Somebody stop me

Next time I start out saying, “I’ve been doing really well with xyz…” somebody stop me, because that is a surefire way of xyz coming to a screeching halt. Remember how I said exercise has been consistent? Well apparently Consistent Week ended on Saturday because I have not done one minute of any kind of workout whatsoever. Sunday I was just plain lazy, Monday I had good intentions but never got around to it, and yesterday I bought groceries after work and by the time I got home, unloaded and put away the groceries, cooked dinner, I had missed my window of workout opportunity. Tonight is church, so no work out tonight either. I am going to have to really jam Thursday through Saturday.

On the upside though, I did not buy any junk food at the store yesterday. I bought lots of fruits and veggies and stuff for dinners, but no sweets. Usually I’ll buy junk because the hubs and kids complain if there isn’t anything to “snack” on, but I figure if they want a snack, they can eat fruit or air popped popcorn or something like that. In other words, they’re just going to have to deal with it, and so am I. I was fine until after dinner (tacos, yum) when suddenly I needed a little “something”. I always want a little “something” after dinner and usually that something is something sweet. That’s when I regretted not buying any sweets at the grocery store, so I scrounged around and found the last two striped shortbread cookies that I had bought about a week ago. I ate them quickly and then cursed myself for doing it. It’s a habit that is going to be hard to kill, but maybe I can put it in a coma for awhile.

I have a running question: how do you deal with the wind? It has been super windy here the last few weeks and when it’s windy like this, I don’t want to run. But living in Oklahoma (where the WIND comes sweeping down the plain), this is something I’m going to have to learn to deal with if I want to be a runner.

Oh! I had an Aha moment yesterday: I need to do something about my PMS.

(Insert crickets chirping here)

What? You’re not shocked that I made this realization?

I know what you are thinking, “Well duh Jill! You only complain about it every month!” But really, it has gone from being mildly annoying to causing actual conflict in my life. When I am PMSing, it usually comes in the form of burning, seething, rage. My whole body feels like a clenched fist and suddenly everyone is an effing moron and if someone looks at me funny, they should be prepared to face my wrath. I snap at the kids for no reason and the hubs and I have had terrible fights the last three months during that time. My job and everything about it gets on my nerves – so much so that I consider walking out. It’s becoming a problem and I need to do something about it.

This article from WebMD is a good place to start I think. A short internet search of several articles led me to the same conclusion: exercise and diet can help alleviate a lot of PMS symptoms. The WebMd article says to eliminate my four favorite things: caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, and salt. I’m not a big drinker, but PMS time seems to be the perfect time for a glass of wine! And we all know how much of the other stuff I consume: a lot. But I can’t keep continuing to turn into a Nazi every month or else I may find myself divorced and unemployed, so I’m going to give this a shot. The article also says to take calcium and vitamin B6 supplements, so I may give that a try too. I need to take calcium anyway, but adding the B6 is something I hadn’t thought about. Guess I’ll be making a trip to Walgreen’s this afternoon.

Hmmmm…just had a thought: the worse my eating has gotten over the last 3 months, the more weight I have gained and the worse my PMS has gotten. Coincidence? Something tells me, no.

ETA:  I think I need to clarify my running question.  When I say “wind”, I actually mean wind, not gas.  Somebody first thought I was asking about passing gas while running. Um, no. That’s not what I meant.  I mean do you still run when the wind is blowing 20 mph or do you just scrap your run for the day?

10 thoughts on “Somebody stop me

  1. I am a HUGE advocate of raising calcium at that time of the month- huge! If I am drinking two glasses a day the week before and during- my cramps are so mild that I don’t notice them when I am exerting any concentration, even reading the cereal box. As for rage… I hope the other dietary changes really help. : ) I think its great that you’ve identified this as a problem and are attacking it. As for exercise, I hope you get good tips. A girlfriend of mine lives in snow, and picked up a used treadmill on craigslist for practically free (considering what the cost to begin with).

    Good luck!

  2. Oh man, Jill! This was so funny, and I have so much I want to say. First the PMS problem, which you know I have no personal advice to tell you…but did you see the ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ about ‘ladie’s days’? It was a classic. But I am surprised you didn’t say anything about getting some drugs to help. Yah, make the diet changes, but really, this is one time I think drugs are legal and even necessary. (I hope you’re not PMSing right now…I could be in trouble!)

