Saturday, November 28, 2009

Back to Business

Wow! It feels like I haven't posted in ages! Here's an update.

I am feeling really awful right now! PMS, serious bloating, and a headache that I've had for two days. I have pretty much been sitting on the couch in misery for 2 days straight. Now I remember how bad my PMS *used* to be back when my eating and exercise was horrid. I'd forgotten, because although I still get PMS when I exercise and eat right, it isn't nearly the torture it used to be.

Well, I haven't exercised *at all* since Tuesday. My knees were *killing* me and a small break to rest turned into a lot of days of inactivity. I ate pretty healthy through Thanksgiving. I was moderate with my eating on the holiday and felt nearly sick from just one plate of food. However I did have a piece of the chocolate cheesecake my daughter and I made for dessert. The scale showed NO increase though over this minor indiscretion.

However, the day AFTER Thanksgiving was a mess. Leftovers everywhere. Stuffed fridge. While I had avoided the dinner rolls and been very moderate with stuffing etc on Thanksgiving, I did partake the following day. And had more cheesecake. In fact the PMS was quite bad yesterday (and again today) and this morning the scale showed 3 pounds of bloat! Yikes! I know it will come off... it always does... but it's still a yikes! And my face has broken out like a teenager's! I have not had any skin problems while I have been eating healthy but I guess the sugary cheesecake and a few more refined carbs did a number on my system and my PMS is in full blast mode. My guts are in knots, head is pounding, etc.

So, I gave away some cheesecake, had a bowl of green beans for breakfast, and am making some nice healthy turkey soup for dinner tonight (with veggies added). I also drank a bunch of caffeine just to get myself off the couch, and will be taking my daughter out to the park in a few minutes. I need to get the blood flowing again. I also plan to get on my bike tonight for a half hour. I also stopped logging my calories for 2 or 3 days and that laziness has to stop.

Time to get back to business...

10 comments:

Margie M. said...

Hi Lyn, Leftovers are the bane of my existence at Thanksgiving. This year we went out to a nice buffet and ate what we wanted there and then NO leftovers at home. I gained 2 1/2 lbs. but already by this morning 2lbs. were gone. Just keep doing what you are doing, making better choices, fixing good food (like your soup) and you'll have that continued success !!! PMS can be a B _ _ _ _ as I remember from many years ago.

Amy H. said...

Lyn - I feel your pain.

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Just a thought, but when you mentioned cheesecake and bloat I wondered if you might be lactose intolerant. I used to get those symptoms from dairy products. I switched to soy, but when I do eat dairy I take Lactaid or other dairy aid beforehand. It helped a lot.

Hope you feel better soon.

Judith said...

Hi Lyn, this has nothing to do with your present post but I just wanted to say a big thankyou for your post of 21 October about pomegranates! I saw them in the greengrocers last week and remembering your post, I bought one. I have never tasted one before and have never bought one because I didn't know what to do with it. But now I do, because of your post! So I put it in the bowl for a few days and admired it, and this morning I cut it up according to your directions and had my very first taste. Yum! The colour, and that refreshing juicy taste and texture was a revelation. My first pomegranate won't be my last. Thanks again!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

For me, a little bit of inactivity can quickly roll into a whole lot of inactivity, which generally leads me to overeating. I find that it's all interconnected, the eating and the exercise.

Sorry to hear that you've been in pain. Here's hoping you feel better soon.

ArleneWKW said...

Taking a "small break" doesn't work for me either. It's been very very very hard to get back on track with exercise. I'm still in couch potatoe mode.

Autumnforest said...

I think we all had a tough time with the food situation during the holidays. It always feels like a time to just let go. I have found, though, that I used to be able to have two servings on T-giving day and this year I gave myself a half serving of everything and took my time, visited with folks at the table, and realized I was full before I finished my plate and pushed it aside. I decided to have pie later when I was more empty, but forgot. From now on, when I want to go nuts, I just give myself half a portion and I find that once I tasted it and felt something in my belly, I had enough. I'm so glad I didn't give myself full portions. I can't believe I used to eat that amount--how did I breathe? Well, back to the real world. More holidays coming up to test us, I suppose. Now I know my new trick--half portions. I can always get more later, but I find that I don't need to. It really does satisfy. Keep it up--sounds like you have a good attitude and insight. Hope you feel better soon. PMS is the pits!

Foodie Girl said...

Well, you know what to do to get back on track. That's good! Hope you feel better soon.

Sarah L. said...

Hi Lyn! I am a new reader to your blog and I wanted to say a big thank you for your openess so that others can be inspired to get healthy. I myself did really good over the holidays, but I did have one piece of my pumpkin cake which turned into two pieces by the end of the night. I made everything with the sugar blend and sugar free cool whip,but I think the pumpkin cake is what did it for me. When you say your inside are killing you that is exactly what happened to me. I look forward to reading more of your blog and joining you on your journey. I have quite a bit of weight to lose after having three kiddos back to back.

Ciao from Italy,
Sarah

Greta from www.bigbottomblogger.blogspot.com said...

So right there with you on this one. I am finally back on track today. Erg to PMS and all the things that go along with it!