nightborn: I eat a lot of different things– I very rarely eat red meat or poultry, but do eat fish, dairy, and eggs as sources of animal protein. My diet is pretty balanced and includes lots of veggies and I make an effort to get a decent amount of protein. Right now (as in the past few days and today), I’m constantly hungry because it’s that time of the month and it seems all my physical and mental regulation systems are severely impacted by the hormones. . . I’m alternately too hot and too cold, my emotions are whacked and I have mood swings, and I either feel starving or really overly full, no in between. It is rotten. Aside from this one week per month though I usually do not feel excessively hungry, and I eat 1400-2000 calories a day depending on how much I exercise. Maybe I do need more protein though.. . not sure.
Your concern means a lot to me right now–thank you.
cestvrai: Thank you! We are very similar it sounds like! I kind of hate the idea of taking a break– I took kind of a break over the weekend but then I worried about eating and weight loss things once it was over, so I’m feeling like taking a break might not be the right thing for me right now. Though it is super tempting to not exercise today– bloated and crampy as I am. The thing is, I know if I exercise enough my mood will improve!
The suggestion of putting on some nice clothes that haven’t fit in a while to remind myself of how nice losing weight is, is excellent! I don’t think I can right now because I am pretty bloated (I think I add on about 5 lbs of water weight during this time of the month, so yuck) but I will remember that! I have been noticing even the past couple days that all my pants except for the tightest ones have started kind of falling off, which is nice but annoying because I’m going to need to buy new pants! 😛
June14Bride: Have you tried using MyFitnessPal? It is very helpful to track what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising more precisely. Plus the forums there are, if you weed through the rudeness (startling after being here!) are full of good fitness advice. 🙂 It does realy suck to lack motivation. . . but what made me start on this project was deciding that I’m about to enter my late 20’s (turning 27 in April) and if I’m going to like the way my body looks and get fit, now is the time to do it– it will only get harder and I don’t want to spend all of my 20’s hating the way parts of my body look. . . .I’m glad I posted this, because now I’m feeling better AND motivated to go work out after I get off the computer!!
MsCarabiner: It is nice to hear from someone who’s little like me. 🙂
Unfortunately lists kind of stress me out! But I often get myself to exercise at the end of the day (since working out in the mornings doesn’t work for me) by thinking about how good I’ll feel afterwards. This thread is helping me to psych myself up to going upstairs and doing weights and the boring old exercise bike. 😛
When I can, I do get myself to my Zumba class (the only fitness class I take right now) on skis, and in spring/summer I’ll do so by running or biking. At the moment, I’ve lost any desire to do anything outside because where I am it’s still very cold and snowy– which is part of the reason I’m in such a terrible funk. As for trying to exercise a tiny bit at work, I am stuck with a sitting-down desk, but I do often go outside for at least a short walk at some point during the day.
Anyway, I really appreciate your kind words and thoughts. 🙂