I have been running miles and miles and I have been proud of myself. So imagine my disgust the other day when I got on the scale to see: 178 lbs... What?!?!?!?!? That is like a 15 lb gain. Yup, 15 as in like 1 5, double digits. I have been noticing my pants have been pretty tight and that my appetite has been huge. Not to mention my 4 year old told me my belly was "jiggling" when we were shopping yesterday. Then I tried on a life jacket and it was too tight. She pipes up with "that is for smaller mommies". She is right!
I have talked in the past about how if I can get ahold of my hunger before I get to that hungry point I am much more able to keep in control of what I am eating. But once I actually get hungry its all over. The "beast" within comes out and takes over at that point. And then I eat the way the old Jen used to...I eat sweets, fatty things and whatever looks good...including fast food :( Oh...and ice cream. Ice cream has been a problem for me this season... So while I havent been eating as great as I should be, I have been running many miles a week and thought maybe it would cancel out? Apparently I was way off on that thought.
I have noticed that running has really increased my appetite so I decided that that is where I need to start *repairing* the damage. I have done yet more research online and by talking to other runners and here is what I have come up with...
*I will eat GU before(and during once I increase my miles) my runs instead of a breakfast since I seem to get cramps when I eat before running.
*I invested in some Athletes Honey Milk (thanks Shelley!!) and I cant wait for it to come in the mail. I bought a case.
*Until then I bought some other protein drinks to try for after my runs so I can hopefully recover better and get my appetite under control before reaching the very hungry out of control point. Here is what I tried today: