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On the 13th day of December my health gave to me....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

body no longer at rest + activity = hunger.

This has been a great experiment. I was forced to do NOTHING but lay around for two and a half weeks. I can say I probably logged less than 100 steps any of the first 3 or 4 days after surgery, and no more than a couple of circles around my house- kitchen, bathroom, back to couch in the fewest and slowest steps possible- for the first week and a half. The last week of recovery was spent laying around and up and about the house, with a trip out to the grocery store or to a store in the mall a day. Very little activity, really.

Let me tell you I had planned and planned for inactivity and my eating. And let me tell you there was at least 6 days in there where I got between 1100 and 1200 calories a day, which I consider to be low! But after the first day or two I just was not hungry. And I listened to my body. I ate super healthy.

Then Monday I went back to work. Cue walking around lots. But no gym. Cue more hunger.

Then yesterday I was cleared to run, and so I went for a run in the gym after I saw the doctor. And again today. 21-26 minutes of running each day. CUE an obscene amount of hunger.

My body: Ummm...yo...what are you doing to me?!
Me: working you out.
My body: This was not in the plan.
Me: it was a surprise plan. Surprise!
My body: Well then, screw your plan. FEED ME.

I've got the water thing down again. The food thing: wow, nothing like going from COMPLETE inactivity to BOOM! lets run and lift!

My body is in a state of confusion. It's kind of fun, really. The fun part is LISTENING to it as it is telling me its hunger (or lack-there-of/satisfied) cues.

And woops, I overfed it today, as it was all 'FEED ME!' and I didn't read the full/satisfied signals. And let me tell you: that bran muffin that's giving you the come-hither look on the workplace just a temptress and a devil in disguise. I fell for her ploys. I hope you heed my warning so you don't fall for her or her cousins' ways. haha

So, time to re-adjust.

Calories in are less than calories out for now. Simple. Just because I can exercise again doesn't mean I can slack on the eating.

Keep on keeping on, my sparkly peeps!
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  • FARRAH511

    1980 days ago
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    Time to adjust the calories back up. So glad you are up and running again!
    1985 days ago
    I was just noticing that I have pretty much lost my appetite while sick and not working out. I suspect that as soon as I really start adding activity back into my life that I will start getting hungry again.
    1985 days ago
    Wow, sounds like overall you've done really amazing with your recovery and eating plans. Great that you're listening to your body.

    I have noticed that no matter how much I've been on que with my exercise & eating, if I have a 5k or 10k event on the weekend, I am hungry all day long after, lol.

    Keep doing good girl!
    1985 days ago
    great blog !! you are so witty and funny !!

    1985 days ago
    Yay for hunger cues!!!

    I admit, I had an opposite experience when I was told I couldn't do any exercise - even walking - for ten weeks this summer. As soon as I was having to sit or lay down all the time, I was insanely hungry. Exercise seems to regulate my appetite, as long as I don't do too much of it (1.5 hours seems to be the upper limit daily). I still get hungry of course, but I get normal hungry. I don't get that whole must-eat-everything-all-afternoon insane hunger cues that I get when I'm not being active at all.
    1986 days ago
    Yescurlycan said exactly what I've been saying to myself lately: You can't out exercise a bad diet. It's been really difficult but I've spent the majority of my 52 years changing my attitude towards food from it being a reward to food as fuel. Baby steps. That's the key--and never giving up! Have a great day! emoticon
    1986 days ago
    Interesting isn't it. Your recovery brought another point home for me (reminding for the millionth time ) when u lost weight while being inactive. It's that whole "you can't out train a bad diet"; food is essential. With this blog here though you learn that like a car, your body needs fuel (food) if you are going to drive (exercise) it a lot. It's hard to say no to that sexy bran muffin though if you are really hungry; just saying lol. Great blog chica!
    1986 days ago
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