I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to notice this, but when I work out, especially if I’ve had a longer, sweatier workout, I’m not hungry during the day and don’t feel like eating much. When I take a day off, I’m ravenous.
I had a heckuva time getting the workout mojo going this morning. My plan was 30 on the elliptical, 20 minutes for abs and 20 minutes for strength training – my typical strength training routine that I do three times a week. I was feeling fatigued (the lilacs are blooming and it was raining, a double whammy hitting the arthritis and my head), but I trudged through 15 minutes on the elliptical, promising I’d do another 15 after the abs and arms. But a funny thing happened on the elliptical the second go around. After minute nine, I did what many of you told me you do: I told myself “Five more minutes. You can do five more.” Then after five minutes, I did another five, then another and another until I’d gone 30 minutes! I could have gone longer but I had the rest of my day to live so I finished up and showered.
I’d eaten a banana and a small container of yogurt at 7 a.m., so I had a salad and a homemade whole grain blueberry muffin around noon and then went grocery shopping. I ate an apple in the car. It’s now 3:15 and food just isn’t appealing. I feel fine. I just seem to get this way after a good hard workout. Yesterday, my day off, I counted the hours until dinner!
Does this happen to you? What are your theories surrounding this phenomenon. I know I could look it up online, but I’d rather hear your opinions before I do. You guys explain things so much better than medical websites.