Hi there! Sorry we’ve all been MIA, life just got in the way for all of us!
But I’m back, at least, for a few days and have an interesting update.
I mentioned in a few earlier posts that I’ve been having problems recently understanding how I could be doing so well fitness and endurance-wise, but not dropping any weight. I have been eating really well for the most part, and I thought that I was eating too much.
So one day, I got online after talking with Michelle and did a search: I wanted to see if maybe I was exercising ‘too much’. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, I feel like I exercise enough… but I wondered if maybe doing as much as I was was pushing it, although I have done MORE in the past (I used to be at the gym every morning for about 2 hours before work!), I thought maybe there might have been something to see. But there wasn’t.
After that, I took Michelle’s advice and decided I’d track my food for the next day. There was kind of no other option.
I was shocked with what I found. Since moving to Germany, I’ve taken up something called ‘mindful eating’. This basically means that I eat when I’m hungry, don’t eat when I’m not, and if I’m having a craving, I drink water first.
I took this screen shot just before eating dinner, which only gave me an extra 300 calories. I’ve been starving myself.
I don’t mean that I’ve been hungry. I certainly haven’t been!! I just mean that my body hasn’t been getting enough food (less than the recommended minimum) and therefore had gone into what’s commonly referred to as ‘starvation mode’. When your body goes into starvation mode, it starts to store EVERYTHING and generally won’t burn anything, even for workouts. It leads to feeling listless, easily fatigued, etc. You may not be hungry, but your body is. And because of this, you won’t lose the weight even if you’re working out a LOT.
So, great. I’m glad I figured this out. I didn’t work out that evening as I should have, because I was actually feeling kind of out of it. I’ve been feeling that way a lot lately, and now I’m wondering if THIS is the reason why, rather than being MS-related (which was what I was chalking it up to).
I made sure to make up for it today, I ate over 1600 calories because I was feeling ill after a night out last night and wanted to fill up. I’ll be back to something close to normal tomorrow and have a full workout planned. I’m feeling better now that it’s almost bedtime, of course, so I hope that’s a good sign for tomorrow!
That’s what’s been going on with me. I’ve got plenty more to write, promise! Happy Weekend!