January 30th, 2008

[Health & Nutrition] The D Word

That’s right, I'm starting a diet. It seems like such a dirty word but I'm gonna use it! I figured with the addition of exercise to my life and my goal to lose weight, I should really consider eating properly.

I guess it’s really more of a permanent change than an actual diet, which tends to imply something short-term. I'm slowly cutting out highly processed, high glycemic index foods and adding in more of the good stuff. It's going to be a challenge for me since I really do tend to crave fatty, salty foods but I figure I'll be doing myself a big favour and there's plenty of healthy alternatives to choose from. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of foods that are low to moderate on the glycemic index scale.

I was sure that I was going to open the book I got about the G.I. and find a whole lot of foods weren't allowed but that’s not the case. Pasta is okay, just cook it al dente so it doesn’t break down too much. Choose whole grain foods (duh) instead of white/refined foods (again duh). Most fruits and veggies are low G.I. but some do break down into sugar faster, so chose those less often and choose the lower G.I. foods more. It’s all sensible stuff and well laid out in this book so that I can print of grocery lists and recipe ideas if I want.

I only really got the book to provide me with some motivation and good clear guidelines. A lot of it is pretty straightforward but something about having it laid out there in black and white is really helpful. The fact that it has weekly grocery lists for the meal plans is also a nice perk!

It’s not going to be easy for me. I’ve started and stopped “healthy eating” plans so many times I can’t even remember. The main thing to remember is to go easy on myself. I want to get it perfect right away and I think if I keep in mind that even eating a properly balanced meal once a week is a step in the right direction. Just like the gym, I’ll probably find that once a week will quickly turn into two or three times a week and next thing I know I’ll actually be wanting to eat better!

Annoyed but with a silver lining...

Yesterday was a complete write-off for me. I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible headache. I went back to bed and woke up when my alarm went off only to discover my head was still killing me. I left what was apparently a less than coherent message on my manager's voicemail and passed back out. I think I was awake for about an hour somewhere around noon, had some cereal, took an advil and proceeded to go back to sleep. I didn't wake up until after 3pm, still feeling the pain. I took some more meds and started tinkering around online. I didn't get much accomplished and was in bed before 11pm.

Naturally, I didn't sleep very well and woke up late this morning making me late for work. I called ahead to let them know and made up the time but halfway through my shift my head started hurting again. This time it's not a migraine but rather just pain throughout. I'm annoyed. I feel completely worn out.

I'm also not going to be able to go to the gym today or tomorrow (unless I wake up early) because tonight I have to take Apalala to the vet for a check-up after work and tomorrow I work late and am heading straight over to C & J's place afterwards. I went on Monday and I'll probably go on Friday but I'm frustrated that my schedule this week along with the bloody migraine doesn't allow for more. I'm actually ENJOYING my few minutes at the gym! If it wasn't for the fact that I've signed up for the bestest trade-show ever tomorrow, I could have gone for a few minutes before heading to C&J's place. Unfortunately, the trade-show runs from 10 - 5:30 (an hour later than my usual shift) which means my only other option is to come in early for a workout... not likely.

I know this week's been more of the exception than the rule but I'm currently feeling ticked off about it. I'm sure I'll get over it in no time but I am certainly irked at the moment!

One awesome thing, however, was that I finally got my mark for my most recent course. Even with an essay that was 3 pages shy of the minimum requirements, I got an A!! The grade was 85%!! I'm pretty pleased with it.