Wednesday, August 01, 2012

healthy living will kill me

Today I woke up with a pounding headache.  Normally when this happens (and it happens far more than I'd like), my "supportive" spouse points to something I did, usually involving alcohol, which made the headache my fault.  But yesterday I exercised vigorously, ate healthily, and consumed absolutely no alcohol, so how can I be blamed?  "Could you be allergic to something?" mused my husband (no doubt in order to get the blame right back on me, for having eaten something I should have known not to eat).

Healthy living is not helping my insomnia, also.  Last night I was wide-frigging-awake in the middle of the night, bored, and restless.  Usually after I determine that I have no chance of falling asleep again for the foreseeable future, I pull out my laptop (conveniently placed under the bed) and amuse myself online.  But!  As part of my healthy living competition, I am required to get seven hours of sleep a night.  Playing online would mean losing points not just for myself, but for my team.  The rules of the game take insomnia into account, and an insomniac may count her time spent lying awake fretting as sleep, so long as she stays prone, in the dark, with her eyes shut.  Taking one for the team, I laid there in the dark, with my eyes shut, for a very long time.  Eventually some sleep came, but not long after that, the Sober Husband arrived, eager to wake me up (strange as it may seem to some of you, he has a thirst for my company and has taken to waking me up in the mornings in the hopes I will get up and talk to him before he goes to work).

After I dragged my poor, aching, sleepy head downstairs to swallow ibuprofen and drink coffee, as well as to have a healthy breakfast of goatmilk yogurt with some nuts and dried cranberries,  I emailed my team members about my insomnia (the rules of the game require me to communicate daily with team members and our adversaries).  "I laid there and laid there, thinking of the points," I whined.  Thanks poured in by email from team members, who took a brief break from sharing tips on how to largely survive on Greek yogurt to congratulate me on my competitive spirit.

Now my top goal for the day is to vanquish this headache so I can work out (daily exercise is a key component of this health competition).  Honestly I think what my body is crying out for is a bottle of  blanc de noirs and some fried food.  It certainly doesn't seem to thrive upon clean, vigorous, honest living.


kherbert said...

Would laying in a warm tub, with the lights out count as sleep. When I wake up in the middle of the night I have found a warm bath in the dark will often help me get back to sleep.

GodsKid said...

Wearing a life jacket of course, or something like, to prevent drowning should you actually fall asleep while in the tub! ;)

Anonymous said...

Low blood sugar and dehydration give me headaches. It's something that just sneaks up on me, hanging around until I drink a gallon of water and have some fruit.

Kanungo said...

I just enjoyed your posting and note out few points which will help me to maintain a good balance in my living style. “Healthy Living and High Thinking” everyone is aware of it but no one take proper care of themselves. I would like to thank you for sharing such information with everyone and making them aware. Can you suggest some food items which will be healthy for breakfast?
Waiting for your next post…Keep on posting…!

Anonymous said...

Are you drinking half your body weight in ounces of water? This will help massively with the headaches. Good luck!

/dawn (dfratzke)