I have not had a good week. I have been terribly moody and that is a wild understatement. I could describe my behavior but I am too ashamed. All I will say is that I have been borderline psychotic. The only time I have felt at ease is when I am exercising. I have been having the worst menstrual cramps, my intake of sugar has decreased drastically, and the Winter quarter at school is starting to come to a close which means final projects are needing to be completed.
To top it all off, I have been applying for internships and accidentally sent an entire packet of confidential information about myself to the wrong e-mail address. Thankfully, the person I e-mailed it to messaged me back and told me they deleted it right away and not to worry. Thank goodness. This helped ease my nerves because I had a complete breakdown after I realized what I had done. I am hoping I begin to feel better soon. When Paul quit caffeine earlier this year, he said it took about two weeks for his migraines to disappear and for his body to not ache or feel tired anymore. It has only been about 4 days that I have stayed within the recommended range of added sugars that may be consumed.
All I know is that this experience is making me never want to become hooked on sugar again!
Now on to the stats and new goals:
My active calorie goal was to reach 310 calories. I did that for all but two days and those days I wasn’t that far off. My activity app suggests 340 calories for this upcoming week and I think I will have an easier time reaching it this time around. I woke up this morning feeling better than I had this past weekend. I am going to try my best to keep my anger and frustration under control and channel it into my activity.
I did way better this week than the past two weeks. I am not too worried when I go over a 100 calories or so on some days. As long as I am still burning more calories than I consume I am fine but I try to aim for the 1,300 to 1,600 calorie range to keep me from going off the rails too much. It is easier to stay within my calorie goal now that I am paying closer attention to sugars in food. I am amazed by how much sugar is in everything, even my precious processed soy products. Starbucks is ridiculous in the sugar content. I had stopped drinking frappacinos for two years now but now that I have reevaluated this sugar business I am realizing that even the unsweetened soy lattes have an entire day’s worth of sugar in it. Here I am with all these Starbucks gift cards and at a loss of how to spend them. Probably just on plain hot tea and then plain cold tea when the weather warms up.
Yes!!! I feel great about my exercising this past week. I have stuck with it everyday. I am enjoying it, it makes me feel good. I am noticing a flexibility in my joints that had never been there before and I am also noticing my arms are getting stronger. I feel utterly amazing during and after exercise. I do notice I feel on edge beforehand though. I want to do exercise but it is not convenient or I have other things I need to do (like taking care of the house, school work, actual paid work, etc.) I may not be able to dedicate as much time as I feel to exercise exclusively but I just make sure to get up and take a walking break or to stay active at work. I also know that I shouldn’t push my body too hard. I have the habit of pushing myself until I hurt myself and then I stop exercising so the injury heals. So I am being careful with it. You might have noticed that I had done an entire 1 minute and 50 seconds worth of Pilates. Yeah. I’m counting it. It is actually a part of this 30 day challenge to help build arm strength up. My arms have always been my area that I am most self conscious about and I thought it would be nice to add a little extra strength training at a slower pace. This week my goals are to do much the same as last week; do yoga everyday, go on two 20 to 25 minute walks a week or 30 minutes of cycle to sub, and work on that Sleek Arms challenge.
One sixty-five point five. It is the lowest weight I have ever been at. I attribute this completely to reducing my intake of added sugars and increasing my fiber as well. I have been at a plateau for the longest time. Hovering between 158 to 160 lbs. I think that how many calories in a food is most important but it is also important where those calories are coming from. Eating less processed, salty, and sweet foods has been very helpful in reducing my weight. Of course, every Tuesday sees a weight increase. This is because Monday is burrito night. Paul and I get burritos and a churro and I always gain a pound or two afterwards. I am excited to see my “fat” Tuesday morning weight go down as I get better at handling my food intake.
Compiling information about fiber and sugar intake into separate tables has helped me immensely. I use MyFitnessPal to keep track of all my food and nutrients and the app does track this stuff on there however it doesn’t click for me. Taking it out and making my own tables showing the amount consumed throughout the week helps me keep on track and adjust accordingly to my goals. As you can see my sugar intake has decreased by almost half comparing Tuesday to Monday. Even more so considering that I had been averaging an intake of almost 100 to 150 grams a sugar a day during the previous week. It is no wonder I have been feeling like I have the flu but I am going to persist. Keeping track of fiber helps me eat more fruits and veggies throughout the day which can be difficult for me despite eating a primarily vegetarian diet. If I could I would probably live off of ramen and dairy-free ice cream but alas this diet makes me feel like total shit and doesn’t do any favors for my skin. My fiber and sugar goals will always be the same, stay within 25 g of added sugar and get at least 25 g of fiber. However I have decided another two goals of mine that are related to these are to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day and when I am feeling agitated or tired to take a nap or meditate.
Until next time!