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Why does it feel like I need to eat MORE?!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Lately I haven't really been hungry - but I feel the need to eat. On the drive to work, I think about the yogurt I am going to eat. Then when I look the clock, I wonder if it is "snack time" yet. I normally have tea and some kind of snack between 1030 & 1130 to break up my day. I start at 8:30 & have lunch around 1:30.

During lunch and dinner, I feel like I need to eat MORE. I want a lot of food. Even though I want to eat, I haven't really been craving "bad" foods. I just want more servings of what I am eating! I went to Burger King on my lunch break yesterday because I didn't get the chance to bring anything for lunch. I got the veggie burger with no mayo & no cheese. It wasn't too bad & the calories weren't too awful.. I just felt like it wasn't enough. That's because it wasn't! I had some grapes and a banana. After eating the fruit, I felt a little better. I still feel a bit guilty for going to Burger King - BUT I used to eat so awful there. I would get a soda, large fries, whopper with cheese, AND a chicken sandwich! Yikes! I haven't been to BK in a long time because I don't eat red meat and I didn't want the chicken patties. At least they had the veggie burger. (Otherwise I would have probably ordered a salad)

Maybe the cold weather is making me feel like I need to eat more? I don't remember this happening other years when I was overweight.. maybe because I had enough fat to hold me over?! I don't know! I just think this is such a strange feeling.

I haven't had much time to blog, look at other blogs & comment on my Sparkfriends pages. I apologize! I miss reading other blogs! They finally hired someone new at my work to take my position, so I have been training her. They also had me move to another desk. It is strange being in a small room with another person. I was used to being out in the open common area by the front door & kitchenette where everyone would just walk by.

I have been doing pretty good so far this month. I am at 158.8lbs right now. My weight goal is to be 158 by the end of this month & 155 at the end of February! I really need to re-start my 5K training. The treadmill is set up at home, but I haven't given myself time to use it yet! I just NEED To do it. I just have so much going on with work & my personal life outside of my healthy lifestyle journey. I have been doing a lot of crafts in my free time, so I haven't been on the computer & haven't been working out as much. Once my late nights start, I really need to have a better daily routine. The other day, I looked up some meal ideas that freeze well so I can start making batch meals. I need to purchase some good storage containers. Any suggestions on which are good for batch meals/individual containers?

I want to get some progress pictures taken this week or this weekend. I am at 90 pounds lost so far, and I want to see if anything has changed since I took my 80 pounds lost pictures!

Hopefully everyone is doing well with their 2013 & January goals. Keep pushing forward!!!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SBW1027 1/11/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats on your success! I have no help with the food, cause I'm right there with you. I feel like all I want to do is eat and eat and eat. I hate it! I'm a big crafter too. Pinterst has given me so many wonderful ideas. I just started making some necklaces from an idea off of there. I'm hoping this year to be able to sell some stuff at local craft fairs. I would love to do crafts full time!

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JORDANLHALL 1/11/2013 2:55AM

    I feel the whole wanting to eat thing.

I mean, it makes sense: If you're depriving your body of calories so it will burn off some fat, then of course there's going to be hunger and cravings, right? But I've noticed that my hormones have a lot of sway on my wanting to eat despite if my stomach is growling or not. Usually the two days before the week that doesn't count, I can't pass a vending machine without drooling (and most of the time it's stuff I wouldn't want to eat anyway!).

If I've learned anything, it's that our bodies are weird and go through all kinds of phases. I'm sure with time and some tweeking of diet and exercise, the urges will come and go.

Hang in there! It sounds like you're well on your way to reaching your goals for the next two months!

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-VIXEN- 1/10/2013 3:08PM

    I get ya. I am in a phase right now where I am a bit hungrier than normal. Hang in there and see if it passes. If not, there are some excellent suggestions here for switching things up. All the best! :)

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MSKRIS7 1/10/2013 9:52AM

    You have been doing great!! Maybe you are lacking a vitamin or mineral.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/9/2013 9:51PM

    emoticon to see you around here. Have been missing your blogs and messages but certainly understand. Good to hear from you. Your wise to plan ahead with some meals in the freezer.
Concerning your wanting to eat more I have that ocassionally on a day or two and I have decided it's okay to eat a bit more. I tend to stay to the lower end of my calorie range and just go to the top of the range. I make them healthy choices. I wonder if you just need to listen to your body and feed it a bit more for a few days and if it'll settle down a bit.
All the best on reaching your goal at the end of Feb. You're so close. You've done so well. You're a fine example and an inspiration to me.
Thank you.

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CRAMOMMY 1/9/2013 8:17PM

    Your body just might need more food ... as long as what yoru gettign is pretty nutrient dense Id up it a bit utnil you feel full. Just listen to yoru body.

If you have to go to BK ... I a side salad with extra tomatoes, add grilled chicken,and they a apple vinagrette thats yummy. You do the best you can... better than a whopper/fries/etc

As for batch cooking ... I do a LOT of soups on Ball Jars (look for the wide mouth adn ones that say freezer safe - usually 8 oz is a good size) I send you some recipes if youd like ... Im a big soup person :)

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BRENDABUNNY 1/9/2013 3:36PM

    I think your doing awesome and making great choices emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUNKADOO 1/9/2013 12:35PM

    Sometimes it really is about volume -- your body wants MORE. Period. I experience this a lot. Hence, I've had to purge my house of anything really awful and fill it with healthier options. I will sit and chow down an entire bag of veggies if I have to in order to fill that void. Fruits seem to make me hungrier. My "stop eating" signal has never worked -- at least not until I'm uncomfortably stuffed. It can be frustrating never feeling satisfied, can't it?

