Friday, December 07, 2012
(title because we loooove the Simpsons around here)
Yesterday was rough. I think I’ve identified the problem, though.
I think I’ve been pushing a little too hard on increasing the protein, in the sense that it can lead me to poor choices in other directions. I skipped fruit with breakfast yesterday to save some carbs. Which is fine, but meant I ate a lower calorie breakfast than usual. Yesterday wasn’t a gym day, and I had a really busy project all morning. I was giving a tour, sort of, and presentations, so I was preparing and running around for about an hour, then talking for about three hours. As a result, by lunchtime I’d had maybe 1/2 cup of water. On a gym day by lunchtime I’ve had a minimum of 4, usually more like 6.
So I think I just got really dehydrated and hungry, but whatever it was I felt TERRIBLE. I felt a tiny bit better after eating lunch and drinking some water, but still not great. Really really tired, run down.
I ended up grazing on my afternoon snack I had packed from just after lunch until about 4. Then I had MORE snacky stuff when I went home. I think being hungry in the morning just threw me way off.
I ate some leftovers for dinner and I was still hungry. I remember thinking “OMG, I’M STARVING, I have to eat more!”
Then I thought about it a little and, no, I wasn’t actually STARVING. I had a slight “empty” feeling in my stomach, and psychologically every food I could think of sounded good to me. Even peanut butter! (For the record, I don’t like peanut butter, so this is the part of the story where you should gasp in horror. The part where I was like “I would eat a piece of toast with JUST PB, no jelly or banana, right now.” That should amaze you.)
I actually debated with myself. I could go over my calories. I can still Kick August even if I have a few bad days here and there, as long as I don’t have too many (as long as I have fewer than seven, to be exact).
Then I remembered how dehydrated I was earlier and drank some water. And I did in fact feel much better.
That thing they tell us, “sometimes you feel like you’re hungry but you’re really thirsty”? It’s not BS. Surprise! I’ll be honest; I have always cringed at that advice. “Just drink some water instead of eating.” I firmly believe that if you are truly physically hungry, your body needs food, and therefore you should have some. Trying to train yourself to be afraid of food, or to "trick" yourself out of eating, is not a healthy habit.
But part of what we are doing here is learning to recognize ACTUAL hunger, and that is apparently not something I am super great at, so I learned an important lesson yesterday. Well, several lessons actually.
1) Don’t get super dehydrated, you’ll feel like garbage. Today I had the same schedule as yesterday. So I drank water all throughout my 3 hours of talking instead of waiting until after.
2) Don’t be afraid to eat because you might “run out” of calories later. Feed your body what it needs. I added a baked sweet potato to my breakfast today to get in some carbs and some extra calories (just because I’m trying to eat MORE protein doesn’t mean eat NO carbs, stupid!)
3) You still don’t entirely know what hungry is all the time, so be cautious with your reactions.
Remember my initial interpretation of “thirsty” plus “lots of things sound appealing” was “AHHH I’M RAVENOUS!!” I was fine with my original dinner plus water. If I had been truly HUNGRY I wouldn’t have been able to fall asleep. And I was no hungrier than usual when I woke up this morning, further proof that I was not in fact hungry.
4) You have permission to eat healthy foods, if ever you are over calories but truly hungry. I will not use it as an excuse to binge on junk or sweets, but I will feed myself if I am truly hungry. This has to be a part of my plan, too.
Kick August is about encouraging myself in my healthy habits, so in that I am doing well and I am learning. I have to make sure it does NOT become about obsessively getting “good numbers” at the expense of the reality for my body. I will not use it as an excuse to engage in UNHEALTHY habits, in either direction. No binges, but no starving either.
“Enough blabber, Flapjaw Jones, where’s the DATA?”
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-6)
Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 6/6 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 5/6 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 5/6 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 6/6 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 3/6 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 5/6 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 3/6 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 2/6 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 3/6 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 6/6 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 6/6 so far
Total cups of water 152 – 49 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.2/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 33 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 5.5/day so far
*okay I DID do some fitness yesterday, but I’m not counting it in the totals because it wasn’t so much “A Workout” as 5 minutes/3 sets of wall pushups. Good for me, but I’m not going to count it in the total # of DAYS. I’ll probably include the 5 minutes in the final count at month's end.
I was JUST under my fiber range yesterday, but otherwise I kicked it, even with all the snacking. Today is better planned, so the numbers work out about the same but more importantly? I FEEL better.
The scale was mindblowing this morning, but as usual I’m not tracking it until I see the same number or less again. One day could be an outlier. But I'm hoping not. Muahahahaha.