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Stupidity To Learn From

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

If you know me and my blogs, you know that I am a good sparker. I stay on track and on task. Calorie ranges in check, the occasional plateau, but I beat them. Well, last night I had a bit of a scary moment.

I did a lot of freelance work yesterday. I ate throughout the day, but my roommate was having a jam session, so I went into my bedroom to work in the evening. I came out later when they were done. I finished up my work at around 1AM, and closed up for the night. I went to bed and woke up at 3 with a splitting headache in my right temple. I couldn't sleep. I was also freezing, and it really wasn't that cold out. I tried to get out of bed, and I was so weak I could barely stand. I made it to the kitchen and figured pain meds were in order and went back to bed. Nope, that didn't do it. I got up again and wobbled my way down the hall, and it dawned that maybe food was in order. Maybe I had not eaten enough yesterday. Maybe my blood sugar was too low. The only reason this dawned on me was because my roommate is diabetic and I know the signs when he is not eating right. So I fixed a quick egg and a piece of toast (I figured protein was a good option). Instantly the headache started to go, but I was still weak. I headed back to bed. At least now I could get to sleep.

This morning I woke up and still felt a little funny, but better. I could walk without wobbling, just weird. So I made a high protein breakfast and sat down and logged into spark and tracked my day from yesterday. Normally, I don't track except for every once in a while if I feel I am getting out of control to see how I am doing. Needless to say, I was under calories. 250 under. Funny. I wasn't hungry at all yesterday. Oh well, live and learn.

I certainly don't want to feel like that again, so I need to make an active choice to make sure to not eat to little now. Don't know when that switch occurred, but I find it ironic, you know the ex-chunky-monkey who used to stuff her face wasn't hungry enough at each meal to eat enough calories apparently. I know I can easily fix this, but like anything else, it is a conscious effort, and one that involves me not getting to busy and disregarding my choices. I am sure within another day I will have a better handle on it now that I have had a bit of a scare. Everything happens for a reason! I don't want to write a blog that says I just returned from the hospital. ;)

So take a note from me and make sure you are eating enough, as well as not eating too much. It wasn't on purpose, but it was scary enough to not want it to happen to you.

Take care of yourselves.
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  • LOSEFAT912
    Hey!! Thanks for the advice!! Believe it or not... I was just going through the same, exact thing!! I didn't know.. but I am tracking my foods and thought it didn't matter that I was under 200 Calories! I just HAVEN'T been hungry AT ALL!!
    But you've just taught me a lesson! Thanks a million!
    3257 days ago
    It sounds like you did learn a lesson. good for you!
    3257 days ago
    We live and we learn. Glad you figured it out before it was too late.
    3258 days ago
    Moderation is key. We live and we learn.
    3258 days ago
    Wow -that does sound scary! Glad you were able to figure it out and know not to let it happen again! But I agree - not stupid - just another learning experience!
    3258 days ago
    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. That is scary that it happened but I'm glad you were able to understand what was happening for you and correct the problem before it got too crazy.
    3258 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for sharing this! It's certainly something to remember, &, after bonking on a bike ride a few weeks back, I know what it is to not have enough of the proper fuel for what I'm doing. Thanks for this very, very important reminder.
    3258 days ago
    Ugh, I'm sorry you went through that. I honestly think that low blood sugar headaches are some of the worst ones. I keep cottage cheese on hand as a quick and easy fix for when I forget to eat enough.

    I hope it doesn't happen to you again! emoticon
    3258 days ago
    Aw, don't call yourself stupid! The only stupid thing would have been ignoring your body's signals & ending up in the hospital.

    You learned from the experience, and you're sharing it with others so they don't make the same mistake. That's not stupid at all!

    3258 days ago
  • no profile photo ALICEART2010
    That DOES sound scary. It reminds me of the time long ago that I didn't drink enough water and got dehydrated while in bed. I felt like I was going to die and stumbled down the stairs. Luckily I had cold grape juice in the fridge and gulped it down fast - immediately I felt better. I don't think it's stupidity - just something to beware of for the future. More often than not I don't eat all my calories because if I did I would be too full. Last night was NOT the case.
    3258 days ago
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