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TATYPREZ 1/9/2013 12:10PM

    i would try upping your water intake and then also look at your protein levels. Fill up with snacks like almonds or a couple pieces of turkey. This has definitely helped me in the past.

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LYNSEY723 1/9/2013 11:48AM

    Maybe you need to play with your calorie intake some. If you are ALWAYS eating within the same 200 calories (liek 1300-1500) then maybe try eating 1650 for a few days and see if it helps. It's not a huge increase, but maybe your body is trying to tell you it needs a little more. I've had times through this journey that I've needed to increase my calories just a little and feel a huge difference - espeically in energy level.

Just play with it a little - try to find out what your body is telling you!

Good luck!

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/9/2013 11:47AM

    First make sure it's really that you are not hungry. Maybe wait 20 minutes after you eat and then see if you really want more. If you do, that's a likely indication that it's hunger.

I did see this though:
"I just have so much going on with work & my personal life outside of my healthy lifestyle journey. I have been doing a lot of crafts in my free time, so I haven't been on the computer & haven't been working out as much."

If you haven't been working out as much, I don't think it may be that your body necessarily needs those extra calories. You might want to see how you feel otherwise. Are you still losing weight at a steady pace? Are you fatigued all the time? Try to look for signs you may not be getting enough calories.

If that's not the case, then maybe the increase in cravings (you can crave healthy food as well as bad food) has something to do with your stress levels and what you are going through. It sounds like you have a lot going on in your life right now and that could be a huge factor. Maybe you are craving the comfort of the food.

I can consider a healthy bowl of chicken soup emotionally comforting like I would a cheeseburger if I am really stressed out. Obviously you don't want to do that because overeating healthy food is not good either. And I've noticed that when I do that with healthy food and I don't acknowledge what I'm doing/continue to be stressed out, it eventually moves to craving bad foods too. Like you've retrained your brain so well for healthy food that it's not making the old connection to bad foods, but it's still emotional comfort = food.

You can do it, and I hope that now that they've hired someone, things will get a little less busy for you!

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KAPELAKIN 1/9/2013 11:33AM

    Trust your body, as long as you're making good choices and not binging. Make sure you're getting enough protein, and yes, fat. Your body might just be looking for certain nutrients, so maybe trying some different veggies and fruits could help, too.

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MICKEYH 1/9/2013 11:11AM

    I still go to BK and McDonald when it's out and about. But lately, I won't order burger or chicken burger. I've been good and sticking with salads. :) for me if I feel still hungry I will eat bit more of same foods or drink water. Sorry I don't know which is s good container.
Good luck finding them. Take care. Can't wait to see your progress pics. (^-^)

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EBERKSHIRE86 1/9/2013 10:55AM

    Try drinking water when you feel like you need to eat. As long as your not actually hungry you just feel like you should be eating and you are within your calorie range you probably donít really need to eat. For me when Iím bored or upset I feel like I need to eat even though Iím not hungry so Iíll have a glass of water or a piece of gum or some fruit and then Iím fine. Also distraction works if I keep busy Iím less likely to think about food. And to Ballpeen you may want to watch your sodium a lot of what youíre saying you eat is high in sodium which can make you retain water. Remember its not just about the number of calories your eating but whatís in those calories as well I can eat 100 calories worth of chips or 100 calories worth of fruit and its obviously not the same nutrition wise.

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SABLENESS 1/9/2013 10:22AM

    Maybe your body is saying, What happened to all those calories I used to get??? Sometimes planning a maintenance break for a month lets your body re-settle. Or up your cal allowance by 25-50 cal. It's not enough to put the pounds on, but just having permission to eat a little more often helps me not want more.

This minute, my breakfast has long since worn off. I'm about to have a small can of low-sodium V8 when I'd really like something more substantial. However, I want to lose my 2 lbs this week more than I want whatever it is I want.

Hang in there. You're doing emoticon

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SOOKIE 1/9/2013 10:07AM

    I still struggle with my daily routine and like you have crafts/hobby. When I'm crocheting its hard to pull me away. I try to make it a point to workout first thing, this way it leaves me room for other things.

As for storage containers, I remember a few years back a catalog I used to get in the mail, Fresh Finds - they carried storage containers. Also try Tupperware or rubbermaid.

Keep up the great work!

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KAPELAKIN 1/9/2013 10:07AM

    Trust your body, as long as you're making good choices and not binging. Make sure you're getting enough protein, and yes, fat. Your body might just be looking for certain nutrients, so maybe trying some different veggies and fruits could help, too.

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    You have to listen to your body. If you feel you need to eat more, then eat more.

Just make the right choices. A whole can of cut green beans as an example is about 60 calories with no fat.

Lunch today will be a can of Progresso chunky chicken soup with 5 saltine crackers, a can of diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, and a can of cut green beans.

According to my tracker that is 488 calories. Today I'll do the same for dinner though I may change the flavor of the canned totatoes.

Add in my 300 calorie Egg McMuffin and a couple of apples and I am at a shade over 1500 calories. Well, I'll have 2-3 shots of liquor, so i am at around 1800.

I can lose weight doing that even without any real exercise...I did go lift weights this morning...and I am never hungry.

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USMAWIFE 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    start out your meal with a glass of water 20 minutes before you eat that will help you with that feeling you want to eat more.

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ALICIALYNNE 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    Only 3.8 more lbs to go!

I have phases where I am constantly preoccupied by food as well. It is a fairly normal thing. We went sooooo long eating sooooo much, and those habits like to pop up every now and then. Just keep pushing, and you WILL get beyond it!

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WALLINMW 1/9/2013 9:08AM

  You can do it! Good luck!

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