Faith Fitness and Laughter

Feeling Good

on July 16, 2012

Morning!   I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Sometimes I actually look forward to Monday because I am such a creature of habit. 🙂   I took this past weekend to unplug a bit and do some thinking.  I think I am trying to get a cold too.  I am not going to let it stop me though!

I didn’t take one picture of my food this weekend and that was nice.  I even got my phone out to take a picture but I stopped myself, “no, I am unplugging!”

Oh wait!  I did take a picture!!

Have you tried the new energy drinks at Starbucks??   Oh my word this was good!  Berry Hibiscus. 🙂

 

At my doctors visit last week I really wanted him to do some blood work and check my hormone levels.  He didn’t do this.  I was a little disappointed that he didn’t.  Hear me out.  I don’t want something to be wrong, but do you ever have that feeling that there is something wrong??  I sat down and made a list of my symptoms:

  • anxious
  • obsessive thoughts
  • increased fears
  • worthless feeling
  • fatigued
  • falling/staying asleep
  • lack of focus
  • lack of energy
  • weight gain
  • cold hands/feet
  • mood swings
  • water retention
  • dizziness during menstrual cycle
  • craving sweets/carbs even when not hungry
  • craving sugary foods
  • TMJ
  • eat when emotionally stressed
  • feel full when finished eating, but not satisfied
  • think and obsess over food all of the time
  • easily irritated or mad
  • overwhelming sense of disappointing someone

 

I don’t have these symptoms all of the time, but these are the ones that concern me the most.  I really want to stress that these are just my thoughts on the subject and I am using my blog to express my feelings about the subject.

A couple of years back a friend of mine picked up this book called; The Feel Good Diet.  It wasn’t something that I wanted to try at first, but my friend got really quick results, so I ordered the book and really loved it.  The first part of the book is the most important.  It really breaks down what happens to your body when the essential hormones are out of balance.  Such as; thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and insulin.  These hormones are important when it comes to your Neurotransmitters: serotonin and dopamine.  These two very important neurotransmitters regulate your memory, appetite, blood pressure, learning, and body temperature.  (all of which I am  having issues with)

The second half of the book deals with the meal plans and which one is best suited for your body type.  Here’s how the plan worked for me.  I had six small meals during the day.  Three regular meals, and three snacks.  My meals consisted of one carb and two proteins.  My snacks consisted of one carb.  Before each regular meal I would drink 8 oz of distilled water with 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar.  It’s called the Super pH water and it removes cell acid wastes that have accumulated during the night and corrects cell pH.  There are also some foods that you can eat and not have to count them as a carb or a protein.  For example anything fresh such as; apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, and lemons.

I felt amazing when I was doing this!  I even dropped 25 pounds!  I am thinking that it was sometime last year that I stopped following the meal plan and drinking the pH water, mainly for tummy issues.

 

Things in my life were different a couple of years ago.  I think that I am a different person, even from just a couple of years ago.   When the nurse weighed me last week I asked her to look and see what I weighed the last time I was there (Dec 2011).  155.  Now?  167.   To some, that isn’t that much.  To me, all it says is epic fail.  It’s not just the weight.  It’s the entire list up top and the weight.

 

Case in point:  I went to bed early Saturday night but didn’t fall asleep until midnight.  I started coughing at 1:30 and didn’t go back to sleep until 4:00 am.  So today, I dug my book out to re-read it.

 

 

Here’s my meal plan for today:

Breakfast:    2 eggs and 1/2 cup of fried potatoes (8:00 am)

Snack:    clementine (11:00 am)

Lunch:    Salad and 1/2 of an apple  (1:00 pm)

snack:    strawberries  (4:00 pm)

Dinner:    2 oz of salmon, roasted brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes (6:45 pm)

Snack:    dark chocolate/mocha granola (9:00 pm)

 

Workout: 

I am still sticking to my running and yoga, and this is a running day!  Shooting for 3 miles.  P. S. Only did 2.5.    My legs felt like I had weights around them, oh wait…..that’s just my thighs!!  ;p     Anyway, they felt heavy, and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath.  It’s a bit humid outside and I have a bit of congestion in my chest.

 

Breakfast: 8:00 am

This was really really good.  I used one red potato, poked holes in it with a fork, nuked it in the microwave for about 7 minutes.  I think I probably could have gone with less time.  Once it was done, I cut it into cubes, put some olive oil in a skillet and let them get brown.  Yum!  I also cooked the eggs in olive oil as well.

 

I have only had one cup of coffee so far, but will have one more before I head into work.  NO COFFEE AFTER 12:00!!!   🙂

 

 

Have a great day!!

 

 

 

 

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4 responses to “Feeling Good

  1. I am totally craving some Starbucks now.

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  2. aw don’t get hung up on numbers. there are so many other factors that determine your health and it seems like you have been in such a great place with your commitment and happiness. Hang in there!

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says:

    Health is such a hard thing to define isn’t it? It is tough if you feel something isn’t right and your doctor didn’t run the tests you were hoping for. I suppose something that stands out for me on your list is that stress would influence all of those things – and often once our emotions start up, they then manage to keep themselves going! At the same time, of course you’re going to be stressed if things aren’t right physically. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, other than to say definitely keep looking for support and assistance that will help you, both with the food (sounds like you’re going well with that side!) and more generally 🙂

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