After my body fat punched me in the face, I knew I had to do SOMETHING. No more trying to look good for anyone, not even my husband (love youuu), or trying to please society. I needed to do this for ME, this was MY health. So I called up a nutritionist and
whined to her told her about my percentage and my desire to increase my muscle mass. She asked for me to send her a typical day of eating for me, so that she could get a feel for how I was currently fueling my body. Luckily, I’m a big fan of the MyFitnessPal app on my iPhone, so I sent her a couple of days worth of meals/workouts to look over. If you have an iPhone, and you want to get better at tracking calories, protein intake, carbs, whatever, I highly suggest this app. It is a great way to keep a “food journal” of sorts.
As I anxiously awaited her response, I wondered what terrible news she was going to lay on me. Was I going to have to start eating bird food? Decrease my carb intake (gasp!)? Eat less fat? Less sweets? Less EVERYTHING? I already went through most days fairly hungry, thinking about my next meal…were things about to get even worse?
What she said to me was alarming….I wasn’t eating enough.
I was bringing in (at best) 1300 calories a day, sometimes even less, and on the days I did boot camp I was burning upwards of 500-600 calories a workout. Apparently, this sucks for my body and causes it to hold on to fat like there is no tomorrow. Plus, on weekends, I tended to overindulge, and my body was basically collecting fat like an old woman collects cats. Hence….my higher than average body fat.
“Eat more” she told me (multiple times). Excuse me?? Eat…more?? My whole life I thought I was supposed to eat less to lose weight. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, blah blah blah. Now I’m being told that entire way of thinking is wrong?
My calorie intake EVERY DAY needs to match my RMR at LEAST, which is, according to the dunk tank results, 1470. Most likely, I need to be around 1500-1600 calories a day, especially on days where I do intense boot camp sessions. I needed to increase my carb intake (I know, I know, I’m still processing that as well), increase my protein, and increase my healthy fats (yay avocados and PEANUT BUTTER!). Small meals, well balanced, every 3 hours. Basically, a non-stop festival of eating, all day every day.
To be honest, I am struggling with this. I never thought of myself as having a problem with food, but I’m realizing that food has had some sort of power over me, or a hold on me, for quite some time now. I’ve been letting it run the show. I’ve been afraid of it even. I’m close to terrified of eating that much, for fear of….I’m not sure exactly. But I’m going to do it, because obviously my way of dealing with my health is NOT working. So…bring on the food, my friends. Bring it on!
Anyone out there struggling with the concept of eating MORE to lose MORE, both mentally and physically? Any suggestions to get over the mental hump?
As always, thanks for reading. Talk to you soon!