I have done a very silly thing. In an effort to vary my diet, and still eat healthily, I turned to the Weight Watchers products this past week. I used to share a house with a woman who was on this system, so I got to know how it works quite well. I have also read a few peoples blogs who also follow this system, so I thought I really had the hang of it.
I bought a load of WW cheese (hey it's only 1 point), snacks (which were awful as they were full of aspartame) and other stuff which was all low-calorie and low in points. I ate this stuff for a week, and on Saturday, I started feeling slightly ill. Nothing serious, just a really dry mouth, heat waves sweeping over me and feeling out of sorts, like being in a sugar overload. Come Sunday and I was in full crisis.
Clearly I do not want to blame the WW products. I still eat pizza, and come Thanksgiving, I become a glutton with the Whole Foods blueberry pie. I think however, the problem came with the QUANTITY of processed food I consumed this past week. Most of my food is eaten raw, and this sudden overdrive of sugary 1 point treats left me tired, cranky and wanting more. Sunday I was just violently ill, and today was not much better. When I got home, rather than having some Finn crisps with WW cheese, I had them with proper Brie. Nothing too dramatic happened. However, all this has been a serious lesson to me - indeed my eating habits may be boring, but it is the perfect fuel for me. I do not want to go through this again, and I can say that it will take a lot to tempt me to eat something processed!
I was lucky in that Saturday was a rest or a cross training day. Because I felt so terrible, I had a rest. I do not know by what miracle I managed 6 miles on Sunday, but manage them I did. Clearly they were not the best 6 I have ever done, but I am still on track with my training. Thankfully today was also a rest day, as I almost left work at lunch time. But I stuck it out and things have slowly started improving. Tomorrow is 4 miles with 6x30 sec repeats. I am doing this on the treadmill, but I am determined to do it - even if I have to split the session in 2. Has anyone else had a similar experience?!