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 they sell here in Japan. They’re delicious, but they have a lot of carbonation in them, so I don’t drink them often. They fill me up really quickly.

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

Fast forward to now, I’ve spent the day with some slight nausea, dull headache, and a little stomach cramping. I’ve been going over what I’ve eaten since yesterday in my head, trying to figure out what’s triggered this sudden backwards slide in how I feel, but I couldn’t figure it out until just now: it must have been that chuhai. I didn’t even stop to consider whether or not it has gluten in it when I grabbed it out of the fridge and took that first sip.

Granted, the ingredients are all in Japanese, and my Googling has yielded no results in terms of confirming or denying the existence of gluten in chuhais. But, everything else I ate was safe – it’s the only outlier. That had to be it.

Regardless, this has served as a 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, and I already figured it wouldn’t be easy. Fortunately, I’m still feeling positive about my chances of doing it successfully. Now if I could just make myself feel better today.

Day 88: FFS

Day 87

I’m drawing a blank on yesterday. Luckily, I have my Garmin app to remind me that I failed to hit my step goal yesterday by a lot. Thanks Garmin Connect!

Final step count: 8,355

Day 88

Today’s post was supposed to be one full of successes and yay mes, but it isn’t. Little kid was still sick today, so I kept him home. I couldn’t decide on a workout plan to follow, so I skipped the gym out of frustration, and instead of having a plan for tomorrow to get back on track, I am already anticipating another failure.

That’s not a good sign.

Oh, and did I mention I didn’t hit my step goal today either? At this rate, I’m going to surpass my previous 20-day step goal streak with a streak of days I didn’t hit my goal. :/

I need to snap out of whatever this is, and I need to do it pronto. I really don’t want to waste this week or worse, the next four.

Final step count: 12,165

Days 86 & 87: Uncertainty

Day 85

Friday was a lazy evening of sorts. It’d been a while since I’d just vegged out and did some binge TV watching, so after the kids were put to bed and the dog was walked, I parked myself in the couch to watch back-to-back episodes of a Korean drama I found on Netflix.

At around 10pm, I remembered my steps and checked my watch. I was about 50 steps short of my daily goal. I should have stood up at that moment and did a quick lap or two, but I figured I’d walk those steps when I went back to the kitchen to refill my drink or something.

Unfortunately, that moment never came. I got distracted and went to bed 32 steps short of my goal. I also overrate, because hey, at that time of night, snacking just seems like the thing to do.

Final step count: 14,968

Day 86

I wrote a post yesterday. It’s still sitting in my drafts. It was about my new plan for these next few weeks. There was nothing special about it, just my new goals and what I think I might do, but when I reread it before clicking on publish, I had one of those, “why am I writing this?” moments.

I am self-conscious about my writing. It’s one thing to write assuming no one else but me will read it; it’s another to write knowing that someone else just might come across it and read it as well.

I’m generally an open book. I overshare at times, and I’m ok with that. Or so I tell myself. I’m not ashamed to be who I am. But when it comes to expressing myself in the written form, my confidence at times escapes me.

None of that really matters now though because here I am, typing up another post. That’s what matters right? That despite how I may feel, I haven’t given up.

Final step count: 9,383

Just because I haven’t given up though, doesn’t mean I’m doing all that great. I woke up sick today. Needless to say, I didn’t eat very well and I’m way behind on my step goal. I honestly don’t think I’ll hit it today.

But, tomorrow is a new day and it’s a Monday. What better day for a fresh start than a Monday? Hopefully I’ll wake up feeling much better and I’ll be able to hit the gym and share my plans for the coming four weeks. I’ve still got a ways to go to hit my goals, and I’ve got a lot of steps to take to finally get on track to successfully complete this challenge.

Current step total: 7,801

Day 11: Hello Monday!

Day 10

The reminders seemed to help yesterday. Although I missed a couple of them when they went off, I did see a few of them – and something is better than nothing. I didn’t hit my step goal until later in the evening, but 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. The 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.

Final step count: 15,092

Day 11

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 it’s usually coincided with the first day of my work week, I’ve sort of dreaded it. 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 both kids. I’ve done my best to still make the most of my Mondays, but I’ve just really been struggling overall to get back into my routine. Without my routine, I just feel… chaotic? All over the place?

I understand I’ll be limited in what I can do today with a sick little kid. 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 confident it’s just water weight, but I’m going to try to do better at logging all of my meals this week to see just 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 today 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

Day 6

I cut it pretty close last night. Despite the crappy weather, I did my best to walk around the house and take a walk or two outside. Unfortunately, I got distracted. It wasn’t until I was getting ready to go to bed around 10:30 pm that I realized I was still short of my 15,000 step goal by about 1,400 steps. I had to walk laps around my bedroom for at least 15 minutes or more. It sucked, but at least I hit my goal.

Final step count: 15,258

Day 7

Unfortunately, although I hit my goal last night, I went to bed still feeling pretty gross. It turns out, my less than stellar feeling wasn’t a result of the couple of cocktails I had on Tuesday night, it was actually 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.

Since I did have this small setback, going forward I’m going to include my previous and current step goal success streaks on my future posts. My challenge will be complete and a success when my current streak hits 365 days. I can do this.

Current step total: 1,618

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


Day 3 (Part Deux): Today was hard.

Day 3

Yo… today was hard folks. It was the last lazy day of a very lazy week. We had family visiting and since it’s summer, I’m working less to spend more time at home with the kiddos. The thing is, I haven’t been feeling so hot. The adrenaline from the last two days of this challenge have kept me moving, but today… 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 hitting my step goal today. This morning, after publishing my Day 3 post, I decided to tell him about the challenge and blog. I had a feeling I would need to do some walking around the house throughout the day to get my steps in and he would likely want to know if something was wrong or if I had to pee. I have a pretty awesome husband, and as usual, he was supportive of my latest goal and 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 keep track of 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. Oh, and I logged all my food again today in MyFitnessPal. It’s a 2 day streak!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Monday’s only a few hours away.

“Final” step count: 15,431 – plus whatever few steps I’ll take between now and bedtime.