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Month 2 - Many changes...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

When I change my routine, I don't see results on the scale for about 4-6 weeks afterwards. I can see other things happening like pants getting looser, belly getting smaller, but the scale hangs in there for a few weeks after. This is just one of those Rules of GOINGALLIN2013's Body and we just need to work with it.... For now!

I got a fitness assessment on May 29th. I did both RMR and VO2 Max. I'm a runner and recently I noticed my body can go more than my lungs can. That's a normal hurdle, and doing the VO2 test was the next step in the performance evolution chain. But the RMR blew me away! I found out that I was eating 600 calories a day LESS than I need. That's a major meal's worth of calories there! My RMR is 2150 and I was eating about 1500 calories a day. I started my new food plan on June 2.

It's taken a couple weeks to be able to eat that much healthy food in a day. I mean sure I can go eat a Big Mac every day and get my 600 calories, but that's not how we do it here people! 600 calories of fruit, veggies, healthy fats, healthy carbs and proteins is a lot of food. I've gone though some ups and downs while integrating this change into my life, and I thought I would share the pluses and minuses with everyone...

1) I am no longer cold all the time. I was cold ALL THE TIME. And it wasn't just that I thought I was cold all the time. Ask my boyfriend how cold I was when we snuggled. I was cold.
2) I'm not hungry all the time. My stomach actually stops growling now. I don't feel like I am actively starving myself.
3) My mood is a lot more level. 2 things in life that I really can not stand are being cold all the time and being hungry all the time. See #1 and #2 and you can see how #3 just sort of fixes itself. :) Plus I'm not on a food roller coaster, so my mood isn't either.
4) Less aggressive cravings. You know the ones... The ones where you are completely obsessing about a certain food and you can not function until you get it. The cravings that take over your world? I haven't felt that way about a food in a few weeks. So that's pretty good.
5) Way more energy. I actually have energy to work out 5 times a week. Before if I was able to work out 2 days I was DONE after that. This is helping out tremendously with my running goals.

1) Instant 4lb weight gain as my body says, "WTF ARE YOU DOING?!"
2) It's actually challenging to consume this volume of healthy food. 2 cups of spinach? Seriously? It's taken me the last 4 weeks to get to a point where I can eat all the food without feeling overstuffed. A good salad can still put a hurting on me though, especially if it's included in dinner.
3) I feel like I am eating all the time. This is a new dietary change and it will take time to adjust. But I feel like eating is a full-time job right now.
4) Gastrointestinal upset. Don't think there isn't a physical side effect of suddenly eating more... Even if you were already on an eating right track. It's more food for processing, and we'll just say there are repercussions during the adjustment period.

Maybe you're sitting there wondering where you even go to get an RMR or a VO2 Max test done. Maybe you're wondering what kind of information YOU could learn. Well, I am a member at LifeTime Fitness and that is where I got the tests done. I am told you do NOT have to be a member in order to get the RMR and VO2 Max tests done there, you just pay like $10-$20 extra or something like that. There are several other facilities/clubs in my area that offer similar services for varying prices, of course. :) If you don't have LTF nearby, call the gyms near you and see if anyone offers these tests. For RMR it was a 12 hour? fast and then 15 minutes of breathing while sitting in a dark room. The VO2 is a "smaller" version of that test you see hard core athletes doing on the treadmill. At my gym it's just with a HR monitor and the mask; no wires stuck to your body everywhere.

Anyways, I hope some of this information helps one of you all out there in Spark Land. Maybe you're getting discouraged and see some of the same patterns. Don't fret! Maybe you need to go through the 4-6 week adjustment period before things happen... Maybe you actually AREN'T eating enough... Start looking for the pattern, and get yourself some extra data if you have to.


1 month in: A day of self discovery.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tis late Saturday/Early Sunday. It's a Saturday like many other Saturdays before it.

Earlier this week I decided that today was no holds barred cheat day. I can eat whatever the heck I want in whatever quantity I want and damn the scale, the tracking, the whatevers. The boyfriend is out of town so I can eat all the stuff he doesn't like. I have been looking forward to it.

I got up early, and had a bowl of cereal. Total permission to fill the bowl and not get out those measuring cups or anything. But I noticed I grabbed the little bowl I use when I measure my food. And I noticed I filled the bowl about as full as it looks after I measure the cereal. Hm, look at that. This measuring thing is catching on. Well, that's not really a big deal, I am pretty good with certain food items (cereal being one of them) so this really isn't so exciting.

It IS that exciting. I just didn't appreciate it at 8am this morning!

Next, I bounced out the door to take the cat to the vet. I didn't have coffee beforehand, so I stopped at Starbucks on the way home. I ordered a tall chai and a slice of that lemon poundcake I love so much. I don't remember savoring the chai, it was gone pretty fast. But I DO remember eating the poundcake. I was hyperaware of it. I kept waiting for each bite to be amazing and WOW THIS IS SO GOOD like I had remembered it was. It wasn't as good as I remembered it at all. The only part that was good was the top where all the frosting was. And now the frosting is so sweet that it wasn't really all that amazing.

Uh what? Did I just eat something, decide it didn't taste all that great, and that it isn't worth putting in my body anymore?! That's... new

Somewhere between getting in the car to take the cat to the vet and getting home from running some errands, I realized I had a migraine. I immediately blamed a lack of coffee and dehydration. I started chugging water immediately, took some Excedrin and rested for an hour or so. When I woke up I realized this was one of THOSE migraines, and no amount of water or caffeine were gonna make it go away. Today, Mother Nature was in control of the throbbing in my skull. I was gonna have to just tough it out.

I went for a mani/pedi, did a few more errands and then headed home. It was time to build the main course for today: Scratch made deep dish cheese pizza. I made the dough and set it aside to rise. Once it was in the pan for the second rising I started to shred the cheese and make the sauce. By now I'm hungry so I grabbed a tupperware of watermelon and got my snack on. I probably ate 1 cup of watermelon balls. As I was putting the watermelon away my brain said "Hey! You shouldn't do that! Even for fruit. Take a portion out of the tupperware next time!"

At this point, I can no longer deny it: SparkPeople has totally invaded my brain.

The pizza was a work of art. It was amazing. I intended to eat the whole thing. Ok well I can't actually eat a whole pizza, but I can usually eat half a pizza. I was almost full at 2 slices (8 slice pizza) but I went for the 3rd anyways. I wasn't uncomfortably full but a 10 minute break after 2 slices would have worked.

I was going to make frozen margaritas tonight. I bought my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream. I had food devouring plans here, people! I was on a mission!

Round about 10pm I decided I was bored and went out for a 3 mile walk. I do run pretty regularly between 9-10 at night so that isn't so unusual, but it is when I have a migraine. I so should have just slothed myself right into bed.


I am sure thousands of people have said it before, but I will say it now: This time, something IS different. I beat myself up for going over calories for the day or for not tracking precisely or whatever other stupid thing I come up with. And all the while I am focusing on the little things, there are BIG changes happening.

Aside from measuring my food and being more present when I eat, I joined the run club at my gym. I started going to the yoga class again. I'm trying to figure out how to fit other group fitness into my life. I'm actually looking for the support I need to be successful. I explained the importance of my gym days to my boyfriend and have rid myself of any guilt for going to the gym instead of spending time with him.

Wonder what the next month brings....

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