While doing low carb, I have noticed episodes of complete brain fog. I would define brain fog as a low laying haze within my brain that prevents me from seeing things clearly or completely forgetting what I was just about to do. Let me give you some real life examples I have personally experienced:
Brain Fog Episode Example #1: While I was driving home from the car dealership, I got lost. Now, if this was my first time in that area that would be one thing but I have driven this route home from that area hundreds if not THOUSANDS of times in the 10+ years I have lived around here. I was driving so I could obviously operate a motor vehicle going 65+mph, but for the life of me I could not visualize where I was nor how I was supposed to get home from there. It was actually a little scary. I had to put my home address into the GPS after about 5-minutes of having no idea where I was or how to get home. I didn’t tell Mr. Giant about this episode until much later because I was afraid he would actually be worried about me.
Brain Fog Episode Example #2: This just happened yesterday. I was at Office Depot and it was time to pay for my transaction. I took my wallet out of my bag, opened my wallet, closed my wallet and returned my wallet to my bag without actually taking out my credit card and swiping it. The lady at the register watched me and when I realized what I had done, I just started laughing out loud. She seriously must have thought I was absolutely insane but it was just the ol’ brain fog rearing it’s super fun head.
I pride myself on being completely on top of my shit. Stuff in my world doesn’t fall through the cracks, it just doesn’t. So this whole brain fog thing is seriously messing with me. I’m trying to be patient because I know what’s causing it, but I feel like my brain is performing at about 70% overall. I’ve read that it can take a couple months for one’s body to become completely “fat adapted” so I’m just hoping in mid-October this haze finally lifts once and for all because it can be downright scary.
Today I got Invisalign and over the next 8-12 months I have to wear the clear tooth trays for AT LEAST 22-hours every, single day. Today was Day #1. Let me just tell you, the whole process to eat is a total pain in the ass so I see myself becoming a pro at intermittent fasting. I bet I get down to eating a single meal a day just because I don’t want to deal with it. There’s no more casually “taking a bite” of anything. I would have to remove the trays, take the stupid bite, get the food that got stuck out of my teeth, potentially brush my teeth if it’s bad enough and then pop those suckers back in as quickly as possible. For a single bite? Nah, ain’t worth it to me.
Mr. Giant and I went to an air show today and I started to get hungry again around 2PM so I opted to get a jumbo hot dog with no bun. A hot dog with some mustard, that was it. So, I had to take the trays out and store them safely, eat 3 bites of the stupid hot dog, swish with bottled water to rinse the food out of all the nooks and crannies before retrieving the trays and putting them back in. What. A. Total. Pain. In. The. Ass.
Another interesting tidbit is that drinking anything other than plain water can stain the trays. Oh awesome. So if I don’t want to have teal blue teeth from the fake ass chemicals in my Powerade Zero I should probably stick to plain water? And this is for the next 8-12 months? Now, it’s not completely lost on me that Invisalign is basically forcing me to do the right thing(s). AND, I plan on losing a shit ton of weight over the next 8-12 months so at the end of this ordeal I have the potential to be smoking hot PLUS have the perfect teeth I have always dreamed of. When you look at it that way, 8-12 months doesn’t seem so bad. I can do anything for 8-12 months, right? Thank God Day #1 is almost over.
I love a great salad with lots of different ingredients, but I absolutely HATE cutting up everything and preparing it. It’s just way too time consuming if it includes more than 2 ingredients. I’ve made a new life rule to order AT LEAST a salad whenever I go out to eat so that someone else is doing all the work yet I still get to enjoy it. We don’t go out to eat often, but last night we actually went out with another couple to an area joint that has $5 wings and 1/2 off bottles of wine. I ordered an unsweet tea (I forgot my damn Truvia packets so I used the Splenda they had on the table), 10 old bay wings (all flats because I don’t like the drumsticks), with ranch dressing AND a chicken Caesar salad without the croutons. I had skipped lunch so I was ready to eat. I always order wings with a dry rub, there’s a whole lot less worry that there will be a sugary sauce on them.
I was craving a salad and when I stopped to think about the last time I consumed a vegetable, I couldn’t actually remember. That’s a problem and I’m not proud of that. I tend to eat simple foods, I’m not big into recipes or buying a million ingredients to try something new. I have got to start incorporating more vegetables into my diet, especially since I rarely eat fruit. Like I told you in the beginning, I’m new to this low carb world and I’m still working on finding a routine that is automatic.
I rarely drink alcohol. The older I get, the longer the effects last and I don’t wanna feel like total poo poo for two full days afterwards, so I tend to just skip it altogether. Now, that doesn’t mean I NEVER drink and I’m sure you’ll hear some stories along the way, but I’m not a casual drinker where I’m having one or two drinks with dinner. I go big if I’m going at all. I’m basically the permanent designated driver, which works out well.
I’m skipping breakfast today, I can still feel those wings churning in my stomach and I actually didn’t sleep well because I could feel them churning all night long. Skipping breakfast isn’t a big deal, I do it all the time. Just a couple cups of coffee with some Truvia packets and I’m good to go. I’m watching Baby E today from 8am-5pm, so we’ll be hitting the neighborhood for a stroller walk at some point. Baby E is a 4-month-old little girl that I watch a few days a week, it gives me something to do and I absolutely LOVE having a little baby in my life to obsess over…..part time 😉
Mr. Giant and I got married in March 2008 so we’re quickly approaching our 10-year wedding anniversary in the spring. We are best friends, for real. Being with him is by far the easiest part of my day-to-day life. Trust me, there were broken roads for both of us that led us to each other….but maybe that’s why we appreciate each other and respect one another the way that we do.
Mr. Giant is my BIGGEST supporter when it comes to weight loss and getting fit. He has seen me at my very biggest, he has seen me finish half marathons, I have dragged him through a dozen different weight loss journeys, but he has never given up on me and he has loved me the same through it all. So how is he handling my newest journey where I’ve cut out carbs? He’s fine with it. He doesn’t eat toast anymore with his breakfast because he would be the only one eating any bread and most of every loaf would get wasted. He eats what I make for dinner, sometimes it’s low carb and sometimes I make a special carb meal that only he consumes. We eat dinner together most nights and it usually consists of smoking some sort of meat on the Big Green Egg and a vegetable we can both enjoy or a salad. If I tell him I’m skipping a meal, he doesn’t bat an eye….he simply takes it in stride. If I tell him I need to sit down and rest for a minute (because sometimes low carb can kick your ass physically), he’s patient.
He doesn’t do low carb and he doesn’t skip meals. We try to exercise together once in a while, but for the most part we do our own thing. He doesn’t try to sabotage me and I don’t try to talk him into doing what I’m doing. We simply move together through each day while staying in our own lanes. It’s kind of easy!