Pro Tip: Don't Eat Like You're in Training if You Aren't

I meant to post my menu for the week on Tuesday however, I wasn't able to find my menu until late Tuesday night. Turns out I folded it and stuck it in my wallet and forgot about it. Well, it's proudly back on my fridge and not with me. I will try to post again later.

Holy cow, it's been a week. 4 miles on Sunday. 3 miles on Monday. Cross train Tuesday, 4 miles on Wednesday, then 1/2 mile x 3 repeats this morning. We combined two work outs on Tuesday for upper body. I think it might have caught up to me today as I am one hungry woman today. I want to eat everything. I probably already have. Let's be real, I had ice cream before noon.

I'm currently on lunch break at work, and I can't take my eyes off of Netflix. I have a new obsession. The West Wing. It's old, but it's so good.

Just in case you're not shooting for a sub-two hour half marathon but also want to join me in my new fandom...I have another TV show workout for you.

Okay, back to my original post inspiration. Why do we get so hungry when we start working out? I told Iron Woman this morning that I feel GREAT getting back into some serious training. It feels good to be back in the mix. Eating (mostly) healthy. Drinking a ton of water, waking up early. Still working on getting more than 6hrs of sleep a night, but so far so good. Feeling better overall. 
So, why am I so hungry?

"Research into how exercise might trigger urges to overeat pegs the blame on biological factors. For certain people, especially the obese, challenging bouts of exercise cause massive neural activity upticks in brain regions responsible for food reward and craving . That said, the more lean you become and the more accustomed your body grows to regular workouts, the less powerful those urges may feel. Studies investigating the brain activity of fitter, leaner folks show their food-reward centers respond less aggressively to images of tasty edibles. That leads researchers to believe that while upping physical activity may initially provoke urges to indulge amongst newbies working out, over time those urges wane as healthier habits become the same ol' same ol'" From the web article "Why Your Workout Leave You So Hungry"

The article then goes on to say that Erica Giovinazzo Registered Dietitian & Greatist Expert states "that letting ourselves get too hungry is a guaranteed setup for a binge. And that might go double for those newbs adjusting to the increased caloric burn of regular exercise, which triggers the need for a few extra post-workout calories.
“Whether you’re working out or not, you never want to be completely starving at any point in the day. When that happens, we tend to eat a lot more than we normally would—mainly because eating is as much mental as it is physical.” Being ravenous makes us eat faster, leading us to miss out on satiety cues which normally take 15 minutes or more to kick in."
Basically, I have been eating like I was training for an event, when in reality I wasn't training at all. In fact I had switched over to a desk job and tried to then cut my carb intake. However, with uptick in training, I'm now needing to consume more food to keep up my energy. I've done really well avoiding the inflammation foods that cause my PCOS symptoms to kick in.'s that dang sugar I still can't kick and I've been grabbing quick easy foods again. 
The article also says "Hunger is the body’s way of asking to be refueled, so don’t ignore a rumbling stomach, particularly if you've recently started working out or ramped up your exercise routine. Stronger hankerings than usual may be a sign your body and brain are adapting to a new set of physical challenges, but craving tons of treats may also be the mind’s way of asking for equal attention in the form of rewards and comfort food. Try to tune in to the difference between physical hunger and the emotional desire to eat, and hang in there as you learn to accommodate new habits. Opting for more fruits and veggies will promote feelings of fullness, and staying fueled and hydrated throughout each day could stave off binges."'s time to adjust to my surroundings and start adding in an extra meal again. Now this is something I can do. Love. 
Blessings, A