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Can't Stop Eating!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I think I have a tape worm. Usually the onset of warm weather takes away my appetite, but this year, the onset of the sun has brought out my ability to bike and run and swim and sit out soaking up the rays. I'm already more tan this year than I usually am by August from all the time I've spent outdoors and that makes for one HUNGRY GIRL!

But this is getting ridiculous. I've been very obviously over my calorie limit almost every day for about 2 weeks now. I've been drinking and haven't been saying no to that piece of cake at the cast party, or the extra little treats that have snuck in here and there - "because I'm working them off anyway" - is what I keep thinking.

Well, the scale this morning says something different. I'm NOT working them off. I'm gaining weight. And it needs to stop. But it's crazy. I can't stop it. I'm hungry (physically hungry) all the time. Case in point - I usually don't eat lunch until around 2pm. It's currently 12:30pm and I just scarfed down a whole leftover Pita Pit dinner from last night's work meeting AND extra pita, tzaziki & hummus to go with it. I'm not hungry any more - but give it a few hours and I'll be back to the fridge again. AHHHHH! It's so frustrating.

I don't want to stop exercising. I've made the commitment to continue biking to work as much as possible this summer. But it's only since I've started biking that I've turned into the food ogre. And I do know from wearing my Garmin on one ride that I'm burning way more calories than Spark is telling me I am from tracking my exercise. And the good news from all of this is that my legs and butt have toned down and are starting to look killer now - which is exactly what I wanted to have happen. But this weight gain this morning ain't no patootty muscle building. It's purely and simply a food baby.

I just closed my show - so I should be able to get back to focusing on making healthy food at home and not eating out as much, but because I usually put off everything until my show closes (as I have done again this time), this week is full of meetings (which either involve food directly, or happen after hours so I can't get home to cook dinner), dates (which definitely involve food and drinking, and not usually of the healthy variety), and a lot of additional stress at work to get caught up on everything I've put off until now. And stress makes me eat for sure.

So the deal is this:

1. I've been lazy with my food tracker, so I'm food tracking EVERYTHING again. No cheating. If it goes in my mouth, it goes on the tracker. And already today sucks cause I have at least 10 hours until my work day is done and I only have 300 calories left. Poop.

2. Water, water, water. No more diet coke. There's no need for it anymore. Diet coke withdrawal sucks for me big time. It's not just about the pick-me-up in the afternoons, but because I use it as a treat instead of sugar or other things. It does help curb my chocolate cravings, but I know that I tend to eat more and put on pounds (or just not lose them as easily) when I'm drinking that crap. So I'm going to start a streak in Spark to get me through ridding my days of that again.

3. Grocery shopping and planning meals for the weekend. I've been pretty good about this all along, but pay day falls on a weird schedule this week, so I'm down to my last dollars and thus don't have any good food in my fridge at home until this weekend. So left over pitas from the work meeting will have to continue being my lunches for this week, despite the added salt. They're better than some of the other things I could be eating.

4. Just keep exercising. My body WILL get used to this level of burn eventually. It's been over a month now, but it's gotta kick in soon. I'm not convinced that ALL of this hunger has to do with the added calorie burn. I know some of it is emotional - and emotional tied to physical is the worst, because you eat to feed the physical hunger and then KEEP EATING to feed the emotional.

5. No more booze. Stop it. The celebrations are over, there is really no need to drink wine and beer a couple of times a week. Last night I had a meeting with the cast and crew of the cabaret show that I produce. We had a really great week last week (we made a lot of money from a deal I set up) and the cast brought me a beer to the meeting as a thank you. I drank it. And I was the ONLY one drinking! What kind of crap is that??? Oh, and I also had an iced tea sitting in front of me that was really all I needed with dinner. Drinking needs to stop. Even on dates. No reason I can't drink something else and keep my head in the game and the over-eating from lowered inhibitions at bay.

So that's the game plan. I've been reading a lot of these blogs from other people lately too. Common Sparkers! Let's kick ourselves in the butt a little and not waste this beautiful summer being bigger than we need to be! Enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of the season and love how being healthy and happy (and not eating crappy food) makes you feel!
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    When I really started biking (and other exercises) I got that ravenous insanity as well. I found the following helped:
    Eat more fiber/protein per meal (aim for over 20g protein per meal)
    Eat fewer times a day -- I found that the small meals made me snack crazily
    Find a way to blow up portion sizes: popcorn, never-ending-sides-of-kale, big-ass salad, etc.

    Good luck honey. I basically taught my body: I will feed you, but you gotta shut the hell up!
    2291 days ago
    Thanks so much for writing all that, I MUST face my Diet Coke addiction! I only have one per day, and usually don't drink the whole thing, but it certainly SEEMS like I can't live without it..mostly psychological, SO, I Will be making my own action plan with your inspiration!! emoticon emoticon
    2295 days ago
    My body turned into a hunger machine when I started Spark (what? we're... exercising?!!?). One thing I did was adjust my planned cardio - I was only scheduled for 2 days a week, but was going 4 or 5. When I changed that, Spark adjusted my daily calorie thresholds accordingly. So if you're burning a ton biking, you might really be needing a bit more (ok, maybe not the beer and whatnot, but real calories).

