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Day 30: Dazed and confused

Over the past week, I’ve written, and then promptly deleted, a couple of posts similar to this one.

Generally, I consider myself to be an open book. I’m not afraid to show my emotions or put my crazy on display. I’m long past the age where I care about sharing a much more flattering image of myself with the world. I am flawed – and that’s ok. It’s what makes me human.

But, there was something about this past week that kept me from clicking the “Publish” button. Something about it seemed too much to put out there. I don’t think it was necessarily the words I wrote, but how I’ve been feeling as I wrote them that made me hesitate.

This past week, I’ve just been feeling pretty out of it. It’s kind of like I’ve been sleep walking or stumbling about in a fog of sorts. I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling this way – I just have been. My best guess would be that it’s because i haven’t been sleeping well, but maybe it’s excess stress? Who knows? I don’t.

I want to snap out of, get back on track, and get to working on the sleep goal I’ve been neglecting since I set it. But, I can’t seem to do it. I’m stuck.

On the bright side, despite feeling less than motivated, I have managed to get back to consistently hitting my step goal after the last slip up. I’ve already got an 11-day streak going.

But, other than that, everything has fallen by the wayside.

I’d hoped the new wellness tracker I got would get me going again, but instead, the stress tracking feature threw me off even more. I mean, I knew I had a tendency to put a lot of pressure on myself and that most, if not all, of my stress is self-inflicted, but this thing seems to think I spend most of my day in a medium or high stress state. Either it’s terribly inaccurate or I’m… well, I don’t know what I am. All I know is, it doesn’t seem like a good thing.

So, that’s kind of where I’m at now. Still lost in a fog, trying to figure out if I’m really that stressed and how it might be affecting my health. All the while obsessively researching anything and everything related to my celiac disease. I’m basically a crazy person lately.

It’s all good though. Now that I’ve put it out there, I can start working through it. Sometimes you have to face all the ugly feelings and just accept them in order to move forward. This is me, facing mine.

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Day 20: A picture is worth a thousand words

6 steps.

I ruined a 17-day streak by failing to walk 6 steps.

I’m not even sure I can explain how it happened. It’s embarrassing. I had plenty of time. I knew I was short a couple of steps. I told myself I should get them in before I got distracted or forgot. And yet, I was overconfident. I felt I’d been doing such a great job of hitting my goal, obviously I’d get the last few steps in before midnight. But I didn’t.

So yeah, back to square one.

I feel like there’s a lot more I can write about this, but I’m tired. I’ll have to save those thoughts for another time.

Day 12: I’m in the double digits

Despite the ups and downs of the past two weeks, I’ve hit double digits on my step streak. Today marks 10 straight days of walking 15,000 steps a day. Woo hoo!

Now that I seem to have this whole step thing somewhat under control, I think it’s time to start working on getting my sleep on track. Sleep has eluded me since childhood, so I kinda sorta feel like this is going to be a much harder goal to hit. There’s just so much info out there on how to get more (and better) sleep. I need a plan, and I need it before Monday.

Monday is the day.

That means, I need to get smart on all things sleep related. So, from now until then, I’m going to listen to podcasts about sleep, read articles and books about sleep, think about sleep, and write about sleep. Exciting stuff, huh?

It gets better: Monday is also the day of my next Bod Pod.

Although I did make it to the gym a few times this month, I don’t expect any significant changes. I didn’t really do all that well with restricting my eating window, and the scale says I’m bloated. My measurements haven’t change much either.

I’m still looking forward to it though – It’s a great starting point to see what getting proper sleep can do (assuming I’m successful at getting proper sleep that is).

Speaking of sleep, it is past my bedtime. Hasta mañana!

Day 8: Adventures in gluten-free dining

I woke up feeling a lot better this morning. I still have some symptoms lingering about, but the stomach pain is gone. And no stomach pain means I’m a much happier person at the moment.

We started off this warm Sunday morning picking blueberries at a local farm with some friends.

It was a lot of fun. The little man had a great time eating blueberries and filling his bucket (for the first couple of minutes). Then he discovered there were little frogs scattered about the greenhouse, so he and the other kids went searching for them. We grown-up types continued to pick (and eat) blueberries to our heart’s content. I may or may not have eaten my weight in blueberries by the time we were done.

After stuffing our faces with said blueberries, we went to Hamazushi for lunch (somehow we were still hungry) – this is where the adventure began.

I learned from my Japanese friend that most larger restaurants have an allergen menu they can provide upon request. With that in mind, I asked an employee for one when we arrived. I assumed it would in Japanese (which it was), but I figured I could make it work. I have the Google translate app – I was ready for the challenge.

I did not anticipate that it would be 4 pages of very, very small print.

So there I was, fighting with Google translate.

First, I tried translating it by section. I assumed trying to do the entirety page at once wouldn’t work. Unfortunately, it couldn’t seem to figure out where one item ended and the next one began.

Then I tried looking up the Japanese names for the items I wanted to find, so that I could search for them manually – but, that didn’t really work either.

I tried just doing the automatic translation thing, but that was a disaster too.

I really didn’t want to bother the staff and ask for help. I know it may sound dumb, but I wanted to figure it out on my own. I was getting increasingly frustrated though, so I caved and asked someone to please point out the two items I thought (hoped) might be safe. She kindly obliged. Both had gluten.

At that point I considered giving up. I figured I could just sit there and sip on my Coke until everyone was done eating. Fortunately, I had one last idea:

Hamazushi is a conveyer belt sushi chain. Once you get to your table, you place your order using the small computer screen. The sushi is then delivered to your table via the conveyor belt. There’s an option to view the menu and order in English, so it’s super easy. Every item has a picture to go along with it too, just in case your not sure what something is. Instead of trying to Google translate all of the items that did not have gluten or milk in them on the menu, I decided to go through the English menu and chose the different things I wanted to eat. Then I switched to the Japanese menu and searched for the photos that matched those items. I took a picture of each of the names of the items I wanted in Japanese and then proceeded to search the 4-page menu for each. It was a tad time consuming at first, but once I found the first one, it was easy to find the others. They seemed to be grouped together in the same way on both the allergen and computer menus.

Thankfully, it worked, and I was able to order some prosciutto sushi and edamame. It was all really good!

Granted, I am assuming there is a risk of cross-contamination. Unless you eat at a dedicated gluten-free restaurant, there’s always a risk. It’s the unfortunate part of eating out with celiac disease.

I’m sure someone might wonder why bother even taking the risk (especially after my post from last night). Well, that’s not easy to answer. But I’ll try – in a future post.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Sunday!

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