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I haven't written a blog in awhile and I think I should

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I'm doing pretty well. Getting over a cold though, which had prevented me from working out as intensely as I would have liked for a week. During that week I started making green smoothies and eating more fruit, and I am keeping up with an even larger than previous (even though I'm a vegan) fruit and veggie intake. Which is awesome.

I'm feeling a lot better but am still struggling to run as much as I could before, because there is still some stuff in my I'm trying to take it easy and not push myself too hard.

The only thing though, is that before I got sick, and shortly after I started to feel a lot better, is trying not to eat too much food. I was having a lot of trouble sticking to my calorie range going over it for days on end. Mostly I'd be good until dinner time, then feel really hungry and not be able to stop...or a bit after dinner...and then have a craving for something I couldn't quite pinpoint and go on a binge...I think it was mostly my mindset.

However, I've worked the past few days on changing my mindset, and setting some new goals, and talking to myself in my head more. I've also kept up with trying to prepare really healthy veggie centered meals and having more fruit as snacks. I'm really trying to avoid snack foods and instead have one to two rice cakes with some kind of savory spread (like hummus, or I made baba ganoush on thanksgiving) and that seems to be working fine. I'm also setting a goal every day in my mind and giving myself more of a push to not let myself start eating at times when I know it will lead to bingeing on food.

So far, it's been 2 days since I have binged. I don't want to say three yet until I wake up tomorrow, because it usually happens most the time after 9pm, and it's only 8:37pm now.

Also, another thing that's been helping is drinking as much water as I can. I've read almost everywhere that the 64 oz of water (as suggested by sparkpeople) is not the standard rule really. I mean, if that's all you can do it's better than nothing, but really you're supposed to drink according to how much you weigh...multiply your weight by 2/3 to get the amount of ounces to drink, and I'm not meeting that usually...I weight like 170 which means I should be drinking 112 oz a day...I only did 88oz today, unless I drink some more now which I may just do...but yeah, the more water I drink especially when I want to eat, the better, but it's definitely difficult to reach the amount for my weight.

That's all I really have to say now! I also think I should try to find some more active sparkfriends...I'm kinda crappy socially even online, but it'd be nice to have more people who want to talk about stuff, especially fellow vegans or people have other similar interests or are around my age (I'm 29), are in school, aren't married or have kids yet, or whatever other things we may have in common that we can figure out. Honestly I'll be sparkfriends with anyone despite those wishlist kinds of things, and it's cool to encourage each other as much as possible in my opinion!
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  • CLEVER13
    I binge at night too! I'm a journalist so I don't sleep much in order to keep up on news events and that easily lends itself to late night snacking of the unhealthy variety. I'm vegetarian and have been told by my doctor that i'm pre-diabetic, which means I have to go low-carb. So difficult! But I know I need to do it. I'm 31 and single, so if you need support I can be here. It will keep me on track as well because I'll keep signing in to SP!
    1449 days ago
    If you want a more active group of friends, please check out the team I co-lead, the Hen House, which is a small and awesome little group of chicks who are super supportive. We run the gamut in terms of age, marital status, program, etc., but we are active and always here for each other.

    Good job with making reasonable goals for yourself like not eating the whole bag of rice cakes :D - I should try my hand at making baba ganoush. I grew up in the town outside of Armenia with the most Armenians, so I have access to a lot of terrific middle eastern foods, but it would be cool to make my own (now that suddenly I can stand eggplant, which I could not my whole life).

    You are doing great! Hope your plans to avoid the binge monster held up last night.

    1449 days ago
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