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Fitness Friday 45 + The Change of My Exercise/Eating Habits

Happy Friday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. It is 9 at night as I am typing this. I’ve been busy all day today! The FAN Club’s Nutrition Information Panel was tonight. FAN stands for Food and Nutrition. Anyway, I’ll talk about that in another post. This post is about Fitness Friday.

Here were my workouts for the week.

Fitness Friday 11-14-14

As you notice, I am still unsure about tomorrow’s workout. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow. I might end up running 10 miles tomorrow. Who knows!

There is something that I want to talk about right now and it is about my workouts and eating habits. Let’s just say, I think my habits now is more “healthy” that when it was two years ago. Here’s the story.

I was so caught up with the scale and looking skinny. I exercised 2 hours everyday. I didn’t take a rest day. On top of that, I ate around 1500-1600 calories (tops). Of course I would be skinny at that point. But, you know what? It wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t something that I can sustain. Exercising two hours a day and eating that little calories can really mess up your metabolism. It really does.

You can say that people majoring in nutrition usually have some sort of body image issue. I know that it’s not always the case but most I’ve encountered had some sort of weight loss/gain story.

Anyway, I know I gained weight. It started when I decided to start lifting weights my first year, second semester in college. Then, for some strange reason, I decided to run a half marathon that summer. It takes a lot of energy to train for a long distance run. It takes energy for muscle to build. So, of course, I gained muscle (and fat). I was eating a lot more to fuel my workouts. I increased my calorie intake by 600 calories! Crazy! I gained 20 pounds. I didn’t increase my calorie intake by eating junk food. I still was health conscious about my food choices.

Do you know what the funny thing is? After my half marathon, I haven’t gained weight. I still consume the same amount of calories as I did while training (the amount I was suppose to be consuming) and I reduced my exercise to 1-1 and a half hours a day, taking one rest day a week. My body was burnt out after my first half marathon (or maybe it was a trigger point).

What I am trying to say is, listen to your body. Don’t restrict your calorie intake to a bare minimum, especially if you’re exercising a lot. I don’t know how I survived for so long doing that. It eventually catches up! I had to take a rest week. Even then, I didn’t fully recover.

I know I am not as skinny as I was before. But, you know what? I still love my body. I am not fat. I have curves. I have muscle. I am fit. I am HEALTHIER. Some people say that I am skinny but I know that I am not as skinny as I was before. But hey. I know I don’t look bad.

Anyway, I just had to say that. Don’t slip into unhealthy habits to achieve a certain look. That’s my lesson for you guys.

How were your workouts this week? 

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4 thoughts on “Fitness Friday 45 + The Change of My Exercise/Eating Habits

  1. I’m glad you mentioned that a lot of dieticians and nutritionists have a rough past with body image! Not many people seem to want to acknowledge that.

    And to be honest, I think you’re looking so great Helen! Not that my opinion should matter, but I think so. And if you’re having more peace of mind then that’s the first and foremost thing you should pursue, as should all of us. 🙂 For me, 1 hour is still a pretty long workout as I don’t like lengthy exercises, and I pretty much go “balls to the walls” for the 18-40 minute workouts I perform. The shorter ones are basically running about 2 miles (it’s harder with a stroller if I want to go farther than that hehe), or sprinting back and forth our parking lot with a few burpees, tough yoga poses in between, etc, or a short interval circuit of plyo and whatnot. Then my longer ones are about 2 or 3 times a week, like yoga! I follow Ali Kamenova’s sequences because they are straight to the point, filllllled with cardio most of the time, great for stretching, and I’ve found my happy place with this slower form of exercise (but hers isn’t that slow so yay!). I’ve come to realize that I underestimated yoga because her stuff is killer! I feel so worked up for days to come, and if I can humbly say this too–I think my body has shaped up into a healthier, yet still leaner frame as I can tell from what my family tells me nowadays. I feel more in tune with the food that my body needs and therefore, not eating connnnstantly like before. I think I was so accustomed to eating 6-8x a day that I felt like it was wrong to miss a snack. I’m much more relaxed with it as you can tell from the occasional dessert on Instagram. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend, love!

    • I don’t think that many nutritionists/dietitians want to admit any body image concerns of their own due to the nature of their work.
      And thanks Ellie. You look great as well. =) I’ll have to try Ali Kamenova’s yoga workouts. Thanks for introducing that to me. I’ve been doing BUTI Yoga (tribal dance + yoga) but you have to pay to even access most of her workouts.
      I do feel more in tune with my body now too. And I am more relaxed and it makes social situations easier, especially when eating out.
      You have a great weekend too, Ellie. =)

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for dropping by! I didn’t know much about nutrition before I entered college. Now that I have taken upper level nutrition classes, I know what is healthier. It’s a learning process.

      Have a great weekend,

      Helen

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