Day 2 (play-by-play)

7:28am
I’ve never had broccoli for breakfast before.  It’s better than I expected!  Of course, it might just be that I’m happy not to be eating fruit right now.  Oh!  I forgot to mention in my other post that last night going to bed, I had a terrible stomach ache.  I thought I was going to be sick.  Eventually I asked Justin to get me some Tums and it helped.  I really think I had too much acid in my stomach.

8:11am
I picked up some MiO “Liquid Water Enhancer” when we were shopping Tuesday.  It’s flavoring for water.  I love that it says “A little MiO goes a long way.  Always dilute.”  There are 24 servings in a 1.62 oz container.  I betcha that’s strong stuff, straight from the bottle.  It’d be like eating Crystal Light like a pixie stick, except in liquid form!

9:57am
I’m really not as hungry today as I was yesterday.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m much more busy at work today or if vegetables are just that much more filling than fruit or if I’m just being cautious about eating too much because of the stomach pain I ended up with yesterday.  But I ate a bowl of re-warmed steamed broccoli for breakfast and I’ve had a bag of cauliflower out on my desk for the last hour or so, but I’ve only eaten most of one floweret.  I’m still on my first bottle of water (it’s a 20 oz bottle, by the way) and I need to be drinking more than that.  But I have to close it when I have documents out on my desk and that’s what I’ve been doing most of the last hour.

10:35am
I’m kind of tired.  I wonder if I’m not eating enough today or if I’m just not getting enough sleep.

12:45pm
Going to the Lunch and Learn was a *great* idea.  Over in my regular area, they got free lunch from a barbeque place, with pulled pork and chicken and mac & cheese (I’m guessing, since that was the menu last time), and I avoided that temptation completely.  And I was able to avoid the subs, chips, and fruit over at the talk without problem because I showed up with my salad in hand.  And I wasn’t the only one who ate a salad, either, which also helped a lot.

Now, I didn’t end up eating much of my salad because there’s a lot of iceberg lettuce in there and that’s super-dry without dressing.  So I ate the cucumber and pepper slices and the julienned carrots and listened to the lecture.  And now I’m back at my desk eating acorn squash.  And I admit, I miss the butter.  But it’s still really yummy.  And some people asked “Did you forget about the free lunch?” and were really confused by my decision not to go, but GREATER GOOD, people.  It’s all about the greater good for my health today.

(second update starts here)

1:38pm
Tired again.  But it might be because I’m comparing two documents to find any changes.  It’s not exactly enthralling work.  I want chocolate. Not thinking about it.

1:54pm
The ergonomist was supposed to come evaluate my desk sometime between 1-2 o’clock today.  Where is she?

2:26pm
Gah.  So tired.  Stupid, stupid tired.  I want carbs.  I want sugar.  I want bread.  I want a thick slab of Nutella on bread from the Atlanta Bread Company.  I want pasta from the Cheesecake Factory, followed by their signature item.  I want a Snickers bar from the vending machine down near the bathroom.

Time to walk over to the *other* bathroom and get water from the bubbler over there and then come back to my desk via the outside door.

2:54pm
I really need to build a nap-time into my afternoon somehow….

4:06pm
Decaf, unsweetened chai tea just isn’t quite the same as those great chai lattes.

Apparently sleepiness is one of the symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal, right up there with grumpiness and intestinal distress.  I’m going to get my “monthly gift” this weekend, too, so all those symptoms will just blend together and it’ll just feel like a really awful period.  One where I can’t soothe myself with chocolate or freshly baked bread.   Fun!

5:07pm
It’s a really good thing I don’t need to work the next couple of days.  My brain is just not functioning the way that it’s supposed to work.

I’m heading home here in a couple minutes and then I’m heading back out to band practice to get ready for Sunday morning’s services.  Do that for a couple hours and then come back home, where I might just collapse into bed for the night.  So don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me again tonight.

(third update starts here)

10:58pm
I know!  I should be sleeping! But practice was canceled and so I sat around poking at my computer, looking up ways to cook veggies, and then Justin started the baked potatoes and then I went down and cooked zucchini and DINNER WAS SO GOOD YOU HAVE NO IDEA.  And then I watched Tangled and it was adorable.

But let me go back to dinner!  Okay, so for dinner tonight I got to have a baked potato with butter and I already love baked potatoes, so TREAT!  And I usually cover them in things like cheese and sour cream and bacon, if I’m lucky, and who knows what else.  Stuff!  I had forgotten how good a baked potato can be just with butter!  Delicious!  And because I didn’t want to have just a baked potato for dinner, I sauteed up some zucchini squash.  I apparently cook with way too much oil because I sprayed the pan with Pam and it worked just great.  I chopped up some onion and sauteed that in the pan until it was translucent and then I crushed two cloves of garlic (with my Pampered Chef garlic press!) into that, and then I put in a thinly sliced zucchini and 1/2 cup of water, turned up the heat a notch, and put the lid on the pan to let it just simmer in that for a little bit.  Mmmmmmmm.  So good!  And so easy!  Justin does not like squash so I got the whole pan to myself!  On one plate:  baked potato with butter.  On another plate:  sauteed zucchini with onion and garlic.  Happy me!

Okay, and now I’m going to go curl up in bed and sleep for hours and hours.  Don’t expect me up early tomorrow.  I anticipate sleeping in until at least 10 o’clock, maybe later.  I’ve been very tired and I’m just going to rest.  We have a friend coming over for dinner tomorrow (won’t that be interesting when I can only eat fruits and veggies tomorrow?) and I want to be alert for our evening of playing cards.  But I will get on here eventually and post some more.

Love to you all!

10 thoughts on “Day 2 (play-by-play)”

  1. I love that you’re writing more and that it sounds so much like “you”!
    What is the plan for tomorrow? I don’t remember if you mentioned that already. You’re doing awesome!

    1. Tomorrow is a mix of veggies and fruits. Tonight I get to have a baked potato but tomorrow I don’t get that. It’s just fruits (excluding bananas) and non-starchy veggies.

      And yeah for writing! I’m enjoying this a lot. 🙂 I’m pretty sure most of it is really boring, though …

  2. I think your sleepiness has a lot more to do with simply not getting enough calories. Vegetables don’t have all that many, remember. So you are trying to operate at a near starvation state, so naturally you are feeling awful. You certainly wouldn’t want to do that for a long time, but if it helps for a few days, I guess it must be okay. At least remembering how hard it was will help you stay on track in the future, so you don’t have to do all this again.

    1. Yeah, it’s very possible I didn’t get enough to eat today. I just got so tired of the food I had with me at work and the fact that veggies just don’t have a lot of calories in them didn’t help me feel better.

      This whole thing isn’t something that’s safe to do more than two weeks, very tops. And then it’s back to more healthy eating for at least a month, if I wanted to do it again, and I probably won’t. But the point is that it would be a MONTH between — that’s how bad it is nutritionally. I’ve been working with the nurse practitioner (nutritionist is easier to say) and she and I walked through all the supplements I’m taking to make sure I’m getting enough vitamins this week and I have her cell phone if I need to call her and I know that if I start to feel unwell, I stop what I’m doing and do what I need to be healthy. She and all the other nurses do this once a year, for a cleanse, so she’s really familiar with how it feels. 🙂 And when I’m not sleepy, I feel really good. I feel lighter, if that makes sense. I’ve really not been eating very well at all and this is helping me really see that.

    1. Thanks! I hope so. I haven’t been checking — I’m waiting until I go back to the nutritionist on Tuesday to check my weight. 🙂 I’m really hopeful about it, though!!

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