Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Yes, I know I am blogging a lot! I have a lot in my head and missed blogging for that week I was away.

I have struggled over the past months with not having enough energy. I am still struggling. I truly hope that by putting healthy stuff in my body, my energy level will pick back up. But I also worry that part of it is just my age, and that at 42 I can't have the energy I had in my 20's.

I am tired today. And I learned two things:

1. Do not buy dark chocolate covered almonds because they are "healthy." I eat too many and today they actually made me feel sick. I am not used to eating sugar. It was just too much, and nausea really saps your energy. I am also suffering sugar crash because of it. I have always been okay with having small amounts of dark chocolate on occasion, but chocolate covered nuts are just too tempting.

2. For heaven's sakes, turn on the A/C! I tend to leave the windows open and not turn on the air conditioning unless it is 90 degrees outside. I like fresh air. I like hearing the birds. But holy cow, the heat is exhausting! I feel like taking a nap. It is 86 in the house and I just now turned on the A/C because I can hardly move in this heat. I need to turn it on earlier in the day to keep things cool enough to function.

The tomatoes are taking over the house. I am going to have a BLT for dinner. I am also going to try and get to bed early (before 11) and get enough rest to get things done tomorrow. Right now I just feel kind of icky. That's all for now... just felt like sharing.

16 comments:

Bec said...

I know how you feel with energy and heat. I hate the heat and find it very hard to do anything. yes air con on early in the day will do wonders. Feel better.

js said...

I'm with you on the energy thing, kind of discouraging, I always feel better in the winter anyway.
Hope you have a wonderful week Lyn!

Anonymous said...

Dark chocolate is good in bits. Chocolate and almonds are not really a healthy thing to have around when trying to maintain weight, nuts are healthy but very high calorie in small amounts and are so very easily overdone and over eaten. I know you know this stuff, but with jumping in to healthy food with such zest is surely going to bring the 200s back before you know what hit. Some caring advice, please--breath, just breath. Log what you are eating and count the calories, I think you may be surprised how they are adding up in a day. Don't want to weigh yourself very often? I feel this is a huge mistake while changing plans. People like us can easily gain five pounds overnight even with healthy food, gaining the lost pounds will be so disheartening it may be that much more difficult to climb out of the funk and pick the next plan.

Marilyn said...

I hear you re. dark chocolate covered almonds, Lyn! They are KRYPTONITE to me and my husband! And we'd be totally lost without A/C - it makes living in the desert possible. Hang in there - "tomorrow is another day", as Ms. Scarlett said! XO - M

Occasional Kate said...

Oh the heat! I can't stand it and I am so thankful I don't live in the desert, or a humid climate like Florida. I would be miserable all the time. I usually turn on the a/c before lunch and leave it going until after dinner. The rest of the time I don't bother with it. Saves money, too!

Karen said...

Chocolate covered almonds = crack. ( to me- LOL). Take care and keep cool! The library is always nice and cool

Anonymous said...

Yes. You are blogging a lot. And guess what ? I LOVE IT !!!

timothy said...

sadly as we age we can't abuse out bodies and have them work like they used to. it really is a cumlative affect so you have to give the healthy life time to rebuild decades of loss from the abuse. just keep eating healthy, exercising, and getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night (8 is better) you'll wake up one day and realize you feel GREAT! xoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Slow and steady wins the race? I keep trying to remind myself that there is a balance between losing weight and feeling soooooo deprived. If I lose 20 pounds in 6 months vs 2 it's better than gaining 5. My weight loss has slowed down, but having a few dark chocolate chips (Ghiradelli 60%) after dinner with my tea is a nice treat after foregoing bread/chips/pastries/fries and any other combination of food I could choose. Awareness is the best tip to losing weight. Awareness of your indulgences, awareness of the how your body is feeling and awareness of what the scale is reporting is all good information.

Lyn said...

Re: logging~

I think if I tried to count calories right now I'd feel like throwing myself off a cliff. (No not literally, but you get the feeling). I am just going to enjoy BEING, and pay attention to how various foods affect my body, while eating nourishing foods as much as possible. I am almost sure I will do some kind of counting again at some point, but for sure not now.

Sassle said...

The heat has always zapped me of much energy and most especially when I eat poorly. I would often say it feels like I have spaghetti legs because when its too hot and I eat junk food my legs feel weak.

Miraculously this summer its not happening nearly as often, it might have to do with the fact that I consume less sugar in my diet, I'm not sure, but I did notice and I'm grateful.

You are an inspiration Lynn, thanks for sharing!

Sassle

Karen said...

My lack of energy was one of the main reasons I knew I had to get off the junk food. I just could not face my dog training classes with an energetic 2 year old Flat-coated Retriever feeling this crappy. I bet we both feel like new people in a week!!! And you are not old at 42...you will be running around like a 17 year old by Halloween!!!

Leslie said...

You have some great comments here, Lyn, and I agree with the people who are feeling concerned for you. I've read you for a long time, and observed some of the same things people have noticed. I love that Theresa boldly said that "grass fed" beef doesn't mean it's any less caloric than corn fed. And just because you've lost a good amount of weight doesn't mean that now you'll be able to eat 5 chocolate covered almonds a day instead of handfuls. Every blogger who has really lost weight and maintained for a long time says that maintenance still requires vigilance, and mostly SELF HONESTY.

It's like an alcoholic with 20 years of sobriety (myself) can't suddenly have A glass of wine with dinner once in a while. Once you're pickled, you can't go back to being a cucumber. Sugary items have always sent you back for more (and me too, btw, and I HAVE NOT lost the weight I need to), so why would that have changed? Addiction is a disease that progresses - it doesn't go away.

You said you want to just be and observe how different foods affect your body. I believe you could reread portions of your blog from when you were regaining and struggling mightily and be able to glean that information without having to try it again.

I'm saying this out of love, and out of true identification with you and your eating tendencies. Not matter how much I want to be normal with food, it ain't gonna happen, and the sooner I truly deeply accept that and work WITH it rather than AGAINST it, the sooner I'm begin to find real recovery from the monster that is food addiction.

Anonymous said...

Ok. I have to say this. I think what you are doing right now is very ok. After all that Medifast time, I understand you need something else. You know the best. After a little time you know how to figure it out and loose rest of your weight and live healthy. I think your plan sounds reasonable.

Anonymous said...

I want to tell you about heat. I live in Tennessee and walk daily for 40-45 minutes. I've tried walking at dusk, but live in the country and have seen one too many LIVE snakes! What I do now is have one of my kids pour a bucket of water over my head and it really cools you down as it dries as you walk. I've been walking for ten years now and need all the tricks I can get.

In the lower humidty or cold I can walk for miles (no problems), but I really have to make myself go out in summer. We had nearly three weeks of 100 plus days (with high, high humidity) and I got so desperate some days I walked in the house (which I've also done during ice storms). There is always a way to exercise.

Anonymous said...

Ps-42 really is not old. My dear old grandma went for long walks nearly daily in her 70s, and was bustling full of life. I know she wasn't the only one Like this. I think you are unfortunately feeling the aftermath of obesity, and luckily you can reverse a lot of that and build up strength and endurance.