    Yay for you getting the snack stuff out of the house. But I am the same way about wanting a little something after dinner (and lunch…and breakfast…) do you like the SF FF pudding? I actually really still like this stuff. Or the pumpkin custard, although its not pumpkin time. I am trying to wean myself over to SF chocolate for my bits of chocolate after dinner too. (Last night, I have to admit, I had a cookie…)

    Okay your question ‘How do you deal with the wind?’–I have to admit I took that a different direction–I thought, leave it to Jill to just ask that right out loud. My answer, walk on a deserted road.

  3. Debby!! OH my gosh – not THAT kind of wind!!!!! I mean actual honest to goodness wind! I’m not talking about passing gas, silly! 🙂

  4. Funny, my mind went to “passing gas” type of wind, too! 🙂

    I don’t think I have any advice, other than dress in warm layers and just go for it. If possible, run into the wind on the way out, and run with it at your back on the way back. That will give you a tail wind…not THAT kind of tail wind…although running after eating beans might give that extra kick….

    PMS. Ugh. Mine (and the corresponding time-of-the-month stuff) has improved a lot since I started exercising. I also take calcium supplements (which also have Vitamin D) and don’t eat a lot of refined carbs/sugars. (I still probably eat too much salt, though.)

  5. Hey girl! I know it’s hard when you miss your workouts. You really *miss* your workouts. & the accompanying sanity. So, here’s hoping for a Thursday-Saturday exercise fest for you.

    Running in the wind–I’ve gone a few times when it’s been really windy. First, get a wind breaker style jacket with a hood. It helps. I got mine at Target for like $30ish. Then just enjoy it when it’s at your back & expect to run s l o w l y when you are running into the wind. It makes a big difference, like you’re being pushed down. But when it’s at your back, esp when it’s really strong, it feels like it’s propelling you forward. If you are having a good day mentally, you will feel like you kicked some serious ass after running in the wind.

    PMS–You should really talk with your doctor. I think the older we get, the more pronounced our hormone-reactions are. Yes, do the diet & exercise stuff, but you don’t have to do this all on your own. It’s a very real emotional state you are in–and believe me, brain chemicals/hormones aren’t something you can just make up your mind that they are going to behave. You might need some help. A simple xanax Rx might be all you need (I’m assuming you don’t have a past history of Rx drug addiction…. if you do then xanax wouldn’t be an option). Or another anxiety reducing medication. I know meds aren’t the answer for everyone. But they sure are for me & I use what science has to offer to it’s fullest potential! 🙂

    Don’t even get me started on needing something sweet. I had mini chocolate chips last night by the fist full. Sad, sad, sad.

    Hang in there, sweets. xoxo

  6. Also check out hormonal changes around this age. Women’s cycles coincide with varying changes in hormones around 30ish and cause various symptoms/plagues.

    Just some more 411…


  7. The Denver, Colorado area just got Winter, wind and all. I don’t run, but I sure to have to deal with wind. That’s pretty much it… you just deal with it. You make sure your hair can’t get into your eyes when you’re walking (or running). You zip or button up. You pick up the patio furniture daily. Etc.

    Now, don’t hate me but I don’t deal with PMS. Never had it. But to be fair, my cycles have been messed up since 2001, and I’m only mid 40’s.

    Enjoy your day! Vee at

  8. Eating well and exercising has certainly helped my PMS and as I am headed toward Menopause I really notice it when I don’t eat well for the month. I do think cutting out the refined flour and sugar helps a lot.

    As for something sweet after dinner, have you tried dark chocolate. You cannot eat much of it and it satisfies the chocolate craving as well as actually having good things for you in it.

  9. hey jill! i just stumbled upon your blog–i love it 🙂

    about running in wind: it’s been windy here lately (in austin) and i usually put on a windbreaker, even if it’s not too cold, and wear a thick headband to cover my ears. also, chapstick for lip protection, sunglasses for eyes, and calf length leggings.

    it’s not pleasant, and sometimes i skip, but mostly once i get out there i do okay.

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