Friday, April 26, 2013
Wow this week has been a real eye opener for me. Ever since I worked out a couple of weeks ago and the pants started fitting tighter, I started to take a real hard look at what was going on and revisiting some of Robin’s videos. I realized that I was not truly letting myself get hungry or truly full ( getting to a 3-3.5 and up to a 6 on the hunger scale). I was still eating when I was “supposed” to and I think this was not letting the natural hunger hormones (leptin) work.
I have been letting myself get truly hungry before I eat and eating till I am pretty full but not stuffed. I have tried this for the past 4 days and it has been amazing. I am just not that hungry in the morning so I just have some coffee with some coconut milk or cream in it. I get up at 5am and usually about 10 to 10:30 I am getting hungry. I eat a full meal with lots of protein and some steel cut oats and a handful of nuts. Enough to be full and then that’s it, I am satisfied for the day till dinner about 6:30. I eat a full healthy dinner and if I still do not feel full, a little dessert of berries and cream. I do not do any snacking at all. If I get to a 3.5, then I need to eat a meal. I guess for me, 2 meals a day is all I need and the body seems to be agreeing, the pants are already loosening up or at least they seem like they are. Last night, I had a tomato and a little chicken for supper, just was not hungry. I need to learn to trust that my body will fuel itself properly.
I will no longer eat when someone tells me I am “supposed” to eat, eat the food that someone tells me that I am “supposed”, eat a certain amount that someone tells me that I am “supposed” to or follow any particular eating style. Now, I will eat when I want, what I want (whole good foods of course) and how much I want and will not eat when I am not hungry. I will listen to my body and let it get hungry, real hunger is OK!!! More importantly I will eat till I am full, and I mean really full (not stuffed) and not just enough to take away the little hunger I have had. I have to get out of my head that hungry=skinny, full=fat.
I also read a bit on Jack Kruse’s Leptin reset and some of what he said makes sense, especially about the exercise. I realized that I am not hormonally ready for exercise and it might be 6-8 weeks till I can try to start again. Now, that’s not to say that I will not go out for walks this weekend (it is suppose to be in the 70’s and not 30’s) with the DD but no real cardio or weights. I need to get balanced again after years and years of exercising too much (yes there is such a thing for a non professional athlete). I will not follow his plan per say, as in that I will not eat 50g of protein 30 minutes after waking or keep the carbs to absolutely under 50g. I will eat a good portion of protein when I am hungry and have some carbs when I feel I need them. I have stopped weighing and tracking my food and vowed to pretty much never do this again.
So this week I think I had a break though and we will see what comes of it. Never know, maybe I will not need to do another round in September.