Health Changes!

Daily Creativity:  Markers.  I have some.  And they are begging to be used.  Honestly, I much prefer pastels, but those are at home, so the markers will have to satisfy my coloring craving.  What’s your favorite way of drawing?

Today was hands down one of the rainiest, wettest, windiest days of my life.  I left my dorm a total of three times and went through three pairs of pants and three jackets, because each time I returned home so soaked that I needed new ones to be dry again.  I love the rain far more than most people, but this was some serious business.  Normally I even like to run in the rain, but I think it actually would have been legit dangerous to do my long run today.  Instead of whining about that and moping around the house  (aka room) all day, I made a backup plan last night!  I headed to the gym instead with a fresh, crisp newspaper.  Well, it wasn’t so crisp by the time I got there, despite being tucked into the bottom of my bag.  It was wet and droopy.  But alas, we don’t get everything we want in life.  I was really pleased with my workout; it was 90 minutes of cleansing, sweating, powerful, invigorating joy.

Workout:

4 miles on treadmill, shifting between speeds from 6.0-6.5 mph

30 minutes strength training: I did three sets of four exercises, with each set containing 3 sets of 12 reps.  I alternated between arm and ab exercises.

2 miles on treadmill,  1 @ 6.5, 0.5 @ 6.2, 0.5 @6.0

1/4 mile walking cooldown.

Twas the perfect Saturday afternoon pick me up.

Health Change #1:

I didn’t sleep well again last night, yet again.  I was still awake at four and realized that I was hungry.  I think this was actual hunger because it had been over six hours since dinner, so I decided to have a snack.  Then another snack.  And another.  TJ’s mini peanut butter cracker sandwiches are dangerous with a glass of chocolate soymilk.  I think my biggest “food issue” (and we ALL have them, in some way or another, I think — no one is a perfect eater) is not so much about food but about sleep.  I tend to be either the most tired or the most wired in the evening/night; both of these states leave me feeling very emotional.  Emotions often lead to snacking.  I wish so much that I could just fall asleep consistently at the same time night after night.  I think that would make things easier, and so, after break, I am going to try to make an effort to be consistent with my bedtime and sleeping.  The goal is to be in bed at 10:30, lights out at 11:00, and up at 7:00-7:30 so that I can workout before classes.  This pattern has hands down been the most effective for me in the past.  If I finish classes at 6:00, I have 4 hours to study and make dinner.  This is doable.  And getting my workout done before I start my day is great; I’m usually too tired after classes.

So that’s the very long-winded plan.  I think better sleep will potentially lead me to better health.  Not that my current state of health is bad, but I genuinely do want to nix the nighttime eating habit and my general drowsiness.

Health Change #2:

Another change I’m making is starting food journaling.  I joined SparkPeople because I’ve heard good things about it.  I really would like to banish for good about 8-10 pounds, and I tend to eat mindlessly/emotionally.  I know that I will have to be very careful not to take the journaling/counting too far.  I will NEVER restrict when I am genuinely hungry; I aim to eat intuitively, and if there is a day when intuitively leads to 2500 calories, so be it.  I just want to record things so that I end up with 2500 on that day, and not 3000.  Does that make sense?  I also want to use the journal to record my strength training!  I would like to be more toned come spring and summer, ideally.  Not just because of bikini season — I enjoy feeling strong and powerful, and I know that strength training has plenty of health benefits.  In fact, I don’t even think I own a bikini right now, oddly enough…

I do NOT intend to banter about my journal, recording, or calories on my blog.  I respect my readers of all backgrounds and I don’t think this would be enjoyable or useful for a lot of you; I also do not want to become obsessed.  The blog will stay the same; I’ll still be talking about what I do for my health, like running, yoga, attending therapy, and coming up with fun wholesome recipes.

Health Change #3:

A few weeks ago I did a no-dairy/low-dairy challenge, and noticed that my digestion seemed a bit better.  After reading Caitlin’s (BTW, go wish her good luck in her triathlon tomorrow!) decision the other day, and reading Averie’s comments/advice on the subject, I’ve decided to continue eating only one serving of dairy a day, be it yogurt, milk, cheese, or ice cream.  I think I feel better with this amount and if it turns out later on it isn’t working, I’ll reevaluate!

