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So that's what hunger feels like

Sunday, December 11, 2011

After years of overfeeding myself continually, I sort of regarded hunger as something I barely felt. Now that I'm eating the right amounts of food, though, I am definitely experiencing it more often.

And discovering that ignoring it isn't very smart.

Yesterday I was sort of hungry in the afternoon, but then I got distracted by a sewing project. By the time I resurfaced from that, my hunger had abated because my body had tapped into other resources. But when it came back, it came back hard. I was shaking, weepy, and unable to make a decision about what to eat. I at least knew not to stuff myself with the few remaining cookies--the idea of something sweet made me nauseated at that point.

But I was too far gone to make decent decisions about feeding myself. Everything felt like too much of a challenge and task. When Hubby got home, he immediately saw that I was a mess and just took me out to dinner, so I got fed.

But I don't like "out to dinner" to be a default. It's too expensive. So I need to be aware that hunger is much more likely and much more demanding now, and start planning for that evening meal earlier in the day.

  
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TATTER3 12/11/2011 10:12PM

    Just Keep Sparkin'!!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/11/2011 4:01PM

    Having a variety of quick and easy "snacks" around can help. Whether it's some carrots and a measured portion of dip (dressing, yogurt, what you find fits your health), or a counted out measure of almonds, or something else - if it's in an easy to grab quantity it can meet the hunger beast and soothe it. Then you can take more time to ponder what the next meal can be without the ravenous "stuff mouth now" urge.

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/11/2011 2:17PM

    I can totally relate. I usually get distracted when I'm working and then all of a sudden it's two o'clock and I'm ravenous. I've taken to boiling eggs and keep them on hand because what my body really wants is some protien.

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MAPLECANDY3 12/11/2011 12:54PM

    I know the feeling of ignoring hunger - I get so weak and hungry that I binge off chips.

One tip that I was given is that its okay to have an "non perfect" meal. You dont have to make anything elaborate when you get that hungry - just make some toast and add some yogurt and fruit or something thats quick.

ps I love getting lost in sewing projects :)

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Birthday party success!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It used to be that going to parties was all about the snack table. Tonight, though, I went to a party and my focus was on the people and the conversation, rather than browsing the buffet. And I enjoyed it more!

  
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TRAVLNWOMAN 12/10/2011 10:06AM

    It is changes like this that is proof that you really have made a lifestyle change.
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COLEENCOLE 12/10/2011 10:03AM

    You are the winner!!!!!!!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 12/10/2011 6:24AM

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Lie to me

Friday, December 09, 2011

The amusing thing about working out is how much time I spend lying to myself.

"Just get through one set. I won't make you do the second set. It'll be fine."

"You don't have to do the WHOLE lower body strength routine. Just do these couple exercises. Then I'll let you stop."

"If you get through the whole strength routine, I won't make you do cardio. It'll be fine."

"Okay, I'm only going to make you do 10 minutes of cardio, then you can quit."

"Oh, now we're through 20 minutes. You can make it the whole 30, can't you?"

And carried on that wave of lies, I find myself beached on the shore of Workout Done.

  
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EUPHRATES 12/12/2011 9:55PM

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SUGARSMOM2 12/11/2011 6:03PM

  this the way to get through the things we dont want to do and we can then make ourselfs do without stopping .

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KAREN4HEALTH 12/10/2011 9:00AM

    Our brains are wonderful! We do whatever it takes to be good for ourselves.

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GUILDWARSGIRL 12/9/2011 3:12PM

  I do the same thing! Works great!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/9/2011 2:22PM

    LOL. I do that ALL the time. And it works amazingly well.

Yesterday in spin class I wasn't really feeling it. My stomach felt weird and I just wasn't into it. Then the seat on the bike dropped out from under me (some of them do that) and I thought, "well, I guess I needed a challenge to get me though this workout. I'll see how long I can last before stopping to put back up the seat."

A few times I thought I was just about to DIE, but kept telling myself those lies you mention - "just get through this song, and then we'll put the seat up." and by the time the song was over I felt like I had more in me so I kept going.

And wouldn't you know it, I actually made it through the entire class without that seat? Just by incremental lies and pushing myself through "just one more song"? LOLOLOL

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Aha!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Apparently much of what I was miserifying about can be chalked up to...lady problems, shall we say? As I get further into this perimenopausal state, I'm definitely being impacted by the monthly hormonal swing much more dramatically than I have been since high school. It reminds me to be grateful for all those years I didn't have any real problems, but it's not much fun.

Still, we have now reached the just plain crampy, headachy and vaguely grumpy stage, and I don't feel like crying every moment. By tomorrow, I should be pretty much back to myself for another month.

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 12/10/2011 3:39PM

  "This too shall pass is the best phrase!

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MELLISOND 12/8/2011 8:41AM

    Oh I hear you! And I find that I am helped by: "This too shall pass." I like your term 'miserifying'...it definitely describes a certain mind set that I can get stuck in sometimes. Glad to hear your are feeling a bit better. emoticon

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MELLISOND 12/8/2011 8:41AM

    Oh I hear you! And I find that I am helped by: "This too shall pass." I like your term 'miserifying'...it definitely describes a certain mind set that I can get stuck in sometimes. Glad to hear your are feeling a bit better. emoticon

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EUPHRATES 12/8/2011 8:35AM

    I was just starting to get migraines during my period thanks to moving into peri-menopause when I first joined Sparkpeople. And haven't had them in about a year (in fact, I've only had ONE migraine this year, period - a miracle when you consider we started 12 hour shifts in January, it had me really worried). I credit getting healthier and SP. More motivation to keep it up, eh? :)

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Wednesday woes

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Well, the bad eating has caught up to me in the form of the scale inching up 5 pounds. But my period is due, so I'm not getting panicky about it, just determined to get back on track.

Which meant that I got myself downstairs and did both my lower body and core workouts, ignoring the signs of impending doom. By the time I got back up off the floor and headed for the ski machine, though, the giant headache could no longer be rebuffed. I am definitely feeling out of sorts.

So though I didn't get in the aerobic portion of the scheduled workout, I'm pleased that I got in as much as I did. If some Advil and resting get me past this, I'll head down there this evening and try again.

My current mantra is, "I am NOT getting sick. I am NOT getting sick...."

  
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EUPHRATES 12/8/2011 8:37AM

    FWIW, I bounce around 5 pounds all the time, they just gradually become a lower 5 pounds. Would be NICE to do this linearly, but that's just not my body. *sighs* Hang in there! emoticon

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