If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably seen me post about my struggle to get my fitness and nutrition on track. Last summer, I started running. This spring, I started karate. Through all of it, one thing has eluded me.
There are any number of signs that I’m getting older. I stare in bafflement at some of the 20-year-olds’ drama at work. Yesterday someone flipped out over a Red Bull. This morning my husband told me that he saw raspberries at the store for $5/6 oz, and we high fived because when we picked our own, we got 4.5 pounds for $17.
The biggest thing, however, is realizing that I can feel the difference in my body depending on how I eat.
Gone are the days of this:
Because if I do that, I feel like this:
It’s a little depressing.
There was a thing on Buzzfeed (where I found that Maya Rudolph GIF, by the way) about 25 things that get harder when you’re over 25. I have all of those things.
Anyway. Back to the one thing that’s eluded me. I’ve been great with consistency. I’ve gotten my 5K time down from 32 minutes last summer to just over 25 minutes. I can see muscles in places I forgot they were supposed to exist. But my weight has stayed stagnant for months.
I decided about a month ago that it was time to make some big decisions about how I was going to eat. I’ve started paying a lot of attention to what I eat and how I feel afterward.
I learned some things that surprise me.
1. Having a physical job that requires constant movement, protein for breakfast is the only thing that will keep me full long enough to get through a morning shift. If I don’t get to eat lunch until 2 or 3, I need to have a breakfast that will keep me going. High protein breakfast is the only thing that seems to work for me.
2. In fact, protein in general. I haven’t been eating enough protein for the past several years. Eating a lot more lean protein has allowed me to feel full longer and eat less in general. When I eat empty carbs, I snack all day.
3. My metabolism is really picky. But if I work with it, it’ll work with me.
4. Calorie spikes every once in a while help me.
Because of my good friend Lyra Mulhern, I found something that is thus far working for me to break a long plateau. I won’t describe it yet, but the basic jist is lots of fibrous vegetables and protein, and I’m able to keep things in my diet that I love to eat.
Anyway. In the past couple weeks, I’ve felt better, had more energy, and had fewer headaches. And I’ve lost three pounds.
The past year, my weight has been a sort of see-saw. In the next few weeks, I’m going to see if I can make these changes continue and stick and hop off the see-saw.
What are you doing to improve your fitness or nutrition this week?
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