Random Eats From Today:

I bought myself a giant puzzle and have been working on it today!  I also hung out with my best friends for a while and then went to see Alice In Wonderland with one of them.  It was just okay — the visuals and design were stunning, and the acting was quite good, but the plot seemed to just drag along.

Have an excellent Sunday bloggies!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 00:03:43

    i totally respect your reasons for wanting to track your food. i track my eats too, i used to use sparkpeople and now i use the daily plate. honestly i think it’s ideal to NOT track cals, but i can understand why someone might want to. just promise me you’ll be careful to not get sucked in to all of that, i truly admire your intuitive eating and i wouldn’t want to see that be compromised!! i’m sure you realize this, but another reason your snacking is more intense when you aren’t sleeping is bc your body is searching for energy it’s lacking due to sleep deprivation, so it seeks out that energy in calorie form! i’ve found this to be true for me too. and you’re right, sleep deprivation results in overactivity in the amygdala, leading to big time emotions! LOL that is exactly what i’m studying for my midterm right now, how weird! want any other fun facts about sleep? i’m your girl!

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    • caronae
      Mar 14, 2010 @ 00:35:55

      Thanks 🙂 I didn’t even think of being sleep-deprived leading to being energy deprived leading to eating more! You’re brilliant girl!

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  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 02:40:06

    Proven fact to echo what stef just told you (my degrees are in psych, undergrad and masters work) anyway yes, when you dont sleep, people eat more…both as a compensation/energy mechanism but also b/c something gets crossed in the hormone wiring system as well. All roads point to get some sleep.
    how?
    try this stuff. it totally works and you could and very well are magnesium depleted, most ppl are from normal stress
    natural calm, i swear you just get your mag levels up a bit and you will sleep like a champ. i can tell if i am mag depleted and then do 2-3 days of this maybe every month or so and am golden but have done it for a month straight before too…just go by how you feel
    read all about it 🙂
    http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/01/calm-yourself-with-natural-supplements.html

    contest entries, thanks for the remind about the snowball post, love it girl 🙂

    oxxo

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  3. Sarah
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 02:43:28

    Just to echo Stef, be careful you don’t become to obsessed with calorie counting, even the most sensible of people can be drawn into the numbers game, and then it can be a very slippery slope indeed. I also admire your intuitive eating, it gives me inspiration for being able to eat intuitively one day too…I think it’s useful to work on distinguishing between physical and emotional hunger. This is one thing that helped me stop binge-purging, and it was about being self aware, for example I’ve learnt to recognise the signs of me being stressed, and the fact that this can lead to eating more makes me question any additional or spontaneous eating during this risk time. That probably doesn’t make much sense, it’s Sunday morning and I’m tired from last night, but good luck with the challenge anyhow.

    Also how cool that you have a jigsaw! I’m assuming that’s what you mean by puzzle, unless you mean something else and I’m just being dopey?! 😉

    Sarah x

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  4. EE
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 05:17:43

    If it makes any sense, I feel honored to be privy to these “health changes” because it’s pretty individual-specific information, and only you should be the judge of what is right for you. I always prefer to have all the data right in front of me when making changes, so to speak. So I say if you like tracking your food, go to it. Probably doesn’t work for some people, but it never bugged me any. If it doesn’t bug you, I’d say that’s a good sign. 🙂

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  5. Maggie
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 08:15:38

    I need a way to non-obsessively track my food too. I am such an emotional snacker 😦

    And I have been meaning to buy a puzzle!!

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  6. pen (pen at peace)
    Mar 14, 2010 @ 11:20:54

    I totally get and understand your reasons for tracking food. I wish I could do it wihtout going overboard (type A in everything I do….)…but I can’t so I just eat.

    Also, I feel the same way about feeling strong and powerful. It’s less about how I look, more about how I feel!

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