Thursday, August 18, 2011
So I've been doing the primal thing for almost 2 weeks. I have to say, I'm pretty surprised how much your diet effects your overall health. I mean, I know we've all heard that but to see it in practice is quite impressive.
Case in point, I have arthritis. At 29 I think I'm pretty young to have to deal with the sore joint issues. But since cutting the high amounts of sugars and grains that are typical in the SAD I've seen significant improvement in inflammation. Significant like I just noticed that I haven't had any hip pain. For me that's major. My hips hurt almost all the time.
Also, I was on migraine meds for almost a year. I had headaches of some degree daily. Since changing my diet I've had one. That was yesterday which I believe was my episode of "carb flu."
Speaking of yesterday, it totally sucked. Because I had gotten past the 1 week mark I thought I was home free without having to experience the "flu." Boy was I wrong! When it hit, it hit hard. I seriously felt like death warmed over yesterday. I ate some cantaloupe. Then I ate more cantaloupe. Then I ate cake. Seriously counter productive here. But the way my body responded to the sugar/carbs was crazy. My energy came back immediately but I still had the headache. Then the low came back. That insulin spike didn't last long. So someone suggested I eat some salt. I wasn't convinced this would cure the ick I was experiencing. I mean, I salt my food but a little goes a long way for me. But man! An hour after sprinkling some kosher salt on my tongue I felt great again. The assumption here is I was flushing my body of electrolytes. I was drinking lots of water because of the cut in carbs.
Moving forward, I feel much better today. I'm ready to correct my nutritional cliff dive I had yesterday. I may even do a little yoga before my HIT tonight.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
...since I blogged last, but I gotta do this week's challenge and tonight seemed blog-worthy.
So my goal a few months ago was to be able to jog (not run) a mile nonstop. While I didn't jog the mile nonstop, I did jog around 2 miles in 1/2 mile spurts. I can't stress enough how HUGE this is for me. My knees hurt, but I'm so keyed up from the adrenaline rush that I can't sleep. I'm so amazed at how far I've come in just a few months. I remember doing 1 jumping jack would get me winded. Now I can do at least 30 before needing to stop.
I'm just so proud of myself I could burst! Even though that would be gross...;)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
To those of you that wouldn't let me quit a few weeks ago "THANK YOU!"
I don't know, maybe it's the runner's high I'm coming off of, but I feel great. The last few days my calories have been on point, I haven't felt the need to binge or dive head-first into the ice cream box.
Tuesday night after my run I felt like I was going to die and that I would never run a full mile. Well, tonight I didn't run that mile, but I could talk through the 1/2 mile I did run.
It's starting to feel like all the pieces are falling into place. Mentally, I'm there!
The next challenge is to stop letting distractions equal excuses for falling into old habits.
I still need your support, but for TODAY this battle is WON!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thanks to those who responded to my blog the other day. It really helped put things in perspective. Sometimes its easier to confront things when you're honest with other people about them. It's easy for me to lie to myself and think that I can learn to be happy with the way I lose control with food. But that's an outright lie, and it's something I'm going to have to struggle with every day, probably for the rest of my life. And the sooner I accept this the better for me, mentally and physically.
I did GREAT today. I got in two walks, ate sensibly, and even though I spent a LOT of time on the computer I got lots done around the house. I'm happy with ME today!
The trial going forward is to harness this optimism and tap into it the next time I'm feeling like life is a run-away train and the only thing I can do to cope is find refuge in food, laziness and self pity.
The best thing to tell myself is what I've titled my SparkPage: "I'm gonna love ME!!"
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