    The best thing I found for soda replacement was sparkling, lightly flavored water. You get the fizz and a bit of sweetness, but no calories and it's all natural. Of course, now I'm addicted to La Croix...
    2295 days ago
    I also had a mad Coke Zero addiction until I read that the artificial sweeteners in my fav drink actually changes the brain chemistry and creates HUNGER! So, I used Pellegrino sparkling water as my diet soda methadone. I am now diet soda free and I swear, I can tell a huge difference in my level of hunger. I also found that adding sparkling water to my glass of wine still gives me the flavor I crave but less calories.
    Thanks for blogging - I really enjoy reading them. Have a great day!
    2295 days ago
    Recognizing the problem areas is the first step to moving forward. Good for you! Looks like a great plan.

    I don't know about you but Diet Coke dries out my mouth and MAKES me thirsty which makes me crave more. I now stick to water with lemon and unsweetened iced tea with lemon.

    2296 days ago
  • WILD22
    I'm writing this as I drink a light beer. I am still going through this a bit. I started to break free of the unhealthy eating over the past 7-10 days. It does get better. Do not quit exercising. I did and it has been a bugger getting back into it. Your action plan looks and sounds awesome. Keep at it. Your killer legs and butt will be hard to recognize when they are looking at your fabulous new bod!!
    2296 days ago
    You, my dear, will snap back & find your path again. Your action plan sounds marvelous ...
    2296 days ago
    I too have been ravenous the last few days, I did look at my TOM tracker and it is on its way. damn tom
    2296 days ago
    Hope you get it all under control again, you've come so far it would be a shame for it to go in reverse now! Good luck we're all cheering you on! emoticon
    2296 days ago
    I'm having a similar issue - I just posted the blog "Training with one foot in the refrigerator".

    I find that plain sparkling water, or plain sparkling water with a squeeze of lime or lemon, helps me get over my diet coke cravings. And a combination of 94% fat-free microwaver popcorn and some fruit like an apple or an orange (not literally combined, but eaten at the same time), helps to address the "mindless munchies".
    2296 days ago
    Get the sobe zero drinks. I love them, and they make me FULL..... I drink one when I have the hungries and it really helps.. you can do this...
    2297 days ago
    You have a great plan, I have no doubt that you will beat this, I think your body is just adjusting, and you have had such a busy month. I'm sorry I didn't get to see your show before it ended, our summer has been so busy. emoticon
    2297 days ago
    giving up booze is hard for me too. *sigh* we can do it. We'll get there.
    2297 days ago
    You rock, way to go owning up to the problem and making plans to stop it. Good Luck I know you can do it.
    2297 days ago
    i might have a solution for you... will email u later. ran into the same issue with my running and BEAT it. TTYL, gotta split but i will contact you later..
    2297 days ago
    You and me are having similar months right now! I am the same way - however, it's been hitting me on weekends, I do well during the week and get my weight back down..then do it all over again. :(

    Also - I quit Dt. Mt. Dew for a week but started back. I have to make a better effort to stop!
    2297 days ago
    Found this blog just in time, was about to order a large pizza with the works to deal with my stressful day.
    2297 days ago
    I am where you are as well. I'm so exhausted by the end of school rush that I can't seem to work up the energy to attack any problem let alone weight gain. Thanks for the nudge. I really needed it.
    2297 days ago
    You got this lady!! :) You've owned up to it and that's a big part of it. I tend to get way too liberal with my calories when I amp up my workouts too saying "well I need more, I'm burning it off so it's okay" and that may be true but I eat MORE than what I'm burning extra and that is NOT okay. Let's have a fit healthy summer!!
    2297 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan!!!!! This kinda happened to me too. I upped my Zumba class from 3to4 a week to 6 days a week and started enjoying a little extra here and there. The here and there went here and here :(. So I am back with my plan as well. All including food and drink choices! Have a great healthy night!
    2297 days ago
    Ok, I am with you - I've been doing the same thing and you're right, it needs to stop. Let's do it!
    2297 days ago
    You are so right. Thanks for this blog!
    I've been struggling a lot too lately. Although I certainly don't have the problem of burning more calories. LOL I've been skipping out on exercise too.

    2297 days ago
    It sounded like you were in my head. I have been crazy hungry for three weeks now and I continue to work out but I have gained like 6 pounds. I don't know what to do but I figure I could borrow your tips and see if it helps.
    2297 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I honestly dont know what to suggest, I think this grabs us all sometimes, I know with me being down, healing, lack of exercise and the desire for child-hood comfort foods haven't had me at my best lately.
    2297 days ago
    I have been going through bouts of insatiable hunger also. I found that when I wear my heart monitor that it shows that I burn more calories than Spark does, also. I understand as SP has to average the numbers for everyone. When I was having a hard time getting the scale to go down I would put in what my HM stated so I could really see what was going on. Also have you looked at your nutritional numbers? WIth all the biking, running and swimming, do you think you might need to up the numbers?

    Keep up all that summer fitness and enjoy all those beautiful colors of vegetables and fruits of summer! Oh and keep up that dating. emoticon
    2297 days ago
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