Thursday, July 05, 2007

Le Challenge

I had a butt-kicking stroller-fit class this morning. I swear, it is SO hard. We run up and down steep hills with the stroller, squat, lunge, punch, kick...pretty much any action that I can think of. Marvelous stuff, I tell you. I hope I burned a million calories today.;-)

So, I started slipping a bit this afternoon. I was ravenous when I came back from working out, and needed to tend to the baby first. I couldn't eat, so my hunger continued to swell uncontrollably. After I fed the baby, I wanted to eat my entire apartment. I was SOOOO hungry. I ate my lunch (a lemon-chickpea salad with whole-wheat bowtie pasta and fresh arugula). It wasn't enough - or at least I thought so. My brain hadn't registered with my stomach yet, that I was full.

So, I began to engage in the "cupboard graze". You know, where you open the cupboard and survey all if its contents, and begin to open boxes and eat in a mindless way? That's what I did. I don't even know what I consumed, I was so hungry, and it's a bit of a blur.

Ordinarily, I would have deemed the rest of the day to be a failure, and sympathy eating would have continued well into the night.

But I remembered Kim's point #4 of the challenge - acknowledge the failure, and get back on track the same day. And that's exactly what I'm doing. In fact, I need to compensate for the extra calories I consumed, so I plan on going out for a run tonight. Sounds crazy, right? I just had an insane workout this morning! However, I need to start paying the price for my eating, otherwise I will never go anywhere. Simple math - calories burned must be greater than calorie intake. Easier said than done, but I am going to keep working at it.

This is the first time that I've felt positive after a mini-binge. And I'm actually looking forward to that run* tonight. Although, tomorrow morning I'm sure I'll be feeling mighty sore!

* I shouldn't use the phrase "going running" like I'm some sort of professional runner. Really, I'm not even running yet. I'm huffing and puffing while I waddle quickly. Eventually, it might turn into a speedy waddle. And then eventually, I might be jogging slowly. And one day, I'll run. It's back to week one of the C25K for me, so we'll see how it goes.


Alea said...

You're a star! Kudos to you for owning up to your slip up and getting back on track the same day. Great attitude!

Anne said...

Way to get back on track! I'm sure you did burn a million calories this morning ;)

Kim said...

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! You are the star of the challenge and it hasn't even started yet!! :) Congrats on the stroller workout - the rebound from the grazing, and for getting yourself back out for a second round of exercise.

Make sure that you are getting in enough water. I keep hearing people talk about your body may think it is hungry when you are actually just thirsty. I don't know if there is any science behind it, but the extra water can't hurt! :)

Congrats again Sonya! I think you are doing awesome.

jeannie* said...

GOOD FOR YOU! The stroller class kicked your butt, you ate a little too much (and yes -- I am all too familiar with the cabinet grazing phenomenon), and then bounced RIGHT back and regained control.

I'm seriously in awe. Keep it up!

Teresa said...

I know exactly what you're talking about. Just where does that insatiable hunger come from? It utterly defies logic. Good for you getting back on track ASAP.

Have a great weekend.

Christy said...

Your stroller fit class sounds amazing!!! And I think Kim's point #4 is amazing - Iam trying my best to no longer write off a day because I had a little slip up, I think that's honestly one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle - is to not self sabotage becfause of one slip-up. It's not even a slip-up, it's life. We are going to indulge ourselves, it's all about balancing our lives.

I'm extremeley proud of you, keep it up you beautiful woman you.

katieo said...

"I'm huffing and puffing while I waddle quickly. Eventually, it might turn into a speedy waddle."
LOL!!! I've so been there.

Um, and I seriously want to fly out to wherever you live and do that stoller class. It sounds SO cool.

good job on the rebound!

Journeys said...

yay for following the positive thinking method!!! I just found your blog through some surfing around other fitness blogs! I read about Kim's challenge on your blog and wanted to join so I did! So thanks for getting me into it =)