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Slipped (Again) How Can I Learn From This?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Saturday night was my mother's birthday. Everyone was enjoying wine, beer and soda....I had a pitty party and decided to join them with a glass (well two) of wine. So why did this happen? Why did I give in to old habits? Looking back, I did not eat my 3pm snack....whenever I miss my 3pm snack, I make really bad decisions in the evening. It is easy for me to slip when I have low blood sugar. Learning lesson here....plan my meals in advance, pack my meals, follow my meal plan.

So Sunday night, after my two glasses of wine, I took a Zyrtec to combat my allergies that keep me up at night. I woke up Monday with a clear nose, but I was tired. I decided that the wine kept me up the night before so I deserved a third cup of coffee. Tuesday morning - I gained a little weight - again I was extremely tired throughout the day - talked myself into a third cup of coffee in the afternoon. Wow - I felt terrible after this cup of coffee: anxious, restless legs, easily agitated. My first thought was, "I don't like this feeling - I know what I have to do - no more coffee!!". When I got home from work - I thought, "A glass of wine would really help me relax".....but I didn't do it :) I stayed away from the alcohol!!

So, Wednesday morning - more weight gain, but why?? Finally it occurred to me, my negative feelings, the tiredness, low motivation, all started when I started taking the Zyrtec at night. I did a quick Google search this morning and the first post that came up was a Spark Blog :) After reading that blog and a few other search hits, I now realize that Zyrtec can cause water retention, depression, mood swings, plus other symptoms. Wow, just wow!!

Well, at least I figured out what was going wrong. So tonight - NO ZYRTEC!!! I will start using my Netti Pot before bed and first thing in the morning to see if that removes my allergy problems. Friday starts the first day of my true 98 day challenge. I need to believe in myself and reach my goals!!!
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    Thank you all for your comments. I almost forgot about the Netti pot last night, but I was reading all of your comments before I went to be and rememberd to use the Netti Pot. Thank you!!!
    1780 days ago
    Hey you can do it!
    I`m drinking coffee since I was 14years old. This was my only addiction, then I found out that this is not so good for my health and I completely cut it of for 6 months - only green and black tea. Now I limit my self to not more then 2 coffees per day.
    I`m planning to be coffee free this summer as well.
    Good luck dear :)
    1780 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Does it work for you to move toward decaf coffee--to still enjoy the coffee "comfort" and lose the caffeine issues.

    Also, your "reactions" may have been a combination of "all of the above"!?!

    Keep moving forward in the direction you want to be.
    1780 days ago
    I found the timing of using the Netti Pot made a big difference for me. When I used it soon after exposure to allergens it was more effective than waiting until morning.

    It sounds like you're learning a lot about yourself. I wish you all the best!
    1780 days ago
    Woo hoo, a learning experience it was!? Isn't it interesting how one "slip" often leads to another, at least that's what I find.

    With presently living in the middle of alfalfa fields, I am finding I am having sinus headaches & reaching for decongestants/antihistamines & it's a quick fix, and then I feel... "hung over." So, I too am off to find a new netti pot & I know Sabadil (by Boiron?) has worked for me in the past and I'll look for it at The Vitamin Shoppe. I too love to go the natural/alternative route & sometimes I'm in patient & want quicker results, argh!

    It's one more step in the right direction and you're doing it! One more "challenge" you WILL overcome.

    : )
    1781 days ago
    Maybe you didn't read my blog... I said I am cutting the chemicals out of my diet; this the entire point of the blog.
    1781 days ago
  • BILL60
    You sure have gizmos. Would exercise be better than chemicals??
    1781 days ago
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