Eating your food slow helps you eat less. How? Eat fast and you’ll over eat. Inhaling your meals messes with the release of hormones that indicates you are full and satisfied.
I tend to eat fast. Always have. It’s one of my last bad habits to break.
Well thanks to my dentist, I get to work on breaking that habit in a few minutes.
Thanks to his wonderful work in filling two cavities, my mouth is numb. My lips feel like rubber and my shirt’s littered with water stains.
I plan to enjoy the salad I purchased yesterday. It’s pretty big, and I planned to only eat half. Normally, I would move half of the salad into a container for later. It’s a good way to make sure you don’t over eat – out of sight, out of mind. Thanks to the anesthetic, perhaps I don’t have to split it in two before I start eating.
No longer sitting on top of my fridge, I’m cracking this puppy open after my next workout.
For some reason, I’ve felt hungry the last couple of days. Seriously, I just want to eat non-stop.
Yesterday I decided to track not just what I’m eating, but when I felt hungry. Immediately after my walk, I was starving and a bit dizzy. I grabbed an apple, sliced it up and spread 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter on it. That did the trick…for 20 minutes. I got an early lunch – a hamburger patty and a small salad. Hungry 45 minutes later. I ended up eating a sausage link to keep the hunger at bay until time for my afternoon snack. Starving at snack time, I devoured my celery and cream cheese. I then drank a ton of water to keep the stomach grumbling to a minimum until dinnertime.
My workout is the hunger-triggering culprit. I’ve upped the intensity. A week ago, I averaged 2.5 miles on my walks. Now I walk 4 miles a day, but on the 3rd day I walk 2.5 miles as fast as possible. Clearly I’m burning more energy and I’m not refueling my body accordingly.
My husband suggested a post-workout shake. I picked up a low carb shake powder back in mid-April. I left for Arizona and completely forgot about it. I found the powder on top of my fridge, unopened.
I opted for a low carb shake with whey protein. The high protein levels help with rebuilding my muscles and the low carb aspect won’t escalate insulin, which keeps my blood sugar level in check. Nice!
Today is my recovery day, so no workout and no shake. I’m still tracking when I get hungry to see if something is going on other than just the exercise. So far so good.
After gaining a 1+ lbs last week, I ended up dropping 5.2 lbs over the last 7 days. The difference? I stuck to my weekly menu – no deviations and no eating out. Plus I successfully completed week 2 of the Weight Watchers LiveLive Challenge. I stayed active everyday, and not just during my workouts.
I also credit my weekly Weight Watchers meeting. It’s amazing how gaining one little lbs can open up the flood gates of negativity. The meetings really do help me get back on track and keep the big picture in mind.
So now my total weight loss is 72 lbs. Not too shabby!