So, remember this post? Ha. I guess practicing what you preach is something I’ve got to do some work on.
On Wednesday, I got in a reasonable amount of exercise and ate fairly well until about 4 or 5pm. That was when I decided to make some popcorn. It was lightly salted and tasted delicious. As I was munching, I thought to myself, “this would taste even better with some caramel popcorn mixed in!”. If you recall, we had a pile of caramel popcorn at my work*. So I grabbed a small handful, mixed it in, and it was glorious.
Then, of course, it was necessary to have a little bit more. And a bit more. And a bit more.
Until my stomach started to hurt. Then I figured that I’d had way too much sugar and should really stop eating. So I put my bowl away. Then I remembered that there were also a huge pile of cookies in our fridge. And for some reason it seemed like a good idea to keep eating sweet stuff, even though I really was not feeling well at all, so I had about 4 shortbread cookies. Plus a few bits and pieces of other cookies.
It was not a very good end to the day. Amusingly (or not so amusingly), yesterday morning my body fat percentage was up an entire 1% from just two days ago. Is it possible for that to even happen? I mean, we’re talking sugar extravaganza overload here, but even so, an entire percent seems a bit excessive.
I think that a big part of this MUST HAVE SUGAR NOM NOM OUCH STOMACH HURTS EAT MORE SUGAR TO FEEL BETTER OH GOD I FEEL WORSE process that went through my mind was due to my sleeping issues. I’ve mentioned before that I have difficulties with sleeping- being able to fall asleep, being able to stay asleep and not wake up throughout the night, and having nightmares- and unfortunately I really feel as though I’m running up against a brick wall right now. When I can’t sleep, my mind isn’t as sharp; it seems almost like my body is craving the sugar to ridiculous extremes (and yes, I had eaten plenty earlier in the day, and enough protein, so it wasn’t that my body was desperately hungry or protein-starved or anything like that). It’s harder to control yourself, or to have normal thought processes, when you are severely sleep-deprived.
The Nighty Night tea I drink a few nights each week doesn’t always help. There doesn’t seem to be any particular pattern as to when it helps. Likewise, overloading on calcium, or eating a small amount of carbohydrate with protein a few hours before bed, don’t seem to change anything, either. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t; there does not appear to be any rhyme or reason either way. And that is the most frustrating part about it all: I never know what I might be doing that is triggering the restless sleep I keep getting.
The mother dear, as a veterinarian who practices Chinese medicine, has been doing a little research for me to figure out what I’m deficient in. She has convinced me to start taking a few herbs to balance out my body, which she says is very imbalanced at present.
This afternoon I am also going to get tested with a Metabolic Analysis, which will tell me a bit about what nutrients I need more or less of, and the best kinds of food for my body.
I’m hoping that both of these things will make some kind of lasting change. It’s no fun at all to be constantly tired, to succumb so easily to the lure of sweet stuff, and to have huge dark circles under my eyes. I’ve spent most of my life with these sleeping problems, and the thought of spending the next 50+ years dealing with them is not pleasant.
What do you do when you feel as though you’ve “exhausted” 😉 all of your options?
*The “pile” is now significantly diminished.
Day 18 of the 200 Reps Challenge
20 Shoulder Presses (targets the shoulders)
20 Stability Ball Abdominal Leg Raises (targets the lower abdominals)
Perform this set ten times for a total of 200 Shoulder Presses and 200 Stability Ball Abdominal Leg Raises!
For the Shoulder Presses:
1. Stand with feet hip width apart, back straight, shoulders back, and a dumbbell in each hand. Raise the dumbbells so that your upper arms are parallel with the ground; your elbows should be at the same height as your shoulders, and your palms should face forward.
2. Press up, keeping your body straight the entire time, until your arms are almost completely extended straight up in the air (but be sure to maintain a slight bend to the elbows; do not hyperextend your arms). Slowly reverse the position. This is one rep.
TIP: Do not let your back sag or arch; if you find that you are swinging your body around, you are not getting any benefits from this exercise! Keep your abs tight and ensure that the movement is all coming from your arms and shoulders, not the momentum of movement from your body.
For the Stability Ball Abdominal Leg Raises (Two Variations):
1. Lie down on your back on a mat. Position the stability ball between your ankles and squeeze it lightly. Keep your arms out at your sides, in line with the shoulder.
2. Lift your legs, holding the stability ball between them, until your legs are almost completely straight in the air. Reverse the position. This is one rep.
Variation B: If you do not own a stability ball, you can perform this same movement without the ball, or you can also attach ankle weights to your ankles for some extra weight.
TIP: Keep your back and hips flat on the floor the entire time, raising only your legs. Move in a slow and controlled fashion.