Dear Diary…

Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches Are So Real!

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OUCH!

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point, my occasional 2 Mt. Dews per day treat turned into an every day thing. Thinking back, I can’t even figure out when I started doing this. I’m sure I was stressed out, due my father’s deteriorating health condition, but I have got to get this thing under control!

On Sunday night, I decided to take action. Instead of two per day, I decided to start by going back to one per day. And then, after that, if things are going well, maybe 3-4 per week. I did manage that right after I moved home from college and I ended up losing a ton of weight. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, anymore, but cutting out that many calories can’t be a bad thing, can it?

I just love the taste of Mt. Dew so much. It completes me. Is there a 12-step program for this?

In any case, I started Monday. I had my one Dew per day after dinner as a sort of dessert. I also decided to up my intake of water. I doubled how much I was drinking before. I woke up Tuesday with a headache. I figured I was probably stressing about something, so I shrugged it off.

Then I woke up with it on Wednesday. I was not pleased. I’m pretty good at sleeping off my headaches, so when this one didn’t go away after a good night of sleep, I took some medicine. That’ll teach that stupid headache!

Nope. It was still there yesterday, when I woke up. How was I unable to defeat this headache? I don’t think I’ve ever had a migraine in my life, so I was stumped… until I hopped on Google. The only thing that had changed in my routine was the cutting back on Mt. Dew and increasing water. And I found out that what I was experiencing is commonly referred to as “caffeine withdrawal headaches.”

I read stories of some women who drank liters per day, or pots of coffees, and how their headaches completely debilitated them. Going from two cans to one didn’t seem like a big deal, but obviously to my body it is! Continuing to read, I learned that the headaches would linger for about a week or so, until my body got used to things. That’s cool.

I’m just glad I know what’s going on now. *whew*

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Getting On Track In 2014

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The calendar year has only just begun for me. January 2014 was an extension of a terrible 2013 in my household. After being diagnosed with heart disease in late 2012, my father deteriorated all through 2013, including multiple hospitalizations. Knowing there was no cure, and that his particular type of heart disease would eventually take his life, our family banded together and took care of him. We were all caregivers, so his remaining time was as comfortable as possible. We accomplished that and my father has gone home to be with The Lord.

I spent a lot of quality time with my Dad that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But, in the process, my commitment to fitness fell by the wayside; especially from August on. I usually fight hard to avoid the late summer/fall slump, but it got me this year, and that’s perfectly fine.

So, I am now officially starting my 2014. And what better way than with a new fitness program that I haven’t fully committed to before? I dabbled with T25 a couple of times and it looks like a good challenge. I’m also intrigued by P90X3. (It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Beachbody programs, even though I’m no longer a coach.)

In the next couple of days I will decide which program to dive into and purchase. (Feel free to chime in with any suggestions/recommendations.)

I’m also going get more back on track with my nutrition. Staying up to make sure my Dad was ok around the clock (I had the graveyard shift) or spending extended hours in a hospital visiting, doesn’t tend to help with eating right. So I’m going to slowly overhaul what I put in my body, starting with more water! Gonna down a glass/bottle first thing when I wake up and keep myself hydrated throughout the day. I’ve been drinking tons of Mt. Dew in recent months. And while I’ll still allow myself to drink it, I don’t want to consume the quantities I have been! It’s my favorite pop!

So here’s to a much better year!

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The Day My Mom Found Out My Blog’s URL

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I remember it like it was yesterday…

Actually it was about a week ago. I was watching Walker, Texas Ranger with my parents, as I sometimes do during the week. Dad’s choice. Ranger Trivette, Walker’s sidekick, made a comment to some “bad guy” that he could “kiss his black ass”, and I chuckled. Both of my parents looked at me, as if to say “why was that funny?” So I casually announced that that little phrase was the URL to my personal blog.

My mother’s face was absolutely priceless! So much so that I wish I’d have been able to take a picture of it at that very moment!

My mom knows I blog. Whenever I start complaining about things, she tells me to go blog and give my opinions a voice. She also knows I have a very popular set of running podcasts that have helped a lot of people get off the couch and hit the pavement.

