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Day 47: An unwanted reminder

Last night I decided to drink the chuhai a friend had left in my fridge after our weekly Taco Tuesday dinner this week. Chuhais are these canned, fruity, boozy drinks that are sold here in Japan. They’re delicious, but they have a lot of carbonation in them, so I don’t drink them often. They tend to fill me up really quickly.

I’ve been trying to cut back on how much alcohol I drink though, so instead of making myself the usual Maker’s and Coke, I went with the chuhai instead.

Fast forward to now: I’ve spent the day with some slight nausea, a dull headache, and a little stomach cramping. I’ve been trying to figure out what I might have eaten since yesterday that could be causing me to feel so gross – I’m starting to think it may have been that chuhai. Truthfully, I didn’t stop to consider whether or not it has gluten in it when I drank it. I just grabbed it out of the fridge and took a sip, assuming it was ok.

Unfortunately, the ingredients are all in Japanese, and Googling has yielded me no useful results in determining whether or not chuhais contain gluten. I feel fairly certain that everything else I ate was safe though, it’s the only thing I’m unsure about, so that has to be it, right?

Regardless, this incident has quickly turned into an uncomfortable reminder that I need to make more of a conscious effort if I’m going to be successful at avoiding gluten and dairy. It’s going to be a bit harder than I thought – not that I thought it would be easy. Fortunately, I’m still feeling positive about my chances of doing better going forward. I just need to figure out how to make myself feel better today.

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Day 11: Hello Monday!

It’s Monday.

I used to hate Mondays. I mean, I’ve always liked the idea of a new week and a fresh start, but since they’ve usually coincided with the first day of my work week, I’ve kinda sorta dreaded them. Now that I work from home, I actually really enjoy Mondays. I don’t schedule any work – instead I take the day to get organized for the work week, run errands, and do things around the house, like clean and meal plan.

Unfortunately, Mondays have been a tad off since we returned from vacation. The big kid is on summer break, and I’ve cut back on my workload to spend more time with her and the little kid. I’ve been trying to continue to make the most of my Mondays, but it’s been hard. I’ve been struggling a lot to get back into my routine, and without my routine, I just feel… chaotic? All over the place?

The reminders I set yesterday seemed to help a bit with ensuring I stayed on top of my step count. Although I missed a couple when they went off, I did see a few of them – and something is better than nothing. Although I didn’t hit my step goal until later in the evening, I was close to 15,000 steps several hours earlier than usual. I’m pretty sure I have the reminders to thank for that, especially considering the eventful day we had yesterday. Little kid developed a fever and the big kid got tossed off her pony during her riding lesson. She’s fine – she brushed herself off and fortunately walked away from it with nothing more than a small bruise, but it was scary, to say the least.

I understand I’ll be limited in what I can do today with a sick kid at home, but there’s still a lot I can do. For example, I can set some goals for the week. I haven’t been very consistent with logging my meals, and I doubt my eating habits have changed at all, but my weight’s dipped again a couple of pounds since Friday. I’m sure it’s just water weight, but I’m going to try to do better at logging all of my meals this week, just to see how much I’m eating on average each day.

I also really need to work on getting my sleep schedule back on track. My ADHD makes it difficult for me to fall asleep. If I don’t manage it, I can be up all night just staring at the ceiling and setting myself up for failure the next day. If I don’t get enough sleep, I can’t get up on time in the morning, which throws off my morning routine and entire day. Also, if I manage to get up on time and try to function on little sleep, my medication becomes basically ineffective, and I spend the day walking around in a fog, eating everything in sight, and getting little to nothing done.

I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night and skipped my morning routine, but I’m going to do my best to fight the fog and turn my day around. Hopefully, little kid will feel better soon and I’ll be able to take him on a short run with the jogging stroller while the big kid rides her bike. He woke up pretty happy and energetic, so it seems like my chances are pretty good.

Have a happy Monday!

Current step total: 2,707

Current step goal streak: 1 day 
Previous step goal streak: 1 day 
Longest step goal streak: 6 days 

 

 

Day 7: Sick day

I hit my step goal last night, but I went to bed still feeling pretty gross. It turns out, my less than stellar feeling wasn’t the result of one too many cocktails at dinner on Tuesday night. I think it may actually be a cold or flu or something. I’m not sure. All I know is I woke up this morning feeling absolutely awful. I spent the day in bed and on the couch. I did not hit my step goal. Today, I failed my challenge for the first time.

But that’s what happens when you’re human right? You fail. Despite feeling awful and failing to get my steps in, I made myself get up and write this post because I’m not giving up on this challenge. I’m just going to pick myself up and start over tomorrow.  I’m already starting to feel a little better. The headache that was plaguing me all day is finally gone.

That being said, starting over means my deadline will need to shift. I need to tweak this challenge just a teeny bit. Going forward, my goals is to walk 15,000 steps a day for 365 consecutive days. Wish me luck!

Current step total: 1,618

Current step goal streak: 0 days
Previous step goal streak: 6 days

 

Day 3: Today was hard.

Riding the high of yesterday’s success, I’ve decided to try to keep logging my food every day. I don’t plan on making any diet changes just yet – my priority is walking 15,000 steps each day – but I figure I might as well give it a try. And if I fail, that’s ok, because it’s not my primary focus.

Which is a good thing because today was hard folks. It was the last lazy day of a very lazy week. We had family in town and since it’s summer, I’m working less to spend more time at home with the kiddos. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling so hot. The adrenaline from the last two days of this challenge have kept me moving, but today… well, today was hard. I alternated between finding ways to get my steps in (like pacing around the house and walking to the grocery store) and laying on the couch complaining of all sorts of “I feel sick” symptoms.

In the end, I have my husband to thank for helping me reach my step goal today. This morning, I decided to tell him about the challenge and blog. I figured I would need to do some walking around the house throughout the day to get my steps in and naturally, he’d be curious as to what exactly I was doing. I’m lucky, I have a pretty awesome husband, and as usual, he was supportive of my latest goal. He asked me what my step count was throughout the day, reminding me to move. He kept me going whenever I felt like giving up. He also kept me from losing my shit (pardon the expression) when my Garmin suddenly went black. For an hour or so there, I thought I’d lost my ability to track my steps. Luckily, it was still tracking and eventually came back online.

Now, after hitting my goal, here I sit, watching Avengers: Infinity War (again) while whining to myself about how gross I feel and hoping I feel better tomorrow in order to workout at 5:00 am. As much as I hate the idea of going to the gym tomorrow, I am desperate to get back into my “normal” daily routine. Without a routine, I feel off, but more about that some other time.

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