The carbohydrate experiment.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
So I am going to do an experiment today, something I never do. First let me tell you what happened last night.
I did great all day. Had a yummy healthy turkey bacon, egg, and fat free cheese on a whole wheat thin for breakfast. Had the BEST workout. It was my first time doing strength at the gym in a month and being able to push myself more was exciting. I'm pretty much done with Ripped in 30 because it's not challenging anymore so I'll post pictures later today of my end results which are pretty cool. I made myself a very good lunch taking more time than I usually do. I baked some chicken in one tbsp of Jack Daniel's sauce for a salad and made HOMEMADE butternut squash soup. It was so good. My sister came over for lunch and we went to Whole Foods where I didn't spend more than 10$ which is really really hard to do! That store is AMAZINGGGG. We just picked up some fresh fruit cups, fresh salsa, I got some lentil soup because I want to try it (I'm very into soup lately), and we each got one vegan chocolate chip cookie. Delicious. I snacked on an apple in the car and some coconut water which I wanted to try and ehhh not a huge fan.
Dinner I had Panera bread, got a thai chopped chicken salad and soup. Afterward we went to starbucks I got a skinny latte and a mini cupcake that is under 200 calories. Great right? Had some popcorn later thinking that would satiate me for the night. Well as usual the nighttime munchies began. I had I think 3 cups of corn flakes, then was still munching so I had a mini bagel with peanut butter and jelly. I dont know WHY but I got so aggravated with myself that I stood up and started stretching. I knew I'd be sore today since I hadn't lifted heavier weights in a long time, so I stood and stretched for a good long time, letting my body relax trying to let my stomach feel FULL after all that crap so I wouldn't eat more. I stepped outside since today was a strangely warm day it was a beautiful evening and I realized I wanted to run. I saddled up the dog and ran. I ran around the block once, walked on the grass so she could pee, then ran AGAIN around the block at full speed. I needed to run and just get it out of me, get the horrible feeling of guilt out. Did I burn off what I ate? No but I wanted the guilt and disgusting feeling gone.
So this morning I got up and decided to do an experiment. I work out a lot, about an hour and a half each day of INTENSE exercise, I never let my heart go below 160 and aim to keep it at 180 for 45 minutes then do a half hour of interval strength where I do several strength moves then some cardio for 1:30 to get my heart back up. So I burn between 700-1000 calories a day depending how I feel. So I said I know I am getting enough protein. I get as much of it as I can. I think I need carbs. I think my body is screaming at me for carbohydrates. I think I eat popcorn and it triggers my body to say omg carbs I need morrreee! I think it's why I crave cereal and bread at night. I think by 9pm my body is feeling deprived of a nutrient it needs. So I woke up this morning and decided to carb load today. Not crazy but before 3pm I decided to eat carbs. I just had 3/4 cup of Kashi with 1 cup of corn flakes and a mini bagel with a tsp of butter. I feel good, pretty satiated. I plan for lunch on having a grilled cheese sandwich because I have been CRAVING one, so I'll have maybe half a grilled cheese on whole wheat and the lentil soup. I say before 3pm because I work out at around 11 on Tuesdays since I have school until 10, so I figure until 3 is good because I don't want to eat too many carbs too late in the day.
So I will update on how this experiment goes. I want to see if it effects me in the evening. Dinner will include SOME whole grains, maybe 1/2 cup of brown rice. And I will see how I feel around 8 or 9. Hopefully this gives me some answers.