But Mom also knows I grew up in a household where there was absolutely no cussing. I’m talking we weren’t even allowed to say “sucks” growing up, y’all! The only swearing I’ve done in front of my parents is pointing out something someone else has said; quoting. And I always hesitate before I do so, like I’m still going to get in trouble. Of course, I’m not, but I was well trained. The cussing I learned at age 10, has always shut off in the presence of my family members.

I’ve owned kissmyblackass.org for the better part of a decade. I had it parked, for a couple of years, before I even decided to use it for a personal blog in 2008.

So having said all that, my Mom has never visited, thus her extreme surprise. It was a hilarious moment that I will never forget. And now I’ve captured the moment on my blog, so I can relive it over and over again!

Sorry, Mom!

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Helloooooo, April!

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In so many ways, I’m happy April is upon us. This has been a winter to forget, in many respects!

First of all, we had a real winter. After being spoiled last year, it was a bitter pill to swallow. Then, in February, my father spent a couple of weeks in the hospital and that was not a good time at all. And finally, in March, I spent most of my time concerned about the well being of my cat, Puddles, who passed away a few days ago. Not to mention, I haven’t had a regular workout routine in I don’t know how long!

So, I welcome April with open arms and hope it helps to stabilize my life, spirit, and health. I’m always out of sorts when I’m not working out, and when you combine that with stress in my personal life, it’s a big ol’ mess!

Prior to all these occurrences, I was doing Les Mills Combat, and while I kind of liked it, it didn’t really connect me with the way I had hoped. I wanted it to be love at first rep, like Les Mills Pump and TurboFire. Maybe that’s part of the problem. I need to commit to something that I love, fitness-wise, and throw myself into it. Then, maybe, the rest of my life will work itself out?

So, that’s what I’m concentrating on this week. And who knows. With the temperatures starting to creep up, maybe I can finally hit the pavement and get back to my Couch to 5k podcasts?

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2013 AKA The Winter That Wouldn’t Die

I’ve already written a post about how winter was killing me this time around. Yes, we all got spoiled last year with the unseasonably warm temps from December through March. We also knew we’d pay for last winter. There’s no way Mother Nature was going to let us get away with something so wonderful. She was simply messing with our heads and the “winter” we all know and loathe would return.

I was ready for that.

Actually, I was fine all winter, up until about 2 weeks ago. Usually when we get to March, the temperatures start inching up and stabilize in the forties and fifties. Not this year. It’s March 26th, and we had a 3 inch snowfall a day ago. It should be so warm now, that snow comes down as rain. Needless to say, I’m getting kind of impatient!

My Dad always tells me not to wish time away, and I’m trying! Lord knows I’m trying! But it’s so hard to not sit here and wish it were May or that I was basking in the glow of any one of the many amazing and available Miami Motels. Can you imagine? Opening your eyes every morning to warmth and sunshine? Going outside and not needing a heavy coat?

I actually get daily reminders, via Twitter, that our weather sucks. My dear friends, in warmer parts of the country, like to share pictures of sunshine and beaches and attach comments like “Heard it’s snowing in the Midwest…” Some friends, huh? I’ll keep all this in mind during hurricane season. Except I won’t be posting pictures to gloat. I’ll be expressing concern. Because that’s how I was raised, classy! 😛

I’m just playing around. But for real. Enjoy those quarter sized mosquitoes heading your way this summer, Florida! Love ya!

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What’s With All These Skunks?

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Earlier this year, I saw people on my Twitter timeline discussing skunks and I thought to myself, “How am I the only one who’s never seen one before?” They’re pretty common in the Midwest and people usually seem shocked when I share that tidbit of info with them.

So imagine my surprise when, a month ago, I’m sitting on the porch at dusk (by myself, thankfully) and see a skunk just strolling down the sidewalk, like it’s a completely normal thing. At first glance I just thought it was a random neighborhood cat. We have a lot of outdoor cats that wander around our subdivision. But I did a double take and saw that it was a skunk! I shot in the house to tell everyone! I was so excited I left my magazine and drink outside for the night. Oops!

Fast forward another 2 weeks and I would have another skunk sighting, but this one wouldn’t be so harmless.

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