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Saturday, July 27, 2013

I haven't gotten my stuff together. It is July 27th and I'm still struggling!

I have been attempting to change my eating habits. I've found that I am always "hungry". I never feel full?! I have, of course, been doing my research-- trying to find solutions and came across an article about leptin & ghrelin hormones and how this plays into appetite and energy. Did you know research has found that leptin is suppressed when one is obese/overweight... GO FIGURE. So, a way to try to get all of the hormones under control: Eating when the ghrelin hormone is highest: 8 a.m., 12 p.m., a small spike at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. And of course, finding ghrelin satiating foods (oats/fiber/protein/greek yogurt-- real foods). I've done well today. I really want to make it through a day without eating too much or making poor food choices. I had oatmeal this morning and a salad with hard boiled egg and light dressing for lunch. My 3 p.m. snack will be greek yogurt and berries.

Now: on to tomorrow: I'm supposed to go with an acquaintance of mine to Zumba-- First: I am nervous at the gym most days on the treadmill, worried someone will "judge" me. I've been avoiding outdoor walks/jogs because I am so big. Seriously, how stupid, I know. I guess I've been hiding from it all, stuffing my emotions and nerves. Second: I've never been to an exercise class or anything like that. I am so nervous of Zumba. I don't dance. I'm not a good dancer. What should I do to prepare?! Should I just make an excuse and not go? I don't know what to do. I am so nervous my stomach is hurting.


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  • STRINGI719
    Lack of sleep also messes with your leptin & ghrelin levels.
    1723 days ago
    Do not worry about the people at the gym. Everyone there is working on their body & fitness. Better to be at the gym working out, than to be sitting on the couch eating junk food.

    I have heard zumba is really fun. Give it a try.
    1727 days ago
    Please believe me NO ONE at the gym will judge you!!! We are all there for the same reason. I have taken yoga classes at the gym and although I was terrible, I did what I could. If you can't keep up with the Zumba steps, just keep moving and laugh. It'll be fun, and you'll have your friend there for company, so you'll be fine. Don't be nervous just think of it as a fun day with your friend. As for walking, just put on an ipod and do it....on the off chance people even notice you, they'd probably think, "gee I need to get out and go for some walks, good for that lady"
    I've never heard of those hormones, something to think about though. Thanks.
    1727 days ago
    Zumba is a lot of fun..definitely go. I go to a class where there are people who can't keep up and just march in place - no one even looks in their direction because it is so normal. All of us were newbies and did the same thing when we started! Hope you have a ton of fun. No preparation needed - just bring yourself and enjoy the class. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    I know what you mean about nerves!! I am always worrying about something.
    I think you should definitely go to Zumba tomorrow for at least a couple of reasons. One - you will feel better about yourself when you get those endorphins going and you will have conquered a fear of going. Two - if you don't go, you will feel bad about yourself and that might lead to overeating or lack of motivation to exercise.

    I found your research on Grehlin interesting and I am going to do some more research as well. Thanks!! I used to feel hungry ALL the time too, then I went gluten free and eventually gave up most grains and have found that I'm actually not hungry all the time now and most of my cravings have went away. I certainly wouldn't suggest that for everyone, but in my case, it has helped me a great deal.

    Anyway, I wish you the best of luck on your journey and I really hope you have a good time at Zumba tomorrow. Let me know how it goes, I would love to try that. emoticon
    1727 days ago
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