break but I'm feeling very positive about the whole experience. Knowledge is power!


Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

It's the start off a new year and a new decade, which I'm relieved has finally arrived. 2009 was rough for my friends and family. I sincerely hope that 2010 ushers in an era of health and prosperity for everyone.

For my own part, I'm hoping for change. The good kind of change. My husband and I are both trying to get healthier. Over the past year we've stopped eating crap and I've both quit smoking and quit drinking caffeine. This week we've finally started going on walks around the neighborhood. My next step is portion control and exercise.

We're not just trying to get healthier for ourselves. In just a few months we'll be making our first in vitro fertilization attempt. If everything goes well (please please please) we'll be welcoming a new, impressionable member to our family.

I want to be healthy for me, but also to set a good influence for my kid. I don't want him or her to ever lose their way and get so fat like I have. I want them to learn to eat and live healthy (and never ever smoke) and be active.

Wish us luck!

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5SHADES 1/7/2010 7:31PM

    Wow! You have already made some great changes! I am so happy for you! I am sending tons of good wishes your way for your IVF. It can be so stressful but I know eating well and excercising will help a ton with that! Good Luck to you!!

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