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DRIZZO1 SparkPoints: (847)
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1/25/13 6:20 A

after experimenting I def need to eat a little something before i workout. It really makes a huge difference in how i feel after. Thanks everybody!!

SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (19,999)
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1/24/13 8:01 P

Dear Drizz,

That is a perfect pre-workout meal. But it also important to get some protein after your workout (within an hour the experts say). Remember, it's all about portion control. Good luck in your quest.

SUE5007 Posts: 743
1/24/13 1:14 P

I have a hard time exercising in the mornings. I am drained the rest of the day. I need to be up for at least an hour before I can bring any intensity to a morning workout. You can try moving your workouts to lunch time to see if that makes a difference. Or change the intensity of your workout. Maybe go a little less intense then add 10-15 minutes of exercise in the evening.

Try eating a banana with your coffee. Or 1/2 a banana with 1/2 piece of bread w/ peanut butter.

I have found that protein shakes help me recover from workouts better/faster. The one I use is low carb/sugar but still tastes good because I mix it with skim milk. (Which naturally has some sugar) But I get 24 grams of protein in one serving plus the added nutrients and protien in the milk. Sometimes I will do 1/2 a serving or mix it with water if I'm tight on calories. You can have one for breakfast and see if that helps. If I can't have one within 30 minutes of a workout I will eat a clementine after I shower and that helps to give me a little oomfph until I can eat something more substantial.
But I would also take a look at your food tracker and see if you are meeting your nutritional requirements. Look at the report at the end of the day. Did you get enough protein? Carbs? Fat?

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (32,119)
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1/22/13 2:28 P

I don't eat before running in the mornings. I get sick if I do. Usually I crave something sweet when I am done like grapes, apples, oranges. Try changing what you eat after exercising and see if that helps you not feel tired.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/22/13 1:58 P

If you account for whatever snack you consume and still are within your calorie ranges provided by SP, you will not "wreck your diet".

DRIZZO1 SparkPoints: (847)
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1/22/13 1:56 P

thanks everybody. Yes I drink a lot of water - 64 oz/day - maybe I need more because Im sweating more? I am usually up and out the door within a half hour of waking so I need something quick. If i add a 1/2 banana on ww bread with peanut butter every day and a cup of skim milk will it wreck my diet?

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,363)
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1/22/13 1:48 P

I always take a daily multivitamin after I finish (usually after I shower and before I eat), also, are you drinking enough? Maybe its dehydration?

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/22/13 1:47 P

I would agree to try to eat something before you go and see if that helps you. Or to have some protein and some fruit after. I eat 60 minutes before I hit the gym- either a greek yogurt or a smoothie with almond milk, a banana and PB2. It's usually just enough to curb any hunger, and won't upset my stomach during a workout.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/22/13 1:39 P

You could try eating something before you go. I'm not a fan, although I've done it. I try to be finished at least 30 minutes before my workout, or only eat something light. You might also try eating sooner after the workout, maybe a smoothie or protein shake/bar right after? Or a banana with some peanut butter.

DRIZZO1 SparkPoints: (847)
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1/22/13 1:29 P

Lately Ive been feeling drained after exercise. Last week I was full of energy after a workout. I eat within 45 min of finishing and I do 30 min of cardio 5x/week and 30 min of strength training 3x a week. I usually go first thing in the morning on an empty stomach - just coffee. If i go at night its usually 1-2 hours after a snack. Should i eat more before i go?? Anybody have any suggestions?

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