A Positive and a Negative

Thursday, February 06, 2014

First, the positive: Workouts are going wonderfully. Getting stronger, building endurance. It’s a beautiful thing when Jillian says, “Are we ready to begin (or move on, or start the next circuit)?” and my reply is an unequivocal, “Yes!” with a handclap for emphasis. (As opposed to last week, when my replies were more along the lines of, “Are you kidding? Hell no. I gotta rest my legs, get a drink, catch my breath, blow my nose, feed the cat….”) So… Progress!

Also, at the end of my workouts so far this week, instead of feeling completely wiped out, I contemplated doing more. *Didn’t* do more, but thought about it. Point being, I felt strong enough to keep going. That might have just been the endorphins talking, but it’s a huge improvement over doing everything in my power just to make it to the end of the workout without keeling over from exhaustion. More Progress!

Now, the negative: Calories. I finally met my minimum calorie goal (once), but I did it in an unhealthy way. Ugh. I’m trying to cut the fast food, cook more, make healthy choices, but when I do, I struggle to make 1200 cals, much less my minimum goal.

I can’t bump up serving size, because I’m usually full after one portion (or half a portion, even). I don’t like to snack between meals because I’m not hungry then. I’d just be eating to eat and I don’t really want to start that kind of habit. Only thing I can think of is to eat higher calorie food. But that usually means not-so-healthy choices. Ugh. What to do?

I’m hoping that the more I exercise, the hungrier I’ll be. Downside is, because of my weight, I don’t burn that many cals. A 45-minute high-impact cardio session burns 220, according to SP. Can that be right??? It seems like I’d have to work my tail off half the day to burn the kind of calories I need to burn to be hungry enough to eat the amount of food I need to eat for my body to build some healthy muscle and let go of some fat. So frustrating!

Anyway. I’m really happy with the progress that I *have* made. As soon as I can figure out this food thing, I’ll be on a great track. Overall, it's shaping up to be a fabulous February!

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    Way to go with your workout progress! Hopefully this will help strengthen your shins so you can be running again by summer! :)
    Believe it or not, my positives and negatives mirror yours somewhat--I've done well when it comes to exercising, but struggled nutritionally (albeit in the exact opposite way you have). I can empathize with your aversion to snacking, though I am a terrible binge eater, I do not care to snack throughout the day either. Many experts tout this grazing mentality as part of a healthy lifestyle, but like you, it would cause me to simply eat to eat, and it would not affect my tendency to binge because my issues aren't rooted in "hunger". I like DisneyDiva's suggestions for nutritionally dense foods; that may help you sneak some calories in. You could make a healthy guacamole that has all sorts of health benefits and also has a nice chunk of *good* calories to go with it! Of course you would have to like guacamole, lol... Keep plugging away; you've got an awesome attitude--remember you got this!!
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  • LUANN7
    Your doing great- Keep up the good work!
    2534 days ago
    Congratulations on the workout progress!!! That's fantastic!!! emoticon

    As far as your food/calorie conundrum goes, I'll admit that your particular issue is one I am completely unfamiliar with. But what about adding more healthy fats to your diet? Avocado, nuts, and olive oil are all nutritionally sound, just high in (good) fat and calories. Just a thought...
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