Me? Cranky? Why would I be cranky?

Ever have those days when putting on makeup feels like the biggest chore in the world?

Ever have those days when you make a decision that you KNOW is wrong, but it feels so right?

Ever have those days when throwing your alarm clock across the room becomes a very real possibility?

Ever have those days when you WANT your “monthly visit” to hurry up and get here already?

Not that I’m having one of those days or anything…

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Here’s what else is on my mind today:

When I’m on target with my eating, I have a hard time working out. But when I’m working out consistently and well, my eating goes down the drain – I want the sugary, carby stuff and lots of it. I’ve noticed this pattern for a long time now and the only time I could get the two to balance – I lost 25 pounds (that was last summer), but I was also taking an app suppressant, so I assume that had something to do with it. Am I going to have to do that again in order to lose these last 15 pounds???? Does anyone else notice this in their own lives and have you been able to balance the seesaw that is eating right/exercising? Please delurk to share with me your wisdom and I promise I won’t throw anything at you.

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7 thoughts on “Me? Cranky? Why would I be cranky?

  1. I think it’s all about having enough energy/time/focus to get everything right at the same time. When life is in BALANCE, as Vickie talks about so much, then it’s easier to get it all going at the same time. I have no idea how to get that balance on a routine basis, because life is so freaking nuts right now. I’m not beating myself up about it or calling myself a failure or thinking there’s something wrong with me because I can’t find balance. Life bites sometimes. When the planets align, and sometimes they do, then I take full advantage & get my shit together. And I lose weight. I don’t know how to force it though. I wish I did. I truly, truly want it so badly.

    I’ll be very interested to see what other married moms who work outside the home have to say about this…. if anyone out there has found the magic that makes it all work at the same time, I hope they share.

  2. I definitely feel hungrier when I exercise. I just try to make sure I have my snacks individually packaged so that I only take one serving when I get hungry instead of binging. It doesn’t always work but most of the time it does.

  3. I too get SUPER hungry when I’m working out more and the only way I can combat it is to not have the sugary stuff around or easily accessible. If I have a healthier option nearby, it usually satisfies me. If I don’t, that’s when I tend to go shopping and buy the not-so-healthy stuff.

    It’s a balancing act and eventually (I find) you train your body to expect certain foods to satisfy certain cravings. But PMS listens to nobody.

  4. You will feel hungrier when increasing your workouts. Your metabolism is working and the trick becomes to eat enough for energy but not too much that you don’t shed the pounds. For me, if I don’t plan out all my meals and snacks, then I know there’s no use because I’ll just grab the junk food. Maybe try planning out each meal (are you eating 6 small meals) and keeping a food journal?

  5. Yep, my appetite revs up when I’m exercising regularly. For me, the trick is to eat every 3 hours–or else I get super hungry and binge like mad on carbs. Yogurt or carrots and hummus work well for me as snacks. I also stop eating at 8 pm and drink hot tea, which I have oddly come to crave. That’s just what works for me. I think by exploring this as you are, you’re going to work it out.

  6. Oh yeah, I’ve always had only one of those under control, but this time I decided to approach it differently. I started full tilt with the exercise and am making a more gradual change as far as eating is concerned. It’s very much a learning curve for me, but at least I’m making progress!

    Good luck!

  7. Gosh, I miss those days (PMS)—NOT!

    And I loved Gemfit’s comment ‘But PMS listens to nobody.’

    But seriously, I have not had that problem (eating junk along w/working out.) In fact sometimes after I work out I notice I’m not as hungry as I was before I started. But of course I eat anyways.

    You got some good suggestions above. On my good days, I have my meals and snacks all planned out before I even eat breakfast, and I try to allow for 2 or 3 snacks. Lately, I have been trying to include a little more protein in each meal, and lots of days I don’t need the snack in between. Total points for the day still end up the same though.

    Why not plan a ‘healthy snack’ before you work out. I do that sometimes–have the apple and cheese or fiber one bar sitting right there cheering me on as I exercise!

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