17 May 2013
I know it shouldn't, but it affects my mood and motivation and makes maintenance massively more challenging. With the seemingly never-ending grey skies and wet stuff, I find that I DO want to munch and I DON'T want to get out and walk. A dilemma, because I know what I 'should' do.
So, I've been casting about for little games to make my recalcitrant self behave. Singing to myself sometimes does the trick to lift my mood, so the fat lass has got inventive.
With huge apologies to Carole King... I've made up some 'alternative' words to one of her songs. I'm just trying to motivate myself to get my backside out and walk, even though today is yet another grey, wet, November-ish sort of day, and this makes me giggle. If I walk while I'm giggling... that'll do for me.
So, limber up those vocal cords, and sing along with me:
The weather here has not been nice as it can be,
but I guess that it doesn't matter much to me
For all the fun I'd have if summer'd come to stay,
I think it's going to rain until September
I don't need sunny skies for things I have to do,
I can't stay at home the whole day long cos work is due
As far as I'm concerned each day's a rainy day,
and I think it's going to rain until September
I'd really love to have a picnic on the beach,
like everyone, I love the summertime,
but you know sunshine while your rays are out of reach,
this summer isn't any friend of mine
It doesn't matter that the skies are grey not blue,
if it rains on my head 'cause walking's what I'll do
I'm only hoping for the sun to shine all day,
but I think it's going to rain until September
oh I think it's going to rain until September
14 May 2013
I encountered some particularly tempting leftovers in our communal kitchen at work yesterday. One was a box of little chocolate cornflake cakes, but the other... swoon... was an open box of Viennese Whirls! Delicate, pale, flaky, jammy, 'cream'-filled and looking like the perfect wee snackette for a stressful morning.
I looked, and looked, and looked, and even sniffed a bit. Growl, hiss, spit! Rude words were uttered.
Then I went back to my office and nibbled a few hazel nuts instead. When I went back to the kitchen later, all that was left was crumbs. Lucky escape, or what?
Thank you low-carb.
Posted by Deniz at 16:12
09 May 2013
Lunch was more of a problem, but I'm pleased to say I stayed strong. We were presented with platters of sandwiches, bowls of crisps and nachos, a plate of ready-cut sweet fruits (sadly no berries) and a tray of mini fresh-cream buns and muffins. Looked pretty, but not even remotely low-carb, so I picked some salad leaves, a sliver of Brie (scraping off the red 'jammy' stuff) and a few bits of ham out of some of the sarnies and ditched the bread. I chose the two smallest pieces of melon (the best on offer carb-wise) and turned my head away from the nachos and cream cakes.
Meagre? Yep, and I wasn't anywhere near 'full', and in fact I left the meeting starving of the hunger but I felt proud of myself, despite those odd looks I got from other committee members at lunch.
However, a day away from routine and it does feel like the scales have dropped from my eyes so I can now recognise something that has been happening, on and off, for a few weeks. I also think I'm seeing a pattern to it. Hmmm, this is not good.
I realised that, of late, the fat lass has turned all 'fancy hungry' again. It's not that I'm actually 'hungry' or 'need' to eat, as such, just that I fancy a little something and find that I'm casting round for the very thing that fits the bill. And very often, as is usually the case in this situation, oh dear Lord... whatever I try simply doesn't do it.
Hmmm, so why is this happening?
Despite changing to the new medication (thankfully!) and seeing some big improvements, I'm still not sleeping terribly well. There are still life's stresses and worries which pounce like a stalking tiger in the night. In fact, aside from when physical activity has been way above and beyond the norm meaning I'm going to sleep right N-O-W... even standing up if needs be, I can't remember what a normal 'good' night's sleep really feels like.
So, when I get up around five every weekday morning I'm very often not feeling rested and ready for the day, but tired... Some days are OK-ish, some worse than others.and sometimes I feel draggingly bone-tired.
I think this is part of it. Being so tired means that, just recently, at six o'clock in the morning,after doing my (non-negotiable) rowing, abs stuff and hopping in the shower, I've really been struggling with the idea of breakfast again. I guess this starts my day off all wrong.
Remember, this is the woman who used to hate (make that H-A-T-E) eating at sparrow-cough... er, I mean first thing. So now, I make an effort and I can usually say, yes, fine, OK, alright, I'll eat... Usually, but not always.
To be fair though, my darling lovely hubby wouldn't let me out of the house without eating 'something'! But I find I'm eating without any great enthusiasm quite often. Over recent weeks I'll regularly just finish about half and take the rest in a box to work for mid-morning break time at ten-ish, when I do actually look forward to and enjoy it. That's OK, I guess.
Then just before the lunch break, at around about midday, I have got into the habit of munching through my veggie crudites while I work. Is that a good thing, or a bad one?
Having done that, when I do stop working, I get my ass out into the fresh air and set off for a good hour's walk (this usually racks up around three miles or so). Great, eh? Well, yeah, it is, but I'm now generally wanting 'something' to eat when I get back to work.
Hey, so what if I want something, hmm? That's not a problem. I've been bringing a little pot of olives or yoghurt and seeds or something to have then. So far, so good... except that it isn't.
Because by around mid-afternoon, say three o'clock, I've started to feel distinctly nibbly of late, and my eye begins to wander around those little low-carb snacky bits I keep at work. Now I don't have very much of anything at a time, but I might have more than one 'not very much' portion, because whatever I've munched didn't satisfy me.
Something ain't right here and it needs to change. This doesn't happen at weekends when we usually get up and eat breakfast later. I can go all day and barely feel hungry then.
It didn't happen a while ago. So why is it happening now? That's what I'd like to figure out.
Is it the tiredness? Is it the stress? Is it boredom? Is it that I'm eating the 'wrong' things so I don't stay sated? Is my body craving some nutrient that I just don't recognise? Maybe I need to think fats and proteins as a base for small meals, rather than my beloved crudites.
Heck, I don't know - but I will figure this out and I WILL change it because this feels like an unsafe place to be. The nibble monster really isn't my friend. Constant looking for 'something' is too close to home - just too similar to my old bad behaviour, and I really don't want those hard-lost pounds to start finding me again.
Ah well, onwards ever...