Here are some of my eats from this week...just a few :) Lots of loads of veggies....
Almonds and Greek Yogurt
Muscle Milk Oats...tried it for the first time this week and actually it was very filling...but not worth the four dollars for one container.
This has been one HARD and ROUGH week. I want to say thank you for all the words of encouragement, you guys are wonderful! It is so hard for me to justify that I need to be eating more. For one thing I have cut down all my activity level by 90% this week. Monday I woke up dizzy and starving as well as Tuesday. Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night with throbbing quads and a racing heart. I know food is just not the factor here, and some of it is my body just recovering from the over impact I have put it through in the last few months...but I know that I do need to eat more.
Usually during the week I work out about 6 times per week eating around 2,000 cals. When I take my rest day I don't eat my pre/post workout meals which slashes about 500 cals from my daily intake. So Monday and Tuesday, my actual calories were about 1, 500 or a little more. In my mind, I think that is plenty enough considering that I am not working out...but in reality my body is trying to recover and needs all the nutrients it can get. So yesterday I added an extra large apple to my diet, some more nuts, as well as a bigger dinner. I hit about 1,700 cals. This was hard for me. This is eat more when I am working out less. It is hard for me to eat more during the week, while I still know this weekend we have a wedding to attend and there will be two days of lots of wine, cake and wedding food...and no gym............yes I am freaking out.
Going through this with my body is really waking me up and telling me that I need to make some changes in the way I eat and the way I train, which I last posted. I wish it were just that easy. To wake up and say okay I am going to eat 2,500 cals and not even care about it. To drive through Fast Food and eat what I want and not feel guilty about it. I know plenty of friends who eat as they please and don't workout, and I know for sure they don't balloon up over night. The only way I am going to recover from this is to eat well and deload on my training.
So far this week I have made it to the gym and just did 20-25 min of light walking at 3.9 speed with some stretches. My legs are rock hard once I am finished and I have a washed out feeling. During the day, the mornings are the worse. I am washed out, tired, and sore. By mid afternoon my body wakes up a little more and the washed out feeling goes away. Several weeks...I know I can get through this and it won't last forever.
I have been doing some research on over training and I found that when you over extend yourself for a period of time you over work your CNS (Central Nervous System). When you overwork your CNS you experience the following symptoms:
Lack of motivation
Impaired Cognitive Ability
Hmmmm...all to familiar. So how do you recover, well by sleeping more, resting, and eating well. Which is exactly what I am doing. Each day is a new day, a chance to become stronger and to be thankful for the things that I do have and not think about what I can't do at the moment. I will get there, and when I do I will do things the right way and start to make healthy changes.