Month 2 - Many changes...
Sunday, June 30, 2013
When I change my routine, I don't see results on the scale for about 4-6 weeks afterwards. I can see other things happening like pants getting looser, belly getting smaller, but the scale hangs in there for a few weeks after. This is just one of those Rules of GOINGALLIN2013's Body and we just need to work with it.... For now!
I got a fitness assessment on May 29th. I did both RMR and VO2 Max. I'm a runner and recently I noticed my body can go more than my lungs can. That's a normal hurdle, and doing the VO2 test was the next step in the performance evolution chain. But the RMR blew me away! I found out that I was eating 600 calories a day LESS than I need. That's a major meal's worth of calories there! My RMR is 2150 and I was eating about 1500 calories a day. I started my new food plan on June 2.
It's taken a couple weeks to be able to eat that much healthy food in a day. I mean sure I can go eat a Big Mac every day and get my 600 calories, but that's not how we do it here people! 600 calories of fruit, veggies, healthy fats, healthy carbs and proteins is a lot of food. I've gone though some ups and downs while integrating this change into my life, and I thought I would share the pluses and minuses with everyone...
1) I am no longer cold all the time. I was cold ALL THE TIME. And it wasn't just that I thought I was cold all the time. Ask my boyfriend how cold I was when we snuggled. I was cold.
2) I'm not hungry all the time. My stomach actually stops growling now. I don't feel like I am actively starving myself.
3) My mood is a lot more level. 2 things in life that I really can not stand are being cold all the time and being hungry all the time. See #1 and #2 and you can see how #3 just sort of fixes itself. :) Plus I'm not on a food roller coaster, so my mood isn't either.
4) Less aggressive cravings. You know the ones... The ones where you are completely obsessing about a certain food and you can not function until you get it. The cravings that take over your world? I haven't felt that way about a food in a few weeks. So that's pretty good.
5) Way more energy. I actually have energy to work out 5 times a week. Before if I was able to work out 2 days I was DONE after that. This is helping out tremendously with my running goals.
1) Instant 4lb weight gain as my body says, "WTF ARE YOU DOING?!"
2) It's actually challenging to consume this volume of healthy food. 2 cups of spinach? Seriously? It's taken me the last 4 weeks to get to a point where I can eat all the food without feeling overstuffed. A good salad can still put a hurting on me though, especially if it's included in dinner.
3) I feel like I am eating all the time. This is a new dietary change and it will take time to adjust. But I feel like eating is a full-time job right now.
4) Gastrointestinal upset. Don't think there isn't a physical side effect of suddenly eating more... Even if you were already on an eating right track. It's more food for processing, and we'll just say there are repercussions during the adjustment period.
Maybe you're sitting there wondering where you even go to get an RMR or a VO2 Max test done. Maybe you're wondering what kind of information YOU could learn. Well, I am a member at LifeTime Fitness and that is where I got the tests done. I am told you do NOT have to be a member in order to get the RMR and VO2 Max tests done there, you just pay like $10-$20 extra or something like that. There are several other facilities/clubs in my area that offer similar services for varying prices, of course. :) If you don't have LTF nearby, call the gyms near you and see if anyone offers these tests. For RMR it was a 12 hour? fast and then 15 minutes of breathing while sitting in a dark room. The VO2 is a "smaller" version of that test you see hard core athletes doing on the treadmill. At my gym it's just with a HR monitor and the mask; no wires stuck to your body everywhere.
Anyways, I hope some of this information helps one of you all out there in Spark Land. Maybe you're getting discouraged and see some of the same patterns. Don't fret! Maybe you need to go through the 4-6 week adjustment period before things happen... Maybe you actually AREN'T eating enough... Start looking for the pattern, and get yourself some extra data if you have to.