With week 2 completed, I must say, I am learning a great deal about how my body reacts to different foods. I had a much better week with planning out my meals and getting more calories, in order to have more energy. In week 1, I was so far out of it I had no idea what I was doing. So, in week 2, I made sure I planned my meals more effectively and I made sure I had more options available to me. I was able to eat more frequently with meals that actually had some nutritional value to them. I had much more energy and was ale to exercise 3 days out of the week.
I do have a confession to make though. Saturday evening, I cheated. My wife and I had been out all day and it was getting late and neither one of us felt like cooking. I had depleted our “left-over” options an so we were faced with the decision to either get something form the store or cook something quick (which usually means not-so healthy). We decided to go to the store. Since we were both hungry and wanted something that we could heat up rather easily and quickly, we went with the pizza option. We both really like the Newman’s brand pizza because of the natural ingredients and the fact the crust is made out of Flax Seed. The particular pizza I chose was the “Supreme” as it had only 3 grams of sugar per serving. So, in my mind, it would be ok since 3 grams is not that much. Well, I ended up eating the whole pizza. Needless to say, I paid the price. For the rest of the evening I felt like I was on a sugar overload. I could actually feel the sugar rushing through my veins and I felt like I was being weighed down by a ton of bricks. I was sluggish and slow and I was hardly able to concentrate. Man, I felt horrible. My physical health and mental health were both completely out-of-whack. I only have two words for my actions: Lesson learned.
As I begin week 3 today, I feel much more confident and encouraged that continuing this process will become more manageable as each week goes on. I am not completely sure how long I will do this, but I know that as long as I keep preparing my meals in advance and remember the lessons I am learning form how my body reacts to different foods (thank goodness for my Change4Life Workbook to monitor my daily events), I will be able to keep going for as long as my body needs me to. I can now refocus my goals away from the food aspect of it, and start focusing on regaining muscle strength. Unfortunately, a part of this process has been that I give up lean muscle mass. As I have mentioned in other BLOG Posts, when your body does not have enough fuel from the foods we eat to use for energy, it turns to the only place in our body that stores sugar that can be used for fuel; our muscles. So, needless to say, I have some work to do rebuilding the muscle I have lost. But, as long as I am able to keep fueling my body appropriately, I will be able to do that.
I am looking forward to seeing how this week unfolds. I know that I have a great support system in place that will help hold me accountable and keep me on track. Thank you, to those of you that have encouraged me and also have given me some tips form your own experiences. I do appreciate it!