Thursday, September 27, 2012

Not Enough

Today is the second day in a row where I'm starting it with less than 3 hours of sleep at night and ending it with just about 1,000 calories eaten -- both those things need to change.

I'm struggling in both areas and right now I'm just too tired to think about them -- I may post about it later. At this moment, I just know that I need more sleep, and I need to eat more.

Cutting out all the processed foods, dairy, sugar, etc. means that my calorie intake from my 'normal' foods has been greatly reduced. Now even when my meals are substantial (e.g. 1 cup of egg whites + 1 whole egg & mushrooms + tomatoes for breakfast), I'm struggling to eat up to 1,000 calories.

I simply have NO appetite. I'm still eating when I'm hungry, but I'm just not feeling as hungry anymore. I don't really want to eat just for the sake of hitting a number. At the same time, I do want to make sure that I'm eating enough so that my body has the nutrients it needs and that I have the energy I need to carry out my workouts.

Sleep is just as important. It freaks me out when I don't get enough rest (especially on CrossFit days) because I know I need to be rested to have a good workout.

It's really frustrating, and now I'm thinking about seeing a doctor about it. I just can't afford to be so tired that I miss a workout.

Today I headed to the gym to start Week 5 of C25K. It went quite well. I was tired (only 2 1/2 hours of sleep will do that to you) but I pushed through anyway. All the runs were fine and the walks in between were just enough to recover. Even though I managed to get through Day 1 of Week 5, I wonder how much better I would have done if I had gotten enough sleep?

I need to find a way to fix this.

In other news, today was another perfect WLC day :)


  1. Could it be the lack of enough calories is why you are not sleeping well??? sounds crazy! But I hope you figure it out soon. You are so right your body NEEDS both. I wish I had advice to give you, but it looks like you know as much (more) then I do. Eat girl eat :)

    1. It might be Deanna. I'm going to try and balance out my food more and hope that it all falls into place.

  2. My appetite has also decreased a lot since starting the WLC but I'm pretty sure that I'm still hitting well over 1,000 calories - maybe you should try upping your fat intake a little bit. Add half an avocado with your breakfast, some almonds with lunch etc. Might help.

    Hope you get some rest. Doing CF tired SUCKS.

    1. I'm definitely going to try and add a bit more substance to my meals with nuts etc. so that I don't fall into a terrible cycle of fatigue due to lack of sleep and lack of food. I guess I still need to work on my planning a bit more!


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