I’m suffering from real concentration issues today. I’m getting very little done (the minimum required, really) and find myself staring into space a lot. I am easily distracted. I have a list of things to do and I keep looking at it thinking, what am I supposed to be doing again?
I know I suffered from this before (I posted before saying that I thought I was very sluggish on days where the previous day’s calorie count (not including wine) was under 1000) so my initial thought was that it was because the calorie count was so low yesterday. I didn’t feel particularly hungry this morning, which surprised me. Then we had a good lunch (650 calories with a good mix of meat and veg) which would deal with any deficit from yesterday.
Before lunch I lost a lot of time organising a shopping list and working out calories for meal planning and then doing the detail for lunch. I know strict calorie counting takes me a lot more time than just cooking something so I have tried to set aside a fair amount of time for it this week. Even so, the amount of time lost today is extravagant and most of it was not spent in the kitchen.
After lunch I felt OK. Not full but sated.
Right now I feel hungry but normal level of hungry for the time (half an hour before dinner). I’ve noticed before that I don’t really plan meals but hunger drives me into the kitchen about an hour before mealtime and that prompts me to start cooking. If I’m not hungry (big lunch or ill) then it simply doesn’t occur to me to make dinner until some poor hungry soul pipes up with “Um, are you cooking tonight?”
So yes, I’m hungry but not ravenously so. At this point I’m feeling a little bit dizzy. Normally I’d have a quick bite of something to eat to make it go away (CHEEEEESE! OK, no, an apple slice then) but I’m a little bit surprised that I feel this way at all. Usually I get dizzy before lunch (having not eaten breakfast), especially if I go down to the village market or something. I’ve drunk a Berocca drink (vitamin fizzy tablet, 5 calories) to see if that helps.
I guess the dizziness means that I am low on food but that still doesn’t really explain why I’ve been such a flake all day long.
Could it be dehydration? I decided today to drink water all day long and then after dinner “treat myself” to diet coke for variety. That means I’ve drunk less today (and I do feel a bit thirsty) so maybe I should be tracking liquids as well but I have (*checks the water bottle*) had over half a litre of water so it’s not like I’m dying of thirst.
I’d like to track this down because I really don’t want the excuse of “I have too much to do” to facilitate eating more :P