Today, I believe my metabolism was on fire. Let me explain! Since getting back on track this year, I went back to the basics of what helped me lose weight before in times past. I ate 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day every 2 to 3 hours. Trust me this works. Today, I had breakfast at around 7:00 am, then around 9:00 am, I was hungry again. I drank some water and waited until 10:00 am to have my mid-morning snack. About an hour later my stomach was growling very loudly. So, again, I drank water and waited until 12:30 to eat lunch. Around 2:00 pm, my stomach was making it's crazy noises again. I waited until 5:00 pm to eat something, which is too long to wait to eat. Then, dinner was at 7:30 pm.
Now, I'm going to have to bring more healthy snacks with me to work, because once I get home I want to eat a pre-workout snack. Yesterday, I have some deli turkey meat and a banana for my pre-workout snack. After my workout, I ate dinner and was good for the remainder of the night. I want to start a more defined regime: Breakfast @ 7:00 am; Morning Snack @ 10:00 am; Lunch @ 12:30 pm; Afternoon Snack @ 3:30 pm; Pre-Workout Snack @ 5:00 pm; Dinner @ 7:30 pm. I'm going to start using the alarm on my phone to remind me to eat, unless my body continues to tell me it's time to eat something.
Now, that my Fitbit is synced into Sparkpeople, it is calculating my activity, which has increased my workout minutes. So, with the minutes from the Fitbit and my regular cardio/strength training minutes, I had to increase my calorie intake. My cardio ranges from 30 to 60 minutes six times a week. I just bought a new Strength Training DVD, where the lower body is about 45 minutes and the upper body is about 42 minutes. In March, I'm thinking of doing the lower body twice a week and the upper body twice a week on different days. With these changes, my range is now 1530 to 1880 calories. I love to workout, but I have to make sure I fuel my body in order to keep up with my workouts.
I hope you believe me when I say, you need to eat! I know people, especially us women, have a tendency to skip meals or eat just one meal and think we are going to lose weight that way. This is further from the truth. Your body is a machine and it needs to be fueled, just like your car. You need to eat good meals throughout your day! This works, trust me on this!!!!!! Eating 5-6 meals every 2-3 hours will fire up your metabolism. You can read this in fitness magazines, if you don't believe what I'm saying!
This is from Prevention Magazine: Break up your meals If you're losing weight (and therefore muscle) by cutting calories, eating five small meals instead of three large ones helps keep metabolism high. Spreading calories throughout the day "keeps blood sugar levels even and controls the release of insulin that can cause your body to store more calories as fat," says Leslie Bonci, RD, MPH, director of sports medicine nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "And every time you eat, your metabolism speeds up to digest the food."
Like I said in a blog last week: the definition of Insanity is always doing the same thing and expecting different results! The choice is yours!