Today was one of those days. It started out normal. I got ready for work, trying to decide what to wear. I had it all planned… I’m addicted to skirts lately. Today it would have been a black skirt, this lovely top, a sweater and knee high boots. Then, Brody woke up coughing, with a slight fever and the pallor of an albino corn snake (sort of yellow, sort of white). He said he didn’t feel well and I believed him.
That was my first mistake.
So, I worked from home today. All dressed up with no where to go. I really hate that. Now I’m dreading going to work tomorrow because I don’t want to deal with my boss. Am I allowed to work from home? I should be – and I do – but does he like it? Sigh.. I don’t really care right now. I had 3 conference calls and some important projects to finish.
Then, Brody started to feel better at around 1:00 or so. Between the tylenol and the burrito – he had mucho energy. Picture it, I’m on a conference call with 5 other people and my 5.5 year old is running up and down the hallway (while practicing his whistle) like a maniac! Not only is he running, but he’s jumping (and whistling) and making a galloping sound. All the while, I’m on a call. For work.
Not even threats could make him stop. And I tried…
Then he talked me into letting him play the Wii. What a mistake that was. I thought it would keep him quiet. He continued to interrupt me every 2.4 seconds because he couldn’t get his character on Kungfu Panda (the panda) to jump right, or hit right, or walk right, or open the door, or shoot the arrow right. OY.
I managed to put in a full day’s work (without killing anyone). I made them dinner, their dad came home, dropped off Buggy and ran off to a meeting. I made them special ice cream….. mixed with oreo cookies. I almost licked my fingers.. but damn YOU sugar – you make me KRAZEEEEE so I did NOT lick my fingers. And let me tell you, THAT was huge for me today.
OY did it suck yesterday. I was fine in the morning, but by the afternoon – I was ready to sleep. So that means that I had enough sugar in my body to sustain me for 2.5 days before it crashed. THAT is scary!
I was too tired to go to yoga!
My friend Troy suggested a meal plan for me, but it sounds so boring! However, I did have oatmeal and a serving of fruit for breakfast (that’s one of his suggestions – said something about burning more calories during the day and he didn’t want me to be skinny fat). Have y’all tasted plain oatmeal? It’s definitely not as good as Maple Brown Sugar. But I’m thinking I’ll get used to it.
So far, I’m starting day four and it’s not that bad anymore. I actually feel better, I’m not puffy and have lost 2 lbs (although that is not my goal for this process). Hooray!
Today is going pretty well. It’s day 2 in the “no sugar” thing. It’s not a diet… it’s just something that I felt I needed to do. Sugar pretty much makes me crazy… it makes my normal mood swings irrational and stupid.
I think I might have an issue this afternoon, because I’m at work. Around 2:30 or so.. the floor starts to get warm and my desire to sleep gets strong. We’ll see how I do. I had to throw all of my mints away today… I’m not as sad about it as I sound. I think I might miss chocolate. I’m definitely not saying this is going to be easy – but I’m willing to struggle. I have done this before… I just need to get past the first week. After that, it’ll be smooth sailing.
The last time I quit sugar was Christmas Eve of 1999. My mom spent an entire month baking for Christmas and I didn’t even have one tiny little sample. I quit caffeine a couple of weeks ago, which wasn’t that bad. We’ll just see how it goes. It may be all in my head, but I feel different today.
I have to admit, it really wasn’t that bad. Today was my first day without sugar. I had to supplement my day with more water and fruit. Of course, we’ll see how it goes when I’m doing homework. I am really shocked at how well it went.
Of course, the first day is always the easiest.
Alright, so here is a short list of all the items I will not be able to consume as of tomorrow.. Sunday, October 5, 2008.
In no particular order:
- Occassional donuts on sunday mornings
- Homemade cookies
- bar-be-que sauce
- Store bought salad dressings
- Ice cream (very high up there on my reason for living list)
- pie (oh god pie!)
- Instant oatmeal
- Bottled sauces (like teriyaki, etc.)
I know it’s good for me, I’ll probably lose a bit of weight. I won’t have all those stupid hormonal urges. Speaking of hormonal urges, I was watching an old SNL last night, the one with Tina Fey (but from a while ago). They did a skit on Annuale, a birth control pill for women that let’s your period come once a year. The “catch-phrase” was: “when it is time for your period, you better hold on to your f’in hat!” Here’s the link.
Ok so I’m going to give it a shot. What’s the worst that can happen? I stop eating sugar? oooohhh Oh and feel free to add to this list… I will become a master ingredient list reader!
I don’t remember doing this when I was a kid. It turns out, as an adult, I eat when I am stressed out! I spent a large portion of my life not even worrying about things. Now, as a parent and a wife (and an adult and a student) I am worrying about all sorts of stuff! I’ve noticed that if I have homework due, I always have food in front of me. Mostly sugary foods.
I happened to find some old pictures today and noticed how clear my skin was, how fresh and beautiful I looked… how I am staying away from the mirror today. Stress has really aged me! I think it’s time that I start simplifying my life. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do that… but I know it must be done! I think I might stop sugar again. I’ve done it before… I can probably do it again. Although, the last time I quit sugar I was single, living in Vancouver and did not have any children. I also looked FABULOUS! Ok ok… it’s time. Crap.
First, I give up caffeine because Michael did. Now I’m giving up sugar! Ok… I’m going to go slow and take it one day at a time. Oy. Wish me luck. Goodbye BBQ sauce! Goodbye ketchup! bah… I’m grumpy about it already! I might ask my friend “the universe” to help me with this task.