I've spent the past few weeks feeding my body crap and I'm feeling the effects. I'm dragging, tired and sluggish and I don't feel the same vitality that I do when I'm eating a clean selection of foods. And because I've slacked so much on water I'm feeling run down and have had a low grade headache for a week or two now. Unfortunately with the altered holiday schedule I've also missed a lot of doses of vitamins and calcium. So yeah, I've screwed up a lot.
Because of the crappy food I've been eating my Reactive Hypoglycemia has been hitting me hard too. Friday morning after having a protein shake for breakfast, my blood sugar crashed an hour later (count of 43). There was no reason for it and the high protein shake should have kept my levels up -- but I suspect the bad eating on Thursday night resulted in the morning crash. Then later on Friday afternoon after a meal high in protein, I crashed again. It scares me. I don't want to spend my life wondering if my blood sugar levels are going to be fine or drop very low unexpectedly. The fear alone is enough to get me back on track.
So yeah, I had my holiday fun. Ate lots of Christmas cookies and way too many carbs and a bunch of fatty protein choices. But now I'm turning the corner on the New Year and I'm back on the program again. This is not a resolution (because I hate that word) -- but this is what I'm facing as I begin my new day tomorrow:
- Use my FitDay food journal at least 4 days per week to keep me accountable and aware.
- Figure out where I need to be with calorie intake, plan the day's menu and stick to the plan.
- Eat at least 100g good quality, lean protein per day in either protein supplement or meat.
- Limit carb intake to fruits, veggies, dairy, legumes and whole grains only.
- Drink 64oz water per day.
- Take all doses of vitamins and calcium per day.
- Be active.
I'm not perfect and I've never claimed to be. These past few weeks have proven to me that I need to stay on top of my game because it is way too easy to fall back into bad habits with food. I may have the best weight loss tool known to man living right inside my abdomen, but unless I use that tool it isn't going to work for me. Just like a hammer can't drive nails on it's own - it needs a carpenter to use it as the tool it is to get the job done.