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Day 46: Hungry, Hungry Hippo

Posted Mar 19 2010 2:16am

If you’ve never played Hungry, Hungry Hippo before, you’re missing out on life. Well, not really, but you’re definitely passing up the opportunity to be a neon-colored hippo who’s sole purpose is to devour as many marbles as possible before they’re all gone. Tonight during dinner, I transformed into a neon orange hippo.

The only difference between me and Mr. Hippo is that I didn’t lose it. I was purposefully stuffing my face because I’m pretty sure my body needed it. Lately, if I sit or stand up too quickly, I get light-headed. My energy level drops dramatically right after I finish the gym. And if you’re wondering, yes, I normally eat something before and after working out.

I’m going to listen to my body and take this as a sign to eat a bit more. Because of my irregular sleeping pattern, my eating schedule is messed up. On top of that, I just haven’t been hungry. I haven’t felt the hunger pains in a long time. The only time when I’m actually hungry is right when I wake up. I eat the other meals because I know I have to.

A few months ago, when I wasn’t working out, my hunger was insatiable. I could eat, eat, and eat, and still not be full. Ever. Kind of disgusting, now that I think about it. But now that I’m running and lifting almost every day, it’s as if my body doesn’t respond to the word “hungry” any more. Two months ago, I had to force myself to stop eating. Now, I have to force myself to eat. It’s not because I switched to nasty, unappealing “diet” foods. Quite the contrary. I’m still putting yummy in my tummy but for some reason, I just don’t have the urge to eat.

Dear body, what’s up with you?

Dear readers, have any of you experienced this? Or am I the only one…



The Meat Lover’s Special – Breakfast: Whole wheat English muffin. 2 slices fat-free American cheese. 2 slices turkey bacon. Homemade burger patty.

Shrimp & Broccoli Stir-fry – Dinner: shrimp, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms stir-fried with a garlic, ginger, chicken broth sauce.

Kung Pao Chicken – Dinner: chicken, roasted peanuts, garlic, and lots of red chili peppers topped with my homemade sauce.

Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce – Dinner: bok choy topped with a rich, garlicky oyster sauce.

Stir-fried Bean Sprouts – Dinner: bean sprouts and green onions stir-fried with garlic and white pepper.

If you think I shared my dinner, think again. My dad had a few bites, but I ate 90% of it. Hungry, hungry orange hippo for the win.


Consumption: 1952 calories, 23.55g of fat. Total steps: 12,707

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Workout: 1.8 mile run. Treadmill. Lats. Shoulders. Biceps. Triceps.

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I ran outside with my dad for 1.8 miles. We finished in 17:45. I find it a lot easier to run outside than in a gym because the scenery is constantly changing. I don’t get bored. I’m actually excited because I can see a finish line. I was surprised that the first mile was so easy. I couldn’t believe it. When we passed the mile mark, I was like, “Oh, already?!” One mile used to seem so long.

At the gym, I practiced an 8:31 mile. I lasted 7 minutes and ran out of gas so I’ll try again tomorrow. I also completed the fourth day of my squats challenge . Every day, it’s getting easier and easier to finish the fifth set of squats.

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