Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Hunger Monster is Back

It never ceases to amaze me how just two weeks of moderate training sends my hunger into overdrive. Lately I have been a hungry, hungry hippo.

"You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Hungry!"(Source)

Case in point. My supervisor brought brownies to the office on Tuesday as a treat. We broke them out around 2:45 p.m. after our meeting and I was so ravenous I devoured three. Yes...three brownies. And I was still hungry.

This was after I'd eaten a filling breakfast and lunch.

Lately I've been getting hungry for breakfast at least an hour earlier than usual and when the mid-afternoon snack attack hits, it hits hard.

I was about ready to gnaw my arm off yesterday afternoon, so I dug into my office snack drawer and broke out a packet of peanut butter sandwich crackers. Today I was more on the ball and packed a big lunch, in addition to a Greek yogurt for my afternoon snack.

It's taking me a little bit of time to adjust my food intake to match my increased mileage and twice weekly strength training sessions. I've been making an extra effort to get more protein and more calories in general, but these hunger attacks are signs that I don't have the right formula quite yet. I'm confident I'll get it all hammered out soon though.

Now if you'll pardon me, I must go eat breakfast before my stomach starts eating itself.

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