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Thursday, February 28, 2008

i dont know what is wrong with me, i'm constantly starving! i used to not finish whats on my plate and now i'm going back for seconds, dessert, and snacks! i even make myself wait at least 20 minutes before i'll even consider eating anything, and yup sure enough my stomach is still clamoring for food. i've gone over my limit for the last few days now and i'm trying desperately not to run to the kitchen this second!

am i exercising too much everyday? i never thought that possible unless you injure yourself. is 800 cal on the elliptical, 5 min of yoga, and 5 min of the twist 5-6 times a week too much? is my body demanding i replace all those cals i'm burning off?

i was trying to do as much as possible to reach my goal before april first when i go back to work because i will be eating around 1500 cals a day (my limit) and maybe a half-hour exercise at best. which would mean the only difference between that regime and and my old one is the actual exercise, which i never did, and trying to cut back on cookies.

is this normal? i just checked on the scale and i gained 3 pounds; i did the lifestyle scale and it said i'm healthy. but if i'm doing things right why am i always stuffing my face plus gaining weight? i'm new to this healthiness-exercise stuff so i dont know anything! whats going on?
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    I know exactly what you mean. I'm starting to get like that now to. I agree with what everyone else has said, lots of water, fibre rich foods, AND protein. Protein and fibre will keep you fuller longer. I find when I'm getting ravenous for food I grab a bowl (1/2 cup) on Source Lemon Meringue Yogurt, it is SO good it tastes like it should be bad for you but it isn't. Only 35 calories per serving and 5 grams of protein. It usually keeps me full until the next meal.
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    It's really common when you're first starting to fluxuate... especially if you go really healthy and then suddenly eat more. You're body is trying to stay balanced so once you start loading up again with food it says "quick, store it so we can maintain our weight". I know for myself inches tell more than the scale does for how I'm doing. Last weekend I had a similar encounter as you, I was doing great and then I was sooo hungry! I caved to the sweets which put a pound on me. On monday I started to gradually get back to the lower calorie range and now I feel fine. I think that consistency and gradual change is the best way to help your body. And if you really feel hungry, eat healthy foods like the others have said, that way if you're body really needs the fuel you're getting the kind that won't hurt your weight in the long run.
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    I just looked at your spark page and realized that you are in the first days yet. No wonder you are so frazzled. That first week I ate so many raw vegetables just to feel full you'd thought I was a rabbit. By the end of the first week, it all begans to start calming down inside of me. It's an body adjustment for sure. I think the unhealthy eating I was doing set my body up to sorta go crazy when I first started eating healthier. Drink the water. Make it 10 glasses a day if you need to feel full and calm. Do try the fiber foods because they really extend the time you feel full after eating a meal. Just for today and just for this one decision point, try to hang on to what was suggested here and make it one day longer. It does get easier. I know it's hard to believe that but it does. You are in the process of finding out what works inside your body and with your personal food choices. There is no magic food or pill. You need to be courageous until you find what will work perfectly for you. Stay fearless just for the day. You can and will get through this and it's going to happen soon. You can do this.
    4551 days ago
    your body is def. adjusting to this whole new way of living. give it some time and don't worry too much. but as someone else suggested, whole grain, high fiber will fill you right up! and oodles of water.
    also...the same thing is happening to me (except for the lots of exercise part hehe). i realised last night that i am due on my rag soon...and i always get hungry before it, especially for foods i do not normally crave- like sugary stuff! could that be it?
    -hoLs x0x0
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    I'm not very far along on this journey myself but I'm here for you and will give you whatever help I can. I've worked hard on trying to understand the difference between hunger and food desires. I'm not all the way there yet but some things are clicking in my head. See my blog on Am I hungry or do I just desire food? for more of my thoughts on that topic.

    I posted that I was a breakfast skipper and wanted to try eating breakfast as part of the healthy lifestyle plan. When I did eat breakfast, I'd suddenly get so hungry that I'd nearly lose control. It was real hunger and not just a food desire. I asked them what's happening to me? I was scared to be that hungry so early in the day. They gave me all kinds of information on eating high fiber foods and whole grains. From all the suggestions I chose 1/2 of a whole wheat bagel and a serving of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal for breakfast. I tried it and it worked for me. It was just that simple. You can see mine and the other postings on SP Class of February 3-9, 2008 FORUM: Introduce Yourself to Team Forum TOPIC: 46 or older? You can admit it...and post here! There must be hundreds of choices of whole-grain, high fiber foods and everyone posted lots of ideas. There are so many you really need to read everyone's posts because it's important that you pick what you think will work in your body and in your life. Please check it out.

    I haven't had as much success with exercise because I am 60 years old and have asthma. I do gardening and I walk the dog but no strenuous exercises. I am hopeful that I'll be able to do more exercises when I've lost more weight. I've read on the site that your body gets stronger as you exercise and you may need to increase the intensity not just the length of time of the workout to get the same results because your body has adapted. Maybe that's what's happening to you.

    My calorie range is 1260 - 1610/day. I always save 100 -150 calories in my nutrition plan so I know I can always eat more vegetables if I get hungry or am having a food desire and just need to feel full. Quantity and the full stretched stomach makes the fears go down until I can regain control. I happen to like vegetables so it's not like a punishment for me. Try a 12 ounce can tomato juice. It stops hunger for at least an hour for me. I also found the Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup on the recipe site. I make it in advance and it's in the refrigerator for emergencies. It works really well at getting me full. Neither of those cost 100 calories and they are convenient and quick fixes until you regain control. First, regain control. Once you are under control try to be honest and figure out if you were hungry or having a food desire. It can be confusing but it's worth your time to think it over and you will be in a position to determine that if you are no longer hungry.

    I'm not sure if I've given you the help you need but I'm so glad you asked for help. It was so hard for me to post that I needed help learning to eat breakfast. It sounded like such a dumb thing to need help with. It was a little easier LISTENING to the advice and trying it. When it didn't work at first, I thought I was doomed to be a failure and a breakfast skipper for life but I posted again anyway. Eventually, a little of each person's advice began to make sense and I got courage from everyone to try again. The easiest part was being amazed that something so simple could work and thanking everyone for their help. Please write again. I want to be there for you. I want to pay it forward for all the help SP has given me. You can do this. I'm here for you.

    4552 days ago
    I would advice a few things, did u see a doctor before u started this lifestyle change? If not u need to do that. also I found that as I was changing my eating and exercising it took a while for my body to readjust, I was able to tell in my clothes the scale didn't move for close to a month. Something that worked for me was drinking water when I was hungry and making healthier choices. I hope some of this helped u.

    4552 days ago
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