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The first two days...

My Pure energy drinks arrived yesterday.  They do taste good, kind of a berry flavor, which makes sense, considering all the berries in them.  I wasn't shocked to find I had more energy or that my cravings for sweets went down.  I've read research before that talked about feeling tired being linked to more cravings for sweet foods and fatty foods.  I'd think that we crave them when tired for the quick energy.  So, it makes sense that when you're feeling alert, you don't crave those things as much.

What did surprise me is that I haven't been hungry at all.  I'm wondering if that is the acai berries in it as I've heard from other people that they can curb your appetite.   Yesterday, I had one energy drink around 3 in the afternoon and wasn't really hungry until around ten at night.  I ate some grapes and trail mix and peanut butter crackers for dinner.  I was in graduate school classes from 4-10 Monday night, so I ate what I'd packed.  After that I was hungry, but not starving like I just had to eat, so I went to bed and was fine.  

Today I had two energy drinks, one at about 7 a.m. and the other at noon.  I experienced much the same thing, except that it lasted longer.  Its ten at night and I'm still really not all that hungry.   Of course, I did have a bigger dinner tonight too.  Small breakfast, small lunch, and then probably a billion calorie salad from Chili's for dinner.  Its what I was hungry for, and I've promised myself not to diet, so there you go.

Other than that, I've just been more alert and noticed a big difference in my energy levels when I got home.  Its a "clean" feeling energy though, not jittery or bouncy.  Just not tired like I usually am.  It feels more normal to me, I guess.

The hardest thing I did today was weigh myself.   I still need to get "before" photos to post A.S.A.P.  (my mom ended up not coming over to walk the other day, so no pics then like I'd hoped in my last post).  I am hoping to get pics tomorrow as I know I really need to soon for them to still qualify as "before."    Anyhow, I'm stalling on the weight thing.  I weighed in at 287.4 lbs.    Ouch.   Its hard not to panic and try to diet, but I am determined that I was right before and that isn't the answer for me.

We'll see how this goes.  In the meantime, I am going to do more reading on acai berries.

Swine Flu

Ugh.  I had swine flu last week along with several other teachers and what seems like half the kids in my classes.  There was one student with a fever of 104 who needed to be sent to the emergency room, and several others with fevers, aches, and pains who were sent home.  I left in the middle of the day on Thursday and tested positive for swine flu at my doctor's office. 

So, here I am after a week of Tamiflu and a Z-pack.  My head still feels stuffy and my throat is starting to hurt again.  So not good.   I keep thinking about how I need to start eating better.  Breakfast today was a chai latte and pumpkin muffin from Starbucks.  Lunch was Sonic that people ran out and brought back for me.  I so need to get in at least one vegetable with dinner!

So far, Pure has lanuched, but no energy drinks in the mail yet.  They haven't charged my account yet either, but I'm checking it regularly so I know when to expect the shipment and hoping it is soon.  

I feel doubly tired now, getting over being sick, but I'm going to make myself start walking in the evenings with my mom.   She's coming over tonight at 6:00 and we're going to put in at least half an hour.  Maybe I can get her to take some "before" pics of me with my digital camera too so that I can post them here.

Launch Week

Last year, I gave up on dieting completely. Nothing works.  I've tried "it all."  The usual array of Atkins, South Beach, low-fat, low-carb, Zone, Weight Watchers, chef prepared meals I picked up every week (boy, that one was PRICEY), personal training, and even prescription diet pills.  

Over the past fifteen years, I've gone from 180 to 140, then back up past 180 to 210.  Then back down to 170, up to 240, down to 140, up to 270, and so on...  I wonder if I'd still be at 180 instead of 270 if I'd never tried so hard on all those diets!  How can somebody work as hard as I did all those times, measuring, packing bags and coolers of diet foods, counting points, counting carbs, balancing foods, taking supplements, starving, and end up actually GAINING weight at the end of it all?   Simple.  Diets do not work.  They don't. 

So, I've taken a vow not to diet ever again.  It doesn't work and does me more harm than good in the end.  I don't want to live my life at 270 lbs either.  I'm only 33 years old.  I've got a lot of life ahead of me, and I want to be able to be young and active well into my 80's!

I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist or a trainer.  I'm just a 33 year old teacher who has read an awful lot about diets and dieting and nutrition.  I've decided to try to listen to my body.  I need to eat a variety of nutritious foods and try to tune in to my body's own hunger signals, reduce stress, get enough sleep, and move my body whenever I  can. 

Its a great plan in theory.  The problem is, my body seems to be signaling me that I want sugar and fried foods all the time.  I have no energy at all, and although every week I have the intention of getting up early and making a good breakfast, packing a good lunch...  I hit the snooze button at least five times and rush through a drive-through on my way to work.  When I get home, I am exhausted and turn to more sugar for an energy buzz, then crash and grab whatever is quick and easy for dinner-- usually something frozen that will cook in the oven with little mess and fuss.

I feel like I am 80 years old already!  I am also starting to work my way through graduate school part time in the evenings, taking two classes a week in addition to working full time.

I have got to do something to help myself feel better, eat better, get more energy.   I've tried the typical energy drinks you can find at the gas station, but they leave me feeling jittery and then I crash.  

Then I found Pure Energy.

This summer, another teacher I work told me about Pure Energy drinks.  She is in excellent shape, and I have known her for years to be very health conscious both for herself and her children.  She told me about the ingredients in Pure Energy and how she is planning on buying more than one order of cases each month because her boys will drink them.  

The company launches this week and I should be getting my first order of energy drinks in the mail.   Will I crash and burn on these too?   The ingredients don't make it look like I will, and, of course, the company says that I won't...  but that remains to be seen.



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