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Revision Snacking

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time definitely flies when you're busy!

It's been 3 months since my last blog post and I can't believe how quickly these past 3 months have gone. The healthy eating is definitely becoming more of a habit and I'm actually finding that I'm thinking about calories and portion size without much effort.

I'm still having my off-days. This weekend, for example, has been a bit of a disaster! A friend's birthday on Friday consisted of Chinese takeaway and a lot of chocolate and the naughty snacks and over-eating has continued over the weekend. I'm trying not to be too harsh on myself but I'm finding it very difficult not to get frustrated.

However, I've totally changed my exercise regime. I bought myself a pedometer and track my daily steps. I've started placement at university so I'm on my feet and walking around most of the day which is definitely helping rack up the miles! And I now do 3 different exercise classes each week and I'm still playing netball twice a week with cardio gym sessions when I feel like it. Exercise has almost become an addiction. I actually feel slightly agitated if I've spent the day sitting in the library and I definitely feel more sluggish if I haven't done any exercise that day.

But with university comes exams and mine start in 6 weeks time. Before placement started I was coping well with lectures, exercise and healthy eating and the results were really beginning to show. Now I'm on placement, and the serious revision is starting, I'm beginning to lag. I wake up at 5.45am and spend the morning in placement. By lunchtime I'm starving but I make sure I take a packed lunch so I know exactly what I'm eating. My afternoon is spent revising and I'm beginning to snack on chocolate and sweets and biscuits in an attempt to keep my energy levels up.

It's frustrating. I know the best solution is to not buy anything unhealthy but I'm not sure I could do that... I've tried it before and found that I just raided the cupboards and ate half the contents because nothing was satisfying me. I don't binge like I used to. I can have 4 squares of chocolate or 2 biscuits and it satisfies me but I'm beginning to do this every day and I'm aware it might be a downward spiral back into binging and feeling incredibly guilty all the time.

If you're still reading this, thank you for listening to my ramblings! I think the combination of lack of sleep, a mountain of work to do and ever-increasing stress levels has lead to a poor weekend on the healthy living front and I'm basically looking for some motivation to get me back on track. If anyone has any tips on how to battle fatigue (especially if they don't involve food), I would really appreciate it!

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