Thursday, December 13, 2012
body no longer at rest + activity = hunger.
This has been a great experiment. I was forced to do NOTHING but lay around for two and a half weeks. I can say I probably logged less than 100 steps any of the first 3 or 4 days after surgery, and no more than a couple of circles around my house- kitchen, bathroom, back to couch in the fewest and slowest steps possible- for the first week and a half. The last week of recovery was spent laying around and up and about the house, with a trip out to the grocery store or to a store in the mall a day. Very little activity, really.
Let me tell you I had planned and planned for inactivity and my eating. And let me tell you there was at least 6 days in there where I got between 1100 and 1200 calories a day, which I consider to be low! But after the first day or two I just was not hungry. And I listened to my body. I ate super healthy.
Then Monday I went back to work. Cue walking around lots. But no gym. Cue more hunger.
Then yesterday I was cleared to run, and so I went for a run in the gym after I saw the doctor. And again today. 21-26 minutes of running each day. CUE an obscene amount of hunger.
My body: Ummm...yo...what are you doing to me?!
Me: working you out.
My body: This was not in the plan.
Me: it was a surprise plan. Surprise!
My body: Well then, screw your plan. FEED ME.
I've got the water thing down again. The food thing: wow, nothing like going from COMPLETE inactivity to BOOM! lets run and lift!
My body is in a state of confusion. It's kind of fun, really. The fun part is LISTENING to it as it is telling me its hunger (or lack-there-of/satisfied) cues.
And woops, I overfed it today, as it was all 'FEED ME!' and I didn't read the full/satisfied signals. And let me tell you: that bran muffin that's giving you the come-hither look on the workplace table.....is just a temptress and a devil in disguise. I fell for her ploys. I hope you heed my warning so you don't fall for her or her cousins' ways. haha
So, time to re-adjust.
Calories in are less than calories out for now. Simple. Just because I can exercise again doesn't mean I can slack on the eating.
Keep on keeping on, my sparkly peeps!