Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ever just have one of those days?

**Illustration by Clay Sneller**




Ever have one of those days? Well excuse me for just a moment while I throw a really brief pity party. . .

I'm usually a REALLY upbeat, optomistic, look-on-the-bright-side, pick-a-friend-up kind of person. You'll rarely see me without a smile on my face. But every now and then, I just have one of those days . . .or weeks. . . . !

I am tired & grumpy, have absolutely zero energy, and am craving the hell out of every single sugary abomination known to man. I have only worked out one time this week because my energy levels have been soooo low, and the lack of exercise makes me feel even worse!

I KNOW that I will pull through this shortly. I KNOW that it's just my thyroid levels screwing with me combined with turning the "strict" dial up on my food choices - but MAN - something has got to give!

Having no energy combined with being tired and grumpy is bad enough - but when you add to that the intense cravings that I'm fighting off at every turn, I swear I'm a walking Mood Swing!

So now it's time to turn on my Optomism switch! What do I need to do to fix this funk?

I'm drinking lots of water and eating extra fat (to help with the cravings), getting to bed super early and making sure I get a minumum of 8 hours of sleep a night (even if that means that I miss a workout. . .), and trying to convince my neurotic Type A brain that missing a few workouts while trying to get my sleep/clean eating habits/meal timing back on track is not going to kill me.

I'm on Day 6 of my Whole102, and I know that this is the "rough patch" - especially considering the fact that I really overdid the sugar on New Year's Eve. . . meaning that there's even more crap trying to clear out of my system then usual. So I'm going to "Suck it up, Buttercup", Push onward and upward, and hopefully be back to my normal up-beat sane self that's not plagued by sugar demons w/in the next day or so :)

You may be asking yourself WHY I'm sharing this pity party with the world - well I guess it's because I want those who follow my blog to see that I struggle too! If every single one of my posts were about sunshine and rainbows and puppydogs (Paleo is Great! CrossFit is Great! Weightlifting ROCKS!. . . I got a PR! . . . you get the point), it would be a little bit unrealistic. If I'm going to maintain an open an honest blog, I figured I should probably be sharing the "down's", few and far between as they are, as well as all of the "UP'S" that go along with a Whole30 stint, CrossFit Workouts, etc!

So what do YOU do to pick yourself up out of a funk? I know we all have them from time to time - I'm open to any and all suggestions!


Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan said...

Sorry you're having an off day! You're doing all the right things, just gotta ride it out.

My fanny is dragging today... so low energy, burning eyes, distracted... I'm ready for the paleo magic to kick in. Just a few more days...

Christie said...

Thanks Mel - sorry to hear you're having a rough time of it too.

The good news is that we BOTH know how Amazingly AWESOME we're going to feel once this "rough patch" is over . . . That knowledge is really helping to pull me through!

Speaking of Paleo Magic. . .We should buy Melissa and Dallas Magician hats and wands to wear this weekend! LOL

Caroline said...

Hi Christie - I am a newbie to Paleo (only 'discovered' it a week or so ago) and have been reading voraciously ever since, as it makes great sense. I came across your blog as part of my reading, and love it. This entry in particular is a favourite as it is a reminder that we are not alone - we all have good intentions, but staying on the straight and narrow can be tough. I am recovering from adrenal fatigue, and although I know my triggers, it doesn't mean I don't cave in now and again (and always regret when I do). Keep it up!!

Christie said...

Hi Carloline - sorry for the delayed response here - thank you for your words of encouragement :) I'm sorry to hear about your struggle with adrenal fatigue - I hope you are doing well.