I officially have my eating and exercise back under control. Last week, even though I had eaten every day at least 2,000-2500 calories, I didn't really gain any weight, but I am still angry at myself. Happy that through it all, I forced myself to exercise and walked 17 miles. Angry at the weight I could have lost had I not lost control for a week. (This is not how to reach my goal weight my my 30th birthday on the 24th) But, I did learn a few things about my body.
I am officially an emotional eater. I was under a lot of stress worrying about my dad's health last week and waiting to find out what I need to pay for college and if I can go this fall. I found myself eating well in the morning and losing that control in the afternoon. My only saving grace was my exercise. However, when this used to happen, the eating would last for weeks, and I would stop exercising for the same time period. So this healthy living thing is starting to get a hold of me.
I started kickboxing again, and I am so happy. I added it two to three times a week to give myself a break from the treadmill. As long as it doesn't re-injure me or aggravate my back or knee, I am good to go. Something I could not have said 32 pounds ago. Two things I've learned:
1. If I don't get enough carbs, my hunger will not go away no matter what I eat.
2. If I don't get enough protein, my hunger will not go away no matter what I eat.
I was starving yesterday. I'm not talking the "oh, if I just eat this thing..." but my stomach felt empty ALL DAY LONG. I had eaten 1700 calories, so it wasn't like I was starving myself. I had enough carbs and protein according to SP. Finally, at 11:00 at night (I don't usually go to bed until 1:00 usually) I had a peach and 2 tsp of peanut butter. Immediately, my headache and hunger pains went away. It put me a little over 1900 calories. But I still lost a pound. I couldn't figure out what was going on, until I looked back at the stuff I had entered on SP:
On Sunday, I ate a healthy diet, but I didn't quite get enough carbs. However, I did Tae-bo for the first time in years, at a high energy level and 52 minutes, so I burned some serious calories. On Monday, I walked a 5k on my treadmill. It takes me about 78 minutes with a bum knee. For the first hour, I started off at a regular incline, and at five minutes, I walked at the highest incline on my treadmill for five minutes, and continued on and off for an hour. After that hour, I walked the rest at a regular incline. I don't know how many calories I burned, but I was dripping wet and exhausted afterwards. My body wanted fuel, and that is why I felt like crap.
I'm happy to report, I learned my lesson and feel much better today.
So, I don't think I am going to reach my under 200 goal by the 24th of July, because I still have 10 pounds to go. I am shooting for an 8 pound loss by the end of July instead, which will put my at an official 40 pounds lost in my journey. And hopefully, by next week, I will be able to tell you if I am going to school to become a massage therapist. That will be one heck of an interesting blog all in itself. Trust me.