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Learning how to deal with "the downshift"

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I have felt this before. Whenever I actually get started on eating less and moving more, I feel pretty happy about all the possibilities...I might be able to wear nice looking clothes, not be so tired, less achy joints...and then it hits. I call it "the downshift" because it reminds me of what happens if you're driving a stickshift car and accidentally put it in first or second gear. Wham! suddenly the forward movement slows to a crawl.
My brain starts feeling sluggish and foggy, my mood gets nervous and withdrawn, it takes me twice as long to do simple things, and my energy goes down to zero. My body really, really doesn't seem to like dealing with less food. (For those of you who are wondering, I'm not diabetic)
Two things that I believe will help:
1. SP-the Food Tracker. I actually started using it! and after tracking my food in for the past 2 days-I found out something amazing. I'M NOT EATING ENOUGH.
How weird is THAT!!!!!
I had set a range of 1200-1450 calories a day but am actually using about 900-1000. I'm not a dietician but I am pretty sure that is enough to keep my body in the "starving" setting instead of the "burning" setting that I need to be able to function.
2. Exercise. I'm going to start very very small. 15 minutes a day is something I can do, even in the morning. We have a treadmill and there are videos on SP. This is doable.
Hopefully, I'll be back in cruising gear soon.
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