First off, I had a wonderful last day at my job on Monday. I felt as if I did not get enough done for them, but they treated me with a beautiful cake which was delicious. Hold on ... I know some of you are saying "but what about the sugar fast". I ate a piece. How rude would it have been for me not to? A piece, I say ... no I had to be a hog and eat 2 pieces. I can tell you this ... I paid for those 2 pieces and I have not gotten right since. Shortly after I ate the cake, I got very sick to my stomach. What should have been my 8th day without sugar turned into my first day of failing. As the day worn on, my energy levels shot down and I was not feeling good at all.
You would think considering the above, I would have come home determined to get back on course and resume my sugar-free existence. Not hardly! I took on the wrong mindset (as we so often do) that since I failed earlier in the day, I might as well take advantage of it and eat what I wanted for dinner. I could not feel any worse so why not? I did exactly that and I only felt worse.
Then, to make matters even more dire, the 27th was my first day at my new job. I had no idea what facilities they had as far as a kitchen went, so I had to go unprepared yet again. I started out with fruit for breakfast which was good, but then I had a BLT and fries for lunch at a local café. Wrong mindset yet again for dinner, so here I am on the 28th determined to get back on course. I feel horrible I have lost two days, but I also learned a great deal during this time.
Considering how fast I got ill after ingesting sugar on my first day of failure, it told me just how dire the effects of sugar has on our body. Then to make matters worse, how quickly my energy shot down was a horrible feeling. Sugar is not good for us, Folks! This is a wake up call, at least for me. Today I go back to fighting the sugar battle until it becomes a way of life for me.
This week I also added a new challenge to go hand-in-hand with the sugar free challenge. I am beginning to keep an eye on my sodium levels. I cannot believe that everything ... I mean everything ... has sodium in it. I was so unaware of this. The only thing I touched yesterday that did not have sodium was a strawberry. This challenge will take more preparation than the sugar free challenge but I am up for it. My goal is to maintain 1800 mg of sodium a day, if possible. From what I have read, the average American consumes about 3800 mg of sodium a day, if not more. WOW!!!! Then we wonder why we are feeling sluggish ... why we are having health issues ... why we are overweight ... why we are always bloated. It does not take much to figure this out once you start trying to turn your eating habits around. It is a process.
My first day at my new job was good. I think I am going to really enjoy it. The lady in the office with me seems really nice and we have a lot in common. The attorney I work for is out right now, but he will be in on Thursday. We have just moved to a new location, and it is beautiful. The windows are large and there is so much light. I am taking some plants in today. We have lots of space for them. I am feeling good about it all, the same as I did during my initial interview. I do, however, miss the job I left ... especially the people. I had gotten pretty comfortable there, but I had to return to full time employment. I have more responsibilities now so part-time employment was not cutting it.
Great news! Another one of my niece's got engaged over the weekend. I was not present, but by the video and pictures I have seen, she was overjoyed. This will be such an exciting time for her. I have another niece who gets married this weekend. It is going to be a beautiful wedding. I am so happy for both of them.
My husband and I went out of town on Sunday to visit a family member. They were unaware of our coming, so it was quite the surprise. It brought us joy to put a smile on his face. We had a pleasant visit. The drive home I slept. Yep, we stopped and had dinner, then I was out for most of the trip home. I did not sleep well the night before so I was whooped.
Have to run. Trying to allow enough time for me to get some things together to take into work this morning and jazz up my work area. You know how you like to personalize your space. I am having fun!!!
See you later. Pray for me and, as always, I am praying for you.
Janet Molton Nicholson