Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Whew, that's a long headline! Guess I have a lot to say today. Yes, exactly one year ago today I began this adventure in eating better and learning how to take better care of myself in healthy ways - exercise, food, sleep, water, portions, etc. It's been quite a learning curve and I learned a lot - especially in the month of August when I tumbled hard and learned by my mistakes.
I feel a huge change today. Like a new commitment that I'll be kicking it up a notch. I've had these fleeting thoughts before, but this time it's different. It's like I've turned a corner and know that I'll be getting more disciplined and dedicated to this journey. That doesn't mean that the road will be easier. In many ways it will be, but in others it may be more difficult because now I expect more of myself. I have the tools to succeed and I expect myself to use them.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all of those sparkies living in Canada. I know I'm a day late, but better late than never. (smiling)
I've decided to get a sun lamp since we are going into the time change in a couple of weeks. I don't slump too badly, but I DO thrive on more sunlight. I'm in the process of researching the best item to get right now.
I've got a new Jillian Michaels double CD for beginners that I don't like. I'd be willing to give it to someone who may be going through a rough patch and may want it. It's a beginner's front and back couple of CD's.
I've been very lucky to find this website and make wonderful, supportive sparkfriends who've really pulled me out of some tough times. Too many to name, and afraid I'd forget someone. But you know who you are and thanks to each and every one of you.
Hooray, hooray for my first year and so many victories - large and small. Thanks for being here to celebrate with me.
Monday, October 12, 2009
There is no Day 3. I made it to the second day without coffee and felt so sick that I succumbed to a 1/3 of a small mug. Thank you for all of the supportive blogs. I feel like a heel for failing. Like a dependent little addict. But I'll try again soon. Maybe wean myself from this 1/3 amount.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Yesterday was tough. By noon, I was ready to go to sleep. You wouldn't think that the very small amount of coffee I've been drinking would matter that much (1/2 small mug a day). By late afternoon, I hadthe huge headache that accompanies this caffeine detox. Yes, I've been through this process before so I knew what to expect. Sleep was full of dreams where I felt my head hurting all night. I think today will be the final day of this, if I'm lucky. Next will come a variety of other things- tiredness, craving, etc. I'll cross those bridges when I come to them.
My major concern is that, in the absence of caffeine, I was more hungry. I'd read that caffeine curbs hunger, and I'm hoping this doesn't add yet another challenge to the pile. I do not need more hunger. (smiling)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I've been through this before, and wow, am I in for days and days of migraine-like headaches! Even though I don't drink much coffee, I've decided that I really don't like a lot of things about it and that the slight energy-boost is not worth it. It's the only source of caffeine in my life and time to expunge it. Day 1 reminds me how much of this process is so much mental, as well as physical. What do I miss initially? The warmth of holding the cup while I do SP, etc. Yes, I do have herbal tea handy to still be able to do that. Fortunately, I do not like the taste of coffee any longer. Knowing I was going to do this, I purposely eliminated any condiments that would make it taste yummy. Like vanilla or similar. I got to the point where I'd be drinking it and wondering why I do this to myself when I just do not like the taste anymore. I know I'll make it through the day and then the headache will begin. Yikes. That's the hardest part.
As far as a raw diet, I've decided it's not for me. I will, however, add more raw stuff to my days and learn from some of the tips of that regimen.
Have a fun day, sparkfriends.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Okay, I'm in awe over the results some sparkfriends are having with the raw diet. I've begun researching, and have to admit that it's like learning a new language. I've heard of juicers, but never really understood what they do, what they're for, etc. In fact, besides veggies and fruit, I can't even wrap my mind around what is raw. Sad, but true. I'm a product of this unhealthy food society and so far from raw that I'll have to keep researching. I've got a lot to learn and a lot more research to do. Even if I do this for 2 weeks, I feel that it might be what I need to get my metabolism jumpstarted out of this forever plateau I've been on.
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