Help~~!! I cannot stop!!!

@ahgong (10064)
Singapore
December 1, 2009 8:39pm CST
I have been very discipline of late to stick to a lower calorie diet. And have been doing so for the past three weeks or so. No sudden attacks of cravings of any sort. And I have been really happy with what little progress I had in losing some in the waist department. But since the beginning of this week, I have been constantly under the attack of the Z (Zee) monster!! And no coffee or energy booster stretches is helping at all. The only time I stay awake even though I am super sleepy at the cube is when I am munching on something. Anything. As long as the mouth is busy chewing, I am awake. Once the mouth stop working, the brain does too! Gawd!!! This is bad. Really bad. Has this ever happened to you? What do you do to stay awake beside reaching for the munchies?
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@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
lol =D U are lacking of sugar in your blood!! There are not enough glucose to help u stay active.. hehe ^_^ Maybe u should have at least a snack, which is high in sugar to help u stay awake, especially in the noon.. haha =D Because that's the time, your body needs to replenish itself after half a day of work, and also, to give u energy to last the day.. hehe ^_^ No matter how strict one's diet can be, there's always room for a lazy day, whereby u need not follow usual routine.. hehe ^_^
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
sugar? I am trying to cut my sugar and carb intake leh. Eating sugar is only going to boost the energy levels for a short while only. The Z monster will attack again once the sugar is ou tof the blood. How is taking sugar going to help in this case?
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
haha =D Sugar is not as bad, becasue it's a must to keep u awake or active.. NO matter what, u have to take sugar, but at a moderate amount.. If u are cutting down too much at one go, u will be bound to suffer.. haha =D Maybe u should be eating those food which is full of fibre instead.. haha =D They will keep u full, and yet sugar content is not as much.. And they will keep u awake too.. haha
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Loading up on veggies and oats liow.
@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
2 Dec 09
The years have seen me with less sleep much as I wanted to fall asleep at the touch of the pillow. I have been troubled with insomniac nights for years now which is an advantage for me to be in mylot. Munchies....yes, I love junks. Like little kids I'll pop in anything into my mouth without fear of gaining pounds when I am surfing the net. Another extra job for me to shed the extra pounds when I really ballooned out.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Trust me, once the ballooning starts, it gets into some sort of momentum! And it is darn hard to stop that momentum! Newton's laws of motion will always ring true when it comes to weight management! I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. So when the weight gains starts to gain momentum, it is difficult... DIFFICULT to stop unless you have some action to stop it. And that action to stop it requires A LOT of determination and discipline!
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@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
3 Dec 09
Unfortunately, determination and discipline are two of the main criteria that I am so much lacking in. I can honestly admit that I do not have the strong will power to keep me from marching towards self betterment.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Well, you can always start somewhere. Begin small. And when you are comfortable with that small change, make another small one. By and by, you will see that those small changes do add up to quite a bit! I started by just cutting down my sugar drinks by one can. Once I get pass that one can craving, I went on to cut another. Now I am down to just 2-3 cans a week! Down from 2 cans a day! Next up, working on replacing my high glucose foods with substitutes that are lower in their glucose content. (eg, rice with oats, white bread with wheat bread... etc) Same quantities of consumption, just substituting the foods. After than, then comes the quantity reduction. One step at a time. And you will get there eventually!
@artistry (4153)
• United States
2 Dec 09
..Hi ahgong. I eat whenever, so I don't necessarily have to be sleepy. Food is my vice. I usually do this is stop a headache, which works. But one time I was sleepy and I didn't have time to take a nap and tried it and I became alert. Sometimes the brain just needs oxygen, so I hold my nose, close my mouth, and blow air up into my brain, like a blow fish. Do it gently for six or seven times, for three or four sessions. This cures a headache and as I found out, makes you alert. Try it, it works.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
This is interesting. How do you blow air up into the brain by closing the mouth and holding the nose? You are literally holding you breath and not introducing more oxygen into your system leh. Hmm... worth a try. I will give it a go to see if it works.
@artistry (4153)
• United States
3 Dec 09
..Hu ahgong, if you hold your nose and close your mouth, puff your jaws out and you create air in you mouth by blowing. Your jaws stretch out like a blow fish, the air goes up into the brain. Couple of practices, you will get the hang of it. Good luck, as I said great for stopping a headache as well. Take it easy.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
4 Dec 09
That will force air to the brain? I only feel my ears popping leh! Hmm... Am I doing it right? Hold the nose, cover the mouth, blow up like a puffer fish. All I felt is the popping sensation in my ears, much like when you are ascending height.
@RyanneD (189)
• United States
2 Dec 09
If you can only stay awake as long as you're chewing on something try chewing some gum. Maybe that'll help. Also maybe you're just simply not getting enough sleep. You could also have an iron deficiency, that could make you tired. Also, and I know this may sound weird, try excersizing. That actually boosts your energy level. Good luck!
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
Alas, gum is banned where I am. So getting gum is not going to be an option! Maybe... maybe I am just lacking in the sleep department. Iron deficiency? So, does eating a little more iron help? I know exercising helps. But until I can lose some weight from food intake, the weight I lug around is gonna do more harm than good if I were to jump into exercising now. The only exercise I do now is walking. Anything more is no no for the moment.
