Patterns of PreferencePosted: September 30, 2010
So…the inside of an ambulance is not on my list of places I wanted to be…
Just kidding! I survived the full 5k, no paramedics necessary 🙂
Painful truth: I clocked in at 34:17 (yikes! That’s hard to admit!), but I’m setting a goal of 29 minutes for whatever race I choose to enter in December. Shaving five minutes off over the course of three months seems fairly realistic, especially when I’ve already got the distance down.
Setting a goal for myself has gotten my competitive edge to reappear – I’m hell bent on proving that I can, and I’ve got a renewed zest for my routine evening runs. I noticed that giving the runs a purpose is motivating me to give 100% effort instead of just a “get it done and get home for dinner” obligation.
Speaking of dinner…(oh yes, be ultra impressed by that segue.)
The appearance of a random bottle of unlabeled seasoning in the back of my cabinet prompted a sniff, a tentative taste off the tip of my finger, and, upon realizing that it wasn’t Powder of Instant Death, a liberal sprinkling over some sliced baby bella mushrooms.
Whoa. I’m just now realizing there was no carb consumption. Stop the world and let me hop off.
I’ve noticed that a good, hard run in the evenings often kills my appetite for the rest of the night. I hate to not eat at all, but I don’t want to force myself to have a heavy meal just for the sake of it. It seems like the winning combo here is a hearty breakfast, a protein-rich lunch, a small influx of carbs for pre-workout energy, and a small, veggie-centric plate for dinner. This leaves me feeling full but not stuffed and satisfied but not lethargic.
It’s certainly hard to strike the right balance between an adequate intake but not too much; losing a few pounds without counting calories or eliminating a certain food group makes it even more of a challenge. The key seems to be finding the combos that work best for your body and working with your hunger cues – not fighting against them. Is there a certain meal pattern that you’ve noticed works best for your body?