Positive post title to get you excited for Saturday? Ahh maybe not. But it definitely describes how I am feeling- very sore (yay rest day tomorrow) and getting (fighting) sick. Last night I felt a sore throat coming on and this morning it came with a runny/blocked, gross nose. I felt a bit ordinary but didn’t want to let the other instructor down (team-taught Step this morning) and thought maybe it’d be a good opportunity to sweat it out of me. Since I was feeling pretty good I thought it’d be okay to still go. Good decision Bek! Because it sure heated me up and got that nose running haha- but it felt good to clear it all out. The sore throat basically faded away too from the moment I brushed my teeth.
Nonetheless, I am still dressing extra warm and took an extra immune vitamin to help me ward it off! I’m sure a good night sleep will help too :) I think it’s just been the hectic non-stop week and the constant changing temperature (and early wake up call) on that trek that brought it on.
To be totally random for a moment: I just sneezed! Does anyone else really enjoy sneezing? I hate that feeling when you feel something bubbling up in the back of your nose- as if you’re going to sneeze and then nothing, you’re left disappointed. It happened to me whilst driving to work this morning- so I decided I’d look at the sun to try and bring it on. Well that plan failed. All it did was distract me from driving (woops) and make me look like a fool to the people in the car next to me.
I’ve got a uni essay to write for my intensive subject so I’ve got to get started on that shortly… after I blog and catch up on some blog reading of course. Gotta get those priorities right ;)
Oh and I’ve had a couple of mini feats between last night and this morning. Last night I was absolutely starving but decided to wait for a home cooked dinner instead of the dinner I normally have at work. I had my dinner but still felt hungry (not eating enough and putting off eating will do that to you. It was unintentional as I was just busy and distracted by this big old mountain walk). I was also home alone and instantly a thought came into my mind- hmm I can have a big eat session because I’m home alone. Oh here we go. Well I am happy to announce that I controlled it- I had a funsize flake, a double choc timtam and as I debated what else to eat I thought why not finish off with a protein powder hot choc. Well, I couldn’t even finish that! I am really happy that I was able to listen to my body (not my crazy mind) in this instance and didn’t overstuff myself. I allowed myself some treats and then stopped. This may seem silly, but it is a huge accomplishment (pebble in the jar biatches!) for me. The hot chocolate trick is something I’ve done a few times this week. Sometimes after dinner I feel I just need something and that protein hot chocolate comes in handy. I am able to have something sweet but not ‘crazy artificial sugar high sweet’ as well as something that has nutritional benefits (calcium and protein), and also gives me a few extra (probably needed) calories. It also helps put me to sleep and relaxes me- I guess that just goes back to our days as babies sucking on boobies or bottles haha.
And this morning? Well I slept in a little longer so I didn’t eat before my class- but I thought I’d better pack a snack incase I get hungry (seriously think this contributed to my overeating session later in the day last Sat). So I grabbed a piece of protein breakfast slice out of the freezer (knowing that it’d defrost by time pump starts- can’t eat when I am teaching!). After team-teaching Body Step I was pretty hungry and I knew I needed to have something- so I picked at my slice. It worked a treat. I was able to ward off my hunger till I came to work and was able to eat a delicious sweet breakfast of: multigrain + wholegrain oats, trim milk + water, crushed pecans, banana slices, chia seeds and honey. Once again I am so happy that I am listening to my body- not just when it doesn’t want foods but when it does.
I definitely think that not eating properly contributes in some aspect to overeating or binge eating. In many instances when I’ve experienced overeating something along these lines has preceded it (as well as other mental issues I am going through). Whether it be ignoring my body signals and putting off eating till the clock says it’s time to, not eating enough or not giving it what my body wants (not just ‘healthy’ foods but all foods in this case). This is another big factor as to why I want to see a Dietitian. I really think it will benefit me to see just how much I should be eating to maintain my weight and current body. I need to realise I no longer need to eat for weight loss- I need to eat for maintenance and performance (and for all those darn gym classes I put myself through). Hopefully, I will be seeing the Dietitian Monday afternoon- but I’ll keep you updated on that ;)
Well I am off to start that essay- unless someone wants to do it for me? Yeap…didn’t think so. OH and I still need more tips on protein powders people! If you know anything about it- please read this post and leave me a comment with your suggestions and recommendations. A lovely boy has already recommended I go with the vanilla flavour, so that’s one thing ticked off the list.
Do you have a typical plan of attack when you feel a cold or flu coming on?