When the physical demand of more energy to work through an exercise routine along with comes the physical demand for fuel. This was no stranger to me yesterday as I felt like I couldn’t eat enough. I probably ate enough food for two days as I felt hunger pangs all day. The funny thing about it was that I only increased my walk by 15 minutes. That extra time must have caused signals to go off inside my body which demanded the extra calories.
Today I am one pound heavier and my blood sugar is a little higher also. I am certainly no stranger to starting a workout program and understand that my body is just doing what a body does. There is only one way to solve an issue like this and it involves the word “No”.
I eat a healthy breakfast at 6:00 AM an it should be enough to last me until lunchtime which I usually partake in at noon. At around 2 hours after breakfast my body pretty much fully digests breakfast and believes that it needs more fuel just incase it has to endure another morning workout which it remembers from earlier in the morning. Although I know that there will be no other workout for the day the body doesn’t. So it is the me who holds the job of teaching my body that there will be no other high demand for energy like the workout it went through earlier. I do this by saying “No”. No more fuel. Sorry pal, if your hungry then you will have to rely upon those energy stores you call fat. Training is hard work and you have to be strong.
I define training as teaching your body to do something that it really doesn’t want to do. Whether it’s lifting heavy weights or heart pumping cardio, the body tends to want to stay in a comfort zone.
As with any habit it takes about 21 days of a committed schedule to both exercise and diet to get to a point where the body is actually starting to learn it. This one of the reasons why we should never start a new exercise and diet plan by jumping in with with full force. It is only through consistency that will allow for change. We are not machines, but living breathing and thinking organisms who are in tune with the balances of nature.
So, for today my mission is to continue to progress in my workout routine and to find the strength to push away those hunger pangs between breakfast and lunch. When that feeling comes along I know that my body has been properly fueled and there is no needs to continue to eat. I have learn to embrace and celebrate those feelings of hunger as signs of positive change that will eventually lead to a healthier body.
The one important thing I have learn is that by caving into eating just one thing when going through these episodes of hunger pangs quickly leads to more. I will just eat one banana and maybe a healthy snack bar quickly leads to a slice of pizza and a burger with fries. No, not one item of food until the next meal. Not one!
Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 193.0
Bench Press- 220- 18
Incline Press- 220- 17
Decline Press- 220- 18
Fly’s- 120- 16