I made it through my long day yesterday and actually don’t feel all that drained! I started the morning with a sunrise 3 mile walk to the office and then worked from 7-3 (on my feet). From there, I walked .5 mile to my gym and quickly realized that walking can really be a good workout. My legs were t.i.r.e.d! I powered through about 4 miles before giving in. Some days I just don’t have it. Tuesday was one of those days. I then walked 2 miles to school and, after class, another 1.5 miles to/from the train to home. So, for anyone who’s counting, that’s 7 miles walked and 3 miles run, plus the 8 hours on my feet at work. Whew!
Kinda explains why my appetite was so out of control. I did make sure to eat mindfully, though, and only rushed through one meal since I didn’t have much time for dinner during class. In my post about self-help books being an answer to binge eating, I included the link to the CNN article that mentioned a particular book, “Overcoming Binge Eating.” Several years ago, I purchased this book at the suggestion of a health care professional. Her remarks were similar to those of the article: sometimes you just need good guidelines, not therapy.
Overall, I think the book was pretty helpful at the time, and I’ve referred back to it on occasion as the basic principles are valuable. Mindful eating and food journaling are two of the first tasks addressed in the text. I journal all of my food, but I don’t record amounts. I found that recording too many specifics led me down the path of calorie counting and that’s never ended well for me. Instead, I write down what I eat and when and where I have my meal.
My biggest challenge has always been the first principle: mindful eating. I find that stress sends my hunger cues into a frenzy and I no longer know when I’m physically hungry or emotionally hungry. Over the past two weeks, I found I was eating more and more, but I wasn’t exercising. I don’t think I gained any weight (though I haven’t weighed myself in several months now), but I really wanted to refocus and get back to my mindful eating. I always feel best when I can put food in its place, eat my three meals and two snacks, and get on with my day. This week has already been so much better and I’m feeling more relaxed, refreshed, and inspired. Granted, the 75 degree sunny weather and outdoor running might be helping, but I think my meals and eating habits deserve some credit too. After all, it’s not just the outside world that affects us, it’s what we put into our bodies too!