Running Out Of Gas On The Road To Slackerville
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Okay ... so we've established that we all know what DOES work in our quest for increased health, fitness and well-being ... well, let's go over what DOES NOT work, mos def!!!
According to Spark and multiple other sites ... I need to eat around 3500 calories per day at my exercise level (Lies they tell, right?). So, to lose weight, I should eat NO LESS than 2500 calories per day (More lies?!? It's a conspiracy!!!). I'm pretty sure now that those are NOT lies ... and I found out why the hard way.
My thinking was ... hey, 2500 calories "seems" like too much eating for me. Not that I wasn't losing weight, cause I am. But, I decided in my infinite wisdom to try and cut out yet ANOTHER 500 calories per day from my diet. Maintain eating 2000 (or less) calories per day this week AND keep my exercise level the same.
So, starting Sunday ... I stayed right at 2000 calories each day, while burning alot more. By my calculations, I ate 8000 calories between Sunday and Wednesday ... while burning 7000 at the gym alone. Can you see where this is going???
I had read what happens to a person if you completely expend your glycogen stores in the bloodstream, muscles and liver. How you risk passing out? How unpleasant it is? Not that I was trying to "see for myself", but Wednesday night ... I did.
I thought that me adding in a small cup of ice cream (and a fruit cup) from Chick-Fil-La for lunch would compensate for all the activity that I had planned for yesterday evening (but still stay right at 2000 calories right)? Not! When I could finally drag myself in the house from my evening workouts ... all I could do was scavenge my kitchen ... desperately looking for something ... ANYTHING ... with sugar in it. Me being smart, everything in my kitchen is sugar-free, right? Ha, I turned down the peanut butter cups because they have too much fat, wow!
So, after much debate (I had to calculate the better 'cookie' choice: a) the sugar free oreo's b) the sugar free cream sandwiches or c) the sugar free oatmeal cookies, duh) ... I grabbed a handful of sugar free oatmeal cookies (they had the most fiber, wow) and a 32oz gatorade ... collapsed in my living room floor and proceed to try to muster the strength to force the snacks down ... strength being required for chewing. Thankfully, about 2hrs later, I felt better (with the extra 850 calories raging through my system) ... though not much better.
So, today was a "gas up" day ... come to think of it, I need to fill up my car too. Anyway, I had the benefit of having Wendy's for lunch ... double cheese combo w/ fries (first time in months) AND chili ... then an afternoon snack of a Baby Ruth candy bar, a bag of potato chips and some milk. A whopping 4000+ calories today.
So, yes ... now, I'm back to feeling like my old self ... hummmm, in that case, time to head to the gym!!! But yeah, let's stick to at least 2500 calories per day from now on, cool?
"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I completely understand the episode you had because I had one too over a year ago and gained everything back and a LOT more. However, my snacks weren't sugar-free, lol. I hope you're feleling better!
3554 days ago
My goodness ... I'm glad you shared this. I would have never thought about this but it does make sense. I wonder if the same kinda thing was happening to me the other day after I had gone to the gym twice a day a couple days in a row? At least you know what to do from now on, be careful ... we can't have you not being able to workout. Ha!
And I did check your MEAL LOG for yesterday, hello?!?!? Baby Ruth candy bars, potato chips, cheeseburgers, cookies?!?! So, this is the benefit of burning 10000 calories a week in the gym ... eating like that and still losing weight? Just kidding, I know it was a one time thing, since you were trying to recover ... but it made me want a Baby Ruth so bad.
3554 days ago
I've also been trying something a bit different to see how it works. I am cycling weeks. one a maintenance week where I still watch what I eat but add a few more calories and kinda slow down my exercising. Then the next week rev it up, tighten the calorie belt and do two-a-days. So far its been working, I've gone 5 days and I'm almost at 6000 calories burned for the week. I'll probably come in closer to 7000. I weight in this saturday and I want to see if I can continue with the weight loss I saw at my last weigh in.
3555 days ago
After that episode, I'm glad you are feeling like yourself again. I do know what it's like to have "sugar cravings" although, my sugar craving are/were more along the lines of sugar addict. If there was a Sugar Addicts Anonymous, my husband would do an intervention and send me away!
I must say I'm jealous you were able to enjoy Wendy's today(I love Wendy's they have the best fries). Even though I'm jealous I did learn today that I can eat at a fast food restaurant(I had McDonald's today) and make good choices!
3555 days ago
Wow! What an eye-opener on getting enough fuel to maintain these machines that we call bodies. On another note, rest is equally important. You know I'm dedicated to working out intensely 7 days a week. Well, Tuesday and Wednesday night I was unable to make it to the gym so I had to exercise both days at home....very light workouts for only 45 mins. each day. When I returned to the gym tonight I had an awesome workout. So, now I'm planning to take more rest days and I will definitely keep my engine fueled-up.
Thanks for sharing this!
3555 days ago
As a person who knows what not taking sufficient calories in can do when you're burning calories off at the rate you are doing, I can understand being wiped out. Recently, my metabolism has gone through the roof; I have been burning just over 10,000 calories per week according to my fitness tracker, taking in almost 3,000 calories per day, and still have not felt that I was getting enough food to compensate for what my body wanted. Because of the pain arising from all of that, I have had to cut all my exercises other than walking until I can see a doctor. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well, and back to your usual intake amount, as that does have an effect on how you handle your activities, especially for an active person.
3555 days ago
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