Earlier this week, I posted a link to " Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin." I found this article very interesting because it got me thinking about my own exercise and eating habits. There have been times in the past, especially when I was in college, taking PE class after PE class for my degree, that I would work up such a hunger that as soon as I was finished, I'd head over to the cafeteria in search of food-- lot's and lot's of food! I always reasoned afterwards that it was okay because I was working out all the time and could eat whatever I wanted without worry. No wonder I didn't lose any weight... Yes, I was in the best physical condition of my life during this period, but, honestly, I wasn't losing weight. The most weight I ever lost was when my husband and I went completely raw/vegan. During this time, I lost a serious amount of weight. But the funny thing is that I wasn't exercising very much during that time. It was only after I had lost some weight that I really started to exercise regularly.
So, what does this all mean to me now that have 10 lbs. to lose (or should I say, re-lose? I've already lost them once)? Well, it means that I need to reevaluate what I've been eating to see whether or not I'm consuming more than I'm expending. Of course, I can't control the fact that exercise increases my appetite, but it doesn't mean that I can't control what I eat to satisfy it. I need to make sure that I'm not eating a sandwich when all I really needed was an apple. I also need to try to plan things out more... meaning that I need to bring a piece of fruit or some veggies with me so that when I do get hungry, I'll have something healthy on hand and won't turn to pre-packaged junk in the cafeteria at work.
Have any of you ever found yourself in the same situation? I would love to hear what you think!