Either that or there is some major detox going on here. I basically FEEL okay, but my nose is running like a faucet, my ears are a little plugged up, and I have a slightly sore throat and very little energy. As well as I've been eating, I hope I'm just clearing stuff out, but since my best friend (I'll call her Anne for the purpose of the blog!) has been sick and now has a sinus infection, I'm not sure what I'm dealing with.
I fell asleep after 5 this morning, and woke up at 11, and in general I'm taking it easy, and will only do what I feel up to doing. Anne called me about 11am and asked if I had eggs. Yes. Do you have bread? Yes (wheat-free, yeast-free rye.) Can I come up for breakfast? Come on. So I made eggs and toast and we ate. And now she's asleep in my La-Z Boy again, curled up under an afghan, and looks so cute!
Last night I tried to go to bed at 3:30, and by 4:15 I got up and dried and put away the dishes, ate a small bowl of cereal (rice puffs or something with soy milk and blueberries), and then I felt tired enough to go to bed.
I was supposed to meet with a personal trainer at the gym today, but I just called and cancelled since I'm supposed to be there in about 30 minutes and I'm not even out of my jammies yet. I'm enjoying these last few days of freedom before I start work (possibly Friday!). I think I'll take a walk today and go to Starbucks and maybe go to the gym for a LIGHT workout later. I need to do something to get myself tired enough to get to bed at a reasonable hour for this upcoming week of training - I need to be able to get up in the mornings! If a whole lot of walking and other exercise doesn't do it, I may have to resort to melatonin. At least I won't have much trouble staying up all night once that shift starts!
Monday has a whole new meaning knowing that I'll be getting back to work soon. I've been thoroughly lazy so far today, which I think I need to do since I still have a sore throat. Otherwise I feel fine, but I don't want to get sick, so I'm taking easy and eating as well as I can. I've been wanting fruit and fish, so I cooked some salmon last night with parsnips, carrots, and ginger in olive oil and water (with a dash of salt) and that was dinner. I also headed to the farmer's market near me and bought more cherries, blueberries, bananas, a mango, a pineapple, and two pomegranates. I ate the mango last night and breakfast today is pecans, cherries, blueberries, and soy yogurt all mixed together. Yummy.
Had weird dreams last night, including one about a friend of mine who moved down here last year from San Fransisco and wants to get into radio. She hasn't returned my last couple of calls, and I am wondering if she has returned to SF. I dreamt that she had moved back in with her mother and I was disappointed with her for not following her dreams. I need to try to call her again and see if she IS still around. I hope so.
Since I have a little more energy today, I'm going to get a few errands done and try to wrap up the things that I needed to get done on Saturday. The gym is even on the list of things to do - I'll see if I can burn this crud out of me. Maybe I'll actually get this place cleaned up, too.
My best friend is recovering from her crud, and showed up at my door at 10:30 this morning with a glass of freshly made pineapple juice. God bless her! We sat and talked for about a half an hour, and then we both napped, her curled up on my La-Z Boy, and me in my bed, and both cats in assorted places. We woke up when my phone rang at ONE pm. Must've both needed it, though, and the weather here is chilly (which here means 50s) and threatening rain, so it is a good day for napping. We both have sore throats now, too, and I've got a sinus headache today. She's also an O+, and sort of eats right for her type, but eats lots of wheat and dairy, even though she'd figured out a long time ago that it isn't good for her. When she's sick, she usually wants me to get her macaroni and cheese from Whole Foods (soy cheese, but still!).
She went back downstairs, and I puttered a little bit - took a bath, got dressed, and called her to ask if she'd eaten. She hadn't, so I took my wild rice down there, and she contributed roast turkey and a salad, so we had a nice lunch, and talked more, and hung out for a little while and then I came back up here to make myself some green tea with lemon and honey and to use my neti pot to try to get rid of this sinus crud and sore throat. I'd planned to walk today, but it's chilly, and I'm not exactly full of energy, so I'm hanging out here and doing as little as possible.
My new neighbor and I were going to catch a movie tonight, but I was really grateful when he called and asked if we could reschedule. I'm just not up for it tonight, even if it is only half a mile from here and I'd be sitting all evening. I won't have my tea or blankets, and I'll be much happier here watching DVDs from the comfort of my own couch.
I am really not surprised that I feel like this now - after all the wheat and dairy I ate over the holidays, some degree of detox was necessary, and the added stress of 6 months of unemployment and now starting a new job, I think it was almost inevitable that I would be feeling less than my best. I'm sure that in a couple of days I'll be 100% again, just in time to start my new job.
I'm just wiped out today. Went to the Post Office and was going to run some errands and go to the gym, and I just came home and plan to be flopped out on the couch and curled up with a cat shortly, reading something intriguing enough to keep me interested, but not so intriguing as to prevent me from napping.
This 'feels' as though it is related to my dietary clean-up this week, but it also feels like more than that. Things are shifting dramatically in my life, and I think my being emotional the other day (and I still am, actually) as well as my sleep issues this week and my total lack of energy today is all tied together, and doesn't just have physical causes.
So I'm going to give myself the day off, do whatever I feel up to doing, and relax.
I had to take my best friend to the doctor yesterday for her flu, which is not the flu per se, but is a virus of some sort anyway. Cell phones aren't allowed in the doctor's office, so I stepped outside to check my messages, and the recruiter had called to tell me I got the job! We've been playing phone tag ever since to get all the details sorted out, but at least I know now!
I did manage to have a hypoglycemic thing happen to me yesterday - you'd think that after nearly six years on the BTD that I'd've learned how to avoid them altogether! When I took my best friend to the doctor's office, I was sipping on an iced soy chai tea latte from Starbucks. Heaven in a cup, and I've been treating myself to them too often lately! Generally, they are a between meal thing, and I try to eat some protein within a couple of hours of having one, but yesterday it became a meal, and then I was stuck at the doctor's for 2 hours and then I had to run to acting class. On the way to class I grabbed some sushi thinking that the protein would help, but I think the rice put me over the edge. I felt loopy and shaky and not at all grounded in class, and it showed in my work. I drank my water in class, and ate all the pumpkin seeds I brought for a snack, and ate the rest of my goat cheese brie (yum!) once I got home. It's so rare for me to get shaky at all anymore - I can go for hours and hours now without eating, and have no problems (other than a growling tummy). I think I just went too long without protein and had too much sugar.
This morning my best friend called me at 7am (after I fell asleep at 5am, of course) and she'd had a reaction to the medication they gave her and needed some help, so I went downstairs to do what I could to help her through it and make her more comfortable. Fell asleep on her bed (she couldn't get up from the floor at that point!) and slept until about 10. So four hours of sleep, and I made myself get up and I'm staying up today and will get to bed early tonight. I think I'll just have to wear myself out today to make sure I'll sleep tonight. A walk is in order even though the ankle is still a little achy on the lateral side.