Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Bitterness of Sugar

I know what you're thinking.  "Bitter?  Sugar?  Come on ... it's sweet!"  or you're thinking something like it.

I did a little experiment the other night, after having been sugar free for FIVE days, eating really healthy and lots of fruit and veggies, feeling really good.  Yep, I was an idiot, and I tried sugar.  I had three tiny cookies and a piece of chocolate.  Sadly, that was a *little* sugar for me, a sugar fiend through and through.

The next morning rolled around ... I had a raging headache which turned into a migraine throughout the day, so I drank some Pepsi with my headache medicine to kill it.  The stroller broke while the kids were out and when I got to them, they started asking for ice cream.  So we got some.  I ate a cone, which, in all honesty, was less ice cream than I normally would have eaten.

About this time, I was feeling lousy and tired and frustrated. It was dinnertime, so we got Mexican takeout. Really? From bad to worse!  I was so bloated and so sick the rest of the night, and I've been super cranky since the cookies and chocolate.  It was NOT a good thing.  And it was all triggered from a smidge of sugar.

Today, I still feel bloaty and gross from all of that, but oddly enough, I don't want any sugar.  Maybe because I've learned what it does to my body and my mind.  The bitter result from eating sweets was not worth it.  I just hope I can remember that when Easter rolls around since it is my birthday this year, too. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back in the trenches

We've been intending to start running again so that Runner Girl can get in shape for her cross country season this fall, but wow, it got cold and snowy again and my littles hate being cold.  Not dragging them out in that.

And I think I injured my hip somehow because it hurts a lot.  And has been almost every day for a while.

So I haven't been to the gym in a LONG time.

I did decide to get serious about the diet though.  I am on day 3 of no sugar, no Pepsi, and I feel pretty good other than the dull headache and mood swings here and there.  I've been eating more veggies and whole grains and fruits.  Weird how if you're not filling up on junk you want good food.

Anyway, I walked with the kids to the park today. Runner Girl ran part of the way and her stride looks amazingly better. Hoping we get to go tomorrow too, so she can get more running under her belt and, hey, my hip still hurts but I FEEL better getting out and moving.

Hopefully I quit hurting so much once I lose some weight because, well, this sucks.