Me? A stress-junkie?

I’ll admit, it’s been a rough week. The sad part about that, it’s only Tuesday!

My sugar cravings are coming back. I still think it has a lot to do with boredom throughout the day and seeing it around me. It has taken every ounce of me not to grab a little something sweet. The weird thing is, I only really crave it at certain times of the day– around 3 o’clock and shortly after dinner. I am not filling myself up with enough “good” food to be able to ignore my brain asking for something sweet. It doesn’t help that I am getting so tired of cooking day in and day out. There are just some days that I want to be served. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook and try new recipes, but lately I am just feeling tired. I want to relax and not stress about what or when I am going to eat next. I think the stress of it all is what is bringing on these cravings.

Ironically, or not, this week’s Whole30 Daily emails are about stress and keeping things fresh in your food repertoire. When  first read yesterday’s email about stress, I really didn’t think I was stressed. I don’t feel like I usually do when I am stressed out, but now that I am really contemplating my cravings and where they are coming from, I think it is safe to say that it’s from stress about my Whole30. It also doesn’t help that this week is the week that I know that I’m not preggo (not that I suspected I might have been).

I am my own worst enemy. Always have been. As much as I hate to be stressed, I feel like I thrive on it. If there’s no stress in my life, I create it. Have you seen the movie, He’s Just Not That Into You (weird reference, I know)? I remind myself of Gigi, one of the main characters in case you haven’t seen it. She’s always overthinking everything in her dating life, paying bills late or just in the nick of time because she thrives on the drama. I feel like that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m waiting until the last second to figure out what the hell I’m going to eat because I haven’t prepared anything. If I do have some leftovers in the fridge, they never sound good and I don’t want them. Why? I prepared them so I can eat them later! I feel like I am going around in circles right now.

I am a Type-A personality. According to Wikipedia, Type A individuals are described as ambitious, aggressive, business-like, controlling, highly competitive, impatient, time-conscious, and tightly-wound. I am a stress-junkie. I create stress when there isn’t even any to begin with! I am so wound up about sticking to the Whole30 guidelines that I’m actually creating more stress for myself.

Great. I have identified the problem/source. Now what? The only solution I can come up with is to be better prepared for these bouts hunger before they occur. Then again, that goes back to me not wanting to eat what I’ve already prepared because “it doesn’t sound good.” Then I guess the only resolution is suck it up buttercup.

suck it up

In an effort to try to prepare myself for my whack-a-doodle stress-junkie tendencies, I have developed a list of recipes I would like to try within the next week, most of which seem fairly simple. A sort of to-do list, if you will.

Recipe Roundup:

Daily Log:

Sleep: About 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep last night.
Activity: CrossFit Inland Valley WOD then took the dog for a walk to the park.

5 rounds of max reps:
60 seconds of each
Burpee pull-ups
Hand-release push-ups
Box jump overs (20″)
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Total Score: 173 (39-35-32-32-35)

Mood: Despite the stress I’ve been putting on myself, I felt good today.
Food:
Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with chopped red bell pepper
Lunch: Chicken Pad Thai from Primal Palate
Dinner: Leftover meatball-squash casserole. Added some chicken stock to make it kind of like an Albondigas soup.
Snacks: A handful of Trader Joe’s raw trek mix and some plantain chips after my WOD.

parkwalk

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