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I'm feeling oddly weary and grumpy today. I mention this, as ... 6 months ago, that wouldn't be out of the ordinary, and today it is. It's that 'everything is hard' feeling, where even moving is ... too much effort, and I just don't feel like interacting with anyone. Generally just exhausted.

The reason it's out of the ordinary now though, is ... in hindsight, the last few months have been absolutely superb and wonderful. That's primarily down to one person, and their impact on my life.

Anyway, I've figured out why I think. Somehow yesterday I managed to not eat properly, and ended up on a net calorie deficit of 1500 calories. Which is ... quite a lot really. Well, Fitbug is doing me wonders still - I'm still somewhat amused by the fact that it's got me eating 2800 calories a day, which is 300 above the 'average male daily metabolic rate'. Reason being, that an hour a day at the gym, and an hour walking at lunchtime adds up.

But it's becoming clear quite what was going wrong the last few times I tried to lose weight - I upped my workload, dropped my calories and essentially ended up absolutely knackered, because I was on too much of a calorific shortfall. Biology thing - under eat by more than about 500kcal per day, and your body starts to cut back on what it's doing, and reducing available energy, so you have enough to keep living, and be able to run away from lions in an emergency. Net result is that you're weary, tired, but burning way less calories as a result and so despite being hungry all the time, you're not actually losing any weight, and making yourself unwell at the same time.

So it goes. I get to eat a bit more than 'average' this way (which still seems a bit of a bizarre way to lose weight) and get fitter at the same time. Rowing speeds are gradually improving - currently am on about 2m 12s/500m, on a sustained 40-60m row. Can 'sprint' for about 5 minutes at 1m40/500m. Which ... is getting better. Aiming for a sustained 2m/500m, and a sprint of 1m30/500, so I'm getting there. I'm also noticing my heart rate post exercise is dropping much faster than once upon a time, which is another sign of improving fitness. Not quite ready to run a marathon yet, but y'know, maybe...

Thankfully this time around, it's proving easier to persevere with the gym-going for an hour a day. That's for mostly the same reason I've been generally happy for the last few months.
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crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: August 12th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
This also could be weather related. It has been warm and humid for the last few days.. plus the barometric pressure has changed.. which I find personally has an overall effect on my moods.
broom_stick From: broom_stick Date: August 12th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go Ed :-)
voodoolou From: voodoolou Date: August 13th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that if i don't eat enough, i tend to retain water, this then stops my weight loss. I found eating fruit after hard exercise that it seemed to give me an extra boost for the rest of the day.
purp1e_magic From: purp1e_magic Date: August 14th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you're doing really well! That's great!

I know all the theories, but I'm having trouble stopping myself from grabbing that quick fatty snack when I feel peckish and/or crappy.
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