Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Exercise = Hunger

Posted by Mandy at 11:11 AM
We finally broke down and bought a new elliptical machine. I've been without mine for around a year now I suppose... oh what a hard year! I was a faithful elliptical-a-holic for a glorious 7 years before I finally snapped a resistance band and it went kaput. My nightly routine of getting the kids into bed, slipping on my shoes, and working up a sweat to my favorite show on DVR was over. I had to trade it in for jogging and doing workout dvds.

Fast forward to this week - IT'S BACK! Okay, not the same one, but a new one. And I'm thrilled!

The first night hubby spent his whole night assembling it for me. Even though it was already 9:30pm when he was finished I hopped on for my first 30 minute workout. I thought I'd have a heart-attack by the time I was done, but in a weird way that felt so good!

The next day I did a great 40 minute workout while Sam napped (yes.. instead of cleaning pee off of bathroom floor like I should have been doing..) and followed that with a whole hour of sweating that evening while I watched The Biggest Loser. (if they can do it.. I can do it! Great motivation!)

Enter this morning. I wake up to a sick child at 5am and after settling him down, I crawl back into my comfy bed only to hear my stomach growling. Well, more like roaring. I was STARVING.

I finally dozed off right as the alarm started to go off - that'll make you feel good.

I am typically  not a breakfast eater, at least not until a bit later in the morning. This morning, however, I felt as though I'd be sick if I didn't find food immediately. Thank God instant oatmeal only takes a minute and a half to cook in the microwave. Usually that fills me up and I'm good 'til lunch. But not today!

I let myself get too hungry by lunch time and I scarfed down an embarrassing amount of cheese sticks. (Hey, the sick 5 year old requested them for lunch.. what kind of mom doesn't fill a sick child food request?) Of course this made me feel like crap and now I'm ready to hop back on the elliptical to work off these calories.. and work up another huge appetite.

I forgot how much more I feel the need to eat when I exercise this hard. I've also forgotten how I used to cope with this back in the day when I was a size smaller and 5-10 pounds lighter. What was it I used to eat? What did I do?!

How do you handle the viscious exercise/hunger cycle? More carbs? More protein? Suffer in hunger?


Christina Brown on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010 said...

I have never worked out before but I have about 10 pounds that I want gone so I started excercising on a trampoline. I feel ya with the hunger pains! Never did I get so hungry during the day! Now I try to drink water when I get hungry and maybe some fruit or carrots with it but I do chug a cup of water down fast and then finish with another and that seems to curb it for a while. Happy exercising!

Reagan on Thursday, 11 February, 2010 said...

I'm an elliptical junkie too and when I get hungry, I eat a high protein snack--a chunk of swiss with dried apricots, hard boiled egg, celery and PB, etc. Don't suffer in hunger :)

Brittany Martin on Thursday, 11 February, 2010 said...

I want an elliptical so bad! We've never had the space for one until now so maybe one of these days we'll be able to get one!

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