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Healthy Overeating is Exhausting!

February 5, 2013

j0182665I know I am so late with my usual Monday blog. It's not that I haven't had any interesting ideas. It's that I am changing my body chemistry and it's really messing with my mind!

When I ran the half marathon a couple weeks ago, I did my best time so far – yay! But I was also at my heaviest weight – ever! I don't want to have to stop running because I got too fat for it. Sheesh! And right now, I'm totally ready to finally work on getting healthier in every way.

For instance, if I'm going to have a sit-down job for the next 20+ years, I need to do more kinds of exercise to keep my body healthy enough for that kind of sitting. (Because you and I both know, it's not good for you.)

Plus, my job requires new and exciting things to come out of my head on a regular basis. So I need to feed my brain, as well as the rest of my cells, high-quality nutrients. So I stopped at my local Nutrition Zone and talked to the wonderful Jen. She printed out a guide for me to use for the next 10 days.

Wait, I didn't expect Reese's Pieces to be on the diet, but I thought there'd be something interesting. Three meals with a protein and vegetables, and three protein shakes for ten days. Looks like my new dessert item is half a cup of berries sprinkled with cinnamon. Okay, that sounds good. Could be worse.

j0178844Enter worse.

Knowing on Friday night that I was going to start this diet Monday morning, I ate a great deal of yummy food over the weekend. Things like chocolate-covered almonds, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and Honey BBQ Fritos Twists.

But by Monday afternoon, the sudden drop in sugar intake had developed into a raging headache. I started to feel just plain yucky by evening, and it didn't go away till after I ran Tuesday morning. And yet, here I am Tuesday afternoon thinking I cleared the big hurdle  and I'll feel great from now on – suddenly feeling tired and yucky again.

And totally full to my eyeballs with sugar snap peas. They're wonderful, don't get me wrong. But I haven't eaten so many vegetables in a month as I have in the last 36 hours. (Yes, I know, that means I'm probably on the right track!) In order to get 3 meals and 3 shakes into a day, I feel like I never stop eating! I couldn't even finish the last half cup of sugar snap peas at lunch and it's almost time for my protein shake. Stop! Please!

I'm sure this is going to be super good for me. That's the reason I'm committed to keeping at it for the next 8 days. But right now, my head is a space case and I don't have any interesting thoughts available to share. Hopefully by next week, I'll be more creative and interesting than ever! (Hey, a girl can hope.)

Meanwhile, maybe I've made you laugh with my whinging and whining over my new healthy eating habits. 😉


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