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 46: Challenges

One of the many challenges of trying to walk 15,000 steps a day is the initial streak hurdle. When you’ve only hit your step goal for one, two, or three consecutive days, it’s easy to blow it off and start over again if you’re too tired or cranky. You haven’t gotten very far just yet, so no big deal right?

That’s the challenge I’m facing right now. I’m exhausted and I want to go to bed. My step goal seems out of reach since I’m only at 5,842 steps for the day. Hitting 15,000 would require over an hour and a half’s worth of living room laps, and frankly, it just doesn’t seem worth it right at this moment.  I’m so tired! Isn’t getting a good night’s rest more important?

When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter what excuse I come up with or how I justify it. What matters is what I choose to do or not do, and the only person it really matters to is me, right? Why all the drama? Sometimes going to sleep is the right answer. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself tonight.

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

Day 76: I did it!

Day 76

I made it to the gym this morning. I didn’t want to go. I dreaded it the entire walk to the gym; but I went and I worked out. Granted, I felt weak and cranky, but I got it done.

That being said, I realized I’m not really enjoying this new workout I’m doing. I’m not sure whether to stick with it, or try something different. I won’t make any decisions about it tonight, but I will definitely give it some thought and try to come up with something tomorrow.

Regardless, I’ll stick with the program for now. My husband won’t be around in the morning, and I have to work, but I should be able to complete my scheduled high intensity interval training (HIIT) early in the am from home, before the children wake up.

Assuming I wake up on time that is. I’ve been averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night; no bueno. I’m exhausted. I need a real, full night’s sleep.

Speaking of sleep, it’s past my bedtime. Good night everyone!

Final Step Count: 18,477