Relax, Refresh, Re-Discover.
That’s pretty much what I did this weekend, and I’m so glad it worked out – downward spiral averted!
I went to two dance classes at my gym. Zumba early saturday was so fun! I forgot how much I love it, I wish there were more classes available to me. Today I did a ‘Dance Experience’ class at the gym. It was really easy for me technically (I’ve danced on and off for most of my life), but was still a fun and much-needed physical reset. I’m so ready to go back to workouts tomorrow.
I’ve done better about cutting my added sugar intake as well, aided by my re-discovery of an eating style that better suits me.
Eat less, more often. I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers writing about the New Rules of Lifting for Women, and while I haven’t bought this book, one of the things I’ve heard it talks about is eating 5 times a day.
When I started to lose my freshman 15+ weight this past year, one of the few things I remember working for me was eating more often. Why it works for me:
- I think about food often – waiting to eat is hard!
- if I get too hungry, I’m much more likely to binge eat
- I don’t have a very fast metabolism, so eating often keeps it going
- I can avoid feeling ‘too full’, which often triggers eating-related guilt
- It’s fun, and gives me more chances to experiment with food!
Please do not interpret this the wrong way – I am not dieting or cutting calories, I’m only adjusting my eating style. So far, so good. Some notable mini-meals from the weekend:
Doughy-cereal: TJ’s blueberry muesli soaked for 5 min in almond milk, sun warrior, toasted buckwheat, chopped nectarine, cinnamon.
tofu ‘egg’ breakfast taco, on sprouted grain tortilla
veggie ‘tostada’: sprouted grain tortilla, leafy greens – sprayed with oil, 1 plum tomato (perfectly ripe!) cheese, or vegan melty cheeze substitute, salt and pepper, toasted for 10ish minutes – crunch and perfectly satisfying!
coffee with soy milk, banana, 1 or more big glasses of water – at least 30 mins before exercise.
Post workout – directly after a particularly long or hard workout, does not replace a meal:
sun warrior + almond milk (or water), shaken in my fantastic blender bottle!
I had noticed before that I was trying really hard to fit the common breakfast-lunch-dinner eating style. There were times then when I would get so hungry, and just want to eat everything in sight – and I’m not great with control when I’m that hungry. I’m going to do the best I can to eat smaller, more frequent mini-meals, so far it’s made me much happier, and slightly less food-obsessed 24/7 (not that it’s really a bad thing…)
What eating style works best for you? I’m really interested to hear what works for you all, as everybody probably does something slightly different!
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