@RyanneD (189)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Walking is FANTASTIC excersize, so keep it up! Even parking a little further from the front door at work/the grocery store/etc could help you walk a little more. Also, maybe start taking the stairs instead of the elevator (unless you're on a really high floor, obviously). To see if you have an iron deficiency you go to the doctor and they draw your blood and they test it's iron content. If you do have an iron deficiency then they'll prescribe you iron supplements. Don't just start taking iron supplements if you don't have a deficiency though, because they can cause more harm than good. I hope what I've said has helped. Keep me posted on how you're feeling, and good luck! :-D
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
Still sleepy as ever! And it gets worse in the afternoons! Struggling even to type this message! The attack of the Z monster is strong this week!
@squaretile (3831)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
hello my friend!I think you need more exercise! The way to be more alert and energetic and less lethargic in my humble opinion is to exercise regularly! how about lunchtime at the gym? i have a few colleagues who do this. some are girls trying to lose weight, some are men trying to build up bulk, but whatever your motivation, a lil more exercise doesn't do anyone any harm!or just walking more instead of taking a car or bus. maybe get down one bus stop earlier, or if you have time and it's cool in the evening, one train stop earlier??:)
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
I am already making evening walks part of my routine. Like I mentioned in an earlier reply, right now, going straight to the gym for some exercise is a no-no. Not until I reduce some of my weight. Cos with the weight I am lugging around, doing more exercises will do more harm than good. Especially to the joints and back.
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
Maybe your low calorie diet is taking toll on your body. If your calorie intake is too little for your body size, there are negative changes that can be felt but of course you loose weight, and that's good news. When the body lacks sugar or glucose, you tend to be sleepy most of the time and less attentive that you used to be. You have to put your intake or diet into consideration. Perhaps, the calorie intake needs to be increased a little. Ever heard eating a candy when you feel sleepy. It's not just a myth. It does have some facts to it. The sugar keeps you up and sustains the needed glucose for the brain. You should also do exercise as it release endorphines (happy hormone) and makes you feel more alive. I wish you luck in loosing weight, and consider also being healthy in the process.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Maybe... just maybe that is the case. I will have to review my diet plans a little to see how things go. Right now, I must try to get my energy level boosted!
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
2 Dec 09
Luckily i don't suffer from the Z monster like you but i think it's usually attacks when we eat too much of food, just couple hours after ... so keep your eat habit on normal servings, and if you still sleepy, maybe stands up and walk a while is the best weapon for you to keep away from the Z monster, so you don't have to chew anything, which is could be make it more worst
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
3 Dec 09
Hmm... a suggestion that is worth considering. Taking a walk, like a short break from the cubicle is a good idea. Now, where should I be walking to...
@arsalaum (57)
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
Hi Ahgong! Are you getting enough sleep at night? This never happened to me before... Im also trying to lose weight but I not feeling sleepy when its not time for me to sleep. If you keep on eating to keep you awake I think it will also compromise your goal of losing weight. Try to maybe stand and do some stretching if you're allowed in your cubicle to atleast awaken your muscles. Drink a lot of water. I think that's all I can advise. :)
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
Yep. I did a lot of standing. I did a lot of stretching. And I drank a lot of water too! Not much helpful at all. Once the action of stretching is over, the sleep overcomes me again. Even standing up, I feel lulled to sleep by the Z monster! Sigh... looks like I have to find some healthy snacks to chew on! Something that is low calorie and nice to much on as well! Any good recommendations? I am starting to get sick of eating nuts!
• United States
2 Dec 09
YES!! I totally know what you mean!! That's how I keep gaining those extra pounds I never really noticed until it was too late!! For me, to stay awake, I drink a special energy mix in a powder form (there's also a carbonated version). I get tired really easily but when I drink the energy drink (it only has about 10 calories for each packet) I feel awake almost instantly. The carbonated drink, which I drink sometimes, has L-Carnitine so it helps to burn fat. I don't know but hopefully this helped a little?
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
Hmm... interesting! What kind of energy drink is that? What is the brand? How much does it cost? I am interested to see if I can get them in my local stores!
• Philippines
2 Dec 09
hey man.. i think its just a matter of having discipline.. and maybe you have not started your diet right.. you cant go on a super diet abruptly coz maybe you will still crave in the future.. and i think thats whats happening to you now.. have you tried to slowly decrease your food intake?? and then after a few weeks or so you try to lessen it again.. and so on until finally you have arrived to the low calorie diet that you want.. and in no time you will be in shape..
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
2 Dec 09
Thanks for the concern my friend. I am doing it slow. Only replacing one item of the main meal of the day for now. Rice for Oats. Everything else is the same. And I have a plan to work towards a even lower calorie diet. That is, only after I hit the weight plateau on my current plan. And yes, when on a diet, jumping straight into one that reduces the calorie intake drastically is a no no! Cos it is simply un-sustainable! Thanks again for your concern! Appreciate it!