Friday, January 7, 2011

The HAM level

A few months ago, my friends and I were trying to decide where to go to eat.  Matt said to me, "We'd better eat or Kelly will reach ham level."


"Oh, Kelly gets hungry and then if she's not fed soon, she gets Hungry And Mean - HAM."

We laughed and that acronym has stuck with me ever since.

This past Tuesday was my first day back to work since the end of October.  Truthfully, although I'm not very satisfied with my job, I love working.  I like being productive and doing SOMEthing other than sitting around healing.  That, quite frankly, is boring.  What I do doesn't save the world or make a huge difference in any way.  But I do a good job - I've been the top person in my position for the past two years and I just got a raise.

Anyway, in my zeal for getting things done (and quickly) I've re-realized the importance of eating when I get hungry; of listening to my body's signals telling me when it's time to eat.

Take yesterday.  I woke up and was hungry.  I snacked on a small handful of almonds on my way to work - to tide me over until I could have the oatmeal that I could make in our microwave.  Only things got busy and after a few hours of meetings and phone calls, I realized that I was hungry.  Mostly because I was grouchy and got very irritated when our receptionist told me that our files now go in a different bin.  Since I'm usually of a sunny disposition, it occurred to me that I should eat. 

'But it's only 11,' I told myself.  I already had breakfast - why am I hungry?

By 11:25, I couldn't wait any more - I was too hungry.  When I went to the fridge to get some fruit, I realized that I actually hadn't had oatmeal - I guess I just remembered eating earlier and thought that it must've been breakfast that I ate.

In any event, I had my oatmeal but was so hungry that I ate it too quickly to really enjoy it.  And afterwards?  I was still ravenous.  I made myself wait another 15 minutes so that I could accurately re-assess my hunger, but it was tough.

Even though I'm swamped at work pretty much all the time now, I need to remember to drink water and to eat when I'm hungry.  If I don't, I get headaches and I definitely get cranky.  Maybe not HAM status, but close.

I guess it's just interesting to me that two years ago I would've gotten cranky because I was tired, lethargic, and on a sugar crash.  But now, I get cranky as my body runs out of fuel.

For the record?  When I got home last night, I sat down, started to eat something, realized I wasn't hungry but was exhausted.  I decided to take a short nap until Joe got home...and that "nap" lasted 2 hours.

Oooh...taking care of myself feels so darn good sometimes.  So good that I might just take a nap tonight too. :)


Karen said...

Early in our relationship I warned my husband that I when I get hungry he better not mess around! I get super cranky!

Dillypoo said...

I like that term! And it certainly applies to me. When Dillypoo is cranky, watch out! Because that usually means it's kill or be killed. Best to just feed me right away.

It may take a week or two for you to get used to working full time again after such a long time away. Naps may be the best thing to keep you going! And oatmeal.

Maude said...

HAM is great! Much better than mine - my family calls me the Badger when I'm hungry and bad tempered.

Auntie Mandy said...

I like HAM level because when I get to the HAM level, I also want ham. I mean it's sweet, it's salty, it is great on a sandwich, pizza, or rolled up and shoved in my mouth! Vegan girls like me should never get to HAM level!

Janell said...

I never reach HAM. I hate HAM. And not eating doesn't make me feel cranky. Eating makes me feel cranky. If i had to eat HAM, I'd be cranky too.

Jannie said...

I'll never forget HAM. I have been HAM a few times in my life and my family all know to steer clear. :)

...:::Paulina:::... said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE that term! Thanks for sharing!

Lanie Painie said...

Did you ever think you'd forget to eat breakfast? You've come a long way baby. Good job taking a nap. I bet you were exhausted.

Keep that sunny disposition.:)

Lily Fluffbottom said...

I got HAM last night. Luckily there wasn't anyone around for me to be mean to, and I washed it away with some frosting. One thing at a time.

Anonymous said...

That is hilarious. I can't wait to tell my friend who has lost a lot of weight and is really keeping it off. She always says she gets right bitchy when she gets hungry and needs her 6 meals a day. She will now be stealing that term, I'm sure. H.A.M.

Love your blog.

Polar's Mom said...

HAHA, my Mom always called it "Ugly Hungry", cause I am a raging bitch when I am hungry. Seriously mean.

Polar's Mom

TheSweetStack said...

OMG... My office mate has to be fed in the morning or she reaches the HAM level LMAO She gets to work typically 2 to 3 hours before me and I can guarantee at least 3 mornings a week she's ringing or texting me to get her something from McD's - sometimes all the text says is "Starving"... I finally told her I was not stopping anymore since everytime I get her something I get my butt something...