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Starting my third month of change

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Rolled out of bed this morning at 7 am (after resetting the alarm from 6 am) and feel good. Gave myself a little bit of time to wake up and want breakfast (I'm not hungry first thing in the morning) which I am eating right now and then it's time to get to work on some in-depth spring cleaning. No walk or exercise this morning; I'm sure I'll get more than enough with the cleaning I have planned; plus today is supposed to be my "relaxation" day anyhow.

In February is when I started really putting an effort into losing weight again and I made my way back here to SP again too. (Joined a long time ago but have been MIA) I haven't been tracking my food in those 2 months, but I knew my eating had changed drastically, and tracking just seemed to take too much time, so I didn't do it. However, I decided yesterday that I might as well take advantage of all this site has to offer concerning nutrition and exercise trackers.

I came to a shocking realization by tracking only one day of food. Yesterday I ate my 3 meals, and had 2 snacks. (Was up from 2 am to 9 pm) And I did very good; I chose healthy and had very small portions. Well, I met most of my goals; went over on my calories by only like 40, had too LITTLE fat (yes, that's right! Couldn't believe it!) and went over on carbs by about 40 also. And let me tell you...I spent most of yesterday hungry. Not starving, but hungry and not fully satisfied. And I tracked my food as I ate it, so I could see where I was at as the day went on. It made me realize that I had probably been going over my nutrition goals, even through the last couple of months. I still lost weight, so I'm not too worried about that.

What really shocked me was thinking back to before; back to when I was eating whatever I wanted and how much I wanted. And I realize now that it's a good possibility that I was consuming better than 4000 calories a day. I ate fast food, I ate easy, convenient meals; there's really NO telling how many calories and how much fat I was really consuming back then. I never stopped to think of it that way, and it was an eye opener for sure.

I also know that as I'm re-training my body, that there are going to be many days that I feel like I'm hungry all the time. I mean, going from a whopping intake of calories/fat every day, down to a normal amount is bound to make my body "angry". But just like I did yesterday, I am going to show my stomach who is boss! Eventually the training will be over and I will no longer crave all those calories and fat and it will become natural to eat normally/healthy.

I may have felt hungry all day yesterday, but at the end of the day, when I sat here and looked at my nutrition tracker, being proud of myself for having an awesome day and meeting my goals outweighed the day of being hungry. And now I will be making really good use of the tracker!

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    There are a few different ways to work around hungry thoughts...

    Most obvious is just sit with them - we have about 40 days of energy inside us before we actually run out of "food"...

    Volumetrics is worth knowing about - google it - it's all about calorie density..,

    Another one is different types of fat - fat can make you feel full up and actually eat less if you understand more about ratios of nutrients etc... Not all fats are equal and the advice is very conflicting so take some time and learn what works for you.

    Hope this helps - and another thing is keep congratulating yourself on choosing to become aware... +Mark
    2211 days ago
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