Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oh My Head. My Aching Head.

As a part of this getting healthy stuff, I started tracking my food intake.  I actually don't eat THAT bad, with one exception - sugar.  Oh my, the sugar.  I fully admit I have a sweet tooth ... I just didn't realize how bad it was.  I usually had a healthy serving of sugar in my morning coffee, I'd snack on sugary stuff throughout the day, then I'd indulge in a Dr. Pepper or the like around lunch.  I consistently found myself starving in the afternoon, but I had eaten plenty of calories.  What my body really wanted was more sugar.

So I gave it up.  I haven't had any refined sugar since Tuesday.  Part of me feels I should have done this at a rehab center because I am in pain, ya'll.  My head is throbbing.  Its hard to concentrate.  Last night I went to bed 2 hours earlier than normal because I crashed (but had an incredibly fitful night of sleep).  This morning I thought I was feeling a little better, but as the morning has progressed so has the headache and the body aches.  I had people warn me that sugar withdrawal would be rough, but damn.  I expected the temptation to be rough, not the physical symptoms.   The only positive I can say right now is that my tongue doesn't have that "ick" on it anymore. 

I've been told that the fourth day is drastically better.  Come on, Saturday.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

21 Days to Health

Its probably silly that my first "real" post in this blog be about making a significant commitment, seeing as I haven't been able to commit to posting in said blog since November.  Don't judge me.

But this does give me the opportunity to introduce my family, the journey we've been on and what lead us to now and ultimately the purpose of this post.  My husband and I married in 2009, had our first child in the summer of 2010, relocated from California to Colorado in the spring of 2011, bought our first house later that year, and then had our second child in 2012.  Whew.  I'm tired just writing that, and I lived it.  We've enjoyed the ride, but now that things have calmed down (relatively, of course - how calm can it be with 2 boys under the age of 3 with two parents that work full time), the flurry of the past few years have left us worn.  Flurry was the norm for so long that we operate that way with the simplest of activities. 

So we're slowly introducing some changes as a family, and the first is food.  We've come to rely on junk snacks and fast food as the quick fix far too often.  You know you have a problem when your almost 2 year old's vocabulary is limited to "mama, "dada", "bubbles" and "Donalds."  My husband and I are making a 21 day commitment, starting today, to not eating out.  We're planning healthy meals in advance, making a shopping list, and being thoughtful about what we put in our mouths.  We signed up with Door to Door Organics to deliver our produce.  I'm also making a commitment to make some healthy snacks to replace two guilty pleasures for our kids:  cereal bars and fruit chewies. My kids are addicted, I am ashamed to say.

Here's to health.  And committing to writing about this journey as we go.