Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fit Mommy Wanna-Be

Posted by Mandy at 7:59 PM
In these quiet hours of the night I can finally sit and reflect on the past few weeks. Gathering all of the information swirling in my head and organizing them into actual categories is beginning to take place, and one category keeps sticking out over the others: DIET/EXERCISE

It is amazing to me that I have all of the right information to be a super healthy and fit mom, I know exactly what to do, and what not to do, yet I still struggle. Why is that?

I tend to do one area really well, and blow the other. When I'm eating super healthy and cutting out the bad carbs, I tend to get more lax on my exercise. When I'm exercising like I should be, I swear my appetite is through the roof and I eat like I've not seen food in days. What gives?

Over the past month or two I've been getting into the exercise known as jogging. ("or yah-ging.. might be a soft J... apparently you just run!" - for any Ron Burgandy - Anchorman fans..) When I first started I could barely do one lap (1/4 of a mile) without feeling like one of my lungs might collapse. Now, such a short time later, I'm up to five entire laps before I have to take a walking break! I must say, I'm proud of my persistance to stick with something that has always been very difficult for me. I've never been good at jogging long distances. (not that a mile is a "long distance".. but it is on my scale!)

I did not anticipate that all of the intense cardio I was doing would simply amp up my metabolism, which would make me want to eat like a 200-pound man. Of course, I never crave healthy foods in these hunger fits, oh no! I want chocolate, cereal, crackers, chips - anything that will give me instant fuel.

I've now realized that I'm working really, really hard just to stay the exact same size. Phewy. I've got to get this eating under control. I feel like it's a constant battle in my life. How can something like food be such a joy and such a burden all at the same time?

My new plan is to keep up the jogging (and weights a few times a week) but add more lean protein into my diet, and a lot more fiber to help keep me full. Whole grains, chicken, and turkey... here I come!

This really shouldn't be so difficult...


Allison C on Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 said...

I find that having a fruit smoothie (homemade of course so I know what goes into it!) keeps my energy up for a good workout. Then afterwards I eat a few, as in 5 or 6, almonds (or some peanuts or sunflower seeds) and that seems to help me with the crazy cravings that go with cardio.

I'm guessing it's a little harder to control what you eat when you're preparing food for 4 other people. "I'll just have a bite of this and a nibble of that." :)

Mandy on Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 said...

Allison, I typically do make myself a protein shake in the mornings that I drink while taking the kids to school - then I go jogging after dropping them off. I think I need to also make sure to incooporate a bit more good protein and good carbs or fiber AFTER that jog so I'm not dying a couple of hours later from hunger. Lunch time has been a huge downfall for me lately.. starving! I'll try grabbing some almonds... I love those anyway! Thanks for the tips!

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