Feeding the Hungry Beast, Part II

Gyminee. Not just for crickets.
Gyminee. Not just for crickets.

I started a new exercise routine a few weeks ago and it finally seems to be taking effect. I tore something in my knee in September of last year and was pretty sedentary for the later part of the year and gained a few pounds. I joined the gym and started swimming laps, deciding that was the quickest way to return to fitness.

I’m in my third week and I’ve lost…(eight+seven…carry the one…add it up) .8 pounds. That pretty much blows since I’ve been swimming at least four days a week over the last two weeks. And I hadn’t even lost that until I stepped on the scale this morning. I actually gained a little weight over first two weeks of the program. It would be some consolation if my body fat percentage had dropped but that rose a little as well. You can say that I’m a little disappointed in my progress so far.

Granted, I have been working my way back slowly. Swimming has started working a lot of muscles I wasn’t working on a regular basis even when I was running four and five times a week. I definitely could feel progress in my muscles even if I didn’t see it on the scale.

Yesterday, I discovered a new website to help me motivate myself and track my progress. I’ll even go so far as to credit it with helping me lose my first .8 pounds. The website is Gyminee. It’s a social network for fitness junkies or people who are just trying to shed a few pounds. It has tools for helping you set goals, plan workouts and meals and track your progress.

The thing I’ve found most useful is the nutrition log. I am the kind of person that pretty much assumes I can eat whatever I want as long as I’m exercising. The nutrition log gives me a calorie range for each day that will help me reach my weight loss goal. It also lets me know how many calories I consume in the form of carbs, protein and fat, giving me a target range for each.

Did you know that peanut butter, besides being high in protein and salmonella, is also really high in fat and calories compared to say, chicken salad? It’s true.

Anyway, I ramped up the number of laps over the last four days and I’ve been eating to stay in my calorie range and I am starving! I cannot keep myself fed. My metabolism must be ramping up because it certainly feels like my body is consuming itself.

I eat and my body immediately demands more. I had breakfast and barely made it an hour before my body began to demand more. I had lunch and decided that, upon finishing lunch, I’d just go ahead and have my snack. And then I had second lunch. And second snack.  I feel like a freaking Hobbit. Pretty soon “elevenses” is going to be a regular meal for me.

Speaking of which, my stomach is growling.  I have to go find something that is high protein, low fat and low carb. I do not know how people can consume that many grams of protein in a day and not bust the carb/fat limitations. It’s killing me.

Suggestions?

5 thoughts on “Feeding the Hungry Beast, Part II”

  1. Amen!

    I have been hungry ever since I started http://www.myfooddiary.com, and that was four years ago! 😉 It is amazing how difficult it is to stay within your recommended caloric range once you start tracking food!

    Over the last four years of tracking calories, I have learned that the only way I can eat more is to change what I eat. If I want big quanities, it has to be fruits and veggies. As I am sure you have noticed, meat comes with a price. Anything with meat almost doubles or triples the caloric content.

    For me, best bang for the caloric buck comes from really hearty veggie soups and fiber-filled cereals. Fun, no. But it does feed the hungry beast. I also try to add veggies to anything I am eating to bulk up the quantity. And I snack on fruit every two hours or so.

    I know that it doesn’t work for everyone and not everyone even thinks it is healthy (on the lower side of protein intake and fairly high on sugar intake form the fruit). But it is what works for me most of the time.

    …until I cave, got to El Azteca, consume a 3,000 calorie dinner with beef, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole, and myfooddiary just shakes its head in disappointment…

  2. Oh…and it is almost impossible for me to eat out at a restaurant and still stay within my range. Have you found that to be true, too? It’s no fun!

  3. I have 6 words for you: egg whites, egg whites, egg whites. Buy a big carton, scramble half of it up (technically 4 servings, but whatever), and eat w/ salsa. You get 24 grams of protein, 0 fat and will be only 120 calories deep. Not that I know of these things. You can even go crazy and slice up an oscar meyer “lite” hot dog in there if you’re feeling crazy (40 calories, negligible fat, and a day’s worth of carcinogens). Mmmmm.

  4. I have added eggs to the daily diet. I am eating the yolk and all so I am getting the fat with the protein. I’m too lazy to separate the whites! Instead of salsa, I douse liberally with hot sauce. Every time I add delicious bacon, however, I blow through the limit on my fat intake. Sadness!

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