I fooled myself into thinking that I had a stomach bug this weekend.  I didn’t.  The truth is that I ate bad foods.  Today I ate good foods and guess what?  I felt good and I had energy.  I’ve learned that when I eat processed, super sugary, high carb foods, I don’t feel good.  And when I don’t feel good all sorts of things suffer.  The house work suffers, the kids suffer because they don’t get me at 100%.  My meager attempt at getting into shape (not for summer!  I almost wrote it.  It’s not for summer, it’s for EVER).  Heck, even the blog suffers because I did no preparation all weekend, so I really don’t have anything super exciting to write and no fun projects to share.  And I have a million that I want to do.  But, I didn’t.  Because I didn’t feel good.  I would never pretend that this is a cure all for everyone or even for anyone but myself, but I will say this.  If you pay attention to what you’re eating and how it makes you feel, you may find that there is a correlation between the chocolate donut you scarfed for breakfast and the fact you can’t keep your eyes open an hour later.

So, what to do?  Well, as of today I’m cutting way back on the sugar and the carbs and when I do eat those things, I’m going to try to get them from unprocessed sources.  This requires some work, especially, I think, at the start.  Honestly, I don’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ve taken a stab at menu planning and did some food shopping.  I’ve chosen a few recipes and I’m going to try to cook ahead so that I have no excuses.  Here’s what I’ll be making:

CheesyBakedSpaghetti-Against all Grain
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti – Against All Grain
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken – No. 2 Pencil
Portobello Mushroom Pizzas: mushrooms as crust! {Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free}
Portobello Mushroom Pizza – Life as a Stawberry
Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars
Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars – Ambitious Kitchen
Paleo low carb chicken enchiladas. Sounds delicious!  Just over 6 digestible carbs per serving.
Paleo Chicken Enchiladas – Spark People
Lazy Day Casserole--sausage, potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, Italian seasoning. Made this last night and I added a sweet potato. It not only smelled wonderful, it was DELICIOUS!!! Definitely a keeper as far as I'm concerned.
Lazy Day Casserole – Kayotic

I have begun exercising, too.  I’ve been doing the T25 workouts.  I hate exercising.  So much. But, T25 is over in 25 minutes.   It’s long enough that you feel like you accomplished something, but short enough that I don’t dread it like the gas chamber.  In the last month, I’ve done it between 3-5 times per week and I was starting to see a difference (although not on the scale!) in my body.  That is until the not a stomach bug last weekend.  I’m going to give myself a little break and readjust to the good food and then start fresh next week.  I’m okay with taking a little break, because I don’t want to put myself on a deadline with this.  I’m not getting ready for summer.  I’m going on the theory that I will work out when I feel good and in turn, the more I work out, the more often I will feel good.  Yes, that makes sense to me. Focus T25 is HERE!!!!My Chunka does! He does T-25 with me every night and the burpees in the Speed 1.0 video are his favorite!#shaunt #beachbody #rightintheface

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