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Experiment: Day One

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I entered this thing much like I did the running thing; without giving myself an opportunity to overthink it and come up with 50 reasons why not. I'm not going to check in every day because that would be tedious, but I will review from time-to-time.

As I mentioned yesterday, possibly in a comment to someone, I've never spent much time watching my sugar intake. I don't have much diabetes in my family (none, that I'm aware of) and it's never been an issue. So that's new, and man, that (censored by SP) is sneaky! I feel like I may build some serious awareness and reduce what I've been taking in, but it seems nigh impossible to totally eliminate it from prepared food, even the healthy kind. Reducing alcohol and trans-fat is a lot easier for me, probably because I already know where to look and what to avoid. And actually, I'm eliminating alcohol, that's the easiest of all.

On that topic, some of you know I spent 6 months in a very active pursuit of sobriety. It's probably a story for a different post, but I do want to record that I'm somewhat skeptical of that claim in regards to my own body. I didn't lose much weight when I stopped drinking alcohol. This has me wondering, since alcohol is essentially a collection of sugars, is this advice - lower/reduce sugars & alcohol - really applicable to someone who doesn't have insulin issues? I guess we'll see. If nothing else, I DO know I feel a helluva lot more like running when I abstain.

Vegan is relatively easy in Portland. Easier still when Miss Nina is visiting Grandma for the next three weeks and won't complain. Like I needed another reason to love Portland, but it really has expanded what Jeff and Gab are willing to try and enjoy. Doing the natural temperature thing isn't hard either, since it's rarely extreme here.

Sleep was... problematic last night. Not sure what's up, but I have been having kuh-RAY-zee dreams the past week or so. At first I thought it was finishing up my comps. Then I thought it was all the movie-watching with mom. But those things have passed, and still with the crazy dreams. So I don't know. Last night's entry was a full-blown zombie story. Insects have also been prevalent lately. The primary effect is that I wake a lot during the night. Maybe that will settle a bit. I do drink coffee, but rarely after noon, so I don't think that's the problem.

So yeah... so far so good. Last night's run felt a bit heavy, but that's mostly related to the healing hip thing. I wish one of the larger nature trails was within easier walk distance so I could continue to baby it on dirt trails, but that's not an option right now. I'm being uber aware of form and not pushing distance or speed, but it's so frustrating! I feel like such a lumbering turtle-buffalo. I just want to remember what it's like to do this without pain or weird avoidant gaits.

Tonight I'm cookin' with Thug Kitchen thugkitchen.com , so expect some recipe reviews!
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TESENISIS1 6/20/2013 10:44PM

    Sounds like you are on the right track...eliminating sugar may not provide you with lots of weight loss, but you should feel a whole lot better without so much of it...I know it gives me lots of fatigue and makes it hard for me to maintain an even mood...which for me these days is a very tough thing anyway...keep at it and I think you will find many benefits that will make you want to continue...
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