Tired. So tired.

Today is my fourth day on full-doses of the Chantix.  I have not been sleeping well since increasing the dose Sunday.  No issues with dreams until last night when I had couple of very vivid nightmares.  I won’t share details here but they were rather disturbing – to the point where I woke quite distressed.  Fortunately, I was able to wake up enough to calm down and remind myself that it was just the medication.

Anyway, I’m generally not resting well.  I’m hoping my body adjusts soon because I could really use a good, heavy sleep.  We’ll see what happens, I guess.  I struggled to avoid the cigarettes last night, but I think that’s more due to fatigue than anything else.  The important thing being that I did avoid them.

Managed to exercise 5 days last week and dropped another pound.  So that’s nice.  I’m not seeing or feeling any changes yet, but that’s just the paper towel effect.  What’s that?  Imagine a roll of paper towels.  Each sheet represents a pound.  If you take one sheet off a full roll it doesn’t look that different.  If you take one sheet off a nearly empty roll, you can visibly tell.  I’m still a full roll of paper towels.

I seem to be sticking to better eating habits, as well.  Avoiding the office snacks, ignoring drive-throughs, keeping bad food choices out of the house, more plants, less meat, eating breakfast again.

I also got a spice sampler from Penzey’s to help me easily switch things up in my very pattern-based cooking.  No, I did not pay the listed $35 for it.  They were giving it away for free a few weeks ago, so I got it for about $8 shipping.  It arrived this weekend. I’ve only tried the Galena Street spice mix so far.  Very tasty.  A little sweet, a little spicy.  I was particularly impressed with how it changed depending on what I was eating – savory on the lean bits of meat, sweet on the fattier bits, then sweet with a slow afterburn on the veggies. I’m looking forward to trying the other seven flavors.

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