Well, I did it. I totally screwed myself. After a week or so of not following my usual healthy habits, my brain crashed. I mean crashed hard. I started to write this post, but just couldn't do it. I would have rubbed a couple of brain cells together, but there were none to be found. But it wasn't a surprise to me. I mean I knew it was coming. I knew if I did the things I did, I would feel terrible. I knew I would end up completely dysfunctional and stressed out.
Have you felt this way too? Feeling like you're foggy headed and can't focus? Like you just want to lie down and sleep...RIGHT NOW? And if anyone asks you for one more thing, your head will fly off? That was me and I had only myself to blame. I set it up that way.
First, I've been eating much more sugar than usual. I had cut way back on my sugar intake during and after my pregnancy. This was no easy task as everyone knows I'm the Queen of Chocolate. But I did it. I was able to nearly eliminate excess sugar from my diet. I even stopped putting jam on my toast in the morning.
But sugar wiggled back into my diet. We purchased a farm share for the summer so we could have healthy, fresh vegetables. To our delight, we received rhubarb in our share. Growing up, my mother and grandmother had made delicious rhubarb desserts. So I was excited to be able to make these for my family as well. Plus the thought of rhubarb bars brought back good childhood memories. (See how the rationalization snuck in there?) Did I mention I ate a lot of these bars? All this sugar has a negative effect on the body and mind. When you come off of the sugar, you feel fatigued, restless and anxious. These feelings then can lead to eating more sugar in an attempt to regain energy. Not a good cycle to begin.
The next mistake I made was not getting my usual exercise for 3 days. I allowed work and other responsibilities to creep in. Without my daily walk or yoga, I have no outlet for the stress hormones that can build up in the body. So not only did I feel tired and foggy headed, but I felt cranky and fat. Without my daily exercise, I also end up with the next problem...poor sleep.
Not only did lack of exercise keep me up at night, but so did a change in my routine. My stepdaughter is visiting for the summer and is going to summer school. Thus I need to get up earlier than usual to get her off to school. No big problem, except I didn't get my butt to bed earlier to compensate for the time. So after a few days of shortened sleep, the fatigue hit me hard.
Here is the lesson I hope you steal from this experience. We all get side tracked from our good behaviors. The trick is to realize you are detouring off your route and adjust your course as soon as possible. It is so easy to allow life circumstances to take control of us and then blame those circumstances for our failures. But the truth is, we control our circumstances. It took me only 5 days or so to feel totally burned out. But it is only going to take me TODAY to get back on track. And I know I'll stay on track for a long time because I will keep in my memory the day I crashed and was not able to keep up with my family and my work.
How about you? Do you often crash because your unhealthy habits have caught up to you? What do you usually do to get back on track? I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments below. Us mommas, we're all